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make a game in 1-bit colour, on a 1px × 1px display with no audio; the minimum (non-zero) feedback that a game could possibly have.

RULES

1-bit colour.
the game cannot use more than two colours. typically these two colours are black and white, but you can use any two colours you want. you cannot combine the two colours (such as shades of grey if the two colours are black and white) but you can rapidly flash between the two colours. you can include a button which swaps between various palettes of two colours, as long as this does not impact gameplay.

1px × 1px display.
the game can be upscaled to any resolution (including fullscreen), but cannot display more than one colour at a time. In other words, the entire game window must always be a single colour.

no audio.
the game cannot use any audio which provides additional feedback to the player. however, you are encouraged to consider making your game accessible to visually impaired players. this can be done by playing a note while the screen is the first colour, and a different note (or no note) when the screen is the second colour, but you must ensure that these notes match the screen state and provide no additional feedback.

no other feedback.
the goal of the game jam is to make a game with no additional feedback. circumventing this (no matter how cleverly) is against the spirit of the game jam. this includes text popups, changing the window size or position, emailing the player, or ejecting the computer's CD drive. you may include other forms of feedback (such as gamepad vibration), but you must ensure that they completely match the screen state and provide no additional feedback.

bend these rules.
abide by the rules where possible, but bend the rules where necessary. some games may not work as well without a menu, or setup page, or settings page, or credits page. some games may be greatly enhanced by displaying an image or random noise in place of one of the two colours, or by drawing a border around the screen. some games may benefit from displaying the player's scores at the end of the game, or putting the score online. all of these things (and anything else you can think of) are fine provided that they do not give additional feedback during the main game, and provided that you believe they are important to the game. making a game that bends the rules is better than not making a game at all.

seizure warning.
if you believe your game might cause problems for people with photosensitive epilepsy, consider adding a warning to the game page. this is more likely to be the case if the game runs in full screen and has rapid flashing.

MANUAL

it's recommended (but not required) to link to or package a manual with your game. the manual can be in whatever format you like (e.g. plain text, pdf, webpage) and can include whatever information you want (e.g. controls, instructions, examples of play, diagrams, photos, audio logs). a game which requires the player to constantly refer to the manual is fine (and so is a game with no manual at all). if you're artistically or literarily inclined, the manual is where you can show off.

clever use of the manual can lead to interesting and complex games.

FAQ

Q: what types of input are allowed?
A: everything! keyboard, mouse, gamepad, webcam, voice, or anything else you can think of. the input can be as simple or as complex as you like!

Q: what types of games are allowed?
A: everything! action games, turn based games, multiplayer games, whatever you want.

Q: what types of platforms are allowed?
A: everything! windows, mac, linux, flash, html5, android, ios, console, or something even more exotic. if you want to program your fridge light to turn on and off no one will stop you!

Q: can I work on this in a team?
A: yes.

Q: is it possible to make a fun game with such ridiculous restrictions?
A: I hope so, but I have no idea! I guess we'll find out.

Q: I don't understand one of the rules!
A: please ask for clarification in the community tab!

Q: what do I do if I have questions that haven't been answered here?
A: please don't hesitate to ask your question in the community tab!

Games submitted(92)

