Dominion Ex is a vertical-scrolling shoot'em up designed on Pico-8. Fight 14 different enemies with 4 weapons over 3 levels of space action. (That's 168 pieces of fun!)

It features two difficulties and a ship upgrade system to allow for different play-styles and strategies.

Should work with connected controllers/joypads too. Mobile friendly!


Some enemies are immune to certain weapons. Look out for blue forcefields!

Collect coins to pay for ship upgrades.

If things are getting too intense you can use the FTL drive to escape to the hangar and make some upgrades to your ship.

This was my first game in Pico-8 and was a lot of fun to code and a big learning experience. So let me know how you find the game!

If you like your chips tuned you can listen to the game soundtrack over on Bandcamp.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Release date Feb 20, 2020
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, Arcade, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Shoot 'Em Up, Short, Singleplayer, Top down shooter
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any), Touchscreen, Smartphone, Playstation controller
LinksBlog, Blog


Buy Now$3.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3 USD. You will get access to the following files: 954 kB 707 kB 3 MB 1 MB

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really fun game, I find myself coming back to it often! Current highscore is 9715

How do you make it move faster?  It is really slow on my keyboard. Did you get a controller? Is that how it goes that fast. Is there something in the settings?

You need to go to the hangar and upgrade your ship engines with some of the coins you collect. 😀

Thank you

oh best score is 1000, good enaough for me! Love it :D

my high score is  1979 😁