Island Gods

A basic 4X-ish strategy game built in the pico8 fantasy console. Play as a god, guiding your followers to glory. Conquer the randomly generated archipelago, or mine it for resources to win an economic victory.


If you can't seem to control the game, try clicking on it to enable keyboard controls!

Z : select region/move followers

X : end turn

left/right/up/down : move cursor

Developer's Notes

This was a mini-project built in pico8 in just over a week. Bugs and programmer art may both be present in no small measure.

I managed to dig up the p8 cartridge. If you've enjoyed this game and want to download it you can!

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
Tags4X, PICO-8, Pixel Art, terrain-generation, Turn-based Strategy
Average sessionA few seconds


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this game is the BEST strategy of the type of games that are literally a few moments

This game is really addicting

Thanks! Hopefully it was a fun sort of addiction.

Island Gods was great! I am trying out a paper prototype inspired by this right now. Unfortunately hit some bugs that wouldn't let me move units anymore and it got in the way of my victory. Nonetheless, will be back to play some more.

Really glad you liked it! Do let me know if you get a paper version working, I'd love to see it.

Thanks for the report, I'll try to reproduce this bug once I have some time and see if I can fix it.

I enjoyed this a lot. It was easy to understand, but it took some thought in order to win. It would be nice if you could use the mouse to move your people.

Ahh this is so fun and cute!