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Cart #nest2-10 | 2021-12-04 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA

NEST 2 is a simple, but intense arcade game for our fantasy console. Rotate and dash all around the grid, nullifying enemies quickly to increase your CHAIN while avoiding spikes on a mission as old as time itself: beating your high score!

Update (v1.1):

As a result of the recent API changes, I was able to shave off a few tokens and add some Quality of Life changes (bless split()). For example:

  • Added a line to the first timer guide
  • Made the chain timer more visible/obvious
  • Added a ring around shooting enemies that show when they fire
  • Other balancing changes and fixes


  • Colorful, easy to read visuals
  • Simple and short but fast and varied action
  • Reactive music that changes depending on your performance
  • Change and disable game elements in the Options menu to make your experience as readable or as flashy as you want!


X / O ----- Dash to opposite side (opposite point on triangle and pentagon)

Tips and tricks:

  • Every time you dash, a tiny bit of your CHAIN timer refills! Dash around the grid quickly instead of rotating to keep your CHAIN going!
  • Spikes explode after some time. This clears the way for you AND it blows up nearby enemies in the process!
  • Clear the board in a single carefully-timed dash to earn bonus points!
  • If you nullify an enemy before hitting the spike, you also destroy the spike. This is called a Spike Skip, and it's worth bonus points, too!

Special thanks:

@Gruber for the music in PICO-8 Tunes Vol. II. The gameplay music pieces are "remixed" versions of Like Clockwork. The title screen and results screens are my own compositions (thus the drop in quality) with the help of Gruber's tutorials.

Post your high scores! :)

P#75847 2020-05-05 13:59 ( Edited 2021-12-04 10:55)

Amazing game. So polished, and a really fun concept.

P#75861 2020-05-05 17:19

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

P#75862 2020-05-05 17:30

This is really great! I love the minimalism and general style of the game. I do find it a little unintuitive to know where I'm going to launch in the tri/pentagon levels - maybe a line showing the path I would take would be a nice visual aid?

I feel like this game and Netty belong in an arcade cabinet together!

P#75882 2020-05-05 20:55

Thank you so much for the kind words, tesselode! NETTY was actually a HUGE inspiration for me while making the original, so it really means a lot to me. :)

... and thank you for the useful feedback! On tri/penta grids, the target is the opposite vertex. I've yet to figure out something that helps players understand this, but also something that does not take away from the challange of seeing and carefully timing a dash. Maybe a flashing point icon? I'll be sure to think about it ( if I manage to reduce the token count from 8190 :D )

P#75885 2020-05-05 21:09

Aw, thanks! Glad my little game was able to inspire someone.

I think it might be more intuitive to have the player always launch perpendicular from the side they're on, and they keep going until they hit a wall. I don't know if this is more or less complicated from a math perspective.

Also, this game is inspiring me to make a Netty DX/Netty II. I was going to wait until PICO-8 had online high scores, but I do have Ideas that I kind of want to put into code...

P#75888 2020-05-05 21:14 ( Edited 2020-05-05 21:15)

I'll be sure to try this out tomorrow! I believe that I tried this approach early on, but it felt like you could "get stuck" in a corner, because it only moved you so far. Ultimately, I think I decided to scrap it because I wanted each shape to require a different approarch, and the triangle felt too much like the basic square grid...

P#75889 2020-05-05 21:21

UPDATE: To address this issue, I've added a little dot that acts as a guide. By default, this is only enabled on the first game that's played (saved high score is 0), but after that it can be toggled in the pause menu for those who really need it. :)

P#75944 2020-05-06 09:41

Fun! Love the remix :) Nice job!

P#75960 2020-05-06 13:37

Thank you so much Gruber!

Your tutorials on YouTube helped a lot after being scared of the SFX/Music editor for so long. :D

P#75962 2020-05-06 13:53

I've found a bug that causes a crash when you attack an enemy through a spike as it blows up the enemy,(yellow triangle) though I like the game a lot!

P#75977 2020-05-06 16:34

Okay, thank you for bringing this to my attention! Unfortunately I was unable to replicate the issue, if the crash happens again, could you please post a screenshot of the error message? In the meantime I'll try to investigate this further...

Glad you enjoyed the game, and once again sorry for the error! <:-)

P#75979 2020-05-06 16:56

Ok so this does not have ANYTHING to do with the game but how do I program a pico8 cart

P#75996 2020-05-06 23:43

And change my profile

P#75997 2020-05-06 23:43

You can only program a cart if you have PICO-8, the web version is just for playing. On the full version, just press ESCAPE to change to editor mode. Make your changes then switch back to console mode to save your cart with SAVE filename.p8

There are some great resources for you to get started in the resources tab at https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php?page=resources

P#76014 2020-05-07 07:04

So i have to buy pico8?

P#76037 2020-05-07 13:37 ( Edited 2020-05-07 13:37)

Yes, you'll have to buy a license to be able to edit games. In my opinion, 15 USD is not that much considering the possibilities and unlimited fun PICO-8 can give you. :)

P#76038 2020-05-07 13:41

How about making a discussion

P#76039 2020-05-07 13:42

Do i still need to buy pico8?

P#76040 2020-05-07 13:43

I think you can create posts on the forum without buying it, but I'm not sure. You already have an account, you can always try it, then remove it.

P#76041 2020-05-07 13:44

How do I start a discussion

P#76043 2020-05-07 13:48

In the box at the top of the forum page, select a topic like Releases or Code Snippets. Then, in the same box, you'll see [new post] icon or something similar in the bottom.

Also, I'm sorry to say this, but this thread is not for PICO-8/BBS support. If you have further questions, I'm afraid you'll have to create another thread or ask someone else. Thank you for understanding.

P#76051 2020-05-07 14:03

I love it!
Its great
Thanks for sharing

P#76056 2020-05-07 14:37 ( Edited 2020-05-07 14:37)

Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! :D

P#76057 2020-05-07 14:37

thx @doczi_dominik. This will really come in handy.

P#76067 2020-05-07 15:54

oh god there's rotating arenas

P#76118 2020-05-08 11:49

how the fuck did i get 101% accuracy

P#76119 2020-05-08 11:57

Umm... I probably swapped the two variables on accident...

That's embarrasing. I'll be fixing it soon! ( Nice score btw )

EDIT: FIXED! Turns out it's another byproduct of my token reducing efforts... When killing multiple enemies, it counted as
accurate_dashes += killed enemies

but only as

total_dashes += 1

thus accuracy > 100 sometimes. :)

P#76120 2020-05-08 12:02 ( Edited 2020-05-08 13:15)

Hey question on how to program a pico8 now that I bought it

P#76131 2020-05-08 14:43

Please open a support thread. Like I've said, this post is not for tutorials.

P#76147 2020-05-08 14:57

I did

P#76152 2020-05-08 15:00

game is fantastic, well done!

P#76183 2020-05-08 17:40

Thank you soo much! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

P#76184 2020-05-08 17:40

@doczi i actually kinda like getting > 100% accuracy

P#76192 2020-05-08 20:19

I see your point - bigger numbers are always better, but this was absolutely an oversight on my part, I want the stats to represent real values that players can use to track their progress. I hope you understand.

P#76205 2020-05-08 21:58

@doczi_dominik, how did I die when I only got hit once and it lets me survive until I have been hit like, 4 times

P#76708 2020-05-16 18:54

Were you late in the game? The damage and HP drain increases as you go on, but you would have to be at an unreasonably high level for enemies/spikes to oneshot you.

Either that, or you ran into some obscure collision issue where you get damaged every frame - something that should not happen due to invicibility frames on the player.

P#76710 2020-05-16 19:09

No, I wasn't late. It just killed me like here is what happened:

I was perfectly fine then I get hit. Then I'm STILL alive, Then like 14 seconds later, I DIE OUT OF NOWHERE

P#76712 2020-05-16 19:16

Hmm, that is weird. If your HP did not drain after receiving damage, then I have no idea what happened. Thank you anyway for telling me about this potential issue, I'll keep investigating! :)

P#76715 2020-05-16 19:45

No problem

P#76717 2020-05-16 20:06

dashing and snatching

P#104817 2022-01-11 15:34

Wow. Never seen this before, @doczi_dominik. This game is unbelievably polished. Really more of an IQ test. Superb ! Gold star work.

P#104824 2022-01-11 18:30

Thank you very much @MerpleLeaf and @dw817! Glad you enjoy it :D

P#104828 2022-01-11 19:08

@doczi_dominik No problem!

P#105003 2022-01-13 17:26 ( Edited 2022-01-13 17:26)

What a great game, well done! :)

P#105069 2022-01-14 09:56

Thank you for playing @pjft! :)

P#105085 2022-01-14 17:55

By all means, thank you for putting it together!

P#105086 2022-01-14 17:59

Super-tight visual feedback, very well done!

P#105413 2022-01-20 14:41

Thank you very much for playing! @dansggg :D

P#105469 2022-01-21 15:34

I love how you hint at the movement even in the menu.
Great game, thank you for creating it!

P#106249 2022-02-03 08:55

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