Monster Hull bit.ly/monsterhull
Software engineer, artist and teacher William Anderson has been working on a shmup for PICO-8 called Monster Hull, and you can now play it in your browser. Powerups in this vertical scrolling shooter are monsters that bind with your ship to give it new abilities and different types of ammo. You can switch between forms at any time by pressing X, and must match your shot type to each enemy – a red dot on impact means it’s particularly effective, orange is a standard hit, and a hollow circle means the enemy is unaffected. Further depth is added by monsters that will level up, granting you, for example, increased power, more health or a larger damage radius. You’ll need these tools as Monster Hull’s bullet hell gets crowded early, and there’s also damage from exploding enemies to worry about.