This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-12-03 19:00:00 to 2021-12-06 04:59:59. View results

CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!

The winner of the first place prize is... "({0},_gameTitle)" https://electropenguin.itch.io/0gametitle

 The winner of the second place prize (creative use of the theme) is.... "No Bugs Here" https://mala-vydra.itch.io/no-bugs-here

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Welcome to the latest Game Jam hosted by Backtrace!  Compete with fellow game developers, designers, and artists to make an awesome game and win  $2500 USD (and $500 goes to most creative)!  Join our community and see how Backtrace helps game developers identify, prioritize, and debug errors across all devices!

What You Need to Know

When does the jam take place? The jam starts at 2 PM EST on Friday, December 3rd and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, December 5th. 

What is the theme?  The theme is: "It is not a bug"!  Watch the video below for the full opening ceremony!  Good luck everyone!

Who can participate?  Everyone is welcome to participate but you must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win the prize! You can work alone or in teams of 6.

How do I win the prize? The prize will go to the game jam entry who scores the highest ranking from our Backtrace judges!  Our judges will be rating games based on 1) 30% Creative use of the jam’s theme, 2) 30% Gameplay Fun 3) 30% Visual Presentation and 4) 10% Sound/Music.  The second prize of $500 will go to the team whos community rank is the highest!

What do I need to do in order to be eligible for the prize? Backtrace judges will consider you eligible for the prize if you have integrated Backtrace into your game jam entry and follow our rules / code of conduct.  For a full list of rules, links to our integration guides, and more detailed information, see below.

What assets can I use? The game should be created during the jam’ time frame, but you are free to use any assets (Sound, Music, 2D or 3D Art, Fonts) which you have the legal permission to use.  See the full rules below for more details.

What is the best way to engage with the community and ask questions? Join our Discord!

What engines can I use?  You are free to use any engine as long as you create a build that can run on Windows or browsers.  However, Backtrace has fully supported SDKs for Unity and Unreal so those will be the easiest to fulfill the Backtrace integration requirement for prize eligibility.  See the detailed rules for more on this below.

I want to join the jam with a team but all my friends are busy!  What should I do? Our Discord server has a channel dedicated to helping you find a team.  Get in there and make some new friends!

How will I know if my team won?  Public voting will close down two weeks after the game jam ends.  After this, Backtrace judges will finalize their picks within one week, at which point we will announce the winner!


Detailed Rules + Resources

Detailed Jam Rules

Teams must follow all of these rules in order to be eligible for the prize.

  1. You must abide by our code of conduct (below)
  2. You can work alone or in teams of up to 6 people
    1. Each member must be 18 years or older
  3. You must integrate your game jam entry with Backtrace and have at least one error/crash sent from your game to your Backtrace project during the game jam
    1. Sign Up Here (If you don’t already have an account)
    2. Integration Guide Documentation
      1. Unity Integration Guide
      2. Unreal Integration Guide
  4. You may use any game engine to create your entry. However, Backtrace has fully supported SDKs for Unity and Unreal so those will be the easiest to fulfill the Backtrace integration requirement for prize eligibility.  If you want to use another engine, you can manually integrate with Backtrace by using one of our native SDKs.  See here for user documentation / integration guides
    1. If you are having trouble with the integration, feel free to reach out for help on the technical support channel in our Discord.
  5. You must include all of the following information when you submit your game.  Note that there will be fields to input this information when you submit your game to the jam.
    1. A link to your Backtrace project. To do this, just copy/paste the URL from your Backtrace project. It will look something like this: “ https://mygamejamsubdomain.sp.backtrace.io/p/MyProjectName/triage
    2. A list of names and email addresses of the people on your team
    3. A sentence or two about how your project aligns with the game jam theme
    4. Did you create all of your assets during the jam vs use an asset pack / pre made assets?
  6. You must submit your game on itch before the game jam submission deadline
  7. You may not update your build until after the judging period.
  8. You cannot submit a game that you have been working on before the game jam’s start date.  Eligible games will have only been developed during the game jam’s duration.
    1. However, it is fine if you want to set up an empty project and integrate Backtrace before the jam officially kicks off (~24 hours in advance).  We actually highly recommend that all participants do this so they can focus more on their game during the jam!
  9. Your itch.io game submission must be playable via Web Browser, PC, or Mac.  Basically, just make sure the judges will be able to play it either directly on itch.io or through itch’s desktop application.
  10. Asset Usage Guidelines
    1. You are free to use any assets (Sound, Music, 2D or 3D Art, Fonts) which you have the legal permission to.  For example, asset packs purchased on the Unity Asset Store.
    2. If you do use previously created assets, say so in your game’s submission
    3. Teams who create their own assets as a part of the jam will be given a slight competitive edge from the judges.  We don’t want to exclude anybody from the jam who can’t find a team, but we want to incentivize our community to work together + form relationships!

