A downloadable game for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
pod3x3 — a real time strategy game of piloting three pods
you can play the game for free here to the left (sound and full-screen currently does not work in Safari. sorry!)
pod3x3 is a somewhat unusual take on the RTS genre, with the constraints of the 2 player 8 bit pico-8 console in mind. the result is something more in likeness to a fighting or dogfighting game. a game of zoning and feinting to get the upper hand of your opponent. easy to learn, hard to master. the game can be played 1 vs 1, vs AI or AI vs AI.
but first things first:
how to play pod3x3
in pod3x3, each player give orders to 3 pods each. these pods are somewhat like tanks. you cycle between your pods with button 1. with the up and down buttons, you set the active pod's throttle. with the left and right buttons, you can change the pod's direction. the pod will try to match its rotation and velocity to the selected direction and throttle, even if you cycle to another pod later.
every pod is equipped with a turret that will automatically target and shoot at the nearest enemy. when a pod is selected, you can see the turret's current range as the circle around the pod. the range is bigger the faster you go, but it is also offset so that the turret have a harder time shooting backwards. this is the key to winning the a game of pod3x3.
if you're in a bind, you can hold button 2 to activate a shield. you can only use the shield on the active pod, and the pod cannot shoot while using its shield. however, the pod only takes 1/10 of the usual damage when the shield is up. the shield uses a shared meter that regenerates when not in use.
oh and one last trick — if you press button 1 and 2 at the same time, you e-brake. e-braking resets all your pods throttle to 0.
the arena is the big white circle. if a pod moves outside the circle, the autopilot is engaged and the pod is steered back into the arena. after one minute, the arena will start shrinking, watch out!
- ready player — button 1
- activate AI — button 2
- throttle up/down — up/down
- change direction — left/right
- switch pod — button 1
- shield — button 2
- e-brake — button 1+2
- up/down/left/right — p1: arrow buttons p2: e/d/s/f
- button 1 — p1: z or n p2: tab
- button 2 — p1: x or m p2: q
about ossian borén
pico-8 is an 8 bit "fantasy console" made by lexaloffle. pod3x3 was made exclusively for this console. you can play pod3x3 natively on the console (which costs about $10) or you can play the game using the HTML5 web version. You get both versions when purchasing pod3x3.
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