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A jam submission

Barrier BlastView game page

Arcade game where your magic does double duty as a barrier and a missile
Submitted by Tom Wright (@thetomster3) — 6 hours, 59 minutes before the deadline
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Ranked from 13 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

How does your submission match the theme?
The wizard's magic forms a force field around him to defend, but can also be used as a missile to attack.

Arrow keys: Move
Z: Jump
X: Fire Magic Missile

Hold down and tap jump to fall through certain platforms.

Third-party resources
Fade animation from PICO-8's JELPI demo.
Title screen decoder by 01010111.

Tom Wright

Playtesting by BadBizcuits and joel.

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Cute game! I included it in my Game Maker Toolkit’s Game Jam compilation video series, if you’d like to take a look. :)


Another PICO-8 entry :) Very nicely done puzzle mechanic, and the challenge feels just right. Great pixel art too!


The art and music was really well done. I was impressed when you introduced that falling down looped you around the screen because my thought process was "Oh I can't get those crystals whatever I'll get the ones below- OHHH".

The keyboard controls were a pain though. I kept wanting to hit space for jump and I had to shift around my normal keyboard finger placement so that my pinky wasn't on the Z because it's awkward and it started to hurt. I would've liked if just pressing down pushed you through the platforms instead of having to press jump as well.

Great Job!


If you're not on a QWERTY layout there are some alternative keybindings from PICO-8 which may be more comfortable.

Player 1 defaults: Cursors + ZX / NM / CV

The game might also be playable with a controller, although I have not tested whether that works in my browser. I've heard that the PICO-8 webplayer supports gamepads in new versions of Chrome though.

Anyway thanks for playing!


Pretty Good!  I like the art and the game feel! 


Looks good, sounds good, screen shake is a bit too violent :D Restarting from beginning made me quit earlier than I wanted, it's a bit tedious to go through easy beginning levels for some time just to get smashed in few second on one of the harder levels. But I really enjoyed this game! At first it felt too hard but it's great fun to try again and again and do better each time :)


Maybe I should release my SUPER SECRET level skip cheat code 🙊


yeah I have to agree the game is GORGEOUS (especially the particle effects) and I was really enjoying playing through but the full restart put me off another playthrough (。•́︿•̀。) 


My favourite so far. Well done.


The game feel is strong with this one. That screen shake and the accompanying sound really makes you want to keep playing. I could play a game like this all day if it wasn't so hard. Damn fireballs.


Wow this feels amazing! Super reminds me of old gameboy titles! :)

Great music and artwork. Also well done on explaining the mechanics within gameplay.