Code of Conduct

  • Treat each other with respect 
  • Be mindful of your speech and behavior towards others, especially when disagreeing 
  • Harassment or abuse of any form will not be tolerated 
  • Use appropriate profile images and names
  • Do not send unsolicited private messages to anyone 
  • Do not share sexually explicit, racist, sexist, or otherwise disturbing content 
  • Do not disclose personal information about anyone other than yourself 
  • Do not advertise services, software, or other prods

More About Backtrace

Backtrace is a debugging platform that improves game quality, reliability, and support by bringing deep introspection and automation throughout the game error lifecycle. Spend less time debugging and reduce your mean time to resolution by using the first and only platform to combine symbolic debugging, error aggregation, and state analysis. https://backtrace.io/

Legal Stuff

Anything you create during the game jam is your / your team’s property.  Backtrace does not claim rights or ownership of your game.  However, we do reserve the right to show clips or screenshots of your entries for marketing / promotional material around the game jam.

Submissions(55)

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Totally bugless game!
Platformer
Endless runner game about a short-sighted owl hunting in the night forest
Action
Play in browser
Help Jundo to finish the game. Be aware of obstacles! (A game for Backtrace #3 GameJam)
Platformer
Play in browser
Adventure
Try your best to find exit, and remember, it's not a bug... it's a cat!
Platformer
Aphid Prison is a psychological horror game set in an unusual prison
An "unbeatable" RGB based auto-battler.
Strategy
Play in browser
Submission for the Backtrace 48h Game Jam
Platformer
Help an unlucky astronaut escape a planet where things don't quite work right
Puzzle
The game is about the subtle difference that at times separates “bugs” from “features in video games.
Adventure
Visual Novel
Cute game about crashing bugs with your hammer
BacktraceGameJam
Puzzle
Find the bugs
Play in browser
Action Platformer where an AI gains conscience
Action
Backtrace Gamejam 3 subsmission, platformer
Platformer
A VR minigame about saving the world from bugs!
Shooter
Midnight brings out the rarest bugs (and the most dangerous)! Be careful out there!
Survival
Exorcise evil and save lives in the demon infested town.
Action
Find the bugs and don't let them access to your computer !
Puzzle
Project Made in 2 days for Backtrace GameJam #3
Platformer
Simple puzzle/strategy. The game made during a Backtrace GameJam #3
Puzzle
Platformer
You can bug things
Puzzle
Point & Click & Ants
Play in browser
Don't download pirate antivirus
Platformer
The game created for Backtrace GameJam where the theme was "It's not a BUG"
Platformer
A game where you play as a bug, that has access to the debug console, and can change the game tiles.
Action
More bugs - More interest
Platformer
A ninja parkour game, where your spacebar is broken. Maybe its a bug...
Platformer
It's not a bug, it's a feature
Action
A weird way to enter a dungeon.
Adventure
You definitely don't belong in these putrid sewers. Take control of a tiny bug and escape this guttering cesspool.
Platformer
Play in browser
Platformer
Play in browser
Gamelearn Japanese Hiragana
Visual Novel
Play in browser
Platformer / Puzzle, play the game and try to find the real bugs in it!
Platformer
Play in browser
This game exists because you exist
Adventure
Play in browser
fly
Puzzle
Play in browser
Program Pete to the rescue
Play in browser
light's switch catch and run
Centipede like game that doesn't suck (maybe).
Platformer
last man survival
Action
Backtrace Game Jam 12-2021
Survival
Bugged Out!
Shooter
Play in browser
A simple puzzle game where you can move and control the gravity direction
Puzzle
debug your code within you code