Log In  

Hello ! I would like to know if a tas of a PICO-8 game would be doable or not. I had a lot of fun playing some games and I wondered if getting the full version would allow me to do such things. Thank you !

P#105238 2022-01-17 18:09

:: dw817

Hi @Cadaeib65. Yes, but if you wanted the speedrun code to be in Pico-8 as well instead of an outside tool, you would need to write the code for the tool-assisted-speedrun. One of the easiest ways to do it might be using a string to optionally replace input such as:


Which would be:

  • Hold right arrow key
  • Continue 5-cycles
  • Tap O
  • Release right arrow key
  • Hold left arrow key
  • Continue 12-cycles
  • Tap X

So, yes, it could be done.

To purchase Pico-8, go HERE:


At the bottom of the page.

P#105241 2022-01-17 18:22

I am not sure I have understood this, but thank you! I think I will purchase it and ask again later

P#105243 2022-01-17 18:37
:: dw817

You actually got me curious, @Cadaeib65. I'm working on something that will assist you and other speedrunners. I should have it done by today.

P#105246 2022-01-17 19:34

You probably also have to deal with the random number seed - PICO-8 randomizes it on game launch.

You could theoretically use memory-modification a la Pinput, although that feels a little sketchy to me; that said, using ESC to exit, setting the seed at the command line, and RESUMEing seems to work on a quick test.

P#105251 2022-01-17 21:12
:: dw817

And there ya go, @Cadaeib65. Giving you credit for getting my brain spinning on this.


P#105256 2022-01-17 21:48

WTF is a TAS? 3rd time in a few days I have no clue about a random acronym that people write as if it was a well known word! Will nobody think about the old geezers? Not saying you're all gatekeeping, just sayin' I ain't got all the keys. Never mind, have fun, I'm googling far behind ;D

P#105266 2022-01-17 22:27

@ultrabrite It's when you write out the inputs you want executed per frame and have the game run for you. It stands for Tool-Assisted-(Superrun/Speedrun). People use TASes for demo scenes in games, theoretical or non-human viable speedruns or funruns, and glitch showcases.
For example Pannnen uses TASes in all of his videos to explore SM64's potential. https://www.youtube.com/user/pannenkeok2012

P#105281 2022-01-18 00:56 ( Edited 2022-01-18 00:57)

Thanks for the explanation @smellyfishsticks ;)

Hope you guys didn't take my post above too seriously though :)

P#105333 2022-01-18 17:42
:: dw817

@Cadaeib65 if you still want to reach me regarding Pico-8, I can be found at dw817 at yahoo dot com.

And yes, @SmellyFishstiks is correct in the definition. In some cases it even reaches Guinness Book Of World Records. Pretty amazing stuff.

P#105346 2022-01-18 22:42

[Please log in to post a comment]

Follow Lexaloffle:        
Generated 2022-06-25 11:51:12 | 0.063s | Q:22