The purpose of the $102 Adventure Game Challenge is to encourage and support creators of graphical adventure games. The Jam lasts two weeks from September 10 to 24 after which the games will be judged by a small panel of judges. The creator of the game the judges deem to be the best will be given $102 USD!
You can join this discord server to chat during the course of the jam: https://discord.gg/fhrERYw
This is the second year of this annual jam, you can see the games from the first year here: https://itch.io/jam/101-adventure-challenge/entries
The theme of the jam is Ethical Dilemma: see this post for all the guidelines: https://itch.io/jam/102-adventure-challenge/topic/295052/jam-theme
The games will be judged on story, characters, puzzle design, visuals, audio, and overall funness.
Vance is the game designer and programmer for Stand Off Software. He is the creator behind Unicorn Dungeon, its upcoming sequel Poltergeist Treasure, and the Lutra City Mysteries series of games among others. His interest in gaming started with adventure games, and he still believes that genre is the pinnacle of gaming.
Dave Seaman (CaptainD):
Dave Seaman is the lead designer of Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots, and has designed / coded / tested / voice acted / SFX designed for a large number of games.
Drunkerella is a Twitch streamer synonymous with adventure games. On her channel she streams old favorites and new classics while delivering her own brand of sharp-edged, politically incorrect humor. Playing the genre since she was far too young to pass the Leisure Suit Larry age checks, she fancies herself as the “Queen of Point-and-Clicks” on Twitch and firmly maintains that hints and walkthroughs are for babies! She is honored and excited to click her way through your games.
Q: Will the theme allow for me to use my existing characters, setting, and lore?
A: Yes! The theme will affect the plot and quite possibly the puzzle design, but will have nothing to do with the characters or setting. Provided your characters and setting are fleshed out and flexible, you should have no problem using them in this jam.
Q: Are visual novels and walking simulators adventure games?
A: Um... kind of? They're a spin-off of adventure games so fall within the broad adventure game family. Thus I would say they are fine for this jam even if they are not adventure games in the purest sense.
Q: Are games like Portal or A Story About My Uncle adventure games?
A: No, they are not. Those are puzzle platformers. If the gameplay is primarily "twitch" based, requiring precise timing in action oriented puzzles, it is not an adventure game.
Q: Are games like The Legend of Zelda or Star Tropics adventure games?
A: No, they are not. Those are action RPGs. If much of the gameplay consists of killing a lot of enemies, it is not an adventure game.
Q: If the game uses a text parser for interaction, is it a graphical adventure game?
A: If the game uses graphics prominently, it's graphical. Games like the original King's Quest or Space Quest which use a text parser interface for interaction definitely still count as graphical adventures.
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