First alpha build released

v0.1-alpha is now available!

Supported Bitsy features include:

  • Title scene
  • Basic controls
  • Rooms
  • Palettes
  • Tiles (including walls)
  • Avatar
  • Sprites
  • Dialogs
  • Items & inventory
  • Exits

More coming soon.

Files 13 MB
Nov 29, 2021
v0.1-alpha.dmg 30 MB
Nov 29, 2021

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Every time I try to drag a file it gives me an error?

What is the error?

Are you using Windows? I don't have the ability to test on Windows so it may not work there at all.

You can also rename the game data file to "game.bitsy" and leave it in the same folder as the game itself. It should then load it automatically.

I tried this method and the same error came up. It says "Error 1 Invalid game data."

Another possibility is that the game data and room version are not supported.

Bitsy3D currently only supports Bitsy version 7.10 and room format 1. You may have some luck just manually changing the version of these values in your game data file.

Also, make sure you're using the game data export and not the actual HTML game itself. :)

Doesn't work on Mac OS X.  I can place the game within the .app, but it just plays as an ordinary 2D version, just like the original.

Placing the game file within the app is an option meant for later bundling, but I'm not able to reproduce the issue with the drag'n'drop method in macOS.

As for the view, 2D is the default view, you can switch between two other 3D views using the number pad. This is described on the game page itself, but sorry for not making it clearer. :)

Thanks for the feedback!

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Thank you for the quick response - yeah, I should have read the page better. I apologize.  I meant drag 'n drop.  It would be nice to see the instructions right on the screen, for dopes like me who don't read the page :D

Anyhow, it looks great, especially in black and white, almost has that 'ambient occlusion' look to it, or as if it were made with Lexaloffle's Voxatron engine.  Very cool!  Would it be possible to add a 'File' menu to the game engine as well, so one could open other .bitsy data sets?  I tried to drag 'n drop another .bitsy file on the screen, but no dice, it doesn't open the other file.  Not without a full quit and reopen.

I can see this as very useful for creating quick video games for audio artists, with the capability to add links in messages, and audio as BG music.  Looking forward to seeing if this'll come true. 

Also, would the higher-resolution version of Bitsy also work in this?  I thought I found one the other day where you can have double the resolution, a 16x16 panel.  Maybe I just imagined that...

Aha!  Here it is:

Thank you for the feedback! I really appreciate it. :)

I would most likely allow a specific key (perhaps `ESC` or `End`) to quickly return to the game file loading scene to make it more convenient to load a new Bitsy game file.

I have a lot of work to do to support all of the dialog functions (especially variables and somewhat arbitrary code execution!). I would gladly do the work if there is enough interest in the project, but so far, that doesn't seem to be the case.

I'm not sure what would happen if the a 16x16 Bitsy game were loaded in! In my experience, most unexpected game data causes the game to crash, but you could always try and see what happens. :D

The game file crashes, not the .app, but if I edit the game file to say version 7.10 instead of 5.xx, it will play, but it is shrunken in odd ways - the walls lose their shape, the players are halfway through the floor, and the screen is still 8x8.  The 16-count blocks DO work though, just buried in odd ways.   I'm imagining that the changes in the .app itself are probably just to adjust the size of the playing field to fit, and update the source to be up-to-date with the main Bitsy source code.  This is coming from a non-programmer, though :D  I know there's more to it to build the .app structure.

Interesting! I'm sure it's doable to support the higher resolution Bitsy games. My initial roadmap only includes supporting official Bitsy features, though I would love to extend support to some of the more popular Bitsy hacks at some point as well. I'll have to make a note to include the 16x16 version as well. :D