A downloadable garden for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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This is an  alien mushm gardn that takes real time to grow. If the gardn is open it will grow twice as fast, but be patient. It could be a few hours before you start to see growth either way. As soon as you first open the gardn it will begin, so feel free to come back the next day and see how it's doing!


It will likely default to fullscreen but I prefer windowed. Just press [option + return] on Mac or [alt + enter] on Windows to go windowed (or back to full). It'll save that preference for the future.

Press the [up arrow] or [down arrow] to change the level of the ground to whatever is most pleasing to you. It doesn't affect growth and can be changed at any time.

Press [enter] to open the menu.

  • CLEAR MUSHMS: This will reset your gardn! Only select if you want to start over!
  • TIMELAPSE RECORD: This will let you watch a timelapse of the growth thus far and export a GIF after it plays. It will continue growing where it left off after the timelapse.

I created this is a fun mini-experiment as I worked with friend and collaborator Victor Thompson (@i2) on a larger installation piece called Nature Machn. Feel free to take a look at a timelapse of the larger project here: 

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Jul 20, 2020
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
TagsGardening, Life Simulation, mushrooms, nature, PICO-8
Average sessionA few minutes


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

mushm_gardn_v06_osx.zip 3 MB
mushm_gardn_v06_windows.zip 1 MB
mushm_gardn_v06_raspi.zip 1 MB
mushm_gardn_v06_linux.zip 657 kB

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