Scales of Love

Dale and Karen have been a couple for four years. They’ve been living together happily for a while now.

Now, something has happened in Karen’s life that might change everything.

Will love be enough to see them through their challenges?

Guide Karen through this very short, part-comedy, part-fantasy visual novel about the heart.

NOTE: This game contains very strong language.

Instructions

  •  Press X, Z, or down to advance dialog boxes
  • Press up or down to select dialog options
  • Press X, Z, or Enter to confirm dialog options
  • Press C to speed up text
  • Press down to skip to full text display

Features the following music:

Made for NaNoRenO 2019.

 

Orbital Paladin Melchior Y

It is the year 231 of the Frontier Era.

A nine-year war continues to rage between two mighty powers in the Earth sphere, conducted largely by heavily armed mechanized suits in space battles.

Eighteen-year-old Wick Palmer joins the small crew of the spaceship Nauvoo to take control of the Orbital Federated States’ most advanced mech. Guarding a remote point in the solar system, the quiet the team has enjoyed cannot hold for long.

Guide Wick as he forges relationships with his teammates, fights off enemies, and questions his place in a war that never ends in this visual novel/shooting action space opera game.

Made for the Emotional (Digital) Mecha Jam.

Music credits:

  • Traditional and classical music arranged by Mick Jones, in addition to original compositions, all released by the artist into the public domain
  • Multiple battle tracks and the title theme are by Jonathan So (CC0)
  • “Introduction Remake+” by Spring (CC-BY-4.0)
  • “Contemplation” by Joth (CC0)
  • “Fallen Hero” by Machine (CC-BY-4.0)
  • Chill lofi music by omfgdude (CC0)
  • “My Friends Will Cry” by Christovix Games, as heard in Chapter Five’s combat sequence

Monster Hug

Monsters are rampaging underground! Where heroes have failed in their efforts to respond with violence, someone speaks up: “What if we try hugging the monsters?”

Monster Hug features five unique monsters, each of which has a unique personality and set of behaviors–and each is a unique threat! Figure out when you can get in close and give each monster a hug! An adorable little platformer.

Inspired by a suggestion by Eli Z. McCormick.

Uses the font Magic Forest by anna anthropy and music by pauliuw and Juhani Junkala, under Creative Commons licenses.

Nibblin’

You’re Norvell the Nibbler and you’re here to prove how good you are at nibblin’!

When a nibbler eats a nibblet, they get longer. That’s what nibblin’ is! Slither and nibble your way through twenty stages. Encounter tricky course designs, chat with experienced nibblers, and even face off against them on the field!

My first ZZT game since 2006 and my first non-jam ZZT game since 2002.

I started this game some time between 1999 and 2003. Then it got transferred from hard drive to hard drive with the rest of my old ZZT files. Earlier this year, I thought it might be interesting to go back and figure out how to finish it. I had the basic engine made but didn’t really have any firm aspirations for it besides being a relatively smooth (for ZZT) Snake clone. I came up with a cute little frame story and a few objects/obstacles/NPCs to make the game more interesting. Twenty stages!

Invasion Versus

A frantic two-player arcade-style game where Earth faces off against waves of invading aliens.

In the game’s two-player Versus Mode, choose to be the Earth team, fending off the invasion by blasting aliens out of the sky, or the Invaders’ team, slowly descending to Earth’s surface, dodging bullets, and picking off Earth’s defenses.

The game also has a score-attack Arcade Mode for solo players and a local high score leaderboard.

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I began this game in the spring of 2016 and finally returned to finish it up this month.

Aaargh! Condor

 

An unofficial remake of the amazingly-title 1983 Commodore 64 classic AAARGH! CONDOR, my 2018 update seeks to capture the frantic and frenzied spirit of the original game by Alan G. Osborne.

With three heroes, try to save as many would-be sacrifices to the titular giant bird by hurling a spear into its chest. As the game progresses, you’ll face more enemies and obstacles, all seeming to get in the way of your heroic feats.

I strongly recommend you also play the original Commodore 64 game and read about it in this article on the Obscuritory by Phil Shadsy, which introduced me to the game.

My AAARGH! CONDOR remake uses the font Crypt of Tomorrow by anna anthropy.

Temple of the Wumpus

 

You have arrived at the Temple of the Wumpus, a holy shrine said to house the incorporeal body of the divinity known as the Wumpus.  Pilgrims come to this massive temple in order to pray in the presence of the Wumpus’s incorporeal body.

Explore over 100 rooms filled with hints, lore, and secrets. Kneel in prayer and see if you can find the slow-moving, divine Wumpus.

This game is a reinterpretation of Gregory Yob’s 1973 BASIC classic Hunt the Wumpus. It was made for the month-long 2018 Wumpus Jam (which I also hosted at itch).

Temple of the Wumpus was born of my desire to explore the seeking mechanics of Hunt the Wumpus, but reframed in a nonviolent way. Other than jumping, your main actions in-game consist of praying and reading scripture. It is a game in which I let my messy thoughts about religion and spirituality run wild with thousands of words of text. Rather than single-mindedly seeking the a win by finding the Wumpus, I hope players take time to explore and get to know the temple itself.

The game uses the font Magic Forest by anna anthropy. It features music by Ryan YunckSyncopika, and The Cynic Project(cynicmusic.com/pixelsphere.org) and contains sound effects recordings by Michael VeloNatureNotesUK, and remaxim.

Instructions: Z: Pray, X: Jump, C: Light candle (while in prayer), Enter: Pause/select, Up arrow: Interact/talk/read, Down arrow: Advance text, Left and right arrows: Walk

Liz & Laz: The Control Cubes

 

When a freak accident destabilizes the stabilizer, the control cubes go missing and Liz and Laz must work together to secure them! Laz transports into a hazardous landscape and relies on directions from Liz to keep him safe.

Taking direct control of Liz, you’ll issue controls to Laz remotely. Liz uses a life-sized game controller to tell Laz to move, jump, and shoot. She jumps on buttons to guide Laz to the control cubes.

  • twelve control cubes across twelve stages
  • Colorful, dangerous world
  • Inventive indirect control system provides unique platforming action
  • Completely reconfigurable keyboard and gamepad controls

Features music by celestialghost8, Snabisch, Juhani Junkala, and Alex McCulloch

Initially designed to be a quickly dashed-off, intentionally frustrating game, I ended up really liking what this became. Inspired by ZZT Engine games (including my own Punctuation People), Lemmings, and the games Nanairo ringo and Kaerazu no mori by Kabusoft.

After the release of this game–the 90th I’ve released–I wrote up a reflection on my blog on my past two decades of game-making and some of the influences I was mindful of when I approached this game in particular.

So I Heard You’re a Fish

“so i heard you’re a fish”

This is my first Bitsy game. I’ve been wanting to make something in Bitsy for a while. When I came across this Sudden Death Game Jam (as a result of talking to the wonderful wengwengweng about the game 粉色鱼鱼 Find the Pink Fish), I had my one-hour game idea. I’m looking forward to coming up with bit-sized, Bitsy-sized projects in the future.

Knight Moves

KNIGHT MOVES is a game created for Sophie Houlden’s Chess Jam on itch.io.

The game features four difficulty levels and an unlockable endless mode in which you play a knight fighting against an all-pawn computer-controlled army.

A game like this doesn’t exactly need a story, but I took the familiar conflict setting as an opportunity to contextualize the game with my first illustrated cinematics in years. And also the public debut of the dialogue/text engine that has been part of the Game Maker tool kit I developed over six years ago.