I want to download games and run them without paying pico 8 or splore
how do I do that?
I know how to download them, but the problem is that I have no way of running it
can I just rename it to zip or exe file?
Sometimes the game developers post executable binaries on itch.io and sometimes they make them available for free. But not every game (probably most games) on splore can be found on itch.io, so your selection will be much more limited.
I assume you're downloading a .p8.png file from the BBS, and want a way to play it offline without PICO-8. No, you cannot just rename the file and run it like a standalone app.
There's an open source PICO-8 game player called picolove. I have no idea how well it supports modern games, but the project has had recent activity.
If the author of the game has not distributed their game as a standalone app, the only good way to make a standalone app for a game is with PICO-8 itself. PICO-8 can play the game, and it can export it as a desktop app (Windows, Mac, Linux) or as a standalone web page.
If you really dig into it you might be able to rip the exported .js file for a game from the BBS and recreate the browser player as something that can run on your computer without an Internet connection. You'll need some knowledge of how web pages work, and some tenacity.
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