An arena-survival shooter with zombies made with/for PICO-8

You can download the game cartridge and run it with PICO-8 if you own it.

Keyboard controls :

  • Arrow keys : Move
  • C : Shoot
Xbox Controller controls (downloadable version only) :
  • Left stick : Move
  • A : Shoot

The game is still in development. Here is what is currently implemented :

  • You get a shotgun with limited ammo (displayed on the upper left corner) at first, allowing you to shoot 3 projectiles at at once. Once you run out of ammo, you'll use your pistol (that only shoots one bullet at a time).
  • You lose 1 HP every time you get hit by a zombie (HPs are displayed on the upper left corner as player head icons).
  • There is only one type of enemy that walks toward the players.
  • Infinite enemy spawn.

What's coming next :

  • More weapons
  • More enemy types
  • Waves system
  • Powerups spawn
  • Score/Timer/Waves survived
  • Grenades/Bombs
  • Enemy corpses
  • Title screen
  • Sounds
  • Music (not sure how I'll do this though)
  • ???????? 2 Players Local Coop ????????

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
TagsPICO-8, Retro, Top-Down, Zombies


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You should make it so that the second available button (z or x?) makes you aim in the direction opposite to where you're walking

Alternatively, you could make it so that it locks in wherever you're currently aiming at. This would allow shooting while moving away from enemies or around others, so this second option might be even better than the first one

Awesome work

This is really fun, nice work!

Thanks! I'll finish this game when I have some time :-)


meanwhile, in 2019...