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PICO-8 (or "Pico-8") is a fantasy console by Lexaloffle Games for making, sharing, and playing small computer games and programs.
PICO-8 is available for purchase as an app for PC, Mac OS X, Linux (Intel), and Raspberry Pi. It also comes bundled with the PocketC.H.I.P. portable computer. As of mid-2016, the app is currently in alpha mode (version 0.1.8) and it is currently unknown if it will ever be released as a physical standalone console.
The intention of the PICO-8 is to capture the creativity of writing programs for the small personal computers of the 1980s without the hassles of an arcane platform. The console has built-in tools for creating graphics, sound, music, and code, all of which run within the console's 128-by-128 pixel screen. The PICO-8 uses the Lua programming language.
Games are saved as cartridges (or "carts"), which are just small files that can be shared over the internet. A programmer can publish a cartridge to the PICO-8 forum, where anyone can play it directly in a web browser without the PICO-8 app, discuss it, and download it to examine it in the app's tools. Publishing a cart also makes it accessible from within the app's Splore cartridge explorer.
Users can also export cartridges with a standalone player that can be embedded into any web page, suitable for commercial publication on game networks such as itch.io.
PICO-8 has an active developer community, with hundreds of games, tools, and resources for learning how to make games.
- 128 x 128 pixel resolution
- 16 colors
- 4 channels
- 8 waveforms
- Two 6-button controllers (up, down, left, right, x, o) available from a PC keyboard
- Connect up to eight 6-button controllers via SDL
- 32 kilobytes per cartridge
- 128 x 128 pixel sprite sheet
- 128 x 32 tile map
- 64 sound patterns, 64 music patterns
- Lua code space limited by characters and tokens
- Addressable memory regions for graphics, sound, and general use
- Separate RAM for the Lua call stack
- 64 values (256 bytes) persistent memory per cart
- Raspberry Pi GPIO pins mapped to memory
Bottom Of The Screen Shooters for the PICO-8Edit
- #tootgames #1
- 3D Wars
- About 1600mm
- Asset Reuse Invaders
- Bunny Invaders
- Death, Murder, Chill
- Etsy Invaders
- GA TASU
- Inappropriate Monster Wars
- Invader Overload
- Invaders of Space
- Monster Hull
- Not really asteroids
- Perfectionist's New Year's Eve
- Pico Pang
- Shoot Stuff!
- star intruders
- They Started It
- Thunder Bella
- Tiny River Raid
This article was featured from January - February, 2017.