Pico Snail is a Pico-8 game inspired by the musician Snail's House.

Play as Snail-Chan and defend the Dream castle!

Run, jump, thwack enemies, and use stars you collect for special powers!

The Controls

The Cartridge

The Sprite Sheet

The Map

The Code

(might need to zoom in a little :D )

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PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(44 total ratings)
GenrePlatformer, Action
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, Cute, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Short, Singleplayer


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Development log


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Great platformer! I noticed there was an update on that game, today. 

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Sorry nothing yet :( just a small fix. I may see if I can make room for some extra bits if I have time.

Oh, ok


New favorite pico-8 game! :D


El juego es bonito y divertido. Lo he disfrutado mucho.




Oh my goodness, the boss fight is so much tougher than the rest of it. Still, I persevered and made it to the end with all the books. I'm impressed at how much high-quality game you managed to cram into a Pico-8 format. I was briefly confused at the point where you have to jump up through a platform to a lever; I somehow didn't realize I could jump through it at first.

It's nice to see that Snail-chan is still having magical adventures!

Thanks for playing! I'm glad you pushed through even if it was tough. Hope you had fun!


I played it and love it, I even did a video.

I'll have to go back and get that book in that one level

I'm glad people are still playing it, and it's making me want to fix some things. I'll try to make some of the levels a little more manageable. Thanks for playing!


You're welcome, My bad for replying too late here

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I like it a lot but the falling stars are distracting.

Does the star tally for each level mean anything?


Aw, I was enjoying the game but then I got to a boss and the camera kept stalling, those 2-hit enemies kept spawning and I run out of stars to shoot too quickly.


I did manage to finish it and read all the diary entries. Can you defeat the cat or just knock it back?

You can only knock back the cat. I might still change some stuff if I get the time since I don't want it to be superrrr difficult. Thanks for playin the game :)

Knocking back the cat is perfectly fine, I was just curious.

What about the stars?

I might make the falling stars a different color so they blend into the background more. 

Oh, and the star count at the level end is just like a high score thing if you want to try and end with as many stars as you can.


It's so cute!! :D


this reminds me of a moeshop music video


Making an aniamtion


how do i start


good game


Every now and then, YouTube reminds me of Snail's House. Now, thanks to Pico Snail, so is Itchio. Had a fun snail adventure, fighting off the hordes of wibbly sky dancer...things...and puzzling my way to story time. It's games like this that make me appreciate the PICO-8.

Good job, dev.

Thanks for playing! I loved the commentary :)

Show post...

Amazing game :D


Can someone make a copy of the game as the furron (furry + dragon) same as the original? I used a reference sheet!

If you would like to make your own version of the game you can go to the Pico 8 page here https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?pid=snail-8#p you'll still need to buy pico 8 to modify the cartridge but I hope you can figure it out. :)

I'm sorry, because there is lots of payment in it!

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this reminds me of snail house lol

edit: nvm I just read the description


I enjoyed it a lot! I like the visuals, and I also really like the final boss fight. goodjob!

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How do you do the halls?? I'm stuck on it :(( update: figured it out! :D


Contrary to appearances, it was difficult.


Creo que me he pasado el juego. La última pantalla pone The End y ya no sale ninguna nueva. El juego está bien y al ser corto va bien algo de dificultad. Buen trabajo.


★~ I'm so glad a can play a snail's house game while I'm relistening to all the album ~★   (◡‿◡✿)


I love the style of the game! I keep getting stuck on the second level.......  

What made you get stuck there? I'd love to know so I can make changes. :)


I was trying to get up to the platform but I couldn't jump high enough ;-;

thanks for letting me know. I'll change it so it's easier to understand


Thank You so much!


great game :)
+ my collection


Man, i clicked so fast to play the game, Great work!


Got stuck on second level after double jumping up to top platform (after collecting the three stars below). Agree with METgaming's points. 



Thanks for playing :)) also vids like this are extra helpful so double thank you :)


great design and artwork


The game feels really nice, and its really cute and adorable. Though i have some suggestions.

1. On the third level, maybe make is more obvious that you need to press the lever and hit it. 

2. Make it more obvious that you can double jump when you have stars, and can shoot when you have stars.

3. Really don't like the pillars on level 4. They basically obstruct the view of the player and it kinda makes the level a bit more frustrating for no reason.

4. Level 4 feels way too hard and frustrating, the part i got stuck on was when I had to break the blocks to get to the lever. I kept on getting killed by the wall enemies, and when I did kill them, the flying enemy respawned and killed me.

5. Flying enemy feels too hard to kill. Maybe make it so that it can only fly in one direction at a time.

6. Maybe add crouching? You can move while you crouch maybe, but go slower.

Game was very challenging, really good game. 

Thanks for playing it! i'm gonna tweak the game alot and take all this stuff into account :)


Hii, I've made a video about the game and wanted to share some feedback about it, hopefully it is useful to you ^^

-The concept of the game is pretty good.

-The visual style is very eye catching and enjoyable ^^

-The gameplay mechanics are pretty interesting and work really great with the theme of the game.

-I think that the level where I got stuck for a while feels like a spike on the difficulty level progresion of the game.

Hopefully this is useful to you :D, also if you could subscribe that would help me a lot :)


Thank you! This will definitely help me improve stuff :)

you are welcome ^^


Wonderful game. Snail-Chan design is so adorable. Good work..

Thankkss :)))


The young magical snailgirl have a very adorable design & it has good difficulty for a game of these characteristics.


She kinda looks like Ribbon from the Kirby Games!


Yeah, i remember snail chan from pixel galaxy!