8 Bit Banditos

8-Bit Bantitos

Written By Steven De Toni 2013 Update 2 (Sound Fix)

The total contrived game story:
The 8-bit arcade sprites are angry, they haven't been paid in years. Worst still, every one is stealing their ideas to re-create games of the 70's and 80's (oh the irony). They want to be paid, and will do anything to get their money! Your mission is to prevent the radical 8-bits from stealing the Galactic bankroll; in return you will be paid in bounty points, the more money your save, the more points you get. If you fail to protect the money, you will lose points; if you loose all of a level's money, the 8-bits will higher a mercenary to help in their cause. Kill the mercenary to reclaim some money and honour.

Battle through 30 levels of arcade disco flashing old school video game action... the road won't be easy, there are no nancy In App Purchasable Upgrades for you, just skill and determination!

Hardware Requirements:
A fast machine! Something like an Intel i5, i7, and recent video graphics hardware.
Recommended in the latest version the Chrome browser.

Joystick Controls:
This game is recommended with an XBox 360 controller.
Left Analog, or Digitial Pad: Movement
A, Y button : Fire (auto-fire is on by default, use the 1 key to switch this on/off)
B, X button : Shield
Start, Select button: Pause

Note. To activate the joystick in the Chrome web browser, click the A button.

Keyboard Controls:
Cursor Keys : Movement
Q,A,Z keys : Fire (auto-fire is on by default, use the 1 key to switch this on/off)
W,S,X keys : Shield

Mouse Controls:
This is active by default, use the mouse to move ship and click mouse button to activate shield.
Press the 2 key to switch between joystick/keyboard or mouse movement.

Browser Windows Zoom:
Do NOT use zoom if your using the mouse, as this is upset the mouse cordinates system. Make sure the web page is set to 100%, the game will auto resize based upon current browser windows size.

Game Info Bar:
The bottom of the screen shows the ship power bar, show the following information during play,

  1. Shields Gauge
  2. Shot Repeater Power Gauge
  3. Free Life Gauge
  4. Bully Bonus Gauge


Your game is to hard!
You need to change your concept of the shield, use it as a weapon, and use it collect power ups.

It still too hard!
Play using the mouse.

I Can't move in Tron Mode.
This game mode places you on The Grid, you are confind to it and blocked from movement only any breakages in the grid before becoming repaired.
This mode is only playable using joypad or keyboard.

Is the source code free?
Yes, for non-commerical use.

I remember a game from the Commadore 64 with a destructable/repairable grid...
This game is based upon the C-64 game P.O.D, seek it out on an emulator, it plays very quickly.

I also remember a game called where your ship had a shield and you protected item from being stolen by bees and bugs.
This games is also based upon the C-64 game Bandits, seek it out on an emulator, its a nice sedate game.

How many boss are there in the game?
3 bosses every 10 levels, Sinistar, Andor, and ...

Whats with all the flashing effects?
I'll be the first to say I'm no artist, and the artwork I do takes a long time to get right compared to coding code. So 95% of the sprites in the game come from old arcade games from the 80's. I've then used basic animation on the sprites and a lot of procedural generated effects, like firework like explosions, lightning effects, laser light effects, dynamic grid destruction etc. All effects are done in real-time with no pre-calculated animation; having said that, HTML5 Canvas does provide some heavy lifting on certain graphic effects like colour blending, and colour gradients. I also like colourful games that change dynamically hence the some what psychedelic style.