Hello again,
This is the official dev-diary for Bit-Riders.
(Seriously, I am very bad at giving a good start)

What’s the game all about

A tribute to the retro 1 - bit art style, this game is a classic traffic racer, but way more better. Drive days and night through the Bit City, and compete for the top scores.

  • Take controls of over 35 cars - from classic coupes to limos and sports racers.
  • Drive in over 35 zones, each with increasing level of difficulty.
  • 5 unique powerups to powerup your day.
  • Race towards infinity
  • Rule the roads of Bit City.

The Aim:

This game was developed primarily as an Android release, along with a submission to the ongoing Unofficial Defold Game Jam #2. I wanted to pick up and idea that belonged to the hyper-casual segment, so that it would be small, and fun to make, as compared to the big failure of RetroStars, on which I spent lots of time. So, the philosophy was “Small but fun” this time.

The Journey :

I began working on this 2 or 3 days before the jam, and spent exactly ten days working on this. In those ten days, I worked on creating every thing from menu to shop to complete gameplay with pickups and stuff, and daily rewards. Surprisingly, even after such a slow pace, I was able to complete most of the work in the expected time limit. :smile:

The Road Ahead :

After the completion of UDGJ#2, I want to shift my focus to completing and releasing the game. There are several things that need to be implemented yet, such as ads, iap, sharing, tutorial, some gfx work, but the majority of the work is now completed. :muscle:

The biggest challenge

The biggest challenge that i’m currently facing is Marketing and Advertisements. I have absolutely no experience in this field, so any guidance on how to get it popular will be heartily appreciated.

A small request

Please tell me how the game is, is the game play well balanced, is there any bugs, suggestions, anything? Please don’t hesistate to write vene a negative review. It will be always positive for me :slight_smile:

A word of thanks

Finally, I would like to thank

  • @Pkeod for the defsave and chrono libraries
  • @britzl for the input, screenshot, ludobits and all your helpful extensions.
  • The Defold community for being Super-Awesome.

Some Links:

HTML5 game :



A Small Update :slight_smile:

After leaving this for a while, here’s a small update :

  • Added : visual effects for all pickups:
  • Fixed : speed of car. it is must faster now.
  • Fixed : A glitch while writing name.


Feedbacks? Someone? ANYONE???



Bug found: Somehow I collected something and now I can run forever and smash all the cars :smiley:

Actually I liked the idea(this bug) of smashing cars. Maybe you can add a rocket to your car.

Also you can add more interesting features like traffic, maybe lights, cars and obstacles with different speed. Also camera can shake and zoom. You can add particles to your car like exhaust smoke, tire trails…



Seemingly you picked up the invincible pickup, which I edited yesterday. It will be fixed in tomorrow’s release.

Thanks :grin:

Working on it. Coming soon.

Seems interesting. Can you elaborate? What kind of lights do you mean? Car’s lights, or light poles?

When the car is hit. I’ll add it soon.

In nitro mode. Added to backlog.

:slight_smile: Good idea

Thank you for your feedback. It is heartily appreciated.

PS you scored higher than me ? :imp:

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Traffic lights :slight_smile: but it requires handbrake. If the player pass on red light take the money back :crazy_face:

Yes, because of this bug it runs for ever :space_invader:

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v0.55 is out.

  1. Introducing the pickups : Pickup some really cool gizmos while driving through the bit city :

    • Double Score : Doubles your score for a short duration. Double score, double fun.
    • Double Coins : Doubles your coins for a short duration. Buying new stuff could never be much easier.
    • Explode : Destroys all cars on screen. Boom Boom !!
    • Invincible : Makes your ride invincible for a short duration. Time to rampage the city
    • Nitro : Highly Increases your speed for short duration. ZZZOOOOOMMMMM!!

  1. Some Bug Fixes
  2. Added Shake when the car is hit.
  3. Added Windows and linux builds
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Cool idea, but might be tricky to add. I’ll give it a thought.

Fixed this. No one scores higher than the developer :smiling_imp::smiling_imp:

Added. :slight_smile:

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