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Pico World Race is a fast paced racing game for PICO-8. Get in your supercar and take a trip around the world, testing your driving skills on challenging circuits against a host of opponents.


  • 60fps gameplay
  • 8 uniquely themed races
  • 8 opponents to race against
  • 20 tokens to collect each race
  • Persistent user data to save your progress


Left/Right - Steer
Z - Accelerate
X - Brake/Drift

Version History

1.0 - Initial Release
1.1 - Custom Race Update

  • Added custom races. Thousands of randomly generated tracks to race!
  • Various graphical improvements including better sprites and longer draw distance
  • Improved race summary screen
  • Added cart art

1.2 - Burnout Update

  • Improved player car animation
  • Added opponent car variations
  • Better opponent AI
  • It has started snowing in Nepal

Many thanks to TheRoboZ for his contributions.

P#106518 2022-02-07 22:45 ( Edited 2022-04-20 22:39)


Incredible! One of the smoothest Pico-8 games I've seen! Drifting is waaaaaay too much fun :)

P#106520 2022-02-07 23:56

Loud cheers and Huzzahs ! Superb work, @PAK9. THIS is an epic racing game. Gold star medal all the way !

The only thing I could suggest would be to have two gears like many racing games have. Low gear and high gear. Low gear is press up on the control. High gear is press down on the control.

Low gear has greater start speed especially if you are at stop, High gear goes faster than maximum low gear but does not work well from a complete stop.

P#106534 2022-02-08 04:07

Excellent game. So polished.

P#106535 2022-02-08 05:36

So good, the varied width blocks of dithering on the road add so much texture or "imagined detail" (Can't think of a better way to describe it). I love it.

Drifting at 60fps just feels great! :)

P#106539 2022-02-08 08:48

Amzing work. Only request we be so way to k
now how far you have left to complete the lap

P#106540 2022-02-08 09:04 ( Edited 2022-02-08 09:05)

good game & excellent polish!

P#106541 2022-02-08 10:06

Agreed with everybody here, this is not only a great game but probably the best racer on pico-8, for speed, smoothness and quality. Because of this, I felt the sprite limitation were restricting its full graphics potential and had a quick test to try and reclaim sprite space.

Here's a possible idea to draw the car with my picodraw system. This will accomplish 3 things:

  • add a pseudo 3d perspective to the car, to avoid the sudden change form straight to sideview (my version is just a test so it can be improved a lot)

  • give more space for roadside sprites, at least doubling their resolution (the tree here is redrawn at 16x16px)
  • when implemented fully (with scaling, as now you see there are no other visible cars), it can allow 3 or 4 different car types without compromising performances.

I'll work a bit on this in the following days if it's ok for you. Contact me on twitter @TheRoboZ

P#106545 2022-02-08 13:29

Yeah, this is tremendous. It's so pretty and handles great and polished to a bright shine. And I am in love with the car sprites and wish that was my real life car.

P#106547 2022-02-08 14:29

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone.

@TheRoboZ that's neat! I like the pseudo-3D car effect and the upscaling makes those ugly sprites much nicer.

The spritesheet is pretty poorly arranged so there's actually quite a lot of scope for including larger sprites. I'm not much of an artist and I wanted to wrap up the project so I didn't really squeeze the most out of the available space.

If you are messing with the sprites you might want to grab the tool which was used to generate the sprite definitions:


Incidentally I've now uploaded my local repository for the project where the code is a bit more accessible:


P#106562 2022-02-08 19:41

Very cool, I'm giving it a look right now, but I'll be busy thill next week. As soon as I have any update, I'll show you.

P#106587 2022-02-09 11:44

This game might just be my favourite PICO-8 racing game, it is really enjoyable and it has some very challenging maps like Funland, it took me a dozen times to get first place in that map, but I didn't rage or anything, I just wanted to keep on playing. Well made game, great physics, good level design, 10/10.

P#106652 2022-02-10 11:04

Great game. Once I start putting more games onto floppy disk, this will be a keeper for sure.

P#106689 2022-02-11 05:32

I'm always down for a great racing experience and this Pico-8 racing game did not disappoint at all! I was blown away with how polished the simple controls and gameplay felt! Right out of the gate and without even reading how to play I was right into it drifting around corners and having a grand old time! @PAK9 Thank you for taking the time to create and share this gem with the community! Fantastic work!

P#106849 2022-02-13 19:01

The game is a lot of fun and the graphics are equally as impressive for Pico-8. Amazing work! :D

P#107341 2022-02-20 16:13

Amazing. 10 gold medals for you.

P#107354 2022-02-20 21:09

Ohmygosh, SO GOOD. The perfect racing game, the physics are cool, decently hard but balanced.

P#107550 2022-02-23 17:21

Congrats on being featured, very well deserved, this game rules. I love the fact you put the different tracks in there with their own distinct looks. It was really fun unlocking all the tracks, and I thought the drift button was a fun addition to the game.

P#107644 2022-02-25 17:09

I got first yay :)

P#107692 2022-02-26 16:37

Oh, so, so cool!!!! Everything is utterly amazing thing, but that drifting... that's god level!!!! Congratulations!!!

P#107717 2022-02-27 02:40


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P#108303 2022-03-09 00:31

Hey, this was a really nice project.

I was expecting some sweet music to go with it. Perhaps it reminds me too much of Old Run. But that is the only thing I was missing. Well done!

P#108980 2022-03-21 20:22

This update is fantastic, I'm loving the smoothed-out turning animations

P#110628 2022-04-21 08:42

I honestly forgot how much I love racing games. There's just something so inherently satisfying about drifting my way through the snow on alaska. This is the best racing game i've seen on pico-8, hands down.

P#110953 2022-04-27 16:34

I think some UI sounds would be nice to add into the game. UI sounds help the player know when they select something or scroll through options, for a few examples.

P#111645 2022-05-11 00:55

This is super cool, at first it felt too easy, but when I tried and pushed myself to get the tokens to unlock the other levels it got serious and felt way more challenging bc although the game is quite forgiving, I was not XD

Somehow I was a little confused in the menus, there might just be a little feedback missing, other than that it feels flawless!

P#111763 2022-05-13 05:33


P#112731 2022-06-04 22:40

No music?

P#141106 2024-02-04 11:16

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