Lina: Witches Of The Moon

This project is an entry for Krystman's Basic Shmup Showcase event, which revolves around the amazing shmup tutorial series for the fantasy console: PICO-8.


Movement -> WASD, Arrows, Joystick

Shooting -> C, PS X

Frog Bombs -> x, PS O

There is an Ingame tutorial to help you along! To exit it, return to the main Tutorial scene and fly forward!


Lina, among many others, is an avarage witch living in the forest. But one night everything changes as those who were once friends turned into enemies.

Fight through the horde of summons, beat hypnotized witches and figure out who is behind all this.


There are number of shooting patterns in the game, some focus on single target, some on whole screen dps, find what suits you best!

- Health Potions will keep you safe along the journey.

- Super Star grants temporary invincibility and ramming powers!

- Force Shields grant you the ability to bounce enemy bullets back, but they don't offer melee protection!

- Frog Bombs help you clear the screen of enemy bullets and release a powerfull bullet wave!

Sour Cream:

Sour Cream will follow you along, lagging behind a bit and helping out with the pesky enemies. You attack patterns do not modify his, but with proper positioning he can be a helpful companion on the journey!


Enemy minions attack in waves! Don't spare none of them, charge your Mana Burst, generate Frog Bombs and tear through the opposition!

You will encounter their respective witch master at every 6th level!

Some enemies use tricky patterns against you, be on your guard!



Big shout-out to BeforeYouCloseYourMind for granting the project it's amazing soundtracks! You can check his other works here:


I use Itch/Kofi as paemt options, you can always grab the PICO-8 carts from the BBS for free. But if you can then:

If you like my work you can purchase the standalone binaries for this game! If you would like to see more games, gamedev blogs, pixel- and voxel arts check out my Ko-fi page, where you can support me if you want!

Big thanks to Csöndi for supporting my work over at Ko-fi!

Updated 2 days ago
StatusIn development
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(11 total ratings)
AuthorsAchie, Before you close your mind
Made withPICO-8
TagsArcade, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Shoot 'Em Up, Short
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Xbox controller, Touchscreen, Playstation controller
LinksLexaloffle BBS, Ko-Fi


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files: 522 kB
lina_witches_of_the_moon_0_1_1.p8.png 38 kB 754 kB 2 MB 994 kB

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Lina: Witches of The Moon - A Great Pixel Shooter

such a gorgeous project ! so excited to give it a play when i get home <3


Thank you for the kind words! Personally I think you entry has a much more gorgeous and refined looks, so it really help to read this feedback!


Wow you've really changed up the shooting. Very cool very chaotic I love it.

I’m really glad you liked it! Was afraid that the new more “bullet-hell” like feel of the game doesn’t ruin it, but personally I enjoyed it, so it was left in!


The game is neat! The update made it more fun but also a bit easier. Before I couldn't get passed the dragons yet and now I cleared it on my first run.


Thank you for the kind words! The balance is still a bit off as this time I didn’t have that much outside input! After the jam event is over I may return to fine tune it a bit more!

Awesome game!
I will get the assets as well if the buy the game right?

At the moment, not really. The zips are the exported binaries of the game. There is a .p8 file included so if you want you could use PICO-8 to load in the project and export assets that way.

Generally my uploads are binaries for offline play on various devices and if people happen to like them, I’m open to uploading a seperate tileset project, which can be bought. (Like I did it with clock mage, and the void break tileset).

Just to add, because I don’t want to “scam you”, on the lexaloffle site you can grab the .p8 free, as it is how their platform work.

Only pay here for that if you feel like supporting my work :)

Love the music! was the one who made the music! Glad you like them!

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Super cute graphics and very fun gameplay! Catchy music with sound fx that match the retro arcade vibes. 

Thank you! There will be some major changes in the next update, so if you like this version maybe check bwck later! is the one who made the music and tinkered with a few sfx-s of mine, so the sound department is good thanks to him!

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Thank you! There are a few changes on their way, so if you liked it, maybe check in for an update sometimes soon!

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very nice

Thank you!

i love this


I’m really glad to hear this! Even more because I just downloaded Witch’s descent yesterday!


this is great!!

Thank you! I’m glad you like it!