A downloadable tool for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux

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Playscii is an open source ASCII art and animation program. It runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

More info: http://vectorpoem.com/playscii

Hardware requirements:

  • OpenGL 2.1-capable video card with Vertex Array Object* and GLSL 1.30** support.

In other words: if your computer was made after 2008, there's a good chance it can run Playscii.

macOS build requires version 10.10 aka Yosemite or later.

Please note that Playscii is open source, still in development, and is offered as a pay-what-you-want download here on itch. Pay something if you want to support the developer, but don't feel obligated to! Testing and bug reports are appreciated; you can file bugs on the project's Bitbucket page.

* You can check to see if your hardware supports VAO here; if you see "OES_vertex_array_object" in the "Supported Extensions" section, you're good.

** Playscii will detect your GLSL version on startup and quit with an error message if version 1.30 or higher is not found.

More information

Published1 year ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
AuthorJP LeBreton
Tagsascii, Retro, tool
LicenseMIT License
Average durationDays or more
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

playscii_win32-0.8.5.zip 18 MB
playscii_mac-0.8.5.dmg 15 MB
playscii_source-0.8.5.zip 1 MB


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Hey know this is free/nyop, but I gave up my last $0.50 to show you some support ;).

As ever, thanks for this. It's lovely, and makes me wish I sucked less at ASCII art.