Playdate: Now Create A Game Right In Your Browser!


Panic, the company that developed the quirky Playdate handheld game, has made a public beta of Playdate Pulp, an in-browser game creation tool, available. It is described as “a friendly tool for creating tiny but visually and narratively rich games for Playdate.” in the developer documentation, which is also available online.

In the Pulp editor, you’ll be able to do a variety of things, such as creating pixel graphics, creating levels, writing music, and even creating custom fonts for your game characters. In the course of the development process, you can play and test your game in your browser, and when you’re finished, you can export your game as a.pdx file (a clever nod to Panic’s Portland roots) that can be loaded onto a Playdate handheld device (which is included with the game). The scripting language PulpScript allows you to create games in Pulp without having to write any code. However, if you want to try your hand at coding, you can do so by utilizing the PulpScript scripting language.


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I’m not a game developer, but based on my brief time spent experimenting with Pulp, it appears to be a fairly straightforward application to use. After only a few hours of research, I’ve discovered how to convert the player sprite in the default game Pulp loads with into a large letter J. This will, of course, be absolutely necessary for my future masterpiece when it is completed. It will be fascinating to see what people create with the tool once they’ve gained some experience with it, and I’m hoping for some bizarre, Undertale-style games to come out of the process.


Pulp’s public beta, which is currently available, could also indicate that when the Playdate is released, it will come pre-loaded with a slew of entertaining games for people to experiment with. Panic has only announced one curated season with 24 games so far, and if you subscribe to the service, you’ll only get two new games per week in addition to the season. As a result of Pulp, you may have a wide range of other games to choose from that can be side-loaded onto your mobile device, depending on your preferences.

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After launching the Playdate in 2022, Panic expects to begin shipping it in 2023, with the first shipments arriving in 2023. However, Panic warns on its Playdate store page that orders placed now will not be delivered until late this year, despite the fact that the device is still available for pre-order.

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