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Make real games out of fake cover art!

Wait, what?

"A Game By Its Cover" is a game development competition based on how people's creative work inspires others to think in new and wonderful ways. In it the TIGSource community made real games out of fake game carts, whose creators probably never imagined would become something real! ( gooeyblob.com )

The original TIGSource competition spawned some amazing games, including Santa Ragione's "Tales of Unspoken World", which they later turned into a full game called Fotonica! There was another competition back in 2012 but somehow it never gained enough momentum after that. We think it would be a shame to just leave this idea behind, so this is an attempt to resurrect that idea.

Unlike its predecessors, this is a jam, not a competition. This means that there are no prizes, no judging and no voting. This is to make sure everyone is welcome, especially people who might not be comfortable competing with others. So relax, make a cool game and have fun!

Prior AGBIC Press Coverage:

Also, check out this video of some of the 2012 entrants which shows the cover art they were based on.

How to participate

  1. Pick a fake game cartridge/disk/box art. (see below)
  2. Use it as inspiration and turn it into a real game.
  3. Submit your game on time.
  4. (optional) Tweet about it!

Guidelines

  • There are no rules, only guidelines. Go wild.
  • Your entry should be based on one source image.
  • More than one entry can be based on the same image, so no calling dibs.
  • Try to provide a URL to the cover art your game is based on. There's a dedicated field for this in the submission form.
  • Collaborations are allowed and welcome, of course.
  • This should go without saying, but you can use any framework/engine you like. Hell, your game doesn't even have to be digital. Yes, you can totally make a board game or a card game or whatever!

Carts / Cover Art Sources

Our primary source, which was also the original inspiration for all of this, is the My Famicase Exhibition, hosted every year in Japan by Meteor. You can browse the exhibitions individually by year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) or view all carts at once on this Flash site (warning: heavy) or via this mobile site. Update: In case you're having trouble finding a cart that you like, let RAND↻M FAMICASE decide for you.

Additional sources could be for example this photoshop contest, or these. You can obviously use any interesting (fictional) box or cartridge art you can find. Just remember to provide a link or screenshot with your submission!

Any questions? @AGBICjam

Games submitted(45)

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Web (21)
HTML (6)
Unity (13)
Flash (2)
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A puzzle game based on a fake game cover #AGBIC
Puzzle
Html
Defend a space station in this 3D zero-G jetpack brawler
Action
Unity
Survive through the wasteland using your morning star weapons !
Platformer
Unity
Skip some stones for the highscore.
Simulation
Windows
A short story type game
Adventure
Windows
MORSE is not taking your tongue... but your soul!
Action
Unity
Build a ship to search for an ancient relic said to hold the secrets of immortality
Adventure
Html
Find your way out of the maze.
Other
Windows, Mac OS X
You're the dartboard. Get hit by darts! Avoid walls!
Sports
Windows
It's Pizza versus Hotdog fight time!
Action
Windows
Protect the city and have fun.
Other
Unity
A game against gender stereotypes made with and by real girls.
Simulation
Windows
beach, sun, bugs
Action
Unity
Fast-paced hack 'n slash for #GBJam4
Action
Windows, Mac OS X
The life of a scooter fag. pls no judge my other games on this game
Action
Unity
Help Sandra and Keanu survive a bomb on a bus - don't go under 50!
Action
Action platforming based on fake game cover art!
Platformer
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Made for "A game by it cover" jam
Puzzle
Unity
survival friendship.
Adventure
Unity
Entry for A Game By Its Cover 2015
Action
Windows
chemically make chart fit the words for new heart
Puzzle
Flash
"You don’t see me the way I do." A five-minute experience.
Simulation
Html
space, cat and flaming balls!
Action
Unity
Arcade game for A Game By Its Cover 2015
Action
Windows
Two men, one shark, lots of love!
Other
Guide Ally the 'gator to a picnic with her friend!
Platformer
Windows, Mac OS X
Better Than Duck Hunt
Flash
Pick apples from 5 exciting trees! I'm having so much fun!
Other
Html
Get the cows back in the enclosure.
Other
Html
​Explore the mountain. Discover its secret.
Adventure
Unity
A game to slap badguys in the dread
Action
DANNY'S QUEST
Action
Windows
A Game By Its Cover #AGBIC
Shooter
Mac OS X
4-Player Western Shootout Chaos in the Darkeness
Shooter
Windows, Mac OS X
INCREDIBLY RARE BUGS SIGHTED!!
Action
Windows
Save fisherboats from a giant Mozzarella-Ghost by pushing them to the coast
Action
Unity
Un-glitch your screen and restore the NES's memory by swapping tiles back into their proper addresses
Puzzle
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X