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Creating your first Pico 8 game, what is Pico 8?

It is a virtual machine created by Lexaloffle Games, It is designed to simulate a fantasy gaming console, writing application is achieved using Lua. It is easy to use and offers a lot of features

I introduced gifs in my article because words would not describe it the best and seeing it in action might get you more interested in it. What you look at is a 128×128 pixel display, that renders sixteen colors.

What we will learn?

We will now head straight to writing some code, we can always learn more later, its time for the action and why we are here.

First step

First, let’s start with how to display a list of commands.
help displays all the commands available.

The output of help is



LOAD



RUN



SHUTDOWN 


INSTALL_DEMOS



CD



CD ..



KEYCONFIG



SAVE



SPLORE




What individual commands do explained.

LOAD – Is a command used to load cartridges.

Example:

Starts the cartidge.

load jelpi

run


shutdown – power off the console and closes the application.

cd – current directory

example:

cd demos

cd .. – exit current directory and go one step back

keyconfig – opens keybind settings.

save – saves file

example

save test_build

splore – The Pico 8 community repository to share and access games created by the community members

ls – lists all file and directory in current location

Writing our first program.

We will create the _draw function

function _draw()
    
cls()
    
print("Hello World !")

end


What do those function means.

cls() clears screen.

print() – prints given paramater or string

Hit ESC

run


This should render as shown in the screenshot on the right.

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There will be more content out about Pico 8, which will offer more insight into this fantastic fantasy virtual console.

Published by Darryl

Darryl is a motivational writer on the pursuit of reaching next level of productivity, health, wealth and fulfillment.

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