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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 2 6-button joysticks

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.

Creative Tools

PICO-8 has tools for editing code, music, sound, sprites, maps built right into the console. Create a whole game or program in one sitting without needing to leave the cosy development environment!

Shareable Cartridges

PICO-8 cartridges can be saved in a special .png format and sent directly to other users, shared via an online cart player, or exported to stand-alone HTML5.

Play BBS Carts

Get PICO-8

Become a registered user of PICO-8 and receive access to DRM-free downloads for Windows, Linux, Mac, and Raspberry Pi along with all future updates. You can buy PICO-8 separately, or included with Voxatron (see below).

Special Offer!

For $5 more, PICO-8 is also available to users of Lexaloffle's other fantasy console, Voxatron. If you already own it, please check your updates page!

Note: This offer will expire when Voxatron goes into beta, but all PICO-8 users will continue to receive updates.

PICO-8 for Schools

Every copy of PICO-8 comes with a site-wide license for an entire school, workshop or other similar educational space. Discounted take-home licenses for individual students are also available.

System Requirements

To use PICO-8, you'll need Windows, Linux, a Mac or a Raspbery Pi with a 700MHz cpu and any video card.

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