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TIC-80 Project

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Create a fun adventure game with sprites using a retro fantasy computer.

Last time we gave a general introduction to TIC-80, the open-source fantasy computer perfect for making retro games. In this issue, we’ll be giving a more practical hands-on tutorial for starting a simple platformer in TIC-80.

As a refresher, you can get TIC-80 from their website.

If you’re downloading TIC-80 and loading it for the first time, you’ll see a command line like this:

To start writing a game, hit the ESC key and you’ll be taken into game creation mode:

You’re now looking at the code for the sample program. If you hit ESC again you can go back to the command line. If you type run and hit enter you’ll run the sample program. It’s a cute little demo of a sprite blinking and you can move the sprite around with the arrow keys.

If you tried running the sample program, hit ESC to go back to the command line and ESC again to get into game creation mode.

So the first thing to do is click on the sprite editor tab, which is the little tab in the top left that looks like a Pac-Man ghost.

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