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you discover a strange manual
Puzzle
Other
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Bit sized monsters. Got to find them all
Other
Listen concentrated to guide your ship back to it's harbour.
Puzzle
a multidimensional navigation game for #bitjam
Other
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Use both your mind and instinct to navigate into procedurally generated maps and destroy the enemy submarines !
Puzzle
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1 bit maze game with traps, keys and doors (written for 1 bit jam)
Puzzle
We have been unable to ascertain the artifact's goals.
Jam Game - One bit rhythm game
Other
Short game created for Bitjam 2016 - keep moving
Action
A 1 BIT BOMB MULTIPLAYER GAME.
Other
Adventure
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A simple code hacking game made for 1bit jam.
Simulation
A simple game for the 1-Bit Jam - Find the code
Other
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kill the annoying Mosquito an experimental game
Action
One pixel in two colors. One button. Infinite fish.
Other
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Stuck in a room with only your lamp to protect you - Entry for 1Bit jam
Other
Navigate your way around the maze to find the exit! Gather points to spend on color palettes!
Puzzle
Communicate with people who are trapped in a bunker with Morse code. Help them escape!
Puzzle
bitjam game about medieval medicinal practices
Strategy
its nothing
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1 bit jam space-adventure old console-like game.
Adventure
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The 1-bit equivalent of screaming to into a pillow.
Simulation
1bit dungeon crawler
Adventure
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a naval story for #bitjam
Other
Your cursor is the car! Dodge the cars coming on your lane in this fast game !
Action
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A 1-bit Rhythm Game
Other
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1-bit hardware game for two players, played with a lightbulb.
Other
Climb your keyboard!
Sports
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Other
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Computer-assisted multiplayer card game platform
Puzzle
A metal detector simulator.
Simulation
Entry for the "1 Bit Jam"
Other
A minimalistic, interrogation game made for 1 bit jam
Strategy
A 1-bit maze game.
Adventure
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A free one-bit game for April 2016 Bit Jam
Adventure
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Listen to the final transmissions of a dying space probe. Made for #bitjam.
Find the random point with your mouse cursor.
Puzzle
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A blind mole on a mission so dangerous, we can't foresee the outcome.
Adventure
What would you say if you didn't know anyone was decoding?
Other
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1-BIT PRODUCTIVITY SUITE
1Bitjam Project: 1BitMaze
Puzzle
A blind agent is tasked with dispatching dangerous criminals, armed with a radar, their wits, and a single bullet.
Puzzle
A cryptic puzzle game made for bit jam
Puzzle
Puzzle
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Talk* to the Machine and the Machine will talk** back!!
Other
Randomize which queue a passenger should go down, in 1 bit
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The most realistic 1-bit lightning storm simulator out there
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a 1-bit finding game.
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Disarm bombs in this 1x1 game made for #bitjam 2016
Action
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One pixel. No sounds. And mazes. ¿Can you complete the challenge?
Puzzle
2-player reaction game
Other
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Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale;
Other
Find your way to the goal by probing your environment
Puzzle
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A maze game using only a 1x1 pixel (upscaled) screen display.
Escape the labyrinth with only 1bit of display.
Puzzle
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A simple labyrinth.
Adventure
Rely on your sense of touch to crack open safes!
Other
One-bit virtual reality space flight simulator
Action
A 1 bit game where you must cast judgement on a digital prisoner.
Other
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Donald Trump, what does he really think?
Simulation
A 1-pixel maze
Adventure
A Tiny friend needs company! Made for 'bit jam'
Other
Game made for 1 bit jam https://itch.io/jam/bit-jam
Puzzle
A nibble is a half byte, four bits 0's or 1's, that's the game about...
Puzzle
An Online Multiplayer Interactive Experience
Simulation
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/!\ EPILEPSY FLASHING WARNING /!\
Puzzle
100kb hardcore 1-bit one-button rhythm game
Other
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Deaf-Blind Character - Controller Necessary
Other
You are a mouse and must find your way through these mazes.
Puzzle
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~1 bit phasing sound clicking game
Other
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Game with only 2 colors
Puzzle
Escape the maze.
Puzzle
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It is a thing. Click when the color gets dark, click when you lose to restart. Your score is displayed after you lose.
Other
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1 Pixel "FPS" for Bit Jam 2016
Shooter
Get past a maze blind folded in this memory testing game!
Puzzle
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As the name may suggest: A monochromatic Simon game! Designed for the 1 bit jam
Puzzle
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All you need to know is in the title
Puzzle
A maze using a single pixel! Can you beat all 12 levels?
Puzzle
Little game based on Flappy Bird. Made for #bitjam!
Other
Type the digits of pi!
Hardcore Clicker Game
Other