The purpose of the $103 Adventure Game Challenge is to encourage and support creators of graphical adventure games. The Jam lasts two weeks from September 16 to 30 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 $103 USD!
You can join this discord server to chat during the course of the jam: https://discord.gg/fhrERYw
This is the third year of this annual jam, you can see the games from last year here: https://itch.io/jam/102-adventure-challenge/entries
The theme is A Theft! See this post for more information: https://itch.io/jam/103-adventure-game-challenge/topic/558389/jam-theme
The rules are as follows:
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, Poltergeist Treasure, and Leprechaun Shadow among others. His interest in gaming started with adventure games, and he still believes that genre is the pinnacle of gaming.
John is a full time charlatan, spending his days pointing and clicking on anything that moves. Always dressed to impress, Carve broadcasts a variety of golden oldies to the latest and greatest. If you need something pointed at, commented on and repeatedly left clicked, he is your man. He feels honored to go through your lovely creations and experience all that is to offer!
Dan Weissenberger is a longtime video game critic for GameCritics.com as well as the operator of the Hidden Object Guru Youtube channel. He's also the writer of numerous films, including Our House, The Sweetheart, and the upcoming horror movie Come True. Is that last part relevant for judging adventure games? Not in the least.
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.