Basic Game Loop

This cart shows the basic game loop used in PICO-8.

Notes: The basic idea is that there are three built-in functions in PICO-8 that allow you to structure your game. The first is _init() which happens once at the beginning of your game. Then _update() happens 30 times a second over and over again. _draw() also happens 30 times a second, but after _update() happens.

Install instructions

Save this file to your PICO-8 carts folder. Then load it by typing load game_loop in the command line mode of PICO-8.


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