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Cart #anise_wheres_twig-2 | 2022-05-16 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

Please help Star Anise find his best friend in the whole world!

I haven't touched PICO-8 in ages, and I thought it was about time I changed that. Love the recent additions.

Cranked this out in... twelve days, I think? With three tokens and zero compressed bytes to spare. Phew!

edit: Now there's a speedrun version.

P#76334 2020-05-10 22:05 ( Edited 2022-05-16 16:03)


P#76338 2020-05-10 23:26

Very good! The various mechanics and progression is really interesting.

Not sure to fully grasp the lore but the universe feels consistent.

P#76346 2020-05-11 06:00

I like it!
The Metroid stile is cool
How do you use items?

P#76351 2020-05-11 07:45

i seem to be totally stuck after the pizza guy - cant get to the character to remove blue blocks - any clues ? been through all the doors multiple times but theres some i cant reach and need 3 keys for gold doors...

P#76354 2020-05-11 07:57

Looks absolutely lovely! ^_^

P#76370 2020-05-11 11:13

Thanks everyone!

@ExtrovertPlatypus, just press X!

@bigjus, have you spoken to Purrl at all?

P#76397 2020-05-11 21:58

This is a lovely game! The art style and character dialog are incredibly cute.

P#76413 2020-05-12 02:53 ( Edited 2020-05-12 02:54)

i missed two glasses to pap and 1 star

P#76629 2020-05-15 15:05

@bigjus roar at purrl

P#76681 2020-05-15 23:58

or at morsel, both work

P#76682 2020-05-15 23:59

A Twitter follower has been speedrunning the game, so I was inspired to make a speedrun version:

Cart #anise_wheres_twig_speedrun-4 | 2020-05-17 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

PLEASE play the original game first! This one is missing the entire ending (for token reasons) which kinda ruins the experience.

The game should otherwise play identically; I haven't touched anything except the title screen, ending, and drawing a timing overlay. I even found a bug and didn't fix it!


  • Most of the times are in frames, sorry.
  • The timer will definitely overflow after about 18 minutes, so, try to be faster than that?
  • The game remembers your previous run, your best overall run, and your best times on individual segments. You get a summary at the end of the run. If you 100%ed the game, it also shows a star.
  • The second row at the top of the screen shows your current time for the last segment (in gold if it's your best time on that segment), then your time for that segment from your best overall run, and the difference.
  • Pressing LEFT and RIGHT simultaneously on the title screen will clear all your recorded times with no warning whatsoever.
  • If you download the cartridge, there are some TAS tools built in as well; check out code tab 5.

See if you can beat my best time of 3:37.5!

P#76739 2020-05-16 23:08 ( Edited 2020-05-17 05:57)

i made an account just to tell you how much i enjoyed your game. exploring the world you set up was a treat. each luneko was so cute and you were able to impart so much personality with such brevity of words and interactions.

i adore this. your game helped ease my mind for a short time with everything going on in the world. you've left me full of wonder and smiling. many thanks again!

P#76761 2020-05-17 10:39


P#76961 2020-05-21 00:22

Really wonderful, thank you eevee! Non-violent non-adversarial with cat mischief and meows.

P#76964 2020-05-21 00:56

I missed one milk and one star, im so sad

P#77511 2020-06-02 02:42

i wish you would have commented throughout your coding...this is exactly the kinda game i wanna learn how to make. but i dont know what youre doing in any of it and im just learning. this is far from a basic game so learning the basics doesnt help me understand this advanced stuff...

P#78285 2020-06-19 16:24

@picoternoob Ah, sorry; I genuinely didn't have any space left for comments :( Would you be interested if I wrote up how I made this game, from nothing to its final state? I made a lot of backup copies, so I think I could reconstruct it, and it's something I've been interested in doing for a while anyway.

P#78312 2020-06-19 21:12

I am stuck too after getting the pizza!
I can’t jump high enough to get on top of the tree one screen left of the pizza table, and can’t go back through the sequence of doors because of the one-way semi-solid platforms. Any hint?

P#78735 2020-07-01 04:13

@merwok you can go back through the cave! there's a shortcut that lets you skip it all when going the other way

P#78736 2020-07-01 04:14

Thank you I didn’t see the semi-solid platform in the middle of the wall!

P#78738 2020-07-01 04:18

I just revisted it and was looking at the sfx to see how it was done and Music(0) caught me by surprize! Is this a hint that you got totakka to do the sfx? :thinking:
Reguardless still a great game!

