Sole developer / Dec 2018
A one-button 1v1 blizzard standoff! Players mash to pack their snowballs then throw them at each other. Pressing the button at just the right moment allows a player to dodge and return fire.
Snowball Showdown was developed for the 2018 PICO-8 Advent Calendar organized by Bigaston.
I liked the idea of a one-button duel that's essentially a game of chicken: the longer you wait to throw your snowball, the faster it will travel and the less likely your opponent will be able to react in time to dodge it. But the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your opponent will throw their snowball before you. It's sorta self-balancing in a neat way.
In retrospect, rather than having the snowball travel faster the longer you wait, I should have had the players move closer over time. That would have been a more intuitive way to communicate the increasing tension and the decreasing reaction time.