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What are the best PICO-8 alternatives?

PICO-8 is described as 'Lua based fantasy console for playing and programming tiny games and other computer programs. The app boots to a shell prompt with easy access to scores of game building tools' and is an app in the audio & music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to PICO-8 for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is TIC-80, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like PICO-8 are Bitsy, LowRes NX, Pyxel and PX8.

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PICO-8 is a Lua based fantasy console for playing and programming tiny games and other computer programs....

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  1. TIC-80 icon

    TIC-80

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    20 alternatives to TIC-80 

    TIC-80 is a fantasy computer where you can make, play and share tiny games. Comes with built-in tools for development: code, sprites, maps, sound editors and a command line.

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    1.  LightweightTIC-80 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableTIC-80 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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      Almost everyone thinks TIC-80 is a great alternative to PICO-8.
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      Bitsy

      21 alternatives to Bitsy 

      Bitsy is a little editor for little games or worlds. The goal is to make it easy to make games where you can walk around and talk to people and be somewhere.

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      LowRes NX

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      20 alternatives to LowRes NX 

      LowRes NX is a simulated retro game console which can be programmed in the classic BASIC language. Make your own retro games on a virtual game console. Create sprites, tile maps, sound and music with the included tools.

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      Pyxel

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      25 alternatives to Pyxel 

      Pyxel is a retro game engine for Python. Inspired by fantasy consoles like PICO-8, Pyxel imposes graphic and sound limits that provide a retro aesthetic while also greatly simplifying development.

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      PX8

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      20 alternatives to PX8 

      PX8 is an open-source fantasy Console in Rust (with Python and Lua).

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      nano JAMMER

      20 alternatives to nano JAMMER 

      The nano JAMMER is a fantasy console for tiny games. It is perfect for hobby coding, a game programming course, and tweetjams.

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      WASM-4

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      20 alternatives to WASM-4 

      WASM-4 is a low-level fantasy game console for building small games with WebAssembly. Game cartridges (ROMs) are small, self-contained .wasm files that can be built with any programming language that compiles to WebAssembly.

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      Zany80

      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      20 alternatives to Zany80 

      ZANY80 is a fantasy console built around the Zilog Z80 processor (used in the classic Spectrum Z80 computer).

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      LIKO-12

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      20 alternatives to LIKO-12 

      LIKO-12 is a fantasy console built with the LÖVE game engine. It's similar to PICO-8 but it's open-source and provides a different API and larger screen width.

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      Pixel Vision 8

      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Mac
      20 alternatives to Pixel Vision 8 

      Pixel Vision 8 is a platform that standardizes 8-bit fantasy console limitations built on top of an open source C# SDK. Developers can customize these restrictions to match actual legacy hardware or create something new. It is ideal for game jams, prototyping ideas or having fun.

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