P#80271 2020-08-02 19:34 ( Edited 2020-08-02 19:34)

haha, just an easter egg in appreciation of his work! hope he doesn't mind

P#80276 2020-08-02 20:16


P#80280 2020-08-02 22:40

Wow, this was SUPER fun. I managed to finish it after a bunch of wandering around because of the soot puzzle. Thanks for making this. One of the BEST PICO-8 games!

P#81581 2020-09-07 18:22

This is seriously a great game. The soot puzzle was great. The little power selector thingy gave away that I was going to end up collecting more items and abilities so I knew the second I found the jump thing I was in for a metroidesque back track through the level and find places I couldn't reach before experience

P#83055 2020-10-18 02:42

So I didn't understand what changed Purrl's mind, but she let me through. Wonderful game, space cats ftw. Thank you!

P#83114 2020-10-19 10:18

The teleport side-to-side ability is super fresh. Very cool.

P#84065 2020-11-10 00:07

how come purrl just doesn't react sometimes when you talk to her from behind?

P#85802 2020-12-26 21:53

I love this game! The characters has it's own personalities, creativity is all in this world. Thank you.

P#92997 2021-06-04 02:16

What will happen if you'll fall in ending using TELEPAWT?

Also, for people who can't talk normally with Purrl (SPOILERRRS!!):

You need to be CLEAN. Smoke makes you dirty, waterfall makes you clean. Just teleport trough the smoke. Then talk with Purrl.

P#96619 2021-08-29 12:37



But for real tho, this is a great game. Loved the non-euclidean mechanics. I should try making a map of it...

P#97119 2021-09-09 22:50

The canonical map I have is a horrible mess, so good luck :)

P#97123 2021-09-10 01:18

I'm having a thing where half the dialog lines display, then vanish instantly except for the first character. Kinda sucks since there's clearly a lot going on in the dialog :( Any idea what's up with that? I'm playing via Chrome if that makes a difference.

P#109893 2022-04-08 04:12

@PhasmaFelis oh dear, it looks like something changed in a recent PICO-8 release and bits of the cart are broken now. (the title screen animation isn't quite right, either.)

i have no idea what it could be offhand, but in the meantime you can play it on itch, where the player will always be the version i exported it with:


P#109894 2022-04-08 05:27

@eevee Awesome, thanks!

P#110034 2022-04-11 04:18

dialogue is fixed now, sorry about that! now that i've seen the issue, i'm not sure how it ever worked :)

P#111892 2022-05-16 16:04

This was so cute, thank you!

P#121782 2022-12-03 22:29

Pico 8 just updated to version 2.5e Even the title screen was buggy

P#122607 2022-12-17 16:27

oh dear. something has changed rather drastically. unfortunately there's not even a changelog for 0.2.5e yet...

P#122610 2022-12-17 18:41 ( Edited 2022-12-17 18:41)

it’s really 0.2.5d that changed the parser and preprocessor: https://www.lexaloffle.com/dl/docs/pico-8_changelog.txt

0.2.5e got out after one day to fix loading issue with lower/upper case

P#122616 2022-12-17 19:57

Yes, sadly it looks like this won't run on 0.2.5e on the BBS right now :( But the itch.io link works, so thanks eevee!

P#123341 2022-12-31 01:37 ( Edited 2022-12-31 01:38)

thanks @binarycrusader for suggesting the itch link.
i wanted to ask how to start the game, because the BBS version's title sequence not starting made ❎ and 🅾️ not work for starting the game

P#123356 2022-12-31 14:00 ( Edited 2022-12-31 14:01)

Will pico-8 release version 0.2.6c

P#123443 2023-01-01 18:32

Just finished this with 0.2.5c which worked purrfectly ;) Thanks again @eevee for a great little game!

P#123535 2023-01-02 20:44

wow. great game, sad ending, but got all stars and milk! 10.5/10 would play again. liked all the dialogue when pawing other characters, surprised there isn't a map yet, might make one later.

P#138369 2023-12-07 00:40

I love that u made us work to get the ability to jump. I felt very disabled for the first 10 seconds wandering around hoping I didn't fall the wrong way. Text reading and scrolling was some of the best I've ever seen in a pico8 game. Graphics are top notch and have a unique and original feel that really sets the mood. Can't wait to play more!

P#138373 2023-12-07 02:27 ( Edited 2023-12-07 02:31)

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