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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
:: dw817

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)
:: sim1

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
:: vshtar

very nice work dude !!!

P#85095 2020-12-06 20:35

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