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A short puzzle game where you mimic animals to take their form.
11 levels + one secret. About half an hour of gameplay.
Progress is saved.


Arrow keys to move
X to restart the level
P to skip levels or delete save (not recommended)

"I really like it when a game takes a weird idea and lets me discover all the funny unexpected consequences of it. “What happens when I …?” is one of the best questions a game can invite you to ask." - Terry Cavanagh (creator of VVVVVV)


Game by @sourencho
Music by @noteheadmusic
Original jam prototype by @sourencho and @v3rse

Devlog:  Reflections on puzzle gamedev 
Lexaloffle BBS page: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=46649

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Release date Dec 08, 2021
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Made withPICO-8
Tags8-Bit, Casual, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Short, Singleplayer, Sokoban
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)


mimic_v1.1.1_windows.zip 959 kB
mimic_v1.1.1_raspi.zip 2 MB
mimic_v1.1.1_osx.zip 3 MB
mimic_v1.1.1_linux.zip 716 kB
mimic_v1.1.1_source.zip 63 kB

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how do you mimic the animal tis game makes no sense

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On how to get to the secret level, in level 5 look for a path to a patch of grass also, look where the river ends.



This game is really fun.In addition ,I don't know the way to get the seret level.


Mimic Walkthrought


great game with great mechanics, 10/10!


Interesting game and surprising mechanics!


I can't figure out how to get the secret level :


Ran through this game a few times and I can say without a doubt: it needs to be longer!

The mechanics of the game feel like a very simple idea at first: move in the pattern of an animal on the screen to change into that animal. With this in mind, you'd think you're the only one that can actually use that mechanic, but you quickly find out that other animals can do what you do, lending multiple of their terrain abilities to you at once! Mixed in with the fact that there are 5 types of animals, 6 different terrains, and a very easy to medium difficulty of gameplay in this version of the game, and you have yourself a very well-thought out puzzler. The part that makes this game just leave a desire for more is the ending where (***SPOILER***) you end up splitting into two at the last level. Not to mention that there's a secret dev room that teaches you the mechanics without directly teaching you the mechanics! (***END SPOILER***)

I couldn't find any glitches or bugs through my playthroughs, but I could see some possibly happening with the lizard in the last couple of levels.

All in all, this is possibly one of the better puzzlers I've played in terms of mechanics, difficulty, and enjoyment in a while, and I'm hoping that the dev will consider releasing a second game or extending this one!

My playthrough:


This review and playthrough made my day, thanks so much for playing and glad you liked it :) <3


its a great game, my only problem is that im stuck on level 10. i cant figure it out but its a great game, 9/10


Awesome game, reallly addictive, the idea of mix animals is great :D


What a weird and fun little puzzle game. Loved it!

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Fun little game and all, but i cant seemto be able to mimic the purple lizard

Nvm, i found the solution in the comments. A nice idea


This is amazing!


Brilliant game idea and well executed! Loved the surprise when two animals mimic themselves :)

Will talk about the game in a radio piece soon!

You should really consider making this at least a bit bigger and also put it on Steam for a few bucks.


is there token space for more levels?

if so I would love to see some where you need to split in two to complete the level


Thanks for playing!

Unfortunately there isn’t :( Maybe one day I’ll make a more extended non-pico8 version of the game with undo and a deeper exploration of the mechanics :)

that sounds like a great game for you to make.


Took me a while to understand some part, luck played some part in it

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Nice game, it's a pretty clever idea. It needs a level select screen though, so you can try to find the ?? level without having to reset the entire game.

Also why are the "start(10)" and "thank you for playing" texts so dark? You can hardly see them

Fun casual puzzle game. However I couldn't figure out the secret or how to get to the ?? level between 5 and 6. Any hints?

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Glad you enjoyed it! Look for something that is out of place ;)

Ah ok, found it. I thought I had checked all the levels but somehow missed that one.




how do u mimic the lizard

move with and next to an animal that moves the same as the lizard.


great game very fun!!!




Awesome concept and great game play! I need more!

Thanks :)


Cool concept, cute giant lizard lul, fun puzzle! Hope to see more!

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This game is so much fun! I had to read the comments to see how to mimic the lizard, but other than that, I have no complaints! That last level was especially fun!

Glad to hear! Thanks for playing :)


I don't see how to mimic the lizard starting at 9 and 10.


Okay figured it out by working with the other animal to be 'wider'


Cool ideas and nicely executed! I got them all except for lvl 8 :) 


That’s the hardest level :D


Very cool game, very original and interesting mechanic and great puzzle design!

Didn't understand level 9, sorry had to skip it :(


wow this is lovely! strong baba is you vibes

you is baba and skull and...


this is great!