Welcome to Picotown, a city like any other until big blocks started to pop out of the earth right into the middle of the city! The picopeople need you: Pico Driller!

Falling blocks that could squish you anytime? Small capsules of air underground? Ever-present danger? Prepare to drill your way and save the day!

Also playable on iPhone/Android here!


  • Arrow keys to move and navigate menus.
  • X/Z to drill in current direction.


  • Drill as deep as you can, but don't get crushed!
  • Air consumption increases the deeper you go, make sure to refill in time!
  • X-blocks take 5 drills to destroy AND 20% of your air. Beware!


A PICO-8 demake of the NAMCO classic!
Code: Johan Peitz (@johanpeitz)
Art+Audio: Johan Vinet (@johanvinet)

Updated 4 days ago
Published 5 days ago
AuthorsCanari Games, Johan Peitz
Made withPICO-8
Tags16-bit, 2D, 8-Bit, driller, namco, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro
Average sessionA few minutes


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Excellent work !

Made a video

I keep coming back to play this. I don't remember the original, but it is vaguely nostalgic of a game about destroying groups of blocks for the Nokia? Anyway I love it, especially a little detail with the lighting not being simply darker, but also more blue versions of colours, it looks much better.

goodness this brought back so many memories. I really love the art style. It's even cuter than the original imo. Everything felt great. This is an amazing job. I wonder if a new mr driller game will come out on switch if one hasn't already?

I love it!

Mr.Driller is a game I tend to play a lot and I love this, The game flows so well.

The central protagonist in my recently released game Chuhou Joutai is apparently named Driller for some reason. His real name is also Susumu Takajima. I apparently got my start making doujinshi of Mr. Driller, but when it came time for me to make an entire game, I wound up creating an original IP because we couldn't get the rights to the franchise from Bandai Namco.

The remake of Mr. Driller Drill Land on the Nintendo Switch could create some pretty fierce competition between the two! Besides, it comes pretty close to the Wonderswan Color version in terms of graphics, but we could see better results if it was made for the NES instead!

good stuff!

perfectly executed, well done y'all! <3

Cool + cute!

Very good job !

By the way my hightscore is 1870ft

my highscore is 2430

Just in a word.  




Very nice! The only flaw I see after a couple of games is that your guys is too slow to start climbing up blocks, which in official games is tuned to let you use it as an escape when the blocks are falling, but that seems impossible here. Still, lots of fun!

Really fun, congrats!


memories 😃❤️


wow, fantastic. Congrats on the release


Awesome Mr. Driller demake, including his advanced technique of creating 8-bit graphics with 16-bit appearance in Pico-8 (like Sega Game Gear).