C.H.I.P.sters, PICO-8 is now available for C.H.I.P. and it’s completely free!
Plus, check out our new $29 PICO-8 Console Kit. It comes with a C.H.I.P., HDMI DIP, C.H.I.P. power adapter, game controller, and of course PICO-8! It’s the perfect little package for the aspiring game developer on your holiday shopping list.
Whether you build a game from scratch or modify one of the 1000s of existing open source games, PICO-8 on C.H.I.P. is an easy and fun way to learn game development. Thanks to our super-friends at lexaloffle who created PICO-8, we are thrilled that every PocketC.H.I.P. and now every C.H.I.P. has access to PICO-8 for free! Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your game on with PICO-8 on C.H.I.P.!
With your C.H.I.P. connected to the internet, click the Computer Things! menu and select Terminal. Type the command below and then press enter. This updates the list of available packages on your C.H.I.P. and installs PICO-8. It’s that easy!
sudo apt update && sudo apt install chip-pico-8
To launch PICO-8, click the Computer Things! menu, hover over the Games submenu and select PICO-8.
By default, PICO-8 uses x to affirm a selection. To change the key bindings, press ESC, use the arrow keys to select Exit to Console, and press x to affirm the selection. At the new screen, type in keyconfig and press enter and configure the keys.
Once you’ve installed PICO-8 on C.H.I.P., you’ll want to check out the following resources to really get the most out of the software. A great place to start is with the PICO-8 docs for PocketC.H.I.P.. Some of the information you’ll find there is PocketC.H.I.P. specific (like mention of the touchscreen), but it will provide you with a good starting point for gaining familiarity with PICO-8.
Here a few more helpful links:
- More PICO-8 programming resources
- Richard’s PICO-8 coding adventure
- Standouts from the PICO-8 Game Jam
- NTC’s PICO-8 forum section
Now that PICO-8 is free for all C.H.I.P.s and PocketC.H.I.P.s, what type of game are you planning to write? Tell us in the comments below, share your screenshots on Twitter, and join the conversation in the forum. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!