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Apr 30, 2006 | 2:41 PM EDT
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Goth kids have shot up your school, and it's up to Pico to save the day! Originally featured on Newgrounds in 1999, I finally refactored the .FLA to accommodate faster computers. The problem with this game was that it was meant to run at 24fps, but boss battles slowed down and made things easier. As computers got faster, so did the boss battles.

Pico was made in Flash 3, before the availability of variables (or just about any code, for that matter). To simulate stored data, I weaved a complex web of movie clips that gave orders to the main game. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of frame labels, so all the commands referred to frame numbers. This meant making changes to the flow of a boss battle (ie inserting frames to slow down movement) caused MASSIVE problems to arise. I finally muscled through it, so now you can beat the bosses on a fast computer!



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars April 30, 2006

The greatest Flash game of its time, but... definitely shows its age. I have very fond memories of the original Pico, and playing it again is certainly a joy. But Flash technology has improved since this game was made, as have Flash artists. The 4.52 score that this game has at this writing would put it at #1 all-time on the Portal, and I don't think it deserves that. There have been much better games made since then, both by Tom Fulp himself and by other artists.

But you do have to give it credit--Pico, along with Assassin, was hugely popular in Newgrounds' earlier days, and it helped bring about the transformation of Newgrounds from a site for Tom Fulp's personal things (Flash and otherwise) into the huge community of Flash artists that it is today. Newgrounds would not be what it is today without it.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 30, 2006


^^Good Points^^
Up until I played this, I was beginning to think that Pico day was going to be just another crappy day for NG, with a bunch of shit pouring into the portal, but Tom, I have new respect for you. This game is freaking amazing. It was straightforward, yet still had a lot of challenge in it and was hella fun. This is one of the few games on NG that I actually spent a good amount of time playing, which says a lot. The constantly changing music and sound effects is great, and the options you have while playing are great. Very well presented and excellently prepared!

^^Needs Improving^^
The graphics, while still good, are this game's weakest point.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars April 30, 2006

tears of joy

the first time i played pico was summer 05 and that is what persuaded me to regularly visit newsground. I would like to thank Tom Fulp for allowing us to "do" pico as well to play him. Thank you Tom, you brought something that stands out today.


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 30, 2006

pico is the heart and soul of newgrounds

without pico im sure there wouldent be so many flashs im sure newgrounds wouldve died we just want to let pico no he will remain a special place in our hearts of flash animation and thank you tom for making one of the best characters ever


Rated 5 / 5 stars April 30, 2006


Ever since Pico's School came out, Ive waited for a vote-able review-able remake. Today my wish was granted and now this is my favorite submission! You are God, tom.