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Cart #picodepon-2 | 2020-04-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA


The classic 16-bit-era action puzzle game returns again -- enhanced and remastered. Pico de Pon brings favorite characters from across the PICO-8 library together for intense block-swapping battle.


Player I:
Arrow keys, move cursor
X (or M or V) key, swap blocks
Z (or N or C) key, manually raise stack

Player II:
E/S/D/F keys, move cursor
A (or Shift) key, swap blocks
Q (or Tab) key, manually raise stack

Swap blocks beneath the cursor. Horizontal or vertical runs of three or more matching block types are cleared. Swapping a block over an edge will cause it to fall.

The stack rises over time. The game ends when blocks reach the top of the stack. The rising of the stack is delayed while matched blocks are clearing.

Combos are triggered by clearing more than three blocks at once. Chains are triggered by matches caused by blocks falling due to cleared blocks below.

In SOLO mode, points are scored only from combos and chains. In VS mode, combos and chains send garbage blocks to your opponent’s stack.

Garbage blocks fall on the top of the stack. They can only be cleared by touching matches of other blocks. Garbage clears to standard blocks. Because these blocks stay suspended in air while converting, they provide an opportunity for counter attack by lining up matching blocks beneath to set up chains.

Special attack blocks [!] will send metal garbage even without a combo or chain. Metal garbage behaves like regular garbage but will not clear when touched by clearing regular garbage.


Made in collaboration with @stephan_gfx.

Music and Additional Sounds by @tesselode.

Thanks to the amazing members of the pico8 community who generously donated their inspiring characters to our little game!

From left to right, top to bottom on the character select screen:

Also thanks to the other folks who offered to let us use their characters! If we do an expansion cart we'll be back in touch!

P#74540 2020-04-07 18:35 ( Edited 2020-04-10 16:29)

Panel de Pon!

P#74553 2020-04-08 05:22

So great. Fantastic job!

P#74686 2020-04-13 05:25

I hate to say it, but this is much more polished than Tetris Attack for Pico and that game was pretty damn good too. Great job! :D

P#74729 2020-04-14 11:13

It's ok to say it -- I made that older version too. :)

I've been working on a 4-player version for Genesis/Megadrive but haven't been able to test further with four players due to current world events. As that version's mechanics are a lot more polished, I took the opportunity to port that back to PICO-8.

P#74744 2020-04-14 16:01

Superb work ! First class puzzle. Gold star for you, @stevelavietes

P#74803 2020-04-16 01:33

I come to the main menu in a browser to listen to the music while I work on my own carts in PICO-8.. It's that good : p

P#76332 2020-05-10 21:13 ( Edited 2020-05-10 21:14)

This is sooo good!

I used to play Pokémon Puzzle Challenge on my Game Boy literally all the time. Also funny that only a few months ago I found an actual cartridge at a Japanese retro gaming store. I loved it so much.

Awesome work and thanks for bringing back memories :D

P#77009 2020-05-22 11:12

This is super fun! Thanks for sharing it.

P#77035 2020-05-22 20:17

very good. a fine recreation of tetris attack/puzzle leauge/panel de pon or whatever the name is.

P#78479 2020-06-25 01:14

I got 303 on easy.

P#78808 2020-07-02 22:49

A 1-4 player version is available (as Doubles de Pon) with the latest release of the quadplay fantasy console.


P#81747 2020-09-12 22:51

I love Panel de Pon! This plays really well.

P#83324 2020-10-25 02:03

very nice work dude !!!

P#85095 2020-12-06 20:35


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P#91617 2021-05-07 00:57

That's nice, but It needs story mode

P#92637 2021-05-26 21:18

I just want to say I made an account just to congratulate you on this. I love Tetris Attack and this is amazing, well made and now I can play Panel de Pon on browser easily.
You made my day, you're my hero.

P#92712 2021-05-28 00:53

i'm surprised you that bejamin_soule wasn't in this game

P#94201 2021-06-29 11:45

got 91 with speed of 58 at medium! awesome game!

P#107407 2022-02-21 17:08

If the title is meant to reference Panel de Pon, I'd revise the Japanese title as: PICOでポン

  1. 'de' in Hiragana because it's a grammatical particle.
  2. 'PICO-8' is spelled in Romaji in the manual. If you'd still like to use Katakana, the word is ピコ, both short vowels.
P#107413 2022-02-21 18:09


P#110731 2022-04-22 19:36

My score is 127! I dare you to try and beat me...

P#116790 2022-09-02 19:55


P#116793 2022-09-02 20:26

love it. Panel de pon is probably the most dangerously addictive puzzle game ever created.

P#118132 2022-09-28 20:50

The original for the SNES is one of my all time favorite puzzle games so seeing it here was a real treat!

P#141358 2024-02-09 22:36

Man, I played Tetris Attack on a demo SNES at an electronics store when it first came out in 1996 and I was 13. Begged my dad to buy it, he did, and I was HOOKED. I played it so much as a kid. My friends and I even got really into it in college playing vs mode. Still love it! Thanks so much for making it. Just got a 257 on my first go on medium.

P#142265 2024-03-01 15:50

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