Escape The Cycle

Run, jump and push your way to the end. And then do it again. And again.

Tread lightly: every rock stays pushed, every unstable platform stays broken.

Warp your way through five cycles to break free and Escape The Cycle.

~ Controls ~

  • [Left]/[Right] to run and push rocks
  • [X] to jump (hold to jump higher!)
  • Hold [Z] to give up and start fresh

If you're really stumped - here's video proof that you can escape the cycle!

This game is built from @mhughson's fantastic Advanced Micro Platformer - Starter Kit

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
GenrePlatformer, Puzzle
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, 8-Bit, PICO-8, Puzzle-Platformer, Short, weekly-game-jam
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Smartphone


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I love the game’s retro art style. It’s quite tough but enjoyable.

I would Like to point out a few things. I noticed that the mid-air controls are very insensitive.. controlling while in the air is not easy. Also maybe the coyote time could increase, I couldn’t jump sometimes when I’m running toward the edge of a platform. and lastly, the inertia of your movement while in the air stays even after you touch the ground which makes making a stable landing without slipping hard.

Other than that it was quite fun… All the best :)

Thanks (and for the feedback!)

I suspect most of the mid-air/jump is due to a bit of last-minute tweaks I made after I discovered that you could jump over a lot of the spike pits if you timed it right!

Constraints are both a blessing and a curse when it comes to the weekly game jam!

Amazing game, my daugther played for hours :)

Oh wow- thanks for letting me know :D

It's quite hard, but concept and graphics are amazing! 

Thanks :) I keep meaning to put together a walktrough video just to prove it can be done :D