This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-09-26 21:00:00 to 2021-10-10 21:00:00. View results

The winner of the $105 Adventure Game Challenge is...

The Unlikely Prometheus by Green E Games and Party Tent Productions!

Check it out here: https://itch.io/jam/105-adventure-game-challenge/rate/1230959

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Welcome to the 5th anniversary of the Adventure Game Challenge!

The theme of the jam is An Escape. Read this completely for the full theme: https://itch.io/jam/105-adventure-game-challenge/topic/1666053/the-theme

The purpose of the $105 Adventure Game Challenge is to encourage and support creators of graphical adventure games. The Jam lasts two weeks from September 27 to October 11 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 $105 USD!

You can join this discord server to chat during the course of the jam: https://discord.gg/fhrERYw

This is the fifth year of this annual jam, you can see the games from last year here: https://itch.io/jam/104-adventure-game-challenge/entries

There will be a theme announced at the start of the jam that must be adhered to when making the game.

The rules are as follows:

  • VERY IMPORTANT: The game must fall within the genre of graphical adventure game. If you're not sure what an adventure game is, the Wikipedia page may be of some help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_game. Innovation and inclusion of elements not traditionally associated with adventure games is permitted and even encouraged, but the game must be clearly and primarily a graphical adventure game. I will remove entries that are clearly not adventure games, and I really, really don't want to remove games people have spent time and effort developing so please, please understand what an adventure game is.
  • Sorry but text adventures are not within the scope of this jam. It must be a graphical adventure game.
  • The games will have to adhere to a theme which will be announced at the start of the jam. The purpose of having a theme is to ensure no one cheats by starting their game early, so adherence to the theme will be strictly enforced. The game must be built around the theme in an obvious way.
  • Creators are free to use any tools or assets they have the right to use. This includes tools and assets they have created prior to the start of the jam, tools and assets that are free for anyone to use, and tools and assets they have purchased a license to use. Proper credit must be given if required by the licenses for the tools and assets.
  • Creators of all skill levels are encouraged to join. The games will be primarily judged on game design, puzzle design, and writing. The flashy professional looking game with amazing graphics is by no means guaranteed to win. We're looking for fun, well-written, well-designed games here, even if they have some flaws. Of course if your game is so buggy that it's not fun to play, that's a problem.
  • The game must be in English. You will not be judged on your English ability, but it must be understandable.
  • The game must be playable on Windows. Other platforms are optional.
  • A team can consist of any number of members.
  • The $105 USD will be sent via Paypal to an email provided by the entrant. $100 is enough to get a game on Steam, and I want to see more adventure game creators with their games widely available, either a polished up version of the jam game or another game. But of course you can use the money for whatever you want.
  • At the sole discretion of the judges, any entry can be disqualified for the prize if it is deemed to be in violation of any of these rules.

Judging:

The games will be judged on story, characters, puzzle design, visuals, audio, and overall funness.

Judges:

Vance Baryn:

Vance is the game designer and programmer for Stand Off Software. He is the creator of the Sir Typhil's Tale series including the upcoming fifth game in the series, Vagabond Starship. His interest in gaming started with adventure games, and he still believes that genre is the pinnacle of gaming.

Jon Paul Sapsford:

Jon Paul Sapsford is a musician and composer from Chicago. He has been an adventure gamer since a very young age. Ever since hanging up his touring boots, he has focused on composing music for video games over the past 10 years. He is also the composer for the upcoming Vagabond Starship game.

Yann:

Yann is a solo indie dev at Goloso Games. He created Antenna Dilemma and more recently Inspector Waffles, two adventure games featuring endearing characters, tongue-in-cheek jokes and engaging stories. Since his younger days where he played hours of Broken Sword and The Fate of the Atlantis, Yann has a special place for adventure games in his heart.

FAQ:

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.

Submissions(38)

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723 is a point and click escape game about sleep paralysis.
Adventure
Trapped in a circular room. Can you escape before the big bad wolf gets you?
Puzzle
Are you deharmonized?
Adventure
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A raypunk adventure
Adventure
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When your dream vacation turns into a nightmare, it's time to wake up.
Adventure
To survive and escape from a farm as an undercover agent during a sacred animal festival.
Adventure
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A knight chased by marauder tries to escape.
Adventure
Escape the castle of an insane Vampire!
Adventure
Break out hell aka school!
Adventure
Can you get out of the secluded darkness of someone else's memory?
Adventure
Escape your mind
Adventure
Help a cute little droid save his ship and escape the gravitational pull of a black hole
Adventure
Submission to the $105 Adventure Game Challenge
Adventure
Can you escape the mysterious ancient dungeon?
Adventure
A fascinating graphic adventure where you can help Artemisia escape her dream
Adventure
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A point and click adventure game made for the $105 adventure game challenge
Adventure
An adventure game about a guy who saddled with debt and trying to run away.
Adventure
Can you escape being trapped in a painting?
Adventure
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Interactive Fiction
Escape the medieval dungeon filled with mystical enemies and puzzles (adventure game)
Adventure
A point and click adventure game for the $105 Adventure Game Challenge
Adventure
Wait it isn't your chair!? See it for yourself in this adventure game!
Adventure
Time loops and all that jazz.
Adventure
the story of a gnome who wants to escape from the cave
Adventure
A short story about the lobster
Adventure
Something must be done.
Adventure
A kind of Visual Novel/Adventure experience inspired by survival and escape room stories.
Visual Novel
... the Pig Pen is mightier than the sword...
Adventure
a point and click adventure
Adventure
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Adventure
Adventure
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A story about a doctor in the midst of the plague
Adventure
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Escape from your ancestor's dark legacy.
Adventure