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Pixel Vision 8 Demos

Pixel Vision 8 Demos help show off specific features of the SDK as well as how to get up and running on different platforms. Currently, there is a collection of Game examples help you better understand how the engine works:

In addition to the above demos, you can learn how to build your own Pixel Vision 8 Runner in Unity with this tutorial or download the sample project from its repo here. A MonoGame runner tutorial is available here and there is also a sample project here.

What is Pixel Vision 8

PV8's core philosophy is to teach retro game development with streamlined workflows. It enables designing games around limited resolutions, colors, sprites, sound and memory. It is ideal for game jams, prototyping ideas or having fun.

Pixel Vision 8 is also a platform that standardizes 8-bit fantasy console limitations. Developers can customize these restrictions to match actual legacy hardware or create something new. The challenge of working within these confines forces creativity and limits scope. Pixel Vision 8 creations are expressions of ingenuity that rise above their limitations.


Pixel Vision 8’s SDK contains a collection of components called Chips. Each Chip shares an API and base class to standardize their lifecycle. A central ChipManager handles activating, updating and rendering them. Here is a list of the standard chips included with the SDK:

  • ColorChip - Manages system colors

  • Display - Renders pixel data.

  • Font - Renders sprite based fonts.

  • GameChip - A game's base class.

  • MusicChip - A sequencer for playing back music.

  • ScreenBufferChip - Caches sprites for tilemaps and fonts.

  • SoundChip - A sound effect manager.

  • SpriteChip - Manages sprites in memory.

  • TileMap - Drawing sprites into the ScreenBufferChip.

The engine is completely modular allowing you to extend these Chips to add new functionality or create your own from the base classes and interfaces provided.

Demo Resources

The Demo project contains examples of how to use the Pixel Vision 8 SDK APIs. Each demo highlights a specific aspect of the engine and shows off use cases for drawing sprites, capturing input, working with tilemaps and more. These demos are in both the Unity and MonoGame Runner example projects as git submodules. In addition to the pure C# code examples inside of the Scripts folder, there are also Lua examples inside of the Resources/LuaScripts folder. Lua games can be loaded at runtime and offer an alternative way to write PV8 games. These games require a special Lua Bridge included in both Runner projects.

The last thing to mention is that you may need to configure the included artwork based on the platform you are using. The Unity and MonoGame Runner projects readme files explain how to do this.


Pixel Vision 8 was created by Jesse Freeman (@jessefreeman) in collaboration with Pedro Medeiros (@saint11) for art and Christer Kaitila (@McFunkypants) for music. With additional coding contributions by Shawn Rakowski (@shwany).


Licensed under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL) License. See LICENSE file in the project root for full license information.

Pixel Vision 8 is Copyright (c) 2017 Jesse Freeman. All rights reserved.

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