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A curated list of PICO-8 resources, tutorials, tools and more. Inspired by the awesome list thing. You might also like awesome-lua and awesome-love2d.

PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in a subset of Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.

Table of Contents



  • Official Manual - Placeholder dump of pico-8.txt! (Proper manual coming soon).
  • Cheat Sheet - by Neko250. Based on the official manual, with edits where found appropriate.
  • PicoZine #1, #2, #3 and #4 - PICO-8 Zine is a 48-page fanzine made by and for PICO-8 users.
  • Going from Lua 5.2 to PICO-8’s Lua - This document is here to help folks with a proficiency in Lua understand the limitations and discrepencies between Lua and PICO-8’s Lua.
  • Cheat Sheet (printable) - A reduced cheat sheet in a printable format. German and Englisch version available.



Hacks - undocumented PICO-8 features

  • Mouse - How to retrieve mouse coordinates (with demo).
  • p8keyboard.js - Javascript “keyboard adapter” for the Pico-8. Send ASCII characters to a Pico-8 program running in a browser.


  • PocketC.H.I.P - A portable mini-computer, a game console, a portable synthesizer and a Linux field terminal with PICO-8 pre-installed.

Articles & Posts


  • pico chat - A bite-sized podcast about Pico-8 and other tiny games.

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