A downloadable game

16K ZX81 - 2021

A conversion to the 16K ZX81 of Ahmed Khalifa's Pico-8 game 'Steps':


Steps is a small Minit-like game where instead of dying from time, you die after a certain amount of steps. Explore the cursed island, solve puzzles, and find the hidden coins. Try to run away from the island by finding the Icarus wings as it is the only way to escape the cursed island.


- Cursor Keys (5678): to move around
- Zero: to start the game and activate boots

- All controls can be redefined on the main menu by pressing UP.  A ZXpand joystick can also be used.


- Try to find different patterns to find secrets (notice different patterns, different wall tiling)
- Try to find the torch before entering dark dungeons
- Some walls are just fake walls where you can walk through them.
- Be careful when using boots in the dark dungeons

Notes:  When I first saw an image of 'Steps' on Twitter I thought it was a ZX81 game - and now it is!  It was a quick and fun project to do - with both systems having a similar resolution making for a largely straightforward conversion.

Many thanks to Ahmed for allowing this conversion to be made, and providing much help and information about the original.  We both think it's a pretty faithful conversion, and the game-play is identical, solve one and you can solve the other!

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AuthorBob's Stuff
Tags8-Bit, Lo-fi, minit, Non violent, Retro, Short, sinclair, Top-Down, zelda, zx81


Steps.zip - .P emulator file & instructions 5 kB

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another great source of inspiration for ports / conversions to zx81 : the Arduboy’s games ! What do you think about it ? https://youtu.be/sn3lKE1kZcE

Great version of a great game !! Do you know another good Pico-8 game that is called « War of the Map » ? It’s a little but cool wargame that could be ported on ZX81 I think ! A work for Bob’s Stuff !!!

War of the Map

Thanks for playing, glad you enjoyed it!

I haven’t heard of Dice Wars before, of which that game is a version, but yes, it could make a good ZX81 game as the display and logic is simple.  One for the future perhaps?

Many thanks for your answer ! I hope this idea will come reality some day !! 🙂