Stay aboard! Navigate to the finish line using items found along the way. Watch out, there may be a surprise waiting downstream!

Game Controls


Legend:

⬅️➡️⬆️⬇️ = D-Pad or Keyboard Arrow Keys

🅾️ = Button 1 or Keyboard Z

❎ = Button 2 or Keyboard X

Note: The downloadable version supports many USB gamepads out-of-the-box via the underlying Pico-8 application. This is the recommended way to play, so give yours a try! See the Pico-8 manual for more information on gamepad configuration.

Movement:

⬅️ + 🅾️ - Paddle counter-clockwise

➡️ + 🅾️ - Paddle clockwise

⬆️ + 🅾️ - Steady ahead

⬇️ - Move backwards (with motor)

Offense/Defense:

❎ - Throw

How to Play


From the Developer


My mom loved both adventure and the American southwest; she traveled there many times over her life, and her home was filled with art and souvenirs she'd collected from her visits to the region.

When I was about seven years old, my parents rented a minivan and took me on a long roadtrip across the United States. I don’t remember a lot from that trip other than staring out the window while the landscape slowly changed from cities and farmland, to mountains, to desert, but one memory stands out from the endless monotony of the road; a stop at the Grand Canyon where my mom went white water rafting.

My dad never learned how to swim, and someone needed to watch me anyway, so the two of us waited downstream in the hot afternoon sun, looking for mom's boat to come in. I don’t think the water was particularly rough at that time of year; but like my dad, I’ve never been good at swimming either, and I spent most of the time thinking about how scary the water looked to me. I imagined how if I was on the boat with mom, I would probably fall out and be carried away by the river. She seemed very bold and brave that day!

A couple years before she left this world, mom offered to take me on a trip out west; possibly to Las Vegas, or maybe the Grand Canyon. I politely turned her down for some made-up reason, while the real one probably had something to do with still being in my 20s and wrongly believing that I was too cool to go on vacation with my mother. As a young adult, I assumed that there would always be more time with the people in my life. Now that I'm a little older, I'm learning that there is rarely ever enough. I don’t know where we might have gone or what we might have done on that trip, if I hadn't foolishly said no; but sometimes, it’s nice to dream about it.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the game. It contains a lot of love, a little regret, and the best game I could fit into a single Pico-8 cart.

-ridgek

Credits and Thanks


External Libraries:

Playtesters:

Special Thanks To:

Purchase Includes:


  • Binaries for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Raspberry Pi
  • A Pico-8 .png "cartridge" file
  • An unminified, commented .p8 file. (Note: This file is too large to actually run in Pico-8 and is included for reference.)
  • BONUS: A Pico-8 cartridge and binaries for a special Original SoundTrack (OST) version of the game!
Updated 1 day ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5)
Authorridgek
GenreAction, Racing
Made withAseprite, PICO-8
TagsArcade, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Shoot 'Em Up
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any), Touchscreen

Purchase

Buy Now$2.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

GAME - Linux binary 734 kB
GAME - MacOS binary 3 MB
GAME - RasPi binary 2 MB
GAME - Windows binary 976 kB
CODE - Lua Visualization 209 kB
CODE - Unminified .p8 (non-working, for reference only) 137 kB
GAME - Pico-8 cart 59 kB
OST - Pico-8 cart 59 kB
OST - Linux binary 733 kB
OST - MacOS binary 3 MB
OST - RasPi binary 2 MB
OST - Windows binary 975 kB

Development log

Comments

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(+1)

Thank you for sharing both this wonderful game and the story of and with your mother, all the best. 

Thank you for playing! :)

I really like it, it's challenging.

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

wow great game, congrats

Thanks so much! I follow u on Twitter and admire your dedication to true 8-bit programming. I really appreciate the compliment!

Looking forward to your next projects. Keep up the great job. Cheers.

This game is FUUUUUUN!! The controls are tricky but in a good way. It feels challenging to control the boat in the middle of all that chaos! Good job!!

Thanks so much, I’m happy you’ve enjoyed it!

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Congrats on releasing this ambitious PICO-8 game - you did it! 🥳
Not only that ...it's awesome! 🤩

Everything looks and sounds great - I'm particularly fond of the gr8 music u produced for it 🔊😆🤘

I felt privileged to get a sneak peak at such a well-made (+personal) game.
Well done!

(+1)

Thank u for everything, Paul!!!