Games With Little Tiny Graphics


on platformers, but all pico 8 rules !

the lil' people in Rampage, especially when your kaiju (sorry, “titan”) shrinks down into a naked human and shuffles off screen




omg this is an aesthetic that is close to my heart (thanks @kory for the recommendation), that I don‘t have words for. I thought of it as “pixel art” for a time, but there’s a ton of uber-high-res pixel art out there. “little tiny graphics” though, yes please.

from some of my own recent games:

some twitter accounts of artists i like who do work that i like in this space:

... i also really really like the visual style of bitsy games and pico-8 games in general, though I don't dig the technical shackles that come along with them. i'm not SOO stuck on the 8x8 pixel tiles (i'm making a game right now with 8x5 pixel tiles for some reason) but it's a nice starting point!

This game animates all the pixels in the environment. It’s pretty spectacular looking, especially in action.

@fetus8#29568 this game looks so wild—I missed out on a lot of the early chatter about it because I always assumed people were talking about Noitu Love

@kory#29585 same! I only recently started watching some twitch streams of it. I’ve become enamored with the art style but haven’t actually played it myself. Have you played it?

@fetus8#29590 haven’t played it myself, but it fascinates the heck out of me! Seems like the materials/elements systems of BOTW taken to the extreme. What’s even more impressive is that the devs seem to have made a coherent game around such emergent and free form mechanics!

I can‘t find any screenshots offhand, but Fireshark levels tend to begin and end on an airstrip with these little tiny green soldiers who march around and sometimes make formations of arrows and such. It’s super cute.


Ahahah perfect. Some literal little graphics.

The Outfoxies when you move away from your opponent and the screen scales all the way out to keep you both visible. God, I wish I could enjoy this game more

@kory#29718 This game is really good, I need to finish it! Kind of the best X-Files game ever…

Recently played through the absolutely charming Harmful Park—took me about twice as long as it should have because I paused every few minutes to document some of the virtuosic little tiny pixel masterpieces. Here’s a few of the highlights (that piggy’s face brings me so much joy):

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the teeny little bugs in zero mission!


rayman from rayman 1 (after getting shrunk)


the sprites are smaller than they seem: his head, eyes, mouth, hair, hands, feet, and body are separate sprites.

One of the first DOS games I remember owning (we didn‘t get a computer until I think it was 1990, we got a 286) is BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Revenge. It is an early proto-RTS, and had an amazing manual detailing the catalogue of BattleMechs, however the presentation of them was somewhat little-tiny:

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Pictured are House Steiner Jenner (in silver)

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and a House Kurita Locust (in red)
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Shoutout to these tiny birds in GG Aleste 3