They Started It - Pico-8's most 'juiced' vertical shooter


They Started It, is a frantic Pico-8 shooter from BBS member joeyspacerocks. Part space invaders part galaga, all action and sensory overload - this shooter delivers fast paced, wave based shoot em up fun in spades.


The current version has a nice difficulty curve with the first wave easing you in gently but soon ramps up as enemies with a higher hit count appear and with better weapons such as missiles and beam lasers arrive to rapidly deplete your (short in supply) shields.

Expect to see this a lot
You get pickups in the form of missiles and shields and extra lives on a points basis but the star of the show has to be extent to which it has been 'juiced' which is to take a simple game mechanic and layer on effects (explosions, shake, particles etc.) until the base game is almost unrecognizable and this one does it to great effect, as this is one of the most addictive offerings so far.

Joeyspacerocks:
We lived in peace for thousands of years, until they came.
Aggressive beyond reason and sporting a dubious dress sense, they attacked in droves; we pushed them back, but they kept coming. Eventually they were down to their last ship.
Still it comes at us, attempting to exterminate us for unknown reasons. Seemingly unable to take a hint.
You are that ship. Leave your morals at the door and destroy those poor aliens for no logical reason.
As usual with pico-8 games, you can play them through the pico-8 BBS or download them if you own Pico-8 for the best experience. It plays on PocketCHIP but not at 60Hz which is a shame, but it does play unlike some other newer carts which need version 0.1.8 vs PChip's custom 0.1.7.

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source: BBS cart page

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