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PICO-1K Jam

  • Welcome to the first PICO-8 "1K" Jam (#Pico1kπŸ‘‹πŸ€“
  • Make cool things in PICO-8 by using only 1024 characters* of code
  • It can be a...
    πŸ•ΉοΈ Game
    🎞️ Demo (Animated or Interactive)
    πŸ› οΈ A Tool or Utility
     ...whatever you can fit within 1k, basically!
  • It's a relaxed, non-competitive jam, running for a whole month
  • See the Rules below for details & check out the Resources for getting started

πŸ“‘ Rules

  1. Your entire entry must be <= 1024 characters* in PICO-8 
      - This count includes spaces, brackets & comments
      - TIP: Use the Char Count in PICO-8 for ref
                  
        NOTE: PICO-8 displays Token Count by default, left-click to cycle to Character Count

  2. No pre-defined PICO-8 data allowed
      - No Sprites, Map or Sounds or external files - ALL content must be created using code submitted
      - Glyphs such as μ›ƒ and β˜… are fine (but "Byte Counters" participants beware - see below)
      - TIP: Copy+paste your code into a new PICO-8 window to test it still works as expected

  3. Have fun & be nice! πŸ˜ƒ
     - This is intended to be a fun & relaxed jam, but your mental and physical health should always come first
     - Be nice to each other (for more details, see Berlin Code of Conduct)

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» *(Optional) "Byte Counter" Rule

  • Your entry's code must be <= 1024 bytes in total  (...one for the "purists" πŸ€“)
     - NOTE: Double-byte characters, such as PICO-8 glyph symbols (❎,πŸ…ΎοΈ) & other special chars use >1 byte each
     - TIP: Use this byte counter to easily check

❓ FAQ

  • Is there a prize for the winner?
    • Nope, this jam is non-ranked & non-competitive - it's just for fun (we're all winners!)
  • Is there a theme?
    • Nope, you can make whatever you want.
  • Can I generate Sprite/Map data in my code, then use SPR()/MAP(), etc. to draw?
    • Absolutely, 100%!
    • Essentially, if your code created the content - it's allowed
  • How do I submit an entry?
    • Instructions are provided when you click to [Submit your Project]
    • Also, see Resources below for help Publishing your project.
  • Can I submit more than one entry?
    • Yes, absolutely - you have a whole month to play with.
  • Can we update our entry after submission?
    • Sure, nothing worse than finding bugs later on!
    • But please keep any entry updates to within the jam period
  • Where can I ask more Q's / share my progress / create a team?
    • In the Community tab at the top of this page
    • On the official PICO-8 BBS/Forum, in the Jam category
    • On the PICO-8 Discord, in the "#game-jams" channel
    • On Twitter, using #Pico8 hashtag

πŸ“š Resources

πŸ–¨οΈ P8SCII is your friend

🌍 "Show me what you got!"

Finally, don't forget to share your creations (or WIP), using the hashtag #Pico1k  πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ€³
   - TIP: You can record a GIF in PICO-8 by pressing F3 to start + F4 to stop/save

Shout-out to Andrew Reist for creating TweetTweetJam, which as well as being my fav jam in the calendar, ultimately inspired me to create PICO-1K Jam - as a way to allow more scope for char-based entries, while also (potentially) making it more accessible for beginners. πŸ˜€

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A game of Speed Pool, in just 1,024 bytes, for #Pico1k Jam
Sports
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free cell, in <1024 characters of code
Card Game
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a 1kb game by Lexaloffle and me!
Action
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Homage to KATAMARI DAMACY on Pico8 and 1021 bytes for the #PICO1k jam
Action
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A refreshingly simple paint program for Pico-8
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Webslinging in 1024 characters!
Action
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arcade jumper in 1,013 bytes
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Full-featured Tetris in 1024 Chars.
Puzzle
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Racing
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first person maze-em-up in 1kb
Puzzle
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Throw a banana to the next gorilla. A game in less than 1000 characters for #Pico1k Jam
Simulation
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Your engine is your weapon, shoot & move carefully among colorful blobs!
Shooter
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​Rescue the little people before they succumb to the raging wildfires! #pico1k
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generative music sequencer
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strategy game in 1021 bytes
Strategy
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Help Sarah Chronos getting rid of all Exterminators T-1K as she escapes!
Shooter
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Demo entry to Pico1k
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Kitty vs. Orange Droids
Shooter
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Pretty simple horizontal scroll shoot 'em up in less than 1000 characters of code for #Pico1k Jam.
Shooter
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A level maker made in PICO-8 for the 1K-JAM
Platformer
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An arena shooter in 1024 characters
Action
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A game of snake played on a tiny voxel TV made for the #pico1K jam!
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Defend the big dude from incoming hostile mosquitoes. Spray them all! A game in 1024 characters for #Pico1k Jam
Shooter
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Destroy enemy communication facilities. A game in less than 1024 characters for #Pico1k Jam
Shooter
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Pellet muncher demake in less than 1000 characters for #Pico1k Jam
Action
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pico1k demo game planet
Shooter
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A tiny Zelda game made with 1016 characters for the Pico-8 1k Jam
Role Playing
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Pigeo is starving.
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its a basic clicker game
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Experimental game in under 1024 characters of pico8 code
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Cauldron's villains hack back! Pico1k demo with pulchritudinous pumpkins and a mesmerizing melody.
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Fly through the gaps in the walls for as long as you can. A game in less than 1024 characters for #Pico1k Jam
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A cruddy Shoot-Em-Up
Action
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XKCD Comics for pico-8 1k jam ( <1024 characters and 64x64 resolution )
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chess pico-ified in 1k
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run away, oh no
Action
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You are a scientist from a far away planet. Your mission is to schlorp as many cows as possible
Action
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A simple dice roller for D4's, D6's, D8's, D10's, D12's and D20's made in PICO-8
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Catch all candies - fast - or lose
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Play a very tiny game of 2v2 ultimate frisbee. Happy 1K Jam!
Sports
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Imitate your elephant friend's path, made for PICO-1K Jam (#pico1k)
Action
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Shoot them dead!
Shooter
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Chain Reaction game in less than 1000 characters for #Pico1k Jam
Simulation
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A pico-8 game in less than 1024 characters
Racing
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1023 bytes shootemup for pico8
Shooter
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Select the right pico star gate glyphs. A game in less than 1024 characters for #Pico1k Jam
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Defend the (square) earth from incoming missiles with your shield!
Action
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Keep the fire out - 1K
Action
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A snake clone made in pico-8 for the PICO-8 "1K" Jam (#Pico1k).
Puzzle
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A maze game in less than 1000 characters for #Pico1k Jam. Grab batteries before light radius gets too small.
Action
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A PICO-8 game about running in 1k of code
Sports
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~6mins/hard/1024chars
Sports
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Solve the Maze, fight the monster, make it to the screens of color.
Adventure
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An entry for the Pico81k jam -- scrolling starfield game
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Survival
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(Note: Not recommanded to those sensitive to flashing lights) Conway's Game of Life in Under 400 characters!
Simulation
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