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HACK*MATCH is a mini-game in EXAPUNKS, a programming puzzle game by Zachtronics. When I first played the mini-game I loved it, and thought that it would work really well on PICO-8. This is my own version of the mini-game with some slight modifications.

How to play

The goal is to connect 4 or more of the same coloured piece. There are two ways you can do this, by either picking pieces up and putting them down in a different location, or by swapping two pieces, either the two above you, or the one you're holding and the one above you. The game takes some getting used to so it might take a few rounds before you're comfortable with the controls.


[◀] [▶] : Move EXA left/right
[▼] : Fast drop
[X] : Grab/drop piece
[O] : Swap two pieces



  • Added the option to enable fast drop
  • Added a 1 second delay after dying to prevent accidentally missing what your score was
P#61921 2019-02-15 18:32 ( Edited 2019-02-16 16:01)

Please share any feedback you have, as well as your high scores!

P#61923 2019-02-15 18:33

Nice game! It almost reminds me of a combination of Quarth and Tetris Attack.

One thing I would like to see added, however, is having the pieces come down faster if you press DOWN.

P#61924 2019-02-15 18:55

A little fast, give's me stress, otherwise super fun. Nice!

P#61926 2019-02-15 19:06

@JWinslow23 great idea, thanks – I'll add it in the next update.

P#61927 2019-02-15 19:10

@ScrubSandwich thanks! I'm away from my computer right now but if you want to change the starting speed it should be defined in the create_grid function.

P#61928 2019-02-15 19:12

@JWinslow23 the update has been released- thanks again for the suggestion!

P#61950 2019-02-16 16:02

Pretty hard. Really fun!

P#61958 2019-02-16 21:37

@PicoLate thanks man, glad you're enjoying it!

P#61961 2019-02-16 22:56

Super cool ! :O

P#62194 2019-02-24 02:25


P#62195 2019-02-24 02:35

@log0 thanks!

P#62196 2019-02-24 02:55

Looks like a vertical zoop. I never really liked that game but only played it when I was young and too slow and rubbish to get to grips. This looks great and will enjoy taking it for a spin!

P#67202 2019-09-03 21:00

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