Michael55, Pico-8 isn't free but God Bless ZEP for providing such a powerful engine in any case.
I will tell you right now, Pico-8 is one of the best purchases I have ever made or likely ever will make in this lifetime.
Totally worth the money.
What do you get ?
Write code in highly easy-to-understand language.
Compile to EXE, Macintosh, HTML, JS, Unix.
HUNDREDS of free games written by others available via a menu called S - navigate, search, mark favorites, etc.
Onboard sprite, map, sound, and music editor.
A learning experience you will never get anywhere else. You program in PICO and it will definitely expand your brain, knowledge, and problem-solving ability.
- Unlimited upgrades by ZEP.
Going to send you HERE to get you started:
I think the question is not so much why isn't Pico-8 free but why is it so darned good and affordable.
Compare with other languages if you like, commercial or free. I have - and found myself always coming back here.
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