Playbit

Playbit is a framework for creating cross-platform Playdate games from a single Lua codebase. To accomplish this, it has two key components:

Gif demonstrating Playbit launching a game in the Playdate simulator and desktop at the same time.

Why should you use Playbit?

If you're looking for a framework for creating cross-platform Playdate games from a single Lua codebase, then that's Playbit's primary goal!

However Playbit's features also can help improve your workflow when working on Playdate-only games too. For example:

  • Builds scripts allow you to create automated build configurations. Do you have a separate demo build and paid build? Create a separate build script for each!
  • Process assets at build-time with file processors to generate more performant versions e.g. work directly with Aseprite (.aseprite) to retain layers, tags, and other features and then auto-generate PNGs at build-time.
  • Compile out blocks of code with preprocessor flags that aren't relevant for builds e.g. add development tools to test builds without adding bloat to your final production builds.
  • Write more performant and maintainable code e.g. instead of calling math.abs(num) in a performance critical area (function calls can add up!) you can inline the method with a macro.

Additionally, if you're not creating a cross-platform game, all Playdate SDK functions are available to you since Playbit doesn't need to emulate them for Love2D.

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