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TIC-80 APK - Play Retro Games on Your Android Phone or Tablet


TIC-80 is a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. It has built-in tools for development: code, sprites, maps, sound editors and the command line, which is enough to create a mini retro game. Games are packaged into a cartridge file, which can be easily distributed. TIC-80 works on all popular platforms, including Android, Linux, MacOS, Windows, baremetal Raspberry Pi, Nintendo 3DS, RetroArch, and HTML5 (using WebAssembly). It supports programming languages including JavaScript, MoonScript, Lua, Ruby, Wren, Fennel, Squirrel and Janet.

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To make a retro-styled game, the whole process of creation and execution takes place under some technical limitations: 240x136 pixels display, 16 color palette, 256 8x8 color sprites, 4 channel sound, etc. These limitations are designed to inspire creativity and challenge developers to make games with minimal resources.

If you are interested in learning more about TIC-80 and how to use it on your Android device, read on!

Downloading TIC-80 APK

To get the latest version of TIC-80 for Android, you can download the APK file from the official website or from the GitHub releases page . The APK file is portable and less than 40 MB in size. You can also find older versions of TIC-80 on the Internet Archive .

To install the APK file on your Android device, you need to enable the option to install apps from unknown sources in your settings. This may vary depending on your device model and Android version. You can find more information on how to do this here . Once you have enabled this option, you can open the APK file with a file manager app and follow the instructions to install it.

After installing TIC-80 on your Android device, you can launch it from your app drawer or home screen. You will see a shell prompt where you can type commands to create or load games. You can also use the touch screen or an external keyboard or gamepad to interact with TIC-80.

Using TIC-80 tools

TIC-80 has built-in tools for development that allow you to create games within the console. You can access these tools by typing edit in the shell prompt or by pressing ESC on your keyboard or gamepad. You will see a menu with six icons that represent the different tools:

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  • Code editor: This is where you write the code for your game using one of the supported programming languages. You can switch between languages by pressing ALT+L. You can also use syntax highlighting, auto-completion, code folding and other features to make coding easier.

  • Sprites editor: This is where you draw the graphics for your game using pixels. You can use 16 colors from the palette and create up to 256 sprites (8x8 pixels each) and 256 tiles (8x8 pixels each). You can also use tools like pencil, eraser, fill bucket, line, rectangle and circle.

  • Map editor: This is where you design the levels for your game using tiles. You can create a map of up to 240x136 cells (1920x1088 pixels) by placing tiles from the sprites editor. You can also use tools like brush, eraser and selection.

  • Sound editor: This is where you create the sounds and music for your game using a tracker. You can use 4 channels of sound with 16 instruments and 64 notes. You can also use effects like volume, pitch, arpeggio and vibrato.

  • Command line: This is where you type commands to control TIC-80 and access its features. You can use commands like new, load, save, run, export, config, help and more. You can also use the command line to access the online repository of games made by other users.

  • Surf mode: This is where you browse and play games from the online repository. You can use the arrow keys or the touch screen to navigate the list of games and press Z or X to play or exit a game. You can also rate, comment and download games from the surf mode.

To learn more about how to use these tools, you can check the official wiki or watch some tutorials on YouTube . You can also find some examples of games made with TIC-80 on the website or on .

Playing and sharing games

To play a game in TIC-80, you need to load it from a cartridge file (.tic) that contains the code, graphics, sounds and map data. You can load a cartridge file by typing load filename.tic in the command line or by selecting it from the file browser. You can also load a game from the online repository by typing load @username/gamename. To run a game, you need to type run in the command line or press F5.

To save a game in TIC-80, you need to type save filename.tic in the command line or press F7. This will create a cartridge file in your local folder that you can share with others. You can also save a screenshot of your game by typing screenshot filename.gif or pressing F8. This will create a GIF file that you can use to showcase your game.

To export a game in TIC-80, you need to type export filename.ext in the command line or press F9. This will create a file that you can run on other platforms without TIC-80. You can export your game as an APK file for Android, an HTML file for web browsers, an EXE file for Windows, an APP file for MacOS, or a BIN file for Raspberry Pi. You can also export your game as a PNG file that contains the cartridge data encoded in pixels. This is useful for sharing your game on social media or forums.

To share your game with other users, you can upload it to the online repository by typing save @username/gamename.tic. This will require you to have an account on the website and to log in with your credentials. You can also share your game on other platforms like , Game Jolt , Ludum Dare or GitHub . Be sure to include a link to TIC-80 and give credit to the developers and contributors.

Finding alternatives

TIC-80 is not the only fantasy computer available for making retro-style games. There are other similar projects that have different features and limitations that may suit your preferences and needs better. Here are some of them:


PICO-8 A popular fantasy console that has similar features and limitations as TIC-80 but with a different aesthetic and community. It costs $14.99 but has more documentation and resources available.

Liko-12 A free and open source fantasy computer that emulates an 80s PC with DOS-like interface and BASIC-like language. It has more memory and disk space than TIC-80 but less colors and sound channels.

PX8 A free and open source fantasy console that supports multiple programming languages (Python, Lua, Rust) and multiple cartridges formats ( , you need to download the APK file from the official website or from the GitHub releases page and install it on your device. You can then use the command line or the touch screen to create or load games. You can also use the edit mode to access the code, sprites, maps, sound editors and the surf mode. You can save, export and share your games as cartridge files, screenshots or executable files. You can also browse and play games from the online repository or from other platforms.

TIC-80 is a fun and creative way to make retro-style games with minimal resources. It is also a great way to learn programming and game design skills. If you are looking for a challenge and a nostalgia trip, you should give TIC-80 a try. You may be surprised by what you can create with it.

Here are some FAQs that may help you get started with TIC-80:


  • How do I exit TIC-80 on Android?

To exit TIC-80 on Android, you need to press the back button on your device or swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access the navigation bar. You will see a message asking you if you want to quit TIC-80. Tap yes to confirm.

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