Remember the classic Shockwave Flash snowball fight game called Snowcraft from 1998? 21 years ago! My entry for this year's PICO-8 Advent Calendar is a demake of that beloved Flash game. Huge thanks to @Gruber for helping with the sound effects!
This game uses the mouse. (Sorry, mobile users!)
I tried to make this as close to the original as possible. Have fun! :)
❎ to show CPU usage (but I don't think it's accurate?)
🅾️ to show the follow target
This is a quick port of my PICO-8 boids cart. Nothing fancy, just some boids doing their thing.
❎ to show the follow target
🅾️ to show CPU usage
Feel free to pick apart the code. Unfortunately, it's not commented much, and I'm absolutely sure there are optimizations that can be done.
This is a heavily commented cart that shows one way of doing flowing dialog text with coroutines. If you have any questions on how it works, feel free to ask. Again, this is one way of doing it. :)
I just finished creating a tutorial for making a top-down adventure game in PICO-8. It's 10 relatively short videos (45 minutes for all 10 videos). You don't need any prior experience with PICO-8 to do the tutorial. I have done this tutorial with many, many kids and the games they create with it are always inspiring.
UPDATE 8/25: I've added a bonus step that allows you to add text to your game! :D
UPDATE 8/27: I added another bonus step that allows you have as many types of tiles as you want. You could use them for treasure, special keys to specific doors, teleporters, quest items, anything you want! 🗝️📜
You can find it on itch.io and on YouTube:
If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to let me know. I hope you enjoy it! :)
My Happy Challah Days entry for the 2018 PICO-8 Advent Calendar was created using this tutorial as the base code. (I added extra features for the jam, like dialog boxes, quests, and a larger inventory, but its foundation is this tutorial.)
This was a slide deck I made for a mini workshop I gave on arcade mechanics at a PIGSquad Summer Slow Jams event last night. (Following in the footsteps of @nextlevelbanana, I used a Nintendo controller as a clicker. 😄) Feel free to use the code for your own presentations.
This is a VERY simple game for very young kids to edit. This was literally coded in an hour, so it's not optimized or super clean code or anything like that. It just works and is easy for kids to edit. :) It's intended for kids to edit the sprites, sounds, and game variables.
WHAT TO EDIT
Player - Sprite 1 and 2 are the player sprite.
Pickups - There are two rows of pickups. The top row gets only little_points if they are picked up. The bottom row gets big_points if they are picked up.
Baddies - These are sprites 49 and 50 (bottom-left of sprite tab 0).
Stars - The 4 pixels in sprite 48 (bottom-left) define the star colors.
Sound 0 - When a top row pickup gets picked up.
Sound 1 - When a bottom row pickup gets picked up.
Sound 2 - When the player hits a baddie.
little_points - Points gotten from picking up a top-row pickup.
big_points - Points gotten from picking up a bottom-row pickup.
game_speed - How fast the overall game should go.
player_speed - How fast the player moves.
animation_speed - How fast the animations change.
seconds_between_pickups - Self-explanatory.
seconds_between_baddies - Self-explanatory.
sky_color - Self-explanatory.
number_of_stars - Self-explanatory.
@zep, I've been really curious about the water feature in Voxatron. I love how it looks and how it acts. It just looks and feels so satisfying. But I've had just a hell of a time finding good articles that give me any sort of clue on how to recreate it with any sort of decent performance. (Or even to look as good as yours.) There's the classic water ripple algorithm that so many articles refer back to. But running that on 128^2 voxels just kills performance. Any clues as to what direction to look in to do water the way you do it in Voxatron? Is it something that works well because it's done "natively", so to speak, but wouldn't necessarily work well within the Lua performance constraints of the custom scripting feature?
A very simple tweetcart, but with the code expanded to make it easier to understand what's happening. Enjoy!
A small exploration game about a little being who has crash landed on a planet and needs to find how to get home. You find some waystones that look promising. If you could only find a way to activate them, maybe they'd help....
(Please know that this is game jam code, which means it's horrendous.)
EDIT: Added the insides of trees so they look cool when they clip off the edge of the screen, and also a label image.
I don't know if this is a bug or a debug feature? But when pressing the number 6 while in the designer, it zooms in super huge on the mouse. This is really distracting when coding because it'll flash up huge on the screen if you happen to hit a 6 while you type! 😆 Maybe an option to disable that feature while editing code?
@zep, I had a few questions about the config.txt settings. I tried searching through old posts, but couldn't find anything, so I thought I'd ask here. Most of the things I could figure out just from knowing what they do in PICO-8. But a few were still mysteries.
Trying to figure out why the player looks so jittery. I'm having the camera follow the player, and the ground below looks fine as the player moves, but the player itself is super jittery. In the embedded player here it looks fine, but while running in the designer, it's super jittery.
HAPPY CHALLAH DAYS!
Enjoy this light, multi-day adventure game about making challah bread for Hanukkah! Each piece of the game will unlock as Hanukkah unfolds in the real world, so come back during the next week to continue the adventure!
LEFT/RIGHT/UP/DOWN to move around (walk into things to interact)
X to skip or close dialog boxes
Z to see inventory
Intro Graphic: 2DArray
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