PICOZONE: The 16 Anomalies

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This is a 17-games-in-one collaborative game development for Pico-8. There have been a couple of 16-in-1 jams done before but these tend to be presented as 16 standalone games with a menu screen to pick between them. I wanted to do something that was an homage to Lazy Jones on the C64 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7DyoDJCqac), where you have 16 mini-games but also an overarching 17th game that ties them all together.

17 games, from 16 different developers in 10 countries: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Russia, Hungary, Norway, Finland, Sweden. It all fits into 32k of memory.

Fly around space collecting crystals to open “anomalies”. Each one will send you to another dimension where a weird challenge will present itself. Do well and your ship will be refuelled accordingly. Try to get through all 16 anomalies before you run out of fuel.

All mini-games run using the arrow keys, plus Z and X on the keyboard, which correspond to the Pico-8’s O and X button prompts respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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