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.

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