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

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by danialias - Compo Entry

You are a monster, and you are surrounded! Four magician warriors are trying to finish you. Will you be able to survive until they run out of stamina? Time to move!

Made on Pico-8 (


Move: Up / Down
Restart: Z (A button)


This game is super-hard! Some hints:

- The pattern is always the same! Try to remember the hard places to survive longer. Even if you die, the warriors will keep shooting, so you can check what is coming later.

- The hitbox of the monster is relatively small. You can wait until the very last moment before dodging (close-call!)

- The full pattern is "only" 30 seconds. What happen at the end?





- If you get killed by the very last magic, you will get a You Win an a Game Over at the same time :(

Downloads and Links




DavidErosa says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:51pm

Wow, an amazing little game! A bit too hard but the collision box are rather permitive, so... Still hard xD

I wanted to use Pico-8 for my entry too, but I still have zero experience with it, maybe for the next LD!

Great game, thanks!

JustinJ says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:16pm

The monster poses are super adorable. Hard but fun!

Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:19pm

This is suuuuper hard. Love the monster animation.

Azlen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:29pm

Extremely hard, I survive for like... 5 seconds.

walaber says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:55pm

super hard but fun game!

RHY3756547 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:45pm

Love the monster poses, and the game feels pretty good once you get the hang of it. The only problem is that it's too difficult to play, even after a while of practice. It's probably different for you because you played for like, 2 days straight. Nice game tho!

danialias says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:45am

Thanks for all the comments! Really happy you liked it!

The game is purposely super-difficult :). But I would have liked to do it better, of course!

For example, the structure is too simple because my lack of experience with Pico-8 (my original idea was to put more magics per warrior and less speed). Also, I didn't have enough time to polish the pattern properly (steep start, weak middle).

Still, the pattern is always the same, so with enough time and practice is doable. I hope it can be rewarding for people with enough patience/time :)

richy486 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:47am

Great but too hard for me

Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:33pm

Game is nails! Addictive though...I fear my record is not very impressive: 7.8 seconds...

gnuwilliam says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:32pm

Really cool and hard game

spotco says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31am

tough game, I like the homage to old RPGs. I think it's a little too tough right off the bat. Comes off more stressful than fun. Perhaps start off a bit slower and work up to a high speed around the middle of the game.

whalebot says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31am

Jeez... I don't have the patience for this kind of game haha. That being said, nice work with it. I love the pico-8 games :)

Infernal says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:50am

Too dang hard! I can only get to 8 seconds at best.

zatyka says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Simple, very hard, but addicting. Cute graphics, I love pico-8 games. Displaying the stamina was a very good choice. It kept me coming back because I knew there was a defined goal. I found it interesting that playing with sound on made it much easier for me to recognize the patterns. After maybe 70 tries, I finally memorized enough of the patterns, and it was dance time.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:02am

A bit hard, but otherwise enjoyable game.

wicht says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 9:04am

Wouh, this one is really hard! The retro style is absolutely lovely. Felt warped back in time! Good job!

CheesyRamen says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 9:31am

Hard, but I really enjoyed it!

jhrrsn says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:11pm

I really like your sprite work & animation! Challenging game, I love that you made it in Pico-8!

Kizler says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:05am

I love the way the audio comes together for this. I think if I get the right rhythm going I can last longer than 12 seconds.

panda says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:06am

This is fun, but hard! At least the pattern repeats, so that makes it possible. I love the retro LCD game feel!

tehPHEN says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:32pm

Hard but challanging! I couldn't make it to the end but loved the concept!

danialias says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 4:13am

Thanks for all the comments guys! Even somebody reach to the end, that was unexpected (and makes me really happy!)

I made a video showing the full pattern. If you are interested in checking my strategy to reach the end, here is it:

Thalikoth says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:26pm

It's a pretty tough game. It takes a lot of trial and error to beat it. Making it easier, but with random patters could provide the game with replayability. (Perhaps it could be another game-mode in the future)

Grahhhhh says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 1:51am

10.3 is the most my brain can pull off haha. It's a good game, and strangely enough, I feel the sound effects would be annoying in any other game, but somehow seem to work well here. Nice game!

Sep 2, 2015 @ 7:04pm

This one needs reflexes from the very begining.
It would be nice to have some different sounds to make you feel like you are doing some king of music.

Mach60KAS says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:25pm

Incredibly difficult, but I live for those dancing frog monster sprites. Sound effects get a little rough to listen to after a while but apart from that I quite liked this. Sadly, I wasn't able to survive all the way to the end.

LandoSystems says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 4:26am

Loved the Retro feel of the graphics

tweedle says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:02pm

Super hard, but rewarding! Really neat idea here.

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