A top-down-shooter metroid-like.

Cursors keys to move, Z / X to fire.

1 hour or less playtime, does not save.

This is my first Pico-8 project, I used P8Coder to manage the code. Apart from the class definition (which I abstracted) I wrote the whole thing from scratch in 2 weeks of spare time. This meant it turned into more of a shmup odyssey than a metroidvania. I will have to listen to a lot of feedback before I know what weapons, monsters, and topography would have worked better.

Let me know what you'd expect from a sequel.

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Source code is below, but you can look at the code in the browser on the game's pico-8 forum page.

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Super fun! I loved how each weapon had a different play style, and that you had to swap back and forth between weapons to unlock different parts of the map. 

Difficulty was at a good level for me. I think it would be helpful to have a very small "mini-map" to show what room you're in, in relation to the game world. That way you can retrace your steps to find old weapons more easily, but it wasn't too hard without a map.

There is a minimap in most rooms.  Study the walls and you may find it. Making it brutally obvious where you are makes it a bit boring for me.

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Nicely done! Swapping rather than adding weapons changes the feel of backtracking, with some rooms that were previously dangerous now easy and vice versa.

Ooh, I like the concept a lot, although I could see the backtracking getting annoying if it were much longer. I especially like the final powerup and how it changes how you perceive the environment.

I didn't find the actual combat or enemies terribly engaging, but the level design and exploration was enough to keep me interested until the end. Good stuff!