ISLANDER is an idle crafting game inspired by games such as Forager and Minecraft. Use your pickaxe to mine any and all materials you can find, and craft your way off the islands.

Arrow Keys - Move/Menu Select
Z/C - Hit/Select
X - Menu/Back
Tab - Save game to Clipboard

Saving the game saves a large string to your Clipboard that you can then paste and load from the Main Menu on your next playthrough. This also allows you to share your saves with others so they can load your world if you give them your save data!


PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorCarson K.
Made withPICO-8
TagsCrafting, Idle, PICO-8, Sandbox, Top-Down


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how do i craft or change wepons i neeed the controls

Hold X (on PCs) once you’ve started the game. A menu should appear, and then click one of the arrow keys to select something (e.g. Up Arrow Key for crafting, Left and Right Arrows for inventory select).

I really love this game since I’m a sucker for Forager-like video games. But there was a chest bug where when you make a second chest and try to put something inside, it duplicates what you selected and puts that into the chest instead (R.I.P. inventory organization).

Cool game!
But in my Miyoo Mini (using Fake-08) I can't load my saved games :(
So everytime I want to play, I had to start from 0
The Load Game menu will only head to "Press Ctrl-V then press C/V" only which I can't do it on my Miyoo Mini.
Any advise? Thanks

Nice game, I just got a duplication bug that almost screwed me up: I picked up and placed down one of the chests you find. I then put in 99 stone and coal and then tried to take them back out and it duplicated, if I remember correctly. Not only that but when you try to drop it it drops but also stays in your inventory - almost screwed me up by filling up me inventory. I think that's what happened, hard to remember. Try it for yourself, it looked like this in the end

I had something similar happen. When I had two stacks of coal in my inventory, if I attempt to put the second stack in a chest, it instead moves an amount equal to the second stack from the first stack unless the first stack is smaller than the second stack, in which case it adds an amount equal to the second stack to the chest without removing anything from the inventory.

how did you manage to get the pico-8 game into an exe

Is there a way to save the web version so that android devices can play offline? It runs fine online, but I can't do a long hold on the "Run Game" link to download it manually.

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Looks like a Foragers copy, but it's a good game.

Very good game :)


Wow! It's really an amazing game. I really like it.


Cool game here's a speedrun


Bug Reports:

(1) Duplication Bug:

Any time you try to merge multiple stacks (via the Chest), if you select the second or later stack, the game will put/remove the items from the first stack it finds instead of the selected stack (using the count of the selected stack). Done right, it will put/remove the items without changing the stack count, allowing the player to infinitely duplicate any (stackable) items. (I figured this out when I ended up with so much inventory I could not even craft a new chest to hold all my items and had to restart my game--which leads me to the next bug....)

(2) Save/Load bug:

When saving/loading, it loses a lot of information about items placed on the map. In particular, anything to the left of the player on the same row is lost. Likewise, anything above the player is also lost. It is as if the game treats the players position as the start row/column, and loses anything prior. I am now in the habit of always moving to highest leftmost position before saving (I actually used bridges and dirt ground to ensure there is a spot that always comes before any other).

(3) Not really a bug, but a game play issue (and what led me to uncover the previous bugs):

Sitting idle for a long period of time generates so many resources that it becomes impossible to move or harvest/mine them all without inventory overload. I suggest two things: First, limit how many of each resource it will auto-generate. Second, add the ability to trash/destroy items not needed. I ended up expanding one island to a full screen size covered with chests filled will resources I had no use for.

I did it accidentally and its so annoying

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for some reason it is possible to infinitely dupe stone in a chest, may be possible with other items. this is done by trying to take it out: while there is stone added to my inventory, the original stone in the chest remains. destroying the chest fixes this issue.

on a perhaps related note, it seems that maximum sizes of stacks are jank

EDIT: it actually seems that this works if you have an item in your inventory AND in the chest.

Muito Bom!

i can't start the game


Sucks to suck

how change slot

press x and then arrow keys (left/right) make sure to hold x

i cant start


tits a great game but the controls are weird


i found a dupe Bug XDDDDDDDDDDD

Tell me pls

I think I found another dupe glitch, for now only works for coal

I broke the game, the dupe glitch is now stuck in my inventory will download obs to show if it's still works after

I beat the game it took like four or five hours this game amazing the ending on amazing however the boat is a bit OP to get that’s what took the longest so yeah amazing game I made two videos of all of it on my YouTube channel not all of it but some of it and I just beat the game amazing game you did and you did a epic job on us and I would highly suggest like doing like add-ons or different versions of the games like different add-ons for more furthermore like worlds.

Can you add more stuff? this game is pretty good, but when I finished the game, it's kinda boring. Also what does "New Game+" Mean?

can you make a android or apk version

Unfortunately not, but you can play on mobile here on itch or on newgrounds:

can you add a download of the wave sfx?

i finish the game he's so cool !

how do i craft????


Simple.. Just hold down X and then click the up arrow to craft. Then you can make a workbench and then place it down by clicking Z and open the workbench by clicking X

nevermind i figured it out


I downloaded the game yesterday and today I finished the first level of the game. Thank You again!!




I am playing this game for hours now on the web version. Unfortunately, the game got stuck and now I can't play it on the web again unless I reload the page. And reloading will remove my progress. But it is ok, I will download the game now and then I will save my game by using the method KilluaSama had told. Thank You! This is an amazing game!!!





this game was super fun and relaxing

The save and load mechanic doesn't work for me

It works in the downloaded version. Make sure to save the string which you get in your clipboard so that next time you can paste the string into the game and not something else.

uhh i did ctrl c like a few times anddd



There's a bug with putting and out wood into a chest! It broke my save and lagged it out really bad because when you try to take out alot of wood from a chest, it duplicates it.

The same thing happened to me but, with coal. It happens when your inventory is full but you still keep breaking that item/object. And then when you try to put it in the chest, then it will glitch. That is why I always save my game before my inv gets full. Then if it glitches, I just restart the game and then load it again  :)


But yes, it is a bug. That should not happen.



This is amazing! Especially since it was done in PICO-8! :D

Just one more time that game ROKCS     ; )  

good game but i went to move before i went to save my save code and was still holding w so i lost all progress :'( but other than that it was agreat game.

PLEASE ADD AN UPDATE TO THE GAME.  I already thought of some stuff you could add(ex: Copper, Expanded Islands, Npc's, amongst other things.)

P.S. If you need Ideas you can just email me at

Thanks, Landon

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Maybe we could collab, I am a fellow Coder in training, I get trained from this site called Whitehat Jr.

Again if you want to collab email me at

Again Thanks, Landon

As much as I would love to update the game further, I was really pushing the token limit in PICO-8 and now there's no more room to add anything else. If I were to make the game any better with all the suggestions I've received from various people it would just become Forager, which is the game this is based on. I may do a sequel in the future with all new mechanics but that won't be for a while unfortunately. 


As much as I would love to update the game further, I was really pushing the token limit in PICO-8 and now there's no more room to add anything else. If I were to make the game any better with all the suggestions I've received from various people it would just become Forager, which is the game this is based on. I may do a sequel in the future with all new mechanics but that won't be for a while unfortunately. 


Ok, understandable.  Again if you need any ideas at all for a sequel(if you will do so)just email me at


P.S. I love just the thought of a sequel.  Also I love your work dude.

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thanks for this awesome game. I'd like to send you some money but its expensive in my country so..... I made this save functionality instead.

its written in batch (windows) and has a line of powershell ( needs at least win 7 to work )

Im writing these instructions with the intention to help anyone setup this save functionality

  • save the code in a file named "Launch.bat" ( name is optional ) in the same folder as the game. some instructions (just in case)
  • open Launch.bat (this opens a console window. PLEASE DO NOT CLOSE IT.this console window should stay opened ) and also opens the game and waits till you quit/close the game
  • play the game and save before closing the game
  • the save data is automatically saved to a file named "_saveGameData" and the console window closes itself

when you re-open Launch.bat after this initial save, it automatically loads previous save data from the "_saveGameData" file into the clipboard which could be used at load game in menu

incase you have saved the game data somewhere else,

  • just create "Launch.bat" but dont open it yet
  • goto the place where you saved the game and manually copy it
  • open Launch.bat and load the game with your data
  • save before closing the game and Launch.bat will now take care of your progress

I'll be looking forward for your future games. again, thanks a lot for this game

Just played the game again and i love it so much  

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but still have to figure out how to load a game  


It saves in a plaintext format and you can copy that text and "paste" it into the game to load it.  However, for some reason, I just found that it seems loading the game clears the islands of most resources (they do respawn of course), erases bridges, and turns the island land type to grass.  Not sure why; this may be a bug.

thanks !!  again : )   

Make the source code available, I would love that


This Game is AMAZING    

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