This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-10-15 00:00:00 to 2022-11-30 23:59:59. View 75 entries

A Game By Its Cover is an annual game jam about turning the fictional cartridge art of the My Famicase Exhibition into the real thing.


How to make a game by its cover in a socially-distanced broken world:

  • Step 0: Make sure your mental and physical needs are met to the best of your ability.
  • Step 1: Make whatever you feel like as long as it's loosely inspired by fictional game (cover) art.
  • Step 2: That's it.


Our (entirely optional!) theme for this year:



Submissions are open right now, and will remain open until November 15th (but don't worry about it too much as we've made it kind of a tradition to extend the deadline a bit near the end).

Browse the exhibition, pick something that inspires you, take your time, chill, and turn it into a game! Or a piece of art, or music, or a one-page pen&paper thing. Or a poem. Or... anything. Who cares!

(Don't forget to join our Discord and follow us on Twitter: @AGBICjam)


Here's a neat gif we found (feel free to steal it):



Beep Boop Incoming Message:


Better late than never, huh? This year - these past few years honestly - have been a lot. There are a lot more important things going on than one little game jam.

We keep repeating variations of this every year, but it's true and important: Crunch has been normalized not only within the gaming industry, it's also been a part of game jams (or hackathons, or compos, or whatever you want to call them) from the start. People work long hours, skip breaks and meals and the competitive nature of these events even kind of expects it, even if only implicitly.

We want to distance ourselves from that in the only way possible: By not encouraging any of it, and doing the opposite instead. This is why, as always, A Game By Its Cover will have no rankings, no voting or scoring, and no prizes to win. Please don't feel like you're competing against anyone here.

It is our hope that you will take this idea and find some creative outlet in it (while also taking care of yourself in the process).

Dom & Ludo

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Puzzle
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Musings on capitalism, climate change and the corporate world while taking a stroll
Interactive Fiction
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Tiny fanzine made for the A Game By Its Cover 2022
A concept collage zine about GBA Hamtaro games and disability
Interactive Fiction
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Your vegetables have been haunted! Catch them before dinner or you'll go hungry.
Action
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A post-apocalyptic farming sim with a vampiric twist.
Simulation
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old adventurer comes out of retirement to gain one last level
Role Playing
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Roguelite auto-battling strategy game with thousands of modular unit combinations!
Strategy
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a maze
Puzzle
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a marble sci fi dune jumping game
potion fighters generator
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game based on @MaciejMelcher's famicase artwork and story
Interactive Fiction
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Ghost cab - A Ghostly Adventure explores romance, heartache, upset and comedy. Choose wisely!
Interactive Fiction
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Powered by Chronoco ©
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Everyone loves a maze game, but this maze hates you.
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Delve deep and forage for abyssal fungi within the… MUSHROOM LABYRINTH.
Platformer
Cyberpunk music album made for #AGBIC 2022 jam
Racing
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Endless runner for #AGBIC jam on pico8
Action
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My entry for A Game By Its Cover 2022
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Orbital mechanics puzzle game written for pico-8
Puzzle
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An action adventure to cut light through the darkness!
Action
A small collection of seemingly impossible mazes. Can you escape?
Puzzle
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Avoid and destroy meteors while fighting the gravitational pull of a deadly wormhole!
Action
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Adventure
Relax in a mossy paradise.
Balance the soil moisture and grow moss.
Simulation
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The Staring Daggers are a relentless force that can only be halted when you stare back.
Action
An imagined horror soundtrack.
The mountain is having a bad day. Don't make it worse.
Platformer
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For the AGBIC Jam 2022, based on Alec Whitmore's Famicase submission of the same title.
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Summon and take care of your own group of little demons and send them to make mischief around the neighborhood!
Adventure
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Mushroom racer!
Racing
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Action
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No souls? No problem, Reap Veggies instead!
Action
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The world's shortest metroidvania
Platformer
Saltman lives!
Action
​A Game By Its Cover 2022 jam entry. Unfinished, but still worth sharing.
Platformer
NES-Game
Action
Tune Frog has lost his music! Use the controller microphone to help Tune Frog find their missing tapes.
Rhythm
Project was created from my recent love for the Earthbound series
Role Playing
flappy bird but whit a plane
Everyone is driving mad, except you (?)
Racing
Multiversal puzzle fun
Puzzle
High paced fly-shooter. You can fly by changing gravity.
Action
A turn based dungeon crawler tech demo for AGBIC jam, inspired by a Famicase made by Tyler Dori.
Role Playing
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A tiny PICO-8 game for the AGBICjam
Action
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Some microgames for a big day off!
a flappy bird inspire game, kinda enjoyful......
Platformer
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It's basically what it is: Date & Time
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Adventure
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Action
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Platformer
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Just how high is the sky? An ace combat inspired flight simulator about a lone pilot taking on the skies
Action
Generate game ideas! Painlessly!
Interactive Fiction
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An audiovisually-enhanced conversation with the desires of the past.
Interactive Fiction
Clear your mind, regain your memories.
Puzzle
A Mario Kart Double Dash inspired game featuring mushroom drivers!
Racing
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a game found by someone anonymous
Racing
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