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2 years ago

Feature: No, making games is definitely hard

Making a game in PICO-8: Shooting frogs

This is the fourth part of my diary about making my first-ever game, using PICO-8 [official site]. Since No Frog Left Behind now has a frog and a player moving on lily pads, it’s finally time to implement the game’s core mechanic, the ability to push the frog across the map with a bullet. Because this is a game about pushing frogs into boxes.

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Making a game in PICO-8: Bashing against collision

This is the third part of my diary about making my first-ever game, using PICO-8 [official site]. So No Frog Left Behind now has a map and you can move the player around. But I’m now on my third big session on it and I’ve got a long way to go before there’s any kind of game there. Key to getting an actual game running…

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Making a game in PICO-8: Getting stuff moving

This is the second part of my diary about making my first-ever game, using PICO-8. Yesterday, I grappled with ideas and fiddled around with code enough to realise that most of them are beyond me. But now I have a concept I think I can make: a game in which you push frogs into boxes. It’s called No Frog Left Behind. And yet... I have…

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3 years ago

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Free Loaders: Playing Frankenstein With Dinosaurs

You awake in a pool of ooze. What colour is it? You don't know, because it is completely dark. But it definitely feels like ooze. You stand up and claw for the lights, at the spaces on the walls where you think lights ought to be. You can hear a faint sound. Something warm brushes against your leg. Then again. Finally, you find the switch.…

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