Crazy Samurai Musashi 🇯🇵

A.k.a. Miyamoto Musashi versus 400 Yoshioka swordsmen. This is a tiny game I made after watching the movie of the same name.

You are Miyamoto Musashi and you have to duel 12 year old Yoshioka Matashichiro. Since he is only 12 years old you don't really have to fight him but you did. History said so. So here are 399 more of Yoshioka's swordsmen who all want you dead. Try to defeat them all!

Attack upper stance swordsmen with a low attack and lower stance swordsmen with a high attack. Easy, right? Now go. Kill them all. Good luck.

It's like taiko no tatsujin with bloodshed. (PICO-8 forum)

Quick Fix v1.3

  • Added an option to skip the slow beginning for experienced players (suggested  by Lexaloffle bbs user baker 👍)

Valentine's Update v1.2 ❤️

I updated most of the visuals of Crazy Samurai Musashi and you now have an additional heart/life. Love is in the air. And blood. Here's what else is new:

  • More detailed sprites
  • Added heat effect to sun
  • Added stars to the night sky
  • Reworked the blood splatters
  • Added dirt splatters to running swordsmen
  • Added a skull to appear when you slay an enemy
  • New sound effects
  • Fixed the flipping of the moth animation
  • Added the moth to the title screen because why not?
  • Added Pliso Miso splash screen


Because of the relatively big sprites (for a Pico-8 game at least) I ran out of space for the first time in Pico-8. The whole sprite sheet is filled with those animations. That's why I had to draw the moon and sun and basically everything else on screen other than the moving objects with geographic shapes. It was kind of a nice challenge, though.


↓↑ + C, V

Or use a gamepad.

Where can I play it?

Play it right here in the browser at the top of the page.
Or download the cart and play it in your PICO-8 fantasy console.
Or search for "Crazy Samurai Musashi" in Splore of your PICO-8 fantasy console.

Updated 19 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, PICO-8, Runner, samurai
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any), Playstation controller


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