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Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by DPrinny » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:36 pm

Something ive seen people talk about on Twitter, seems interesting

PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.


Display 128x128 16 colours
Cartridge Size 32k
Sound 4 channel chip blerps
Code Lua
Sprites 128 8x8 sprites
Map 128x32 cels
Controls D-pad + 2 buttons

The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel.

It can run off a Raspberry Pi to make it a real console of sorts

Some great looking games on it considering its limits
Zepton looks great, in a retro way

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Re: Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by Havantgottaclue » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:05 pm

Couldn't agree more Prinny. I posted on PICO-8 in another thread a couple of months ago having had great fun playing some proper old-school gems:

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When you say it can run off a Raspberry Pi, do you mean you can boot straight to it, rather than going to a browser? I'd really like the convenience of that.

Even better, maybe they could transform this into another one of those credit card handhelds, like Gamebuino?
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Re: Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by junkmale » Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:08 am

I have one to.
It's a fun little console that i would recommend. Tons of free, simple little games ready to download onto it.

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Re: Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by English Invader » Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:31 am

Just gave Invader Overload and Pico Fox a go in the browser games Havantgottaclue linked to. Console looks like a lot of fun. Are the games made with Python or does the console have its own unique programming language?

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Re: Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by Matt_B » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:11 am

As mentioned earlier, games are programmed in Lua, a popular scripting language:


There is a dedicated Raspberry Pi build, as well as ones for Windows, Linux and OSX. You need to pay $14.99 to register to be able to download them but this includes lifetime updates.

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Re: Pico-8 fantasy mini console

Post by DPrinny » Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:30 pm

My general idea is to run it on a RaPi and have it on a CRT

Any two player games for it?

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