Hop and Bop

Plot

Do you dare to enter the rabbit hole?

Hop and Bop screenshot

You wake up under a bush with no memory or recollection of what occurred. You feel cold and your mind is fuzzy. You know that you must explore this world. It feels familiar, yet somehow you know the inhabitants are hostile. Have you always been a rabbit? How did you get here, why are you here? You must push forward in order to get the answers you seek. Challenges certainly await you, along with tough foes. What will you find at the end of this rabbit hole?

Basic Details

Name: Hop and Bop
Players: One
Genre: Platformer
Platform: Web
Flash Release: February 3, 2014
JavaScript Port: June 21, 2022
© 2014 to 2023 - Flip Industries

Hop and Bop game box

Controls

Hop and Bop can be played with a keyboard, the Flip Pad or a gamepad.

Keyboard

  • Up - Enter door
  • Left - Move player left
  • Right - Move player right
  • X - Jump
  • Z - Run
  • P - Start or pause

Flip Pad

Flip Pad is a virtual gamepad for touch devices. It will automatically appear when the screen is touched. It can be removed by pressing a keyboard key or clicking a mouse button.

Gamepad

You can map the keyboard keys to the gamepad of your choice by using JoyToKey. We recommend a NES-004 paired with a USB NES RetroPort for a pure experience.

Screenshots

Check out some screenshots to get a preview of Hop and Bop.

Hop and Bop title screen Hop and Bop stage 1-1 Hop and Bop stage 1-2 Hop and Bop stage 1-3 Hop and Bop stage 1-4 Hop and Bop stage 2-1 Hop and Bop stage 2-2 Hop and Bop stage 2-3 Hop and Bop stage 2-4 Hop and Bop boss battle Hop and Bop underground area Hop and Bop sky bonus area

About

Hop and Bop is an action style platform game which was developed by Flip Industries. Featuring “8-bit” NES style graphics using a total of 16 colors and an addictive chip-tune soundtrack produced by JMF. A deep story unfolds if you invest the time to uncover all of its secrets. Each stage of the game features its own unique graphics, music, enemies and boss. The difficulty scales as you progress and there are no continues. Victory will take practice and skill. An editor allows you to create your very own custom areas and publish them for all the world to play. Fans of the NES and Super Mario Bros. just might find something they like here.

Motivation

Hop and Bop was originally developed to create a generic platform game engine for Flash and to learn to make pixel art. To apply limits similar to those on 8-bit systems such as the NES, it was decided that a total of 16 colors would be used throughout the entire game. It was also decided that a tile-based rendering system would be used. The resolution was set to 256x240 rendered as 8/7 NTSC with a 4:3 pixel aspect ratio and 227 visible “scanlines.” Likewise, the music had to be chip-tunes produced with PxTone and the sound effects produced with Bfxr. Unfortunately, Flash was ultimately euthanized in January of 2021 and Hop and Bop was then ported over to JavaScript.

Reception

Hop and Bop has been featured in reviews and received media coverage. Here is some of what they have to say about Hop and Bop.

"Visuals, gameplay, soundtracks, and sincerity of Flip Industries result in 8/10 IndieWod Points."

- IndieWod

"Fans of the NES and and Super Marios. just might find something like here."

- Capsule Computers

Status

Version 1.14 was released on December 9, 2023. It’s official, there are no longer any temporary differences between the JavaScript version and the Flash version! Major changes went on with Stage 1. It now has a bonus sky area and some underground areas throughout. Not to mention it was shortened and the difficulty balanced and reduced. The Desert Palace was also completely redone with brand new graphics and design. A lot of new graphics and some bug extermination.

Hop and Bop is under active development so check back often for updates. In the meanwhile, why not use the editor to make your own custom area. You can read about progress and changes in the change log. Shoot us an email if you would like to help play test Hop and Bop or otherwise get involved.