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July 22, 2015 11:08 AM Subscribe
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.What does that mean? PICO-8 is like an emulator for a lo-fi game console that never actually existed. With 16 colors, 128x128, 4 channels of sound, and tight data limits, PICO-8 "cartridges" can be played -- and created -- in a web browser, or on just about any home computer, and even inside maker Lexaloffle's other, more full-featured fantasy console, Voxatron.
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.A gallery of PICO-8 games is available on the "BBS." (Sorting by rating foregrounds some rather polished offerings. Try Celeste, or P.A.T. Shooter.) Source and assets for these games can be modified in browser and the results played immediately (errr, or not -- maybe they can't be or maybe I just don't see how; anyway, this can be done in-place on the desktop application).
PICO-8 is available to owners of Voxatron -- I discovered I had unknowingly bought it in a Humble Bundle, an indeterminate while ago. PICO-8 BBS games can be played for free.
Previously, in toy languages for computer games: PuzzleScript, TIS-100.
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