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Hi all! I'm a long-time lurker but this is my first time posting.

For a while now, I've been tinkering with a Gomoku (Five-in-a-Row) game for PICO-8 with a basic but entertaining AI player.

I'm quite a fan of the Gomoku Narabe Renju game for Famicom (essentially the same game with slightly more complex rules), and originally, I started out to make a version of that. But as usual, it was becoming larger in scope than I was comfortable with. So to actually make progress I decided to simplify things a lot.

Ultimately, this version is a regular game of Gomoku that uses the Long Pro opening rule and requires exactly five stones in a row to win (ignoring six or more in a row). Each game consists of a tournament with a minimum of five rounds. The winning player is the one with more than two wins over their opponent.

Controls:

Z: Start/Place piece
X: Surrender round
Up/Down/Left/Right: Select an intersection

I hope you enjoy the progress I've made so far. There are most certainly bugs that I haven't ironed out yet. So if you think you've come across one I'd love to know!

Cart #gomoku_1_vt-0 | 2023-03-11 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License
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P#126953 2023-03-11 07:28 ( Edited 2023-03-11 07:44)

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