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Block Pop!


Arrow keys - move selection / fire ball in direction
Z / C - accept / switch balls
X / V - cancel / speed up


Block Pop! is an old-school inspired puzzle game. Stop the blocks from getting to your castle by popping them with the right colored balls. Try to get the longest chains to maximize that score!


Hello everyone!

This is my first attempt at making a pico-8 game. I always wanted to do an oldschool puzzler with action elements like tetris, so when I found pico-8 I had to do that first. Sadly I couldn't find the time to get some music in, but I think the game can still be considered finished. Hope you enjoy it, and I would love some feedback!

P#71691 2020-01-02 15:44 ( Edited 2020-01-02 15:45)

:: dw817

This kind of game has been done before. It is called ZUMA.

However I think this is the first incarnation of it for Pico-8. Quite interesting and challenging.

Definite gold star material, @ekvadior. Nicely done !

P#71699 2020-01-02 17:29 ( Edited 2020-01-02 17:30)

Thank you very much for the feedback and kind words.
I am aware of Zuma, I didn't think I invented the genre.

P#71713 2020-01-02 20:55
:: merwok

Simple and great! I am going to play this a lot.

P#71739 2020-01-04 00:01

Quite fun, the framerate drops quite a bit on later levels. My score:

P#71746 2020-01-04 04:00 ( Edited 2020-01-04 04:01)

That's quite a high score man, I don't think I've made one like that without debug cheats. I'll look into the frame drops, is it like a static all the time thing, or just when you hit the blocks?

P#71751 2020-01-04 08:57

Very well done and fun to play (indeed, strong feeling of Zuma!)
Perf wise, you may be relying too much on coroutine - this is a good pattern but a bit taxing at scale (to be measured as usual).

P#71752 2020-01-04 09:36

@ekvadior, I've managed to beat the high score.

P#71755 2020-01-04 15:02 ( Edited 2020-01-04 15:02)

Awesome little game! It's super fun to play a game similar to Zuma on here. Great cart.

P#71759 2020-01-04 20:34

ekvadior: Yes, I think it's pretty static but… it's hard to take a proper look at it without breaking the concentration (which you need on higher levels).

P#71768 2020-01-05 04:00

This is great.

One minor bug I noticed : When you restart the level, sometimes the first ball on the yellow track is one of the more advanced colors.

Also, occasionally I get double fires. But I can't convince myself whether that's a bug or if I'm just hammering on the keys.

P#71990 2020-01-16 07:12

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