Loads a region of data from the cartridge, or from another cartridge, into memory.
- The address of the first byte of the destination in memory.
- The address of the first byte in the cartridge data.
- The length of the memory region to copy, as a number of bytes.
- If specified, the filename of a cartridge from which to read data. The default is to read from the currently loaded cartridge.
reload() function copies data from the cartridge into a location in memory.
Cartridge data is copied to memory addresses 0x0000-0x4300 when the cartridge is loaded for the first time. After that point, the program is allowed to modify memory with memcpy(), poke(), mset(), sset(), or fset(). These operations do not modify the original cartridge data. You can use
reload() to restore modified data, or otherwise access data that has been overwritten in memory.
If the optional filename argument is provided,
reload() will attempt to load from that cartridge file, which does not need to be the currently loaded cartridge. You can use this to store large amounts of game data over multiple cartridges. This feature only works in the standalone Pico-8 app, and does not work in the web player or on the Forum.
The filename can omit the
The memory layout for cartridge data is identical to Pico-8 memory for the address region 0x0000-0x4300. See Memory for an explanation of memory and cartridge data, and for a description of the memory layout.
Consider a game that stores the locations of collectible treasures in the map data, and removes them from the map with mset() when the player collects them. To reload the original map data from the cartridge:
reload(0x2000, 0x2000, 0x1000)
Consider a game that uses very large maps stored in multiple cartridges. To load the map for a new area from cartridges stored in carts named
function load_area(lvl) reload(0x2000, 0x2000, 0x1000, 'biggame_lvl'..lvl) end load_area(2)