This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-05-09 01:00:00 to 2020-05-18 03:00:00. View results

Theme - Arcade!

Arcades are a relic of the past, though they are still around, there are way less than there used to be, and they are less popular than ever due to the home console boom of the mid 90s. 

Still, arcades hold a place in my heart as do they for many others. A place to go and play games that had all the latest and greatest. So many games people play today were inspired by these technological wonders of the time. From the classics like Galaga, Pac-Man, Frogger, Asteroids, Dig Dug, Defender, Joust, and Centipede to franchises that started in arcades and are still around today like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Contra, and Donkey Kong, the influence of arcades are still felt in some form or another today whether directly or indirectly.

Make a game centered around "Arcade" in 9 days! What about arcades and arcade games speaks to you most? GLHF!

What Are the rules?

  1. All assets should be created inside the 9 Day window, Images, Music, Scripts, should all be written from scratch with some exceptions:
    1. Engines are allowed, you don't need to write the engine from scratch(Examples: Unity, Unreal, Godot, GameMaker)
    2. Freely available assets(Licensed by a Creative Commons license for example) are allowed, this includes images, textures, models, shaders, materials, scripts, music and sound effects. Assets that are not created within the 9 Day Window must be noted in your game's description(with links to the source if attribution is required)
  2. The game mustn't be blatantly offensive. Use your best judgement.
  3. The game must be related to the theme! Unique implementation of the theme is great, but playing the game should fairly clearly show the theme. 
  4. The game must be made in time time frame! The end time for the jam is a hard cutoff time, if there are legitimate issues uploading or getting the game posted in time, message me on Twitter or Discord and I can work out late submissions on a case by case basis.
  5. Have Fun!

Judging Criteria

After the jam is complete, anyone who submitted a game for the jam can vote on other games! Try to play and vote on as many games as you can!

Here's what you will be judged on

  • Overall
  • Closeness to Theme
  • Fun
  • Graphics
  • Audio

Remember if you used any freely available assets, like graphics or sound, please be sure to opt out of the corresponding judging criteria

Quick Tips

  • Remember to scope, you have 9 days but you'd be surprised how quickly that goes by.
  • Take time away from the computer, one of the benefits of the 9 Day Jams are that there is time to breathe. Break when you feel you need it to prevent overworking!
  • The idea of jams is to get outside your comfort zone and try new things! Don't be afraid to try some new tricks or learn some new skills!


  • Can I work with a team?
    • Yeah go for it! That's what the Discord is for!
  • I'm in a team, can my team rate other games as well?
    • Yes. Just make sure they're listed as Contributors on your game
  • Why is the start and end times different?
    • Though the jam is supposed to be EXACTLY 9 days,'s jam system makes the time a hard stop, so we added a "submission window" to account for building the final jam versions, and getting them uploaded. We recognize that exporting/building games into releases can take time, and if you're building for more than 1 or 2 platforms, it can take even longer.
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The game of a young guy who is attempting to be the worlds' best freefaller, fighting various obstacles along the way.
Simple Run n' Gun shooter
Made for 9 Day Jam #10
An arcade style game where your goal is to cover the encroaching settlement in fungal spores!
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Help the moles find their way back to their holes.
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Arcade game submission for the May 9day Jam
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