Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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by BluShine - Competition Entry

A canoe battling game. Use the ancient technologies of CANOE and SPEAR to defeat your rival canoes! Complete 7 levels of canoe mayhem, or battle against your friends in versus mode.

Player 1:
LEFT to paddle left
RIGHT to paddle right
Z/C/N to throw a spear

player 2 (optional):
S to paddle left
F to paddle right
Q to throw spear

If you have the pico-8 desktop version, you can download the cartridge and play it with up to 4 players using gamepads.

My first time making a PICO-8 game. Very fun environment to use, especially in a game jam.

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pogo575 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:21am

Very cool mechanic for navigation. I'm sure multiplayer would be awesome. The AI was a bit too brutal.

dwhiffing says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:25am

Very disorienting control mechanic, I like it! Takes some getting used to, but I really liked the art and sound effects :) Nice work!

PetterBergmar says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:42am

Very nice! I didn't get the controls at first but when I did it was great! Love the graphics. This is the first pico8 game I played..

jsonbee says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:45am

For some reason I am stuck on the menu, pressing enter doesnt seem to work? It just says Continue / Reset ? :(

Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:27pm

Oh man, I like this. It took me a second to remember how to paddle a canoe. That's a really fun control mechanic.

Of course nice, bright, energetic overall look too.

RhythmLynx says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:02pm

Ah this is great! Brilliant control scheme, would love to try it multiplayer. Very pretty too and the sound effects are nice. Great job!

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:07am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description. (you can already find several games from the jam there)

Wevel says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:39pm

First PICO-8 game I've seen on ludum dare, going to try it on my pocket chip at some point. Very nice, fun game. The sounds got slightly annoying but then they work with the art and type of game. One thing though, when you paddle on the left, you rotate left. But I'm fairly sure that in a canoe you would rotate right. Though that might just be me being a derp

Martins says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:59pm

I am not smart enough to start the game :\

BluShine says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 6:41pm

At the title screen, you use the left/right arrow keys to select the number of players, and the up/down arrow keys to switch between the two gamemodes. Z or C starts the game. You can't play "versus" with only 1 player, so it won't let you start the game unless you choose a different mode, or add more players. Hope that makes sense!

csanyk says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 8:00am

I love it! It's like Towerfall Ascention, but with canoes!

Add a helper text to tell the user how to start the game, and this is gold. I'd love to see some bonus weapons, different maze arenas, and so forth.

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