Stay aboard! Navigate to the finish line using items collected along the way in this arcade action paddle 'em up!


UPDATE 1/14/2023, v1.1:

  • Midboss section contains more action and a couple new sprites/sfx
  • Rocks spawn gradually at the start of each lap (so you don’t crash into them immediately after winning the midboss section)
  • Turtle hit/hurtbox size reduced
  • Speed gauge colors changed to represent the danger level of being ejected
  • Slight gfx adjustments
  • Faster boot time

UPDATE 06/11/2022, OST:
I've added a special OST cart for the itch.io download, where you can select music from the soundtrack and watch the game play itself while you listen. I hope you enjoy it!


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
  • Pico-8 .png "cartridge" fils
  • Unminified, commented .p8 files. (Note: These files are too large to actually run in Pico-8 and are included for reference.)
  • BONUS: A special Original SoundTrack (OST) version of the game!
Updated 23 days ago
StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
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:

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
GAME v1.1 - Pico-8 Cart 57 kB
GAME v1.1 - Linux Binary 766 kB
GAME v1.1 - MacOS Binary 3 MB
GAME v1.1 - Raspberry Pi Binary 2 MB
GAME v1.1 - Windows Binary 1,006 kB
CODE v1.1 - Unminified .p8 (non-working, for reference only) 141 kB

Development log

Comments

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A creative game that feels very good for a pico-8 game.
It was beautiful to read the background info as well, thanks for sharing the story.
Wishing you best of luck. The time here is limited, and it only gets more valuable as it goes on.

Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the game!

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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!

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Thank u for everything, Paul!!!