Demystifying the Christmas Tree

Help your kitten destroy as many decorations as you can before the tree is fully decorated or their energy runs out and they nap.

Try to destroy multiple decorations within a short time to get combo bonuses and improve your score. Use your energy wisely, young feline.

Play as Philly or Frankie on their own or with a friend against each other. See who can cause the most chaos!


ActionFrankie (Player 1)Philly (Player 2)
jumpup arrowE
run left/rightleft/right arrowS, F
descend branchdown arrowD

Return - menu, including music on/off and restart.

(These are the standard PICO-8 controls so some other keys work too)


Demystifying the Christmas Tree recreates a real event from a Christmas past, although in real life the kittens not only broke decorations, but also took out parts of the tree itself. They also didn't run out of energy (as anyone who has had kittens would know).

If you like this game, find a problem or have any suggestions then please comment below.

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Happy Holidays :)

1.0.1 update: after testing with the owner of the kittens (my girlfriend's mother aka "mother-outlaw") I've added an option to change the speed that the arms decorate the tree.

1.0.2 update: Added fade effect to intro. Cos I could.

1.0.3 update: Added combo indicator for when a combo bonus is live after seeing this suggestion.

1.0.4 update: tried to combat a couple of gameplay exploits. Tweaks to HUD.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
GenreAction, Platformer
Made withPICO-8
TagsCasual, Christmas, Local multiplayer, party-game, PICO-8, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2

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very silly, tho, there should be something in the way of holding down z at a single spot and gaining over 1000 points

Well done, you've definitely found an exploit there :] . I'm not sure how exactly to stop it. I guess three and a half years without anyone finding the problem isn't too bad though. I'll have a think...

I made a little change so it might be harder to do this now, but then I found another exploit and tried to fix that too :]

This is fantastic. A simple cute idea turned into a fun addictive game :) I love it