What could be more out of control than a runaway train? Place tracks in front of the train to stop it running off the rails.

This game features multiple speed settings. Here's a little guide if you're not sure what to pick:

  • Slow: Pick this option if you like to have time to think.
  • Normal: The recommended experience for this game. A balance of thinking and reflexes.
  • Fast: Pick this option if you want to test your reflexes. If you're struggling on this speed, try lowering the speed to practice the level.

There are 10 levels in the game. Can you clear them all?


The entire game is controlled using the [ARROW KEYS]. The [RETURN KEY] can be used to pause the game, if needed.

In the menu: Select an option with left and right. Use down to confirm, and up to cancel.

In the game: Use the arrow keys to move the cursor and place pieces of track. The arrows around the cursor show the directions it can move in.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
(14 total ratings)
GenrePuzzle, Action
Made withPICO-8
Tags2D, gmtk2020, Game Maker's Toolkit Jam, gmtkjam2020, PICO-8, Pixel Art, reflexes, Retro, train


runningofftherails_windows.zip 1 MB
runningofftherails_osx.zip 3.2 MB
runningofftherails_linux.zip 647 kB
runningofftherails_raspi.zip 1.3 MB

Install instructions

Download the ZIP file for your operating system. Unzip and run the executable file inside. The game will start automatically. With the downloaded version of the game, you can pause the game with [RETURN], and change options, such as the controls. XInput controllers are supported and should be detected automatically.


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So fun, great execution, and amazing gameplay! I noticed a few of your other games are on BBS as cartridges, but was disappointed to not see this one! 

nice, getting 30 stars was pretty tough but fun

How do you come up with these ideas.

love the transitions but can you make it so if we make a mistake we can delete the rail we just placed?


Cool game! Would you consider adding the game to the pico8 BBS so that we can play it from splore on systems other than the big 4?

Amazing Game we would love to bring it to our Couchplay Smart TV Plattform 

Mush, your game are always awesome. This in particolar has a fun mechanics and it is very well polished: it's incredibile that it is so well made for a jam of 2 days!