So I spent the better part of my waking hours today trying to put words in the GG game. Letters didn't really want to work, so I put phrases in instead.
But somewhere along the line, I broke collisions. It started detecting what I thought were false collisions. But while playing on the Everdrive, I saw something I didn't see with Emulicious: an extra rogue 8x8 strawberry milkshake sprite part pops up for a fraction of a second sometimes right after the sprite goes away when you shoot it. Me shooting and hitting that sprite that I didn't see in Emulicious must have been causing that.
For now, I've decided to make it do nothing different if it hits that. And also, if I want to make a phrase, I have to make it less than 33 pixels long. I learned that after trying to put letters in. Like for example, the "paused" in the lower right hand corner in the first screenshot was not working well when it was 6 letters, or 48 pixels, but if I condensed it down to 32 pixels, it works well.