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Do not worry. It's going to be okay.

Cart #apathello-1 | 2023-08-19 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Has today been rough? Are you feeling a distinct lack of emotion due to outside factors? Come sit down, relax, and distract yourself for a little. Play games of Othello against this sentient void, who will be here to support you. It will be okay.

Made for A Game By Its Cover 2023. Inspired by Lumbud84's cover art for Apathello from the Famicase Exhibition 2023. Developed for PICO-8. Also available on itch.io.


  • Arrow keys: Move cursor, change player difficulty
  • X, V, or M: Start game, place disk
  • Z, C, or N: Advance through dialog boxes

Version History

  • 0.9.5 (August 13, 2023) Initial release for AGBIC 2023
  • 0.9.6 (August 18, 2023) Added move highlight; skipped opening cutscene if last played <5 days ago
  • 0.9.7 (August 19, 2023) Changed color of move highlight; added AI level (or human icon) to results screen

Planned Features

  • My original vision was to have the sentient void talk to you while you play against it. Everything is in place in the cart for this to happen; I simply have to write enough lines of dialogue.
  • It would be nice to include a tutorial option on the cart. I don't know if I have the tokens for it, but this would be nice to have for those unfamiliar with Othello.
  • My brother keeps asking me to have the colors of the disks be changeable. This is a good idea, but I'd have to change a few things about the palette.
P#133216 2023-08-18 07:42 ( Edited 2023-08-19 14:01)

What a delightful little boardgame adaptation! Thank you!

P#133245 2023-08-19 00:17

nice ⭐

P#133838 2023-09-01 18:41 ( Edited 2023-10-09 14:45)

Really enjoyed this. Music is perfect.

P#137500 2023-11-16 01:21

I just realized the music is from Othello for the NES.

P#151170 2024-07-11 13:42

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