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Quest for the Book of Truth

A Zelda-inspired adventure for PICO-8!

How to play

Once the game is started, your character can be moved around the screen using the arrow keys.

The Z key will use the item shown in the top-right of the screen. You will start with a sword, but you will need to find other items in order to complete the game.

Pressing the X key will open a menu which shows the name of your current item. Once you have obtained other items, you can switch which one is being used by pressing the up and down arrows. Press the Z or X key to close the menu and continue playing.

Objective

To complete the game, you will need to obtain the Book of Truth. In order to do this, you will need to explore the game's world and find useful tools.

Items

You will need to find multiple items in order to reach the Book of Truth. Below are some of the items you will be able to find.

You may find other items during your adventure. It's down to you to figure out how to use them!

Sword

You start the game with this item. It's a good weapon for dealing with enemies. You can even swing it while moving!

Bow and Arrows

This item can be used to attack enemies from a distance. If you hold the button down, you can move around before you shoot the arrow. It can also be used to hit switches from further away. You won't ever run out of arrows, so you can use as many as you like.

Bombs

This item can be used to break cracked rocks. It's also a powerful weapon! A bomb will explode a short while after it is placed. You won't ever run out of bombs, but you will need to wait a little bit after using one before you can place another. It's not possible to hurt yourself with a bomb, so there's no need worry about that.

Teleport Rod

This magical item will teleport you to its tip when you release the button. It is not possible to teleport into solid objects. An image will appear when you hold the button down to show you where you will warp to. It will be green when it is possible to warp.

Potion of Life

When you find one of these potions, your maximum life will increase. As a bonus, your current life will be refilled.

Key

These keys are required to open the gates blocking your way to the Book of Truth. You will need one key for each gate.

Objects and Obstacles

The world is full of interesting objects and obstacles. Here are some of the things you may encounter:

Treasure Chests

You can open a treasure chest by approaching it from below. Who knows what's inside?

Blue Switch and Moving Blocks

When you hit a blue switch with one of your items, it will cause all of the moving blocks to change positions. When a block is raised, you won't be able to walk past it. Each blue switch will affect all blocks in the game, so try to plan ahead.

Orange Switch

When you hit an orange switch with one of your items, it cause something to happen nearby.

Gate

These gates will block your way to the Book of Truth. Each one requires a key to open it.

Fusion Altar

This mysterious altar is crucial to completing the game. It can be used to enhance the functionality of your items. After you have found it, you will need to visit it multiple times to be able to reach the Book of Truth. Its strange power can be used by approaching it from below.

Tips and Advice

  • Make good use of your items
    When you get a new item, try it out so that you know what it does. Think about places you have seen where you might be able to use that new item!

  • The world can be confusing
    One of the biggest challenges in this game can be figuring out where everything else is in relation to each other. If you're struggling to remember where everything is, consider drawing a map as you explore.

  • Take note of locked treasure chests
    Sometimes you'll see a treasure chest that you cannot obtain with your current equipment. There's likely something important in there, so make sure you remember to come back for it later!

  • Death is not the end
    If your life reaches 0, you will be returned to the game's starting point. You'll get to keep everything you've obtained though, so don't feel disheartened! If you're finding one place too difficult, try going somewhere else and coming back later.

Good luck on your quest!

P#60398 2018-12-27 22:43 ( Edited 2018-12-27 23:56)

This looks amazing! Is there a way to commit suicide? Because I managed to get stuck here: https://i.imgur.com/wvGHWnw.png and I think I wasn’t supposed to get there before I acquired another item…

P#60403 2018-12-27 23:39 ( Edited 2018-12-27 23:39)
:: Mush

Thanks for letting me know about that! I had a feeling there would be situations where you could get stuck, that I didn't find myself. I've just put up a new version which should prevent you getting stuck there now.

P#60405 2018-12-27 23:59
:: gate88

Adorable game and fun little puzzles. Completed! https://imgur.com/oim60y1

P#60407 2018-12-28 03:53

@Mush thanks! I managed to reach the end, this time. It’s impressive that the world size is only 4×4, the level design is really polished.

(spoilers ahead) There is one chest that I did not manage to open, though: assuming rooms are numbered 1…16, it’s the one in room 14, left to the island. It seems that I can only reach that chest using teleport arrows, but I don’t understand how I could go south of room 11 without the regular arrows.

P#60411 2018-12-28 13:02

What an AMAZING game. First of all, that inventory system! Smooth like butter. Secondly, them puzzles, WOW. I thought you needed a fusion to get the first key, but all I needed was to get gud. Then when I figured out how to get the second key, you showed me how to do it. I was like "What do I need this health postion for, I haven't lost any life?" But it wasn't the potion. WOW! Just WOW. Love this one. love it.

P#60416 2018-12-28 21:06

@Mush Great job! I really enjoyed the game. The puzzles were challenging but not frustrating. I feel inspired to make some Pico-8 games :)

P#60419 2018-12-29 01:06

Great game! Well done. Can't wait to look under the hood! =)

P#60423 2018-12-29 11:09

Fantastic game! I had a blast playing through it last night on the big tv! Solving one of the last puzzles was fascinating, as I thought of plausible ways to solve it using the fused items and eventually realized how I had to do it! So much fun, congrats. Making a game of this quality is what I aspire to on this platform.

P#60717 2019-01-09 13:59

I spent a very good time playing it. Your level design is very effective.

P#65708 2019-07-08 20:34

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