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PICO-8 games are getting so hard these days...

This is a port of a Flash game from Kian Bashiri called "You Have To Burn The Rope". It's a really hard game. You have to burn the rope there.

Here's a pretty apt description of the game, according to its original programmer:

You Have To Burn The Rope is, by formal definitions, a game since it has all the things that make up a game - besides losing condition which I regret not adding - but I wouldn't call it a game since it is hardly interactive in any meaningful way. The point was to make fun of other games that limit the player's interaction by being easy, linear, or heavily controlled and jokingly ask at which point these games also cease to be games.

If at any point you are stuck, I suggest that you check out the enclosed instruction book.

Version History

  • v1.0.1 (June 12, 2020)
    Added timer (activated by pressing Z/C/N at the title screen)
  • v1.0 (June 11, 2020)
    Initial release
P#77892 2020-06-10 11:32 ( Edited 2020-06-12 09:58)


P#77893 2020-06-10 13:46
:: cwiser

Instructions unclear, maybe add an in-game tutorial?

P#77894 2020-06-10 13:49

Let's see if someone beats me...

P#77913 2020-06-10 21:49

I got stuck and I went to go look at the inclosed instruction booklet but even then I was still stumped..
I wish this game was easyier.. : \

P#77922 2020-06-11 01:36

I love the game!
Maybe adding a timer in the game over screen, so you can see your time

P#77925 2020-06-11 07:25

Fantastic and delightful! Love the lyrics matching the music syllable per syllable!

P#77941 2020-06-11 15:33

I remembered the development of this on the discord server!

P#78036 2020-06-13 16:20

I showed this game to my niece and she says: "WOWI that was FUN, I LIKE the ending with MUSSSICCC. Sing with me "now im a hero and what do i do with the rest of my da-ay?" HAHAHGAGZA that was fun to listen too and i played again just to hear the MUSSICCCC! thank you ._."

P#78051 2020-06-14 02:28

23.3. I beat it.

P#79000 2020-07-06 19:33 ( Edited 2020-07-06 19:33)

Very few things make me LOL... that one did it.
Thanks for this.

P#81102 2020-08-24 00:52

beat it in 22.39 (used livesplit)

P#81139 2020-08-25 00:44

I'm struggling to just get 23.7 without livesplit, any tips?
Update: Just got 23.43 and i'm very proud of myself

P#82470 2020-09-30 17:28 ( Edited 2020-09-30 17:39)
:: Zverik

I've just learnt of this game, thanks to Meme_Meister's comment that raised this cartridge to the top. Awesome work, JWinslow23!

P#82501 2020-10-02 08:51
:: Elia

The best part is the lyrics at the end, lovely

P#82503 2020-10-02 09:56

Got a 21.80

P#82710 2020-10-08 16:51

Hey love the ending to this is really nice.

Well done.

P#85583 2020-12-19 11:35
:: Merl_

I believe I have the fastest time, a 21.63, according to the in-game timer (press z at the start instead of x). However, a lot of people are using livesplit, so it's possible they could have a faster time and split at different points or split late. I will edit this as I continue to improve. The flash world record is a 21.600 (using the timing method of this game) so I think pico-8 is faster than flash version.


P#88019 2021-02-22 20:44 ( Edited 2021-02-23 18:09)

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