194-8 title screen shot.

194-8 is a scrolling shooter where the player controls a plane that must shoot down targets while avoiding them and/or their fire for as long as possible.

Being released on the PICO-8 medium, the game can be played on various platforms. It was created by LeDjinn and was published in 2016.


Once a game starts, enemy aircraft start moving across the screen, traveling in either straight horizontal or vertical paths. They initially take several hits to be destroyed, as the player’s primary main gun can fire several shots in rapid succession but starts off weak. However, they also have a secondary Lazor weapon, which is much stronger, firing in one long burst, but needs to be strengthened via power-ups in order to be used again and/or for longer periods at a time.

Making contact with an enemy or one of its projectiles will cause the player to lose health (indicated by yellow hearts at the bottom right corner of the screen); once the player runs out of health the game will end. Several enemies, however, release power-ups upon being destroyed. Once collected by the player, pink globes build up the Lazor’s power (represented by a bar at the bottom left of the screen), whereas the less common yellow orbs will strengthen the player’s main gun, along with increasing the size of its projectiles. It can also replenish the player’s health.

After the player reaches certain point thresholds in a level, they will find themselves in a boss battle, which fires many shots at once and takes many hits to be destroyed. If the player is able to defeat it then they will continue the game at a higher difficulty level, as ground targets that fire start appearing on level two (which none of the enemy aircraft fires at the player during the first level), one type of airborne target fires and another moves in a zig-zagging pattern starts appearing on level three, etc.


  • Play game–x key (during title screen only)
  • Move plane–arrow keys
  • Fire primary guns–x key
  • Fire Lazor–z key(when available)
  • Pause game–enter or p key


194-8 was inspired by the arcade game 1943 (hence the play on the title), which the in-game music was also copied for 194-8.

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