Picokaiju (ピコ怪獣)

You are one big monster with an appetite for destruction. This turn-based rogue-like PICO-8 game is all about that stomping, smashing, grabbing, and chomping your way through a procedurally generated hapless city and its tiny citizens.

How to Play

This PICO-8 game uses a gamepad that is also controllable via the keyboard.

FunctionKeyboardGamepad (PICO / PS)
WalkArrow keysD-pad
ROAR (skip a turn and heal), Cancel menuZ, N, CO / X
Open abilities menu, ConfirmX, M, VX / Square
Pause, Pico-8 MenuEnterStart

Mobs

Mobs have a chance to spawn every other turn they are:

  • Civilians Spawn every turn. Scared and immobile protein shakes.
  • Cop Car Deals 1 DMG. Range 1 tile in all 8 directions. Protein shake in a can.
  • Copter Same as Cop Car but flies over buildings except for tall ones.
  • Tank Deals 2 DMG. Range 5 tiles in cardinal directions (Up, Left, Down, Right).
  • Mad Scientist (UFO) Same as Copter but also adds 1 Poison DMG per turn. There is no antidote.

Pro-Tips

  • To regain energy, first select GRAB in the abilities menu and select a mob to grab, then select CHOMP in the abilities menu to eat the mob.
  • To regain health, use the ROAR button. You start out with 1 hp regen per roar.
  • Points are multiplied by a combo meter. Combo increases if you do several destructions in a row and resets on no destruction.
  • Do hold on to an enemy you've grabbed for a later snack. CHOMP will also increase the combo meter.
  • All mobs may be grabbed and walked on. Even the helicopters and the mysterious mad scientist.

Credits

Game design, SFX, GFX and Programming by @spoike. Music is tracked in PICO-8 with following compositions in mind:

  • Opening: A Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorgsky
  • In Game: Alterna (from Shin Godzilla) - Shirō Sagisu
  • Ending: Funeral March - Chopin

Testers: @extarscube, @dlehman, @galactical1100, Gouspourd, FReDs72, Yolwoocle, netpork, Groove,M.D., sourencho, Thombis Falafel, John-Victor Dahl

Noteworthy inspirations for this title are Kaiju/Movie Monster genres and other Gojiralike games such as 7DRL game Chomp! from 2017 and Crush, Crumble and Chomp! from 1981.

Game is also available on PICO-8 BBS.

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StatusIn development
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(27)
Authorspoike
GenreAction
Made withPICO-8
Tagskaiju, Monsters, PICO-8, Retro, Roguelike, Roguelite, Strategy RPG, Turn-based Strategy

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Comments

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(+2)

the world needs more kaiju games :D 

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This is very good. Thanks.

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one of those Pico8 games that i always end up coming back. The game loop and progression is so addictive

(+2)

really cool game! combat feels super chunky at satisfying. nice work

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Super cool project! Love the art style!

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Absolutely love this. A nice mix of strategy and big dumb fun

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Great game, well done! Had lots of fun. It's like the turn based version of one of my own! :D

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Wow, strong Crush Crumble & Chomp vibes! Even got Night On Bald Mountain for the theme! This is great. <3 :)