My Pico-8  interpretation of the 1983 Activision game for the Atari 2600.

How to Play

Shoot all 15 UFOs to clear a sector.

Collect glowing power-ups but, if you shoot them, don't let them hit you!


[X] - Laser
[O] or [Up Arrow] - Missile

Thanks To

  • Finn for testing
  • notehead (@noteheadmusic) for the excellent title-screen music
  • PICO-8 for creating an awesome "fantasy console"

Version History

0.80 - 18-Oct-2022 - Released

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8


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Great job with this! I'm working on my own version at the moment as well

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Fun little game but on the web version I seem to be occasionally firing a bomb without pressing the bomb button. I didn't have that before with the alpha but maybe I used another controller. The power ups are very hard to spot. Bad power ups are annoying. Auto-fire would be nice.

probably firing missiles since you can also push up. Wasn’t in the beta but requested since that’s how the original played. 

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Ah, I see. Shame.

I hope someone sees this and does a full revamp of the game because your version shows it has a lot of potential!

that is a fun game!

Amazing stuff!