Well now, instead of going completely bonkers and making a game in secret over the course of a few months, I figured I'd do something a little different this time, and perhaps a little silly. All I have right now is this title screen that's probably consuming far too many tokens, a few sprites, and a vision. I have other obligations right now, but I'll probably chip away at this thing here and there and keep this thread updated with the latest and greatest.
At last, Nanoman!
Basically, a fan game heavily inspired by the early Mega Man series that I started working on a few months ago. A big thanks to Gruber Music for stepping in during the final stages and providing some great tunes for the 6 different levels!
If you're already a fan of Mega Man, you should feel right at home here. For the un-initiated, here's a breakdown of the controls.
- Arrows: Move (of course)
- Z: Jump - Tap for a small jump, hold for maximum height
- X: Fire / Menu select
- L-SHIFT: Open weapon selection menu. You'll have just one until you defeat some bosses
- If you're sick of a level, you can return to the stage selection screen through the PICO-8 pause menu (ENTER)
You'll often come across life (white glowing orbs) and energy pods. The energy pods will re-fill your special weapons, but you'll need to have the weapon you want to re-fill selected before you pick it up.
This game is HARD. Like, Mega Man hard. Expect to die a lot until you start to memorize stage layouts and enemy patterns. The game is indeed beatable; I've run the whole thing myself a few times. It takes about 15-16 minutes if you're in a hurry and don't die. I plan on making a full play-through video soon. There's a handy, built-in timer for you speed-runners out there that'll show up at the end of the game.
The code in this cart has been squashed with p8tool's luamin command. This was necessary to get this beast of a thing in under the compressed file size limit. Don't expect anything legible by clicking the code link. I'll see about posting the un-compressed code somewhere.
This is my first full-blown PICO-8 title. Some of the code is rather ugly; partly because early on, I was unsure of how best to save space, and partly because I had to utilize every token-saving strategy under the sun. I've done my best to comment the un-compressed code so you can follow what's going on.
The map data was generated and lightly compressed by external map editing carts (one for each level) and jammed into strings; there are 76 "screens" in all. The last level is also a string, but it's copied from map memory into a string at runtime, because the compressed file limit said I had to do it that way. I hope to do a write-up on just how I handled all of that soon.
That's about all my fried brain can think of at the moment. Enjoy!
Edit: I can't seem to upload anything to my profile here other than images, so I've uploaded the un-compressed cartridge data to github: https://github.com/flimflamboyant/NanoMan/tree/master
You know what would be handy?
sfx n [channel [offset] [end]]
where [end] is the last note to be played. I'm in a spot right now where I'm needing extra space for music, and it would be very useful if I could cram more than one sound effect into a single slot.