Welcome to String Quest, a game made in 7 days with PICO-8 for the Brackeys Game Jam 2021.1!


In String Quest, you take control of two souls that are navigating through a dungeon. They seem to have a special connection, and are bounded by a string that can be used to kill enemies!

How to Play
  • Both players are constantly moving! Press Z to switch between them and use the arrow keys to move the active player.
  • After using the string to kill all of the enemies in a room, a flag will appear—collect it to continue to the next level!
  • You are rewarded with a collectible heart for completing a room without any deaths, and there are 5 secret coins hidden throughout the game. Can you collect them all?


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its way too hard in my opinion, i think the movement should be more controllable with wasd for red and arrow keys for blue. other than that its pretty good!

why do u have to almost kill reece geofroy to make this

I think it was just a joke

it is not

a joke

This would've fit nicely in the GMTK 2021 jam :D


possible to have a windows build? I'm oldfashioned...wants to have my favorites games on my usb stick:)


With the GMTK game jam 2021's theme being "joined together", this would be a perfect submission!

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Really cool idea! Very original and unique, I enjoyed it.

I love the cute pixel art Reece made for this, and the simple and challenging gameplay is unlike anything I've ever seen before. We have to strategize in real time in order to get the string to line up with the baddies while avoiding certain death, and it's super clever in general.

Some leves can get REALLY hard, but man, they're worthwhile. What a lovely concept. Some levels are more like puzzles, while others are more like action sequences, and they're sweet.

I like to imagine that the blue one is PolyMars and the red one is Reece, or the other way around, and that the game is a metaphor for them trying to finish this project in Pico 8 in time for the jam, lol.


Easily one of the most challenging pico-8 games

Game doesn't start by clicking 2


It’s a Z


yahhhhhh!! I am a big dum dum

Yeah LOL a lot of YouTubers who played Undertale were also confused by it when they first played :rofl:

Game Idea: kinda like a fighting game but instead of health it fighters ego, and you shoot insults from a pop up menu that has options to make your own insult. style of the game kinda like a street fighter feel.

*it's the fighters ego

I'm really late but that's already a game (I forgot the name of it though).

isn't that like Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator?


New video soon?

very cool!


Challenging but a super fun idea! Brackeys should be proud. <3


never thought i'd see the elf man here


I'm always here! ;)


What? How?





Future video?


you bet!




that was slightly rage inducing but i had a good time :)

Haha, yeah definitely not an easy game to 100% complete!


That was really fun, I love multitasking games like this! Yall did a great job!

Thanks Joe! Glad you liked it :)

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Hi PolyMars can you change Z to Y for german keyboard layouts please?

You should be able to rebind keys in the standalone PICO-8 player: https://pico-8.fandom.com/wiki/Keyconfig