This command is used to install the PICO-8 demonstration cartridges, which are pre-made demos that showcase different features and techniques for creating games. When you use this command, a "demos" subfolder is created in the currently opened folder. This subfolder contains a collection of demonstration cartridges that you can explore using the
First time setup:
1) Open PICO-8 and view the welcome screen.
2) Type in "
install_demos" (no quotes, no spaces, with underscore) and press Enter.
3) The demo carts have been downloaded, to navigate to them, first type "
cd demos" (without quotes, with space) and press enter.
4) You can type "
ls" or "
dir" and press enter to view the file names in this demos folder.
5) To load a demo cart, type "
load [filename]" where filename is the name of the demo cart, listed below.
The demo carts include:
||A well commented cart demonstrating many common built-in functions of the PICO-8 Lua.|
||A demo of Cellular Automata: a system where a grid of cells changes states based on simple rules and the states of their neighbors.|
||A bouncy physics demo of a sprite inside of a ball, colliding with bounds of the screen.|
||A first-person view raycasting demo, using the 2D map and colors to define and draw a 3D space. Complete with collision and moving platforms.|
||A top-down demo of collisions with map drawn walls and animated objects such as a bouncy ball, coins, and other characters that zep named "peopleoids".|
||A 3D rotating and zooming cube made of many circles.|
||An etch-a-sketch style drawing demo where the pixels slowly and colorfully bleed down the screen.|
||A wavy and colorful sprite animation demo of the classic text "hello world".|
||A full platformer demo with what has become the mascot character of PICO-8. It has everything from platformer movement, item pickups, powerups, enemies, collectibles, signs, puzzles, hard to reach areas, background scroll, multiple levels, particle effects, and a dragon boss.|
||A fun sorting of a table demo using giraffes of random heights to visualize it.|
||A top-down demo of a cat that can pick up apples, and wander across multiple screens on the map. Instead of a constant scroll, this demonstrates a quick screen cut such as those used in the first Legend of Zelda dungeons.|
||A wavy ripple animation effect using only pset() to draw a grid of pixels.|
12 May 2023