v0.9.1 - Fixed unchecked nil bug in case where CPU gets coup fourré with the emergency card and also has a Go card in hand (obscure devil of a bug!)
I made a PICO-8 version of the classic French car racing card game Mille Bornes! This is a game I've probably played thousands of times in my life from childhood through . . . not childhood (age is just a number, but it's a BIG number!)
In the game, you race against a CPU opponent to be the first to reach 700km (or, if you feel daring, extend the race to 1000km for a chance at bonus points). In addition to 1 point per km, you gain bonuses for playing safety cards, getting coup fourré (playing a safety card as the corresponding hazard is being played against you), winning a race without playing any 200km cards, extending to 1000km, winning after the deck has been emptied, and shutting out your opponent. You race until someone totals 5000 points and wins the match! You can see the cards and a brief rules description by pressing z on the start screen.
During the game, left & right arrows let you select a card to play or discard. x plays a card, z discards. The up arrow lets you play coup fourré if CPU plays a hazard for which you have the safety card. But be quick! You only have a short time to perform the coup fourré while the indicator flashes.
EDIT: I realized that the rules can be cumbersome to figure out if you've never played before. The Mille Bornes Wikipedia entry is actually a pretty good reference for the game rules.
This game is a lot of firsts for me: my first PICO-8 program, first experience with Lua, the first game programming of any kind I've done, first pixel art (quite obvious), first music composition (SUPER obvious). I'm proud of having created a fun, playable game, but it's very much the work of a game programing beginner, so don't expect highly optimized code or probably any techniques you should emulate :). I had 319 tokens left at the end and I'm sure there's plenty I could have done more efficiently.
Special thank you to @Krystman, whose Breakout tutorial was my impetus to give this a go, and from which tutorial I shamelessly grabbed the sash code to use for coup fourré. And thanks to everyone in this community. I think this is my first post, but I lurk & read the posts here frequently, amazed at all the cool ideas you all have and how willing you are to share your knowledge.