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Cart #g88_control_the_body-2 | 2023-07-26 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Control the Body

A game in which one is tasked to control a body.

This game will autosave your progress.

Also playable on https://gate.itch.io/control-the-body. You can check out my other games there.


Arrow keys -- move and rotate body
X -- hold breath
Z -- jump (only with shoes); hold to jump higher
Down -- interact/talk (context sensitive)
Enter -- pause menu

Pause Menu Options

Continue -- continue playing
SFX -- turn sound effects on or off
Music -- turn music on or off
Timer -- turn game timer on or off (useful for speedrunning)
Game Speed -- speed up or slow down the game; can be used as an accessibility option, but certain challenges can still be very difficult even at the lowest speed
(X) Delete save -- delete your save file and restart the game


The following creators were my primary inspirations for this game. If you like my game, please check them out!

P#99282 2021-10-28 22:26 ( Edited 2024-04-23 02:36)

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Cart #g88_heatdeath-5 | 2020-02-05 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA


An arcade-style highscore-focused twin stick shooter. You can technically use player 2's controls for the second stick, or you can use the single button shoot controls. If you play on https://gate.itch.io/heat-death you'll get better dual-stick support.

Full source code for this game is available here: https://github.com/Gate88/heat-death/

How to play


Classic Pico-8 Controller

up/down/left/right - move
X - hold to shoot and strafe
O - hold to count from 1 to 3 and release to use powerup

Dual Stick Controls

(play on https://gate.itch.io/heat-death for better dual-stick support)

Left stick (p1) - move
Right stick (p2) - shoot
O - hold to count from 1 to 3 and release to use powerup


  • Objective: gain heat by shooting enemies
  • Collect power gems to fill the power bar
  • Hold power button to charge ability (1...2...3)
  • Release power button to spend power on numbered ability

1 power - Defrag: Collects debris in an area and converts it to firepower. The number of extra shots you get is directly proportional to the amount of debris it collects, so try to place it where it can collect the most.

2 power - Cloak: Briefly prevent enemies from chasing and aiming at you. If all players are cloaked, enemies will move towards and shoot at random locations.

3 power - Remote Backup: Creates a backup on the field which prevents one death. Instead of dying, you will be teleported to the backup you most recently placed. You can have up to 5 backups on the field at a time.


  • Position yourself to kill high-value targets at the beginning of each level.
  • You are briefly invulnerable right when enemies spawn. Look for the flashing cross on your ship.
  • Dying resets your power to 2, so use your abilities proactively to avoid wasting power.
  • Use defrag liberally; it's the least expensive and it's the only ability that directly increases your offense.
  • You are not invulnerable while cloaked; be careful around erratically moving enemies.
  • You are briefly invulnerable after a remote backup triggers. Follow the line to find yourself after the teleport so you can regain control before the invulnerability runs out.
  • Remote backups are expensive; sometimes it's better to prioritize offense over defense.
  • You slowly lose heat over time; play faster to get higher scores.
  • Chain gems by collecting them the instant they flash your color for bonus points.
  • The gray number near the top left of the HUD is the heat remaining until you're award an extra life.
  • Some enemies drop green slime when they die. Slime will slow you down when you move through it, so try to avoid those areas or use defrag to clean them up.
  • Look at the post game stats to figure out where you're dying and what you could do better!
P#72320 2020-01-28 04:34 ( Edited 2020-02-06 06:16)