Made for Toybox Jam 2020


It was a lengthy battle,

One that left you wounded and weak. You cannot recall what the fighting was for but as you wandered the battlefield exhaustion took hold and the darkness consumed you collapsing where you stood.

The fall was great, you did not see the opening before you fell and you did not have the strength to battle the fatigue. Perhaps you were lucky for in this state your body was able to absorb the impact.

Time passed and you wake in a strange cavern, this was the battlefield no longer. You notice a door behind you, trying it proves futile. You expected it wouldn't open. The door was oddly recessed into the wall, looking out of place for an exit. A wall ahead of you held a lock; it looked like it may open if only you had the tools. Your equipment stripped, no picks at hand, you search something of use.

You spot opening underneath you, or so you suspect, it seems as though it is something you may enter and with luck may provide a way out. If nothing else, it isn't here.

However you have arrived in this place, it was certainly by the devising of some creature.

You are Ninjoe,

You have arrived in the Dragon's Lair, this lair is not one of the Dragon's making but the making of another. The Dragon cursed to stay until someone or something can lift the curse, the hoard has been scattered as well as the cursed treasures within it.

Once the treasures are separated the curse strengthens its hold on the occupants of the lair... perhaps if they were brought back together... ?

Help Ninjoe escape the Dragon's Lair, if you can ... but will you also help the Dragon ... do you even want to?


- Jump on enemies to defeat them
- Pick up keys to open doors
- If you die, you will reappear at the start of the level as long as you have at least 10 coins
- Drop-in drop-out multiplayer for up to 8 players (It may not be a good idea to play with more than 4, but the option's there) Press X to join or leave the game

Updated 19 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(9 total ratings)
AuthorPixel Shock
Made withPICO-8
Tags2020, joe, Multiplayer, Ninja, Singleplayer, Speedrun, tbj2020, toyboxjam
Average sessionA few seconds
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 4


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man, id love to know how to free the dragon. tried making it to 100 coins but it doesnt look like it worked lmao

This is a well made game, great music, great game play, etc. I really like how the coins represent your life power.

how do i get ore than 2 players


You need to add more controllers to the system then press the jump button to add the additional players.

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thank you :)

I love it , So much fun

I love it! That dragon is brutal though!

lovely lovely game here - 2nd boss is too hard for me so ive stopped there but great job , pico 8 rules !

So much fun. The coun animatioon looks really good and it looks really polished. Nice work!

Awesome game! Really well put together. Although I have a question.

I've just beaten the dragon boss, but the way forward isn't opening up. Is this a bug, or have I done something wrong?

Hey thanks for letting us know and sorry about the difficulties we have identified this as a bug and have uploaded a new version of the game.

Excellent! Glad I could help with the bug.

Well done.  oozes atmosphere and uses the assets nicely.