Update : I added an Android version, with special touch controls.

Here is Combo Pool, a game made using Pico 8, and winning entry to p8jam2. It's a game where you throw colored marbles against each other. If two marbles of the same color make contact, they merge and upgrade to the next color. Your lifebar diminish with the number of balls on the field. If you lifebar is empty, you enter in a sudden death mode, and your last ball must save you by removing some balls.

Controls : use arrows left-right to adjust direction, and key "c" to launch a ball.

Clic on the game to give it focus if buttons doesnt work.

Pro-tips :

  • Dark and grey balls do more damage to your life bar, so avoid keeping too many at the same time
  • Score system depend on number of rebound before merging and on balls colors
  • A usefull technique is to quickly throw two dark ball and make them merge at the first collision
  • Try to avoid exploding pink balls as long as you can, you can expect to make more points in the final explosion
PlatformsAndroid, HTML5
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(339 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, 8-Bit, Arcade, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Relaxing, Retro
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen


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This is fun, but I’d like to suggest two things:

1: game length

At the moment, each game goes on for about 15 minutes. Since your progress won’t be saved when you quit, it’s a huge time sink. If you could choose the game length by choosing which colored ball ends the game when merged, it would be easier to pick up and play a short game.

2: Reverse orange and yellow

I keep messing up my strategy after a while because I can never remember if orange is before yellow, red is after orange, or whatever. The reason why is because the rest of the colors are in order except for one pair.

  • black
  • dark gray
  • light gray
  • white
  • orange (expected yellow)
  • yellow (expected orange)
  • red
  • pink

And make orange darker while at it. The number of times I’ve tried to merge yellow and orange is concerning

Nice game, managed to beat it on like my third try. But the first try I didn't know you could aim your shot, just shoot straight up, so that doesn't really count😝

Very nice game

I don't really play mobile games, but I've made an exception for this one. 

Yeah try crash dive 2 ! Game on phone are very hard to find something good i like this game too 

Very fun, thanks!

Like 2048, but billiards. Cool concept. I think for accessibility, it'd be good to give the balls unique symbols on top of them. This would help colorblind people.


hit ball, fun game

nearly died on several occasions! on easy mode! difficult game, very fun

very cool and entertainmenting

Hi, I tried your game on my Android device (Anbernic RG363P) and it produced a black screen but never got any further.

Good game!


Something a 90's dad would obsess over at the family's dos pc ♥


Sound seems to be broken on this latest build. Anybody else been having issues with the game being silent at all times, even if you toggle sound off and on again?


surprisingly addictive! who knew billiard and merge would make a great combo. This is the type of game I could play for hours.

excellent game; a unique idea and very fun

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I'm trying to do hard mode except I can't move where I'm pointing, and so far I've gotten to 1 yellow and 2 oranges at the same time as my best! I'm going to update y'all if I get anything higher.

Hehehhe imma keep track of my notable scores here

  1. 1Y 3O
  2. 1Y 2O
  3. 1Y 1O
  4. 1Y
  5. 4O
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I might try to do it in normal mode so if I do then I'll put the notable scores here

1. 2Y 1O

its good, but I hate that I can't fine tune it. makes hitting things that you could normally hit really difficult and annoying.

Deleted 35 days ago

This entire game has me going "That move that I just made was totally calculated and I am so smart" which is immediately followed by "Why is my health so low? PANIC PANIC"

Love it

this is very fun


I've been playing this game couple times everyday. I finaly find a bug. When you finish it while you're in a suddent death count down. It goes under zero.


Very very addictive :D Great job!

Oh the rush when  the screen turns bloody red

First try victory! Was a great experience :)

This is great. It's like 2048 except your game is actually fun :P Thanks for the Android touch version


beating this is the most satisfying thing EVER

I love your game. Great job!


kind of pool x 2048 love it ! (got 65510)

Got 48690. Really fun game!


hear me out: what if higher level balls had exaggerated physics


That's a very cool arcade game, so simple to get into it, addictive after the first play, it's just well done. The kind of game you can return into and always love at each start.

Awesome game, really well designed 


Very nice scaling idea; Extremely nice color palette; Superb physics.

Pool games are always a win! 


Really fun game. Incredibly satisfying physics.

Any chance of a windows download?


i won






Very addictive and fun! Nice game!

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