This jam is now over. It ran from 2015-10-19 07:00:00 to 2015-10-26 07:00:00. View results

For the past couple of months, I've been making bite-sized horror text games at BiteSizedHorror.com. I love making short, scary text games. It's a real challenge to create an atmosphere with just a few words. And I wanted to challenge other people to do it, too.

The jam starts on Monday at midnight (Pacific Time). At that moment, a word will be posted/tweeted/emailed. That word has to be included in your game at some point.

It ends the Sunday before Halloween at midnight. So, it starts Sunday night, and it ends Sunday night. During the week, you should make your game, tweet about it using #BiteSizedHorrorJam, or do whatever you want.

So, here are the rules:

1. You have to make the game during this week until Sunday at midnight, the 25th of October.
2. It must be a horror game!
3. It must be a text game!
4. It must have less than 666 words.
5. It has to include the special word: MONSTER

HOW DO I MAKE A TEXT GAME?

Use Twine! It's a wonderful tool. It's a lot easier than you think, and there's a bunch of guides to help you online. (Here's a great one!)

You can also use any other tools, code, libraries, etc. that you like. Twine is a great tool for beginners, but anything and everything is encouraged.

DO YOU HAVE ANY EXAMPLES?

I really love two games by Liz England: growth and itch. There's also this one by Rachel Ponce called Tiny Lights. The reason I started making tiny text games in the first place was Porpentine's Twiny Jam, where all three of those were posted. You should check that out for inspiration (even though not all the games are horror).

PRIZES!

The jam is scored on three qualities: Scariness, Uniqueness, and Overall Quality. So, the rubric is biased toward unique games and scary games. Keep that in mind!

Everyone who enters gets the prize of having made a game. The person with the highest average score above gets bragging rights. In addition to bragging rights, they will receive a prize pack containing Stephen King's Danse Macabre and an Amazon Gift Card of $25.

Nathan Meunier has donated 3 Steam keys to his newly released game, This Book is a Dungeon. It was made in Twine! They'll be given to the people who win in each of the three categories.

David Szymanski has donated a Steam key to his game, The Music Machine, to the highest overall scorer.

And Brandon Li has donated 5 copies of the iOS version of Indefinite to the Top 5 overall scorers.

Other prizes may be announced during the jam! If you would like to contribute a prize, please send me an email at g karber @ gmail (dot) com.

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A Chatroom Thriller
Other
