TIC-80 Core

TIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. The website features a bunch of games you can play directly online.


The TIC-80 libretro core has been pushed to the upstream repository. There’s a DAT file to allow scanning and indexing games in a playlist, there’s a few sample games in the Content Downloader, and I’ve also uploaded all the cover art as thumbnail boxarts.

Hope to do a highlight real video of some of the higher rated TIC-80 games soon, played through the libretro core. Making this forum post as a place to talk through any ideas or thoughts on TIC-80.

Have you used TIC-80 before? What would you like to see from it?

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I played a few games just to give it a whirl, and it seems awesome. I didn’t know of any real standout games to try, though.

I had seen some forum posts awhile back about being able to convert pico8 games to run on it, as well. Is that something that people do?

Definitely possible to port some PICO-8 games over. I’ve seen a couple ports around, just need to move the sprites, switch the API, the map/sound, and you should be good… Some of differences between the two are:

  • TIC-80 has a higher resolution
  • TIC-80 supports more languages than just Lua (JavaScript, Wren, etc)
  • TIC-80 is Open Source
  • TIC-80’s community is smaller, so there aren’t as many tutorials and examples around

Overall, TIC-80 and PICO-8 are very similar. I’m a big open source advocate, so I do have a bias towards TIC-80.