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Cart #picobot-4 | 2021-11-22 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | License: CC4-BY-NC-SA


Here is my fist Pico-8 game: Pico-Bot. I made this over the last two months in my spare time. It's a sort of horizontal Space Invaders with platforms and more intricate scoring techniques.

How to Play

  • Destroy enemies and collect the orbs they drop.
  • The quicker you collect orbs, the higher your score.
  • Collect three large orbs to activate the score multiplier.
  • Tip: you're invincible while jumping between platforms.

Here's a video showing the game being completed to show that it is possible!

Other Platforms

You can download Windows, Linux, OSX, and Raspberry Pi builds from my itch.io page:


Update History


  • Initial release


  • Added a more eye-catching cart label.
  • Simplified drawing of logo by using sspr function to draw sprite sheet region.
  • Fixed a text alignment issue on title screen.


  • Changed mines to prevent them spawning slightly off-screen.
  • Adjusted the difficulty slightly to make it fairer.


  • Disabled diagonal inputs to make it easier to play using dpad / joystick.
P#79659 2020-07-20 09:07 ( Edited 2022-05-29 00:56)

That's a fun little game, and I'm bad at i... love it! :)

P#79666 2020-07-20 12:18

Thanks. It is quite challenging, but I tested thoroughly, and it is possible to complete every stage without losing a life (with practice).

P#79690 2020-07-20 19:21

Very cool.
Reminds me a bit of Root Beer Tapper, or a horizontal Beam Rider.

P#79691 2020-07-20 20:46

Thank you! Amazingly, I'd never heard of Beam Rider before, and I've been playing video games since the 80s!

P#79945 2020-07-26 10:46 ( Edited 2020-11-03 06:07)

Update v1.3: disabled diagonal movement to make it easier to play using dpad / joystick.

P#100604 2021-11-22 01:33

Wow. You took that arrow key code and ran with it, @timeandspace. :)

And yeah this looks great ! Glad to help. Gold star game.

You should definitely check out Beamrider for the Atari 2600. One of my all-time fav games from years ago. Very playable and very enjoyable 3D shooter.


P#100608 2021-11-22 03:47

Yeah Beamrider looks like a perfect fit for pico-8 doesn't it.

P#100615 2021-11-22 10:59

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