Explore the lost city. Find the amulet.

The Remains of El Dorado is a roguelike game for PICO-8. You're seeking The Amulet of the Sun which will bring you great fame and fortune... if you survive.

How to play

Remains is turn based. When you're in a tough situation don't forget to slow down and think about all of your options. Don't die with a potion in your pocket!

PICO-8 Buttons

The PICO-8 console has a directional pad and two face buttons. The arrow keys on your keyboard control the directional pad. For the face buttons, there are multiple mappings:

Personally, I prefer to use the X and C keys.


Press C to charge a shot, press a direction while charged to shoot. Press X to enter the potion menu. Select a potion by pressing left and right, and press C to confirm. Aim your throw with the direction keys, and press C to throw the potion. Careful! Potions will explode on contact with a wall.


Potions are thrown around like grenades! On impact they will affect everything standing in the square they hit plus the 8 squares surrounding it.

Healing potions heal you if you're in the explosion. Enemies are unaffected. They also put out fires in the blast zone.

Fire potions are useful for attacking groups of enemies. They don't put out fires. The fire ants are immune to fire potions.

Ice potions are slightly harder to find than fire potions, but work on all types of enemies and put out fires.

Confounding enemies

Three types of enemies inhabit the dungeon and will defend their turf.

Ants start fires in the square in front of them. Fires spread one square per turn in a straight line. Fire hurts, don't stand in it!

Lizards will slurp you. They are more timid than the ants and will not approach too closely. Don't get distracted or you might get caught by surprise.

When you enter a room with a cultist, they will teleport you to a random square in the room. This will lead to some sticky situations, so try to have a potion ready! They also teleport themselves around and stab you if you stand too close. Scary!

Learning how these enemies think is the key to finding the amulet.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(6 total ratings)
AuthorTom Wright
GenreRole Playing
Made withPICO-8
TagsPerma Death, PICO-8, Retro, Roguelike, Tactical
Asset licenseCreative Commons Attribution_NonCommercial_ShareAlike v4.0 International
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


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