Star Shards is a PICO-8 interpretation of the Gummi Ships from Kingdom Hearts.

With the dawn of Kingdom Hearts 3, I wanted to commemorate the release with some fan-art, which crystallized as this demake of my favorite mini-game from the series!

Title Theme: "Dearly Beloved" - Yoko Shimomura
In-Game Theme: "Blast Away! -Gummi Ship I-" - Yoko Shimomura


Controls:

  • Menu
    • Up/Down arrows for menu navigation
    • Z for menu item selection
  • In-Game
    • Left/Right arrows for ship movement
    • Z to shoot
    • X to slow time


Updates to come will include:

  • Ship customization in the Garage


Background:

I've been playing with PICO-8 for about a year, but this is my first serious project for the fantasy console.

For those who don't know, PICO-8 has no concept of 3D graphics. In fact, it's limited in many ways - it has a fixed 16 color palette, 32KB of memory, and a 128x128 screen resolution. That's the whole fun of it!
(If you'd like to learn more, please visit https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php)

The first stage in this process was to create a simple 3D engine. I had to relearn some basics of linear algebra and research how 3D software renderers are implemented. If you happen to be interested, a few of my references were these helpful sites:

Additionally, I'd like to give a shout-out to these amazing devs also provided so much inspiration with their projects/articles:

Development log

Comments

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Awesome! Good work!! 

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I love it. Thanks for all the helpful links that helped with your progress