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What's the best way to program and test pico-8 games on Android? I've some spare time in mobility, and i wanted to use my smartphone to improve my pico8 coding skills.

P#53325 2018-06-06 11:57 ( Edited 2018-07-10 20:37)

I don't have any currently existing solution, but have you seen this? https://twitter.com/lexaloffle/status/1004317502644445184


P#53326 2018-06-06 13:40 ( Edited 2018-06-06 17:40)
:: Davbo

You can edit P8 files in AndroidEdit but don't know of any way to run them. Just code blind, I'm sure it'll compile later :)

P#53331 2018-06-06 15:55 ( Edited 2018-06-06 19:55)

My "on the go coding" setup (iPhone but should work the same on Android):

  • Any SoC that can:
    • run Pico-8
    • act as a wireless hotspot
    • act as a VNC server
      (I use a PocketCHIP)
  • VNC + Textastic on iPhone

My workflow is:

  • get source on device (git) at home
  • device in bagpack
  • connect phone to device hotspot over wireless
    (no data plan!)
  • synchronize code between phone and device (Textastic as native cp over ssh support)
  • use VNC to "compile" and test code

I've been able to make significant games (see my profile) with that setup!

P#53334 2018-06-06 17:22 ( Edited 2018-06-07 10:23)

You could use some kind of remote-desktop solution to remote into a PC running Pico-8.

Chrome Remote Desktop is pretty trouble-free on Android.

That might chew through your data plan, though.

Another obvious choice is to get a portable machine. Like (the now discontinued) PocketChip, or a RasPi in a nice case.

P#53335 2018-06-06 18:30 ( Edited 2018-06-06 22:30)

GPD Win works well for me. Still hoping for an Android release though!

P#53350 2018-06-07 05:53 ( Edited 2018-06-07 09:53)

@freds72 your solution is pretty awesome. I didn't think about that! Moreover your games are really good, i spent several time with anti aliased asteroids!
@kittenm4ster yeah i wrote before seeing that..

P#53374 2018-06-08 03:36 ( Edited 2018-06-08 07:36)

I spend about a hour trying to get picolove execute .p8 cartridge, and give up. So, i guess, only way to coding on phone without wi-fi is download analogs of pico-8, like liko-12 or tic-80.

P#54059 2018-07-10 16:00 ( Edited 2018-07-10 20:00)

IMHO, the only viable solution as of now, is a mobile connecting to a portable computer over local hotspot (see my setup).

What @zep has in the work might change the game...
(see recent Twitter posts)

P#54064 2018-07-10 16:37 ( Edited 2018-07-10 20:37)

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