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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 4 / 5 stars


Pretty neat stuff


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A classic (and still awesome) game!

Thank you for submitting this to the NG Portal, Tom. This is one of the hallmarks in NG history, and it is great that you submitted it here. Next, to the game. The graphics were a bit dated (there wasn't very much motion), but they were still clean and clear. Back in 1999, I'm sure they were awesome. The style of this game was perfect! The opening and the ending are both excellent, and the game is very original. The sound was great, except that the music overlaps if you die and decide to go back to the last checkpoint at the menu screen. The level of violence in here is great, and the boss battles are quite fun, too. This leads me to the real strength of the game - interactivity. First of all, the first boss battle was much improved. It is now MUCH easier to beat the first boss (I never did on the old version), and it is more fun, too. Also, the last boss was challenging and fun to battle. In addition, the amount of interactivity in each area is also excellent, as you can use pretty much anything on the screen. Finally, there is plenty of humor here. The gun room was pretty funny, the men's bathroom was even funnier, and the ending was hilarious.

The graphics on this are a bit dated, but it was a very fun game, and will hopefully remain an NG classic for a very long time! Thanks, Tom! Overall: 10/10


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Not a bad game

This is the first time i've played this, and it aint half bad for something so old, the end boss was extremely cool and the godzilla roar makes it all the more cooler.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

A Bit Dated but still fun

This game came out in 1999.I remember playing this game back when I first found out about NG in Grade 4.Im glad its finally in the portal.ALso its much easier now for some reason than when it was not in the portal.You uploaded Darnell and Nene's movie and this one but how come you didnt upload Pico vs Bear or the Uberkids one yet?


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Truly is a classic

~The good~

This is the one that started it all, it is classy, and started many gothic stereotypes, which is something you can be proud of. The graphics were as good as they were, before, not horrible, and the background was done very nicely. The bosses are a big part of this game and give it a lot of diversity, and originality. The controls are very well done as well. Lastly, the music was spot on and fit to the twistedness of this game.

~The bad~

It's exactly the same as before, some little extra features would be very nice of you. The music could get a little annoying, I found myself lowering the volume half was through. The most annoying thing were some of the bosses, they were just was too cheap.

Overall, good to see you finally bring this game to the portal. Happy Pico Day, Tom!