Antsy Alien Attack Pico

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A retro-style vertically scrolling shoot 'em up


The year is 2139. Planet Earth is under attack by aliens, and they're (still) antsy!


๐Ÿš€ You're a mercenary with a state-of-the-art space fighter and a gun for hire
๐Ÿ‘พ The United Federation of Planet Earth has hired you to dispatch the aliens and restore calm
๐Ÿ’ฐ๏ธ Complete every mission to fulfil your contract and earn your pay

One ship. One life. One mission

๐Ÿ’ฅ Destroy aliens by shooting or colliding with them
๐Ÿ›ธ๏ธ Avoid the aliens if you can't destroy them
๐Ÿ”‹ Collect power-ups to enhance your weapons and charge the ship dynamo ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ A fully charged dynamo boosts your shields by 50%
๐Ÿ›‘ Weapons go offline when travelling at hyperspeed
๐ŸŒŒ When your ship health is depleted, you're lost to the vacuum of space

Controls ๐Ÿ•น๏ธ

The joystick interface might need to be connected before the controllers work. Run the following in a terminal.

snap connect antsy-alien-attack-pico:joystick

Antsy Alien Attack Pico should work with most game controllers ๐ŸŽฎ๏ธ The in-game visuals show the PICO-8 buttons, but the following shows the equivalent buttons for Xbox controllers.

  • Move with d-pad or left stick
  • A to Fire
  • B to Fire

1-UP Keyboard 1๏ธโƒฃ

  • Arrow keys - Move the ship
  • X or M or V - Fire
  • Z or N or C - Fire

2-UP Keyboard 2๏ธโƒฃ

  • S,D,E,F keys - Move the ship
  • Tab or Q - Fire
  • Shift or A - Fire

Game design ๐Ÿ“

Antsy Alien Attack Pico is a "sequel" to Antsy Alien Attack.

Antsy Alien Attack Pico was developed during Linux Game Jam 2023๐Ÿง using PICO-8.

Full source code and game design plans are available on GitHub ๐Ÿ™

Details for Antsy Alien Attack Pico

  • CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0 OR MIT

Last updated
  • 6 June 2023 - latest/stable


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