This jam is now over. It ran from 2018-03-02 10:00:00 to 2018-03-13 10:00:00. View results

History and Rationale

Roguelikes are traditionally procedurally generated RPGs in the mould of Rogue, with turn-based interactions in a grid-based environment, where levels are procedurally generated each playthrough and death is permanent. 

In 2005, the roguelike community established a yearly event, the 7DRL Challenge, in which developers are challenged to create a roguelike in seven days. This allows one to have the shared misery of knowing you are not the only one tracking down a bad pointer at the 167th hour.  The annual event occurs during a week in early March. 

7DRL Challenges are NOT about being a fast coder, but rather proving you can release a finished, playable roguelike to the world. There is no winner of the challenge, but rather all those who finish are honoured for their work, the criterion is completeness.

There are many interpretations of what a roguelike is which may serve as a guidance. However 7DRLs may bend of even break these interpretations in the name of Innovation. 

Event rules

  • You CAN use external libraries, game engines, pre-existing  code/algorithms, pre-existing  art, etc. You can even start your game from an existing game, if you are planning to turn it into something unique.  If in doubt, be clear what resources were reused.
  • The goal is a finished and reasonably polished game: not the prototype of a game.  Watch your scope!
  • Likewise, the goal is a new game, not just another week of work on an existing game.
  • It is allowed and recommended to have a rough design idea of your project before starting

How to participate

  • Join the jam here at itch.io to show your intention to participate!
  • Build a team (totally optional) at Crowdforge
  • Pick a start time on Saturday or Sunday in your timezone.   Start coding at this time!  Note the countdown is likely before your possible start date: this is because we support all timezones.
  • 168 (or less) hours after starting, submit your entry on the portal. 
  • You can mark your entry as Successful or Incomplete, based on your own judgement of how complete your game is.  There is no prize for success or punishment for failure, so use your own judgement if your game is Done and Polished.
  • The challenge window is always Saturday to Sunday; if you start after Sunday you will have less than 168 hours as in-challenge 7DRLs must be completed by the closing time.

Other info

Previous Challenges

To date, there have been thirteen annual 7DRL challenges. 

All submissions
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Browser playable (57)
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Windows (86)
macOS (36)
Linux (42)
Android (4)
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Success (112)
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Destroy. Rebuild. Adapt. The world is your inventory.
Strategy
A roguelite card-based game for 7DRL 2018
Card Game
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GIF
roguelike about being an adult and trying to survive 2018
Puzzle
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GIF
1-4 Player Co-op Roguelike
GIF
A bullet hell/hacking roguelike
Strategy
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Fabulous 3d roguelike action
Role Playing
A small coffeebreak roguelike inspired by Cave Noire, Little Nemo, and Powder.
Role Playing
Puzzle
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GIF
Shoot down ships made of blocks and steal their blocks. Made for 7DRL 2018.
Shooter
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reap the wages of sin
Action
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Seven Day Roguelike 2018
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GIF
Obey your Masters. Destroy your enemies. Made for #7DRL.
Action
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A turn-based survival and strategy game built for fast play and massive amounts of replay value
Role Playing
GIF
Make contracts with demons.
Role Playing
With riches comes risk
Adventure
a roguelike-rts-sim crossover where you grow and maintain a plant
Simulation
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A Roguelike survival against infinite darkness.
Survival
A party-based roguelike for 7DRL 2018
Role Playing
Tactical dungeon crawler with lots of progress meters
Strategy
A puzzle roguelike where upcoming dice are visible
Role Playing
The ancient dragon is hungry and you're short on time. You had better deliver that pizza quickly!
Strategy
A temporal tactical turn-based roguelike
Role Playing
A prehistoric 7DRL set in the Cretaceous.
Role Playing
2018 7DRL
Strategy
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YOU are SNEK! MOVE with ARROWS! EAT some APPLES! PLAY some TRICKS!
2018 7DRL Entry
Card Game
Spirited Away inspired Puzzle Roguelike
Puzzle
Made for #7drl in Pico-8
Role Playing
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A roguelike about escaping from a mad scientist's lab
Role Playing
Accounting Rogue-like
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GIF
A 7DRL game where you play as a spirit and possess bodies to solve puzzles.
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A tactical hex roguelike where you can't attack.
Puzzle
A game of item identification and staving off starvation
Puzzle
Free yourself from the grip of death
Adventure
A modified version of Brogue 1.7.4 intended to make Brogue sessions shorter.
A procedural RPG about Tourette's & Narcolepsy.
Role Playing
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Hunt for humans as a monster. Make cocoons from your victims and produce even more bloody xenomorphs.
Role Playing
Play as the Princess-King in this Chess-Roguelike.
A 7DRL about being at a house party
A roguelike game about a mage warrior rabbit in dungeon full of monsters (2018 7DRL )
Role Playing
A 2018 7drl entry where adventures climb a tower to recover the Wand of Yendor.
Role Playing
Turn based procedurally generated shmup without continues
Strategy
GIF
a good crawl spoiled
Sports
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A 7 Day Roguelike by Macoy Madson
Strategy
A lowly @ attempts to steal the treasure from the dungeons of doom, but has an understanding for battle
Role Playing
A Python Roguelike made for 7DRL 2018
Role Playing
Swashbucking roguelike adventure. 7DRL.
Role Playing
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An ASCII-3D-7-Day-Rogue-Like
Adventure
Dive into the source of the blight that wiped out your people.
Role Playing
Lovecraftian roguelike for the 7DRL
Adventure
Run from velociraptors, pirates and cavemen as you hunt a broken time machine.
A turn-based roguelike space shooter.
Shooter
Get rid of the monsters in the old and abandoned settlements in the Mongolian desert.
Role Playing
falling roguelike for 7dRL2018
And served they did - as food - but you're still hungry...
Survival
Tactics focused arena roguelike with on map sword wielding
Strategy
traditional turn based RL in space! With blasters! PEW PEW
Role Playing
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A roguelike made with python for 7DRL 2018
Strategy
An Energy-themed Roguelike for 7DRL 2018
Role Playing
Role Playing
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7DRL game
Strategy
7drl 2018 challenge entry
A seven-day Roguelike
Role Playing
GIF
Simple Roguelike Submission for 7DRL 2018
roguelike where you control multiple characters at once.
7DRL 2018 entry
Adventure
horror roguelike
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Little roguelike made for the 7DRL 2018
Survival
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Escape from the haunted mansion, a new adventure every time!
Adventure
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Project for 7DRL 2018
Strategy
A 7DRL about a team exploring trap-filled dungeons
Role Playing
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Escape a spaceship filled with robots trying to keep you there.
Strategy
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GIF
A failed 7DRL with airplanes.
Shooter
Role Playing
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GIF
Find your dad, collect gold and eat candies
Adventure
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A robots journey to Hades
Platformer
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Role Playing
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Control a tank through classic roguelike mechanics
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7drl 2018 project
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Turn-based platformer
Platformer
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Overwatch Inspired Roguelike
Strategy
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"Coffee break" style turn based true roguelike based on factions with heavy monster on monster combat
Role Playing
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joustlike roguelike
Action
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Strategy
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Kill alien bugs for corporate gain!
Strategy
GIF
A fencing 7-day roguelike for 7DRL 2018 competition
Action
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Roguelike 3D dungeon crawler
Role Playing
GIF
A 7DRL roguelike where your direction matters.
Strategy
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Strategy
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A 7DRL set in the world of The Day Star
Adventure
A 2018 7DRL done with the theme (and the assets) of Arcade Gauntlet
Role Playing
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first person hack n' slash roguelike
Action
A 7 day roguelike for 7DRL 2018
Strategy
roguelike gone rogue
Role Playing
BULLET HELL DUNGEON ACTION
Action
Coffee break roguelike - hunting pirates
Adventure
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7DRL challenge, 2018. A ship on a river instead of a rogue in a cave.
Role Playing
Fight hordes with swords (game controller required)
Action
Turn based tactical combat
Role Playing
Brew your way to the elixir of life - 7DRL 2018
Strategy
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GIF
roguelike where you are a prophet for a mysterious god. made for #7drl 2018
Hex other members of the wizards' community to become their ruler! Start with the green ones!
Role Playing
Project for 7DRL 2018 Jam
My 7DRL iteration of Dungeon Sprint
Role Playing
Explosions
Action
A game about exploration.
Adventure
A vampire hunting 7DRL roguelike.
Role Playing
Classic roguelike that while short has three different ways to play
my 7DRL entry for 2018
Survival
Simple puzzle-roguelike created for 7DRL 2018 game jam
Puzzle
Your range attacks move when you move.
Role Playing
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​Save your homeworld from being destroyed by a supernova in this epic space adventure.​
Adventure
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last stand of one wizard against an army
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TIM: A space survival Rogue-Like
Survival
Rogue like game
Role Playing
historical roguelike as you assasinate the king of Qin, ancient China
Role Playing
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A roguelike game with non-linear movement.
Adventure
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GIF
Interactive Fiction
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A strictly pacifist procedural dungeon looter.
Action
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Turn-based combat and sacrifice for 7DRL '18
Strategy
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A brutal roguelike to test your startegic thinking with limited control
Strategy
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third person 3d roguelike shooter
Shooter
A Roguelike Game made in few days for Itch.io's Game Jam 7DRL Challenge 2018.
Shooter
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Rougelike where nothing dies.
Role Playing
Roguelike in SPACE, Space, space ...
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7DRL experiment with CSS grid
Role Playing
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PCG generator to produce Joy Division like songs
Roguelike with cards about a guy with no hap.
Role Playing
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For the historical record.
Tower Defense Roguelike made for 7DRL 2018
Strategy
Manage a dungeon.
Role Playing
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Are you a bad enough duck to get some grapes?
Visual Novel
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a chess broughlike prototype, made for 7drl
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Space Themed Roguelike for 7DRL
Survival