An Owl-some Roguelike Twin-Stick Shooter

Are you ready to have a quacking time? Toucan play this egg-citing game right now! Made by an im-peck-able team of quail-ified developers, you're gonna have no egrets.

Evil Robofox has captured all the birds to steal their eggs. The bird kingdom is counting on you to save them!


Keyboard + mouse mode: 

  • Arrow keys or ESDF: Move
  • Left click: Shoot
  • Scroll: Switch weapon
  • P or Enter: Pause

Keyboard only mode: 

  • Arrow keys or ESDF: Move
  • X: Shoot (V or M also work)
  • C: Switch weapon (Z or N also work)
  • P or Enter: Pause

Birds With Guns is a passion project made by a bunch of friends over the course of a vacation. If you found it fun and wish to give us a tip, an offline version is available for download for the price of a donut 🍩 :)

Also available on the Pico-8 BBS:


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2.99 USD. You will get access to the following files: 959 kB 3 MB 714 kB 1 MB 958 kB 3 MB 713 kB 1 MB

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Love it. Thos are some really cool birbs, huh

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I don't mind the player's weapons being inaccurate. But it doesn't work for the enemies, they need the accuracy buffed. it's easier to dodge a bullet if you know exactly where it will go. shots that whiff you don't work well with these controls.


I understand, this is something we had not considered. Thanks for the feedback, it's very valuable to us!  


brilliant. the mugshots are genius. action is great. really well done.

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The game was really made with Pico-8 ? This look impressive. If yes, i didn't know you could export them for windows & linux.

Thanks! Yep, doing `export mygame.bin` will give you a folder with binaries for all 3 platforms, and a Raspberry Pi version. PICO-8 can run on basically anything!

That's cool. All versions of pico do that or only the most recent ?

All. Maybe not the really old ones, but it's been like this for a long time when I started using PICO-8 a year ago.


are there actual names for the enemies or no, because i call the regular enemies "waddle-dees", the foxes "Foxes", the bug things "Bugs", the bushes "Potts", and the robots "Terminators"

Actually no! The internal names, in the code, don't make much sense as we named them before they even had a design or sprite. Here they are, (it's not their "official" names):

hedgehog, hedgehogbuff, juggernaut, warm (typo of worm), tourelle (turret in french), explosive_barrel, and boss.

I'll let you guess which one is which :P I think it's more fun if you come up with your own names!

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here's my guess.






Explosive_barrel= i have no idea (This is sarcastic)

boss= The Boss

That is correct! explosive_barrel is the pink bomb.


Basically Blazing Beaks + Nuclear Throne, super fun! Will it release on steam?

Releasing on Steam is suuuper expensive and tedious. But you know, maybe... ;)

Alright nevermind, you've made an excellent job!

Np! Thanks!


no need its fine here :)


Not a fan of the ESDF movement scheme; always been used to WASD movement.  Aside from that small gripe, it's a fun little game.

Honestly, if I could change the ESDF movement scheme, I would 1000% do it. Unfortunately, it's part of PICO-8's weird unchangeable quirks, I'm sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Glad you enjoyed the game!


It's okay.  I'll use the arrow keys and X to shoot.


Seagull is OP :3


Is this inspired by Monkeys with Guns? Great game btw.

Only subconsciously, but yeah




this game is stupid and i love it.


cool game; its similarity on a basic level to blazing beaks tripped me out, but it plays a lot differently. fun :)

Thanks! :) You're not the first one to point the similarities with Blazing Beaks (which I didn't know existed until pre-release so I couldn't have taken inspiration from it), I'll need to try out this game! 


This game is so good, i love how all the pixel art looks, amazing job!

Thanks a lot!




This was impeccable!! :00
I'll be sure to buy the full version ASAP :d

Lovely job <3

Thanks for finishing our game! :D


this game looks amazing  but sadly im  a console gamer . any plans for that game on consoles? i would love to play it


sadly my friend, consoles cost lots of money, and is impossible (if not implausible) on Pico8

This exactly. For one, PICO-8 simply doesn't export to consoles, but even if it did, the enormous cost and effort of releasing a game to any main console just isn't worth it. Meanwhile, maybe play with a controller? I think PICO-8 supports all major controllers 


i understand . thx for the message 

Np! :)


Would you mind making the cartridge purchasable? As in, the p8.png file


Sure thing! But if you own PICO-8, the cart is available on the BBS page :)


Absolutely hooked on this game.


music is FIRE


i saw this then i read the title then i played it

great game good job is it endless?


Thanks for playing! It is actually NOT endless, we should release an update to make that clear. There's 7 wagons and a boss at the end

also just wondering, do each birds each have special abilities or different endings or just for the looks?

Sadly, PICO-8's heavy size limitations didn't allow us to add different abilities... But we're working on an update that would add different stats for them and (maybe!) special abilities. I'm not promising anything right now, as size limitations might mess us up :p Stay tuned!

Hey, just a heads up, we just released an update taking into account this feedback :)

it sounds like monkey's with guns which is made by vimlark good game is it inspired by it I'm not saying you copied as gameplay isn't multiplayer in birds with guns


your game is good


and fun

Thanks! And yes, the name was inspired by Vimlark's game, though probably in part subconsciously



This game is dope :D
Nice graphics, music and game feel :)
I was able to get to wagon 4 with a mouse, the autoaim on the keyboard is a cool feature but its still much harder haha

I'm glad you loved our game :D And it's interesting to know that you find the keyboard version easier, because when we implemented it I was actually scared it would make the game too easy haha


I meant keyboard is much harder!


Amazing Game









Beautiful work. Absolutely love it. This rock

Thanks a lot :)