Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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by Azlen - Compo Entry

Made with pico-8
If the embedded game does not work, try using the web link

- hold Z to charge your attack, let go to attack
- Up arrow key or X to jump
- Right arrow key to move to the right
- Down to crouch (does nothing... or does it?)

You are the monster, the monsters are you. All the enemies (and bosses) are versions of your character.

There are two bosses. If you defeat both of them, you win (the bosses are to the right, so you will have to move right to get to them).
The bar at the top shows how close you are to the next boss (and also serves as an hp bar when you get to the boss)

Jumping is useful later in the game, just remember that you can also attack while in the air.

I never implemented restarting the game, so if you die, you will have to reload the page (unless you are playing the game on the pico-8 site, where there is a button to restart)

You can also sit on benches, but that's supposed to be a secret

Downloads and Links




wavertron says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:49am

Had a nice mood/graphics, but it felt a little slow paced. Couldnt jump while moving? A little parallax scrolling in the background with the moon and maybe add a middle layer would have given the graphics just that extra bit of polish without too much more effort. But nice work overall

Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:21am

I really like how the progress bar turns into the boss's health bar. Boss fights were definitely the highlight of the game. It was interesting figuring out how to beat them given the mechanics.

Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:24am

Nice minimalist pixel art and liked the little touch of being able to sit on benches. Did have issues with the attack though where I seemed to get hit when I would come flying back into position.

Kaev says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:25am

I really like the graphics. The characters are kinda creepy.
I got a bit nervous when the first boss came really near and i couldn't go to the left side. :P

Also: Best secret in a game 2015

Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:40pm

Nice complete entry. I first found the combat a bit impenetrable, and then later a bit tiresome.

Hyoga-3D says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:27pm

Very nice mood/graphics!

Sam Twidale says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:30pm

Really like the simple pixel art graphics. Found the attack charging/combat confusing at first though.

hexagore says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:41pm

Wow, nice to see a Pico8 game. I thought just making a game in 48 hours was tough. Would have been nice if felt a bit faster and had a few more mechanics. I liked the second boss but it killed me pretty quickly :P

walaber says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:43pm

very nice atmosphere! graphics really set the mood.

Sublustris says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:48pm

Great GFX style, dude!

CodeNMore says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:51pm

I didn't truly love the attack, but I do like the look of it!

boardtobits says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:52pm

Cool look, interesting simplistic mechanics. I liked it.

Can you restart from the game over screen without just refreshing the page?

RHY3756547 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:56pm

(from pico-8 forums)

Cool, atmosphere is great. Jump forward attack is a great idea and looks fab. Only problem is that the graveyard tileset looks pretty cute, which probably is not intentional and is probably a side effect of using the pico8. '

While the combat looked good it wasn't too much fun, and doing the same stuff got a little tedious by the end. Final boss and jumping enemies were a nice change tho.

pirate_shell says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:04pm

The graphics and sound were nice and simple. The gameplay was fun and the bosses added some much needed variety. Overall, a cool entry!

whalebot says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:06pm

Love these PICO-8 games :) You people are doing really gool things with it. It would have been nice to have the ending tie in the dialogue given at the beginning about battling your inner demons, just to give some kind of resolution. Other than that great job!

Vladirien says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:08pm

The graphics are quite nice, I liked the second boss fight but I found the combat mechanics a bit too simple.

Mantlair says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:08pm

Coulnt finish the final fight but yeah was almost there. Neat game. Also i loved sitting texts.

sergicollado says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:26pm

I like it, simple but cool

tuben999 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:44pm

Good game could have used some kinda tutorial was a bit confusing at first. :)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:38am

This feels a little bit slow paced, but I love the graphics. Pico-8 is fantastic looking.

Ulydev says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:31am

Minimalist yet amazing entry. Good job one this one, Azlen !

ianh says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:22am

Nice graphical style!

Lynx says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:15am

Very well done game and narrative, the restart thing would be helpful, but other than that, I don't have much else to add.

bloomingbuds says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:26am

Simple but effective. The atmosphere was good. I felt a bit lost and confused at first with the mechanics. Nice game!

zatyka says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:40pm

I love pico8 games. So simple and charming. Your graphics really stood out, and set the mood of the game. The game play was a bit repetitive, but the last boss fight was a lot of fun. I would love to play an expanded post-compo version.

danialias says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:27pm

Nice game! The two bosses are the real game (maybe a future boss rush mode? :) I really like the attack system, if feels fast and powerful but I miss a small animation on impact. Nice secrets :D and nice feeling overall. Good job!

JackDegree says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:35pm

Now I want to start using Pico-8 :/

walsh9 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:25am

Excellent atmosphere and I really like the little touches like the benches and other text.

cambrian_era says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:50am

Cool, I particularly liked the use of the P8's colors to make a moody palette.

Mach60KAS says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 4:21pm

Very atmospheric, but a little tiring after a while. Enjoyed all the messages written on the benches, and the bosses felt just a little out of place given the serious tone. Still, great work!

Sep 13, 2015 @ 4:50pm

Lovely graphics, great game. I included it in part 29 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

wademcgillis says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 5:08pm

:( Really difficult :(

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