One Circ. One job. Nullify the Rects. This is NEST

Pay attention to your controls, deal with the bad guys and don't expire.


  • Fast-paced gameplay
  • Accessible controls (or so it would seem)
  • High-contrast, easy-on-the eyes graphics


Arrow Keys = Move

X = Dash

Enter = Pause menu

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorDóczi Dominik
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, 8-Bit, Arcade, Casual, Fast-Paced, PICO-8, Short
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityHigh-contrast, Textless


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NEST For Windows 848 kB
NEST For Linux 393 kB
NEST (PICO-8 Documented Source) 13 kB
NEST (HTML) 317 kB

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Controls are confusing but the game is really cool, nice work :)

The concept is pretty good, as well as the effects you made, but I think the controls are a bit confusing (even more when you're on sides and top of the box). I think aside of that, is a cool game.

Oh, also, the background is a bit distracting when you're playing, I would avoid using it, or maybe change it for a static version.

Nice job! <3

Thanks for playing! :)

You are right, I will remove the moving background, it really disrupts the flow of gameplay.

I understand your problem with the controls, and I can see how they can be confusing, but if the directions reversed after dashing (the first version) then you could just hold the X button while pressing Right/Left to dash on every pixel and clear a stage instantly.

I'm no game design god, maybe I should add a cooldown to the dash? We'll see...

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Or maybe add something that makes the player die if it's hit. So you avoid the dash spamming ! (Just giving some ideas)

Hmm,that’s interesting... Maybe I’ll try that one! Thanks!