This game is a demake of and an homage to Hollow Knight, a game by Team Cherry.  Made for the 2018 Demake Jam.

Explore an insect underworld, find the six charms and beat all the bosses.


Arrow keys for movement, for jump, to attack. 
Striking enemies earns soul, which you can spend to heal - hold down to do so.
Benches serve as checkpoints - to sit down, press up when near a bench. You'll heal all your wounds, but enemies will respawn as well.


PICO-8 Cartridge (editable) 97 kB
PICO-8 Cartridge (minified) 43 kB


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This games controls are SOOOO weird! It seems like I land a move, but it never actually lands. Plus, The fly enemies are WAY to annoying. Sometimes, there's a delay when I want to attack! The move sometimes NEVER lands. Hopefully, the controls can be updated (along with other quality-of-life improvements) in a future update. Oh, I forgot to mention that you did a good job with this game.

Hello. I am an aspiring game designer making a metroidvania in Pico-8. I was wondering if I could use some of your code in my game. (With credit of course)

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the game doesnt react to my controls pls help

I found that if on the first bench that if your hit you get pushed up


getting all the charms and then sitting at a bench is so nice

im pressing z but it doesnt work

German/French keyboard, maybe? If so, just press whatever key is in the same space as Z in a QWERTY keyboard (or just can use C/V in place of Z/X) :)

i tried again but i do have the qwerty keyboard and it doesnt work

I just got PICO-8, when I load it however it says Runtime error line 63 tab 0

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It appears to be a bug on the PICO-8 end, introduced in a recent update. It affects most of my carts and I'd have to work around it by changing the carts one by one, so for now I contacted Zep (the creator of PICO-8) to see if I can get it fixed in a future version.

(EDIT: zep tells me that the bug will be fixed in the next PICO-8 version, 0.2.1.c)

This cart will work fine in any 0.2.0 or earlier version (you can get those at

I think that's the problem, since I think I have 0.2.1. Thanks for the list


I know this comment is very late, considering the game jam was in 2018, but this is a great game. The platforming to charms is pretty difficult but fun to get through, and the boss battles weren't impossibly hard.

Thanks! Difficulty is really hard to get right in jam games - you have basically no time for playtesting, and the only person testing the game (you) has so much practice that it's very easy to make things almost impossible for new players :)

I also have a question about the gameplay, sometimes if you look up and press attack and jump at the same time, the knight goes flying up to the top of the screen. I think someone mentioned this in the cart you posted on Lexaloffle as well.

Possibly a bug? This game has quite a lot of quick and dirty code ;)


Cool, but combat and movement is slippery and ruins the game. I'd advise giving the dash a separate button and removing the annoying little steps forward the knight makes when striking, it makes you hit an enemy and them go straight into them without wanting to. Also, it would be a great improvement if the movements weren't momentum based, it makes platforming a nightmare. I can't complain too much though, I'm just happy to see a hollow knight fan game.


So I just played further into this game, and I must say that the wall climb ability is a nightmare. It actually makes platforming harder. Also, sometimes I try to heal but I don't have quite enough soul, so I just drain my soul but don't get a mask. I like the art and can see that this has lots of effort put into it, but it REALLY needs work.

you do realize that this is a jam game which probably won't get updated, right?

Yes, and that was meant as constructive criticism, I'm sorry if it came off as angry. I really like this game, and I'm really happy to see a Hollow Knight demake, I couldn't find any for a while. I did not know it was a jam game. In that case, this is amazing considering it was made in a limited amount of time. Good work!

sorry for misunderstanding, but yeah, great job devs!

No worries - feedback is valuable, even for a jam game :) As you both noticed, it's unlikely I'll ever update this - but it's never a problem hearing what others think, even if it's negative. I actually agree with a lot of the issues - but I'm still really happy with the game considering the whole thing was done in 6 days ;)

Great fun! Works well in browser but when I download it, I get a black screen after leaving the first room.

That's weird - what PICO-8 version is this on, and is this for the minified .png or editable .p8 version?

This is on the latest version of pico8, and with both versions of the cartridge

Beautiful pixel art, but the gravity is too big, and controls feel slippery. This makes falling puzzles excruciating to the point of being no fun :-/

finished with 4/6 charms, not doing again!! but only because its long. great game!


Man, the gravity is faster in this game. I have to respond earlier to prevent falling in wrong spot.

Anyways, nice short metroidvania.

great job looks amazing and the controls are also amazing

I was just looking through some of your past work after admiring your progress on Slipways. I'd seen some of your other pico-8 projects but hadn't come across this. Amazing demake! I didn't see this on the BBS though. Is there a p8 cartridge somewhere, or maybe a way to convert the JS version to p8?


It's not on the BBS for some reason - could have sworn I've uploaded it there. I'll have to submit it one of these days, but I'd have to minify it so it works in the .png format etc.

For now, here is a link to the .p8 if you're curious:


your link is pretty much dead so could you put it back up

Thanks! The link is indeed dead by now. Any chance you could re-share it or upload it to the BBS? Thanks and keep up the great work:)

just completed this , totally awesome game !

i wish it wasn't so difficult i understand it is a game jam but you could have eased up on the spikes dude. great overall good job.

why is it so hard? Just seems like wasted potential. I mean, the art and style and the original idea is the best!!!!! But, It's too hard and there are too many level hazards. But other and that, It's great!

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wow this is amazing

the game is also harder than the original

i really really love this game and i would just love to see some huge boss it would be the coolest thing. this is by far my favourite game on and favourite pico 8 game a boss would just be amazing.

i would love to see more added on to this game as i can only see the original and not play it because i have a chrome book please please add more on to this game i, love it

i have beat the origanel game and its my number 1 game of all time, its nice to see a 8 bit type game of it that isnt bad and is fun to play. great work on this

also this an amazing game well done

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how do I do that huge jump?

Just beat it. Fantastic! Well done!

This is so beautiful! (and so hard!) 

Are there no sound effects? I can hear the initial pico8 chime, but nothing after that...

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Do we really need another dark souls? jk but I found it really hard, and there's no save so I can't get back to playing my old save

This is really great job! Do you plan to make the source code available or perhaps i can buy it? Would help me alot to see how you make some certain functions work :)

I definitely want to release the source code for the project! I'd like to properly finish it first, for a post-compo version with sound and a slightly larger and better designed world. Going through some crazy life changes right now, though, so I'm not sure I'll have the time to do it all soon.

Wow! just great

Incredible! Huge fan of Hollow Knight and I absolutely love this aesthetic. I have just started trying to learn pico-8 and this is huge inspiration

Dude, amazing game!

Aww, I love hollow knight!


very nice artwork and aesthetic, but really frustrating game. 

Sad to hear that. The balance might be a bit off, since this was done in a week with minimal playtesting - but I can still learn something from that if you tell me what frustrated you in particular.

Amazing graphics cool story my favorite pico-8 game yet

Excellent game!! And a platform game also!!!!
Well done!!!!!


I finished it , it was so good , just a little complain : once we killed the final boss we can't go back to get all the charms

Whoops, that's a bug - going to fix it this evening, it's just a missing screen exit in the level map. Well, at least it doesn't take long to replay ;)

simply amazing! well done!!

Wow this game is so beautiful , I never played to the original Hollow Knight but this demake really get me into it


Crazy you got all of this in a pico8 cart! Good stuff.


This is the guy who made Dank Tomb, so I'm not surprised!

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