• Play an adorable dragon, avoiding knights, collecting treasure, and befriending royalty.
  • Each playthrough is only a few minutes, but generated rooms and layouts make every one unique.
  • Three difficulty modes, from peaceful Tourist to hardened Veteran.
  • Detailed scoring system rewards you for being clever, brave, and thorough, along with a few surprise bonuses to keep you on your toes.
  • Bonus downloads: Pico-8 game cartridge, soundtrack mp3, and game manual (coming soon).


Want more details, strategy tips, and lore? Full game manual coming soon!

  • Move with arrow keys, breathe fire by holding X, and befriend a royal immediately in front of you with Z.
  • Lead royals to the doors of castles whose flags match their robe color.
  • Find keys to open chests and get treasure.

The game ends when you find and use the blue portal ... unless a knight gets to you first. Whether you want to be sneaky or aggressive, quick or complete, is up to you.

Note: There's a flickering effect when you go through the portal. You can turn it off by pressing P and selecting "disable flicker." (You can also toggle the music this way.)


Design, Code, & Art - Relsqui

Music & Sound Design - Gruber

Game Manual Design - DotDotCo

Playtesting & Support - Jeremy Apthorp, Yoshi Murai, Joel Bradshaw, Randall Munroe, the Pico-8 community, the fine folks of Hype o'Clock, and others. Thank you!

Published 6 days ago
Release date 6 days ago
GenreAdventure, Action
TagsAction-Adventure, Arcade, Casual, Dragons, Fantasy, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Stealth
Average sessionA few minutes


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Pico-8 Cartridge 42 kB
Dragondell Theme (MP3) 7 MB


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It looks like it says "PRESS 0 TO START" but it's a C. I know my eyesight isn't great but I can't see how it looks like a C :(

Actually, it's even weirder. the instructions say:

  • Move with arrow keys, breathe fire by holding Z, and befriend a royal immediately in front of you with X.

But for me either Z or C do befriending and X does the fire.
(Chrome on Win 10)

Oh, Z, C and N all do befriending and game starting
X, V  and N does flaming.

Oh heck I ALWAYS get this backwards. I'll fix it.

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The "O" is because the buttons on the virtual Pico-8 console are O/X, which are mapped to Z/X, C/V, and N/M when playing on a computer. It is a bit confusing outside of Pico-8 (like here in an embedded web player).

Indeed. This is why I always mix it up; I'm not choosing or thinking about them especially. :P I'm pretty much determined that next time I'll just put the letters in the game, though, or perhaps both. It annoys Pico-8 folks but that seems worth it in order to make it so other people can figure out how to play!