First time players are recommended to read instructions before playing. A quick fire shoot-em-up, with gameplay lasting one minute. Defeat the boss to win the game in the fastest time possible. Pickups include dual/triple/quad shots, multi-shot, radial/beam/homing specials, faster movement and fire speed. 

Menu Controls:

  • X for 1 player game (or X on controller 1)
  • A for 2 player game (or X on controller 2)

Game Controls:

  • Arrow keys to move (player 1)
  • X or V to warp (player 1)
  • Z or C to fire special (player 1)
  • ESDF keys to move target (player 2)
  • Ctrl+M to turn off sounds

Mobile Controls:

  • Very similar except in the virtual handset the O button represents the Z key

Controllers:

  • You can use any game controllers recognized by SDL with PICO-8

Browser Edition:

The free-to-play browser version.

Demo Edition:

The free-to-play downable versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Raspberry-Pi.

Premium Edition:

Purchasing the game will grant access to standalone downloads for Linux, Mac, Windows and Raspberry Pi. The premium version unlocks three new ships and an option to play the original shorter version, each with their own best time entries. Source code is not included

Purchase

Buy Now$1.49 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.49 USD. You will get access to the following files:

nebula_fighter_premium_v1-1-2_linux.zip 703 kB
nebula_fighter_premium_v1-1-2_osx.zip 3 MB
nebula_fighter_premium_v1-1-2_raspi.zip 1 MB
nebula_fighter_premium_v1-1-2_windows.zip 949 kB

Download demo

Download
nebula_fighter_demo_v1-1-2_all.zip 6 MB

Development log

Comments

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What is the chaff stat for?

what is the difference from the bbs one?

There are a few minor tweaks to gameplay to provide the same experince but over the extended five to seven minutes of gameplay (based on difficulty level) over the one to two minutes in the bbs version. Along with that there are three additional ships to play with, each with different mix of specials and movement.

I wish I could get the full version but I don't have any money :(

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I would suggest following @krystman as they are currently doing a YouTube tutorial on making a Shmup game in Pico-8, so in time it’s highly likely they’ll be releasing it here for free (most likely) or on Lexaloffle (where you can find a huge bunch of free to play Pico-8 games).

Not trying to complain but I am just curious why the premium versions don't contain the source code

Ah, I dont sell the source code with most of my Pico-8 projects for a few reasons.

One is that if people are purchasing it to get a better understanding of how to make a game then there are other projects of far better quality to pay for, the underlying code is not suitable in most cases to learn from.

Two, 99% of the source code for most of my games is available for free on lexaloffle.com (I should probably do a round of updates to make that clearer and/or provide direct links).

Three, I make games that should be completely playable and complete without ever paying money. That payment is just for more content if someone liked it and wants more, and the bit I protect (the bit that has actual value). The underlaying game structure doesnt change between the free and premium versions.

Four, there are enough people/bots out there which try to steal content for their own websites to make money of my work I avoid giving out the extra bit of work. This might change in time if I decide to alter the methods I make money off the games, so maybe at some time in the future it may or may not become available.

I think I will try to get around to more directly pointing people towards the freely available source code.

https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=41537 is the publically available source code for the game

very fun

Thank you, I was trying for a super short shmup that only lasted a minute or two so was trying to make it quick and intense.