QUEST has been hailed by critics as "the most exhilarating 299 characters of source code I have played today" and "a true example of minimalism...well definitely not a false example".

Features include:

  • Dynamically hard-coded sound effect(s)!!
  • Full English dialogue!!
  • Fit-on-one-screen source code!!

(This was created as part of #TweetTweetJam in which the prompt was to make a game using fewer than 560 characters of code.)

Here is the source code (for PICO-8):

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Made withPICO-8
TagsCute, Minimalist, Short, Side Scroller
Average sessionA few seconds


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Cool idea! It looks like you're combining a print function with a conditional branch, I've got to know - how is that working?



yeah, are you already familiar with the commonly used fake ternary in Lua: “x and y or z”?

x is interpreted as a boolean value there, but y and z can be any type, so in this case they are strings, and the value that comes out of that is given to the “print” function. does that make sense?

I wasn't familiar with that, but it's good to know! Thanks for the explanation!


i'm not kidding when i say this is one of my fav games of all time. top 1,000 for sure

A masterpiece. :P