Z to start, or X to skip all instructions.
Arrows move/dig through mine.
Z brings up map.
This was going to be a maze game where you had a 'zoom in/out' button, and that idea was going great for a while, until I realised mazes are hard and I didn't know if I could do justice to a maze generator in the time I had. So instead it became a digging game, and grew in scope disgustingly until I had more work than the maze would have been in the first place. But inspiration will be inspiration I suppose.
Use your map to see roughly where the gold is, then make your way towards it, being careful to manage your truffles (food) and glow crystals (flashlight power). You can find both in the mine but you have to balance things carefully. At any time you can press Z to check the map, and see an indication of local tile types. Try to reach the gold before you starve!
itch.io page: here
1GAM September 2017
I've been threatening to do it for ages! And I finally did. I made a cart with mouse controls. It is a very simple game: click until you can click no more. That is approx. 32,000 clicks. If you're really bored and want to skip to the end, hold X and click.
That's it! I had fun making the number sprites and especially the cursor sprites. Just threw this together in an hour because it's been a very scattered month as usual.
itch.io page: here
1GAM August 2017
Thrown together in a few hours but really came out well I think.
Z: Start game/cycle things to move (eyes, nose)
S: Randomise whole face
D: Change eye type
F: Change face type
X: Cycle blep amount
itch.io page: here
#1GAM July 2017
Z to start. Arrows move the ship left and right. X boosts, using fuel at increased rate to cover more distance
Cover as much distance as you can in as low a time as you can. Collect additional fuel to keep your ship running longer. Dodge the obstacles.
This came together nicely, at a nice pace, over about the last five days of the month. I didn't feel desperately under pressure, although I came right up against the deadline. Nor did I feel like I left out tons of stuff and/or released a worse product for time constraints. I actually managed to squeeze in loads of features I wanted, including probably my favourite PICO-8 music I've done. Top PICO-8 tip: you can set different music patterns to have different speeds but have them play in the same 'song'. Huge missing link moment for me realising that.
I'm very proud of this game and how it worked out. In particular I think
the battery HUD element
the little shadow under the ship
the cliffs flying past on either side
all felt pretty neat in implementation and look good in practice.
Anyway, hope you enjoy! If you feel like commenting, please note the Lexaloffle board doesn't notify me of new replies. Find me on Twitter if you need me @PROGRAM_IX
Lexaloffle BBS thread: here
1GAM June 2017
Kept wanting to do different things this month, just like every month. Ended up working on this but couldn't think of any further gameplay that didn't kind of ruin the peacefulness. So I just left it like this, and I quite enjoy it. Perhaps you will too. Or not.
Z to start. Arrows move the gull back and forth, up and down, but otherwise players do not affect the game.
No objective. Just hang out above the fields and roads.
itch.io page: here (If something really bothers you about this and you want to ensure I read your message, post it there. Lexaloffle forums sadly don't notify me of replies.)
1GAM May 2017
Z to start. Z to flip box over to next side. Arrows move the barcode scanner. X scans a barcode. Z to restart from the game over screen.
Scan as many barcodes as you can in the 90 seconds allotted. Be careful not to flip the boxes too fast, or you'll have to go all the way back around.
This game has been on the back burner for ages. The inspiration was trying to simulate a cube/box that you could flip over in a semi-real way, but I spent ages messing with that and ultimately couldn't make it work. It was a classic case of solving a problem the game didn't need to be solved. I changed it so that the box always flipped over to the 'next' side, so you just needed to carefully press one button instead of imagining a real cube. It's not as cool, but it did allow this game to happen.
itch.io page: here
#1GAM April 2017
Quick thing I banged out for #7DRL, sadly in the same week my own dog died. Guide the roguelike dog through the rooms and floors of this dungeon, which get ever more dangerous each floor. How far can you make it?
The main actors are:
Dogue: Move with arrow keys, in rogue-like fashion. Wait as long as you like between moves.
Skeletons: Creep up to you and damage you if you're next to them. Move into them to kill them.
Meat: Pick up to replenish moves. You only have so many before you die of exhaustion!
Hearts: Pick up to replenish lives. You need these for when skeletons attack!
It's that simple. Hope you enjoy!
I won't be mad if you mute the music, I spent about 10 minutes on it.
If something is SUPER bothersome about this game, a response is more likely on the itch.io page as BBS doesn't notify me of replies.
itch.io page: here.
#1GAM March 2017.
#7DRL March 2017.
Z to start. Arrows move the player. Z to restart from the game over screen
Sudden inspiration struck a few days before the end of February, and here we are! Somewhat on time even.
Steer your character through driving snow to find meat using your amazing food compass in the bottom right! (It points to the food.) The heat timer tracks how close you are to freezing. You need to return to your tent before that happens!
Hope you enjoy this quick little game, I had a lot of fun making it. Apologies if the sound/music drive you up the wall, I ended up quite happy with them.
If you comment and I don't respond, it's probably because I have no way to receive updates on this thread! Sorry! I will try to check it regularly for a few days post-release. The Itch.io page will ping me though, I think, so if there's anything pressing you could try commenting there.
Itch.io page: here
I'm very happy to finally get MATCH3 off my chest! Holy god. Been working on it since about June/July 2015, just coming back to it again and again. Similar to TRAIN. Ugh. But it's now done enough for me to call it a day and call it a #1GAM for January 2017!
Itch page is here.
Z to advance any screen that's not the actual gameplay. Arrows move the cursor. Z rotates the cursor 90 degrees. (It should 'just work' at the edges.) X swaps the two tiles under the cursor. You have 30 seconds to get as high a score as you can! The more tiles are popped at the same time, the higher your score will be. This game should not require any colour distinctions, although it will probably make it easier if you can distinguish colours. Everything is shaped differently, even the highlight that shows when tiles are popping.
This game is something I've been working on for a very long time indeed. On and off over more than 18 months, though it certainly doesn't look it. I'd come back to it, try something, get frustrated, give up for months, and so on.
It's an interesting one. I got the basic mechanics of it working pretty early on. Kept getting a bit lost as to how many types of tile I wanted, how I wanted the end state to work, and persistent bug where matches in the last row or last column wouldn't be caught. (It was not an off-by-one error!)
Still a bug here or there, but I'd say it's pretty playable. Runs on a 30-second timer. Please enjoy!
I have stomach flu so the time that should have been dedicated to this was dedicated to that instead. But have this 80-minute game. Move the arrows to move your bucket. Catch the bricks before they fall offscreen!