Another World: Survival is a low-res adaptation of Eric Chahi's classic 16-bit game. Though it's broken down to the essentials to "fit" on the Pico-8 fantasy console, it so perfectly implements the original's combat mechanics and aesthetic that I can't stop playing. Read the rest
Tetrolled is Tetris but with an additional layer of hostility: as time passes, obsctructions pop into existence at random spots on the board. Trasevol_Dog made it in just 2 hours for the Ludum Dare game-making contest. The source code offers a nice simple example showing how the Pico-8 "fantasy console" is coded. Read the rest
Endless Archery is a free browser game similar to Desert Golfing but with archery as the theme and the chunky low-res pixel-precision of Pico-8. I found the basic mechanics more difficult, but once mastered, the procedurally-generated levels are relatively forgiving. I lost half an hour to it last night before an existential crisis set in, it's pretty good! Read the rest
You're a smuggler assessing asylum seekers who want to go to Europe. You'll be surprised at how quickly you become an arbiter of human life.
Contributors like Terry Cavanagh, Devine Lu Linvega and Arnaud De Bock, as well as PICO-8 developer Zep, among others, have made the stylish, cute 48-page fanzine -- free digitally -- for users interested in learning more about the elegant little digital console.
Each screen requires its own kind of meditative patience, but as you draw a mental map of the world in your mind you start to feel the slow burn of pride that comes with having swept each moonlit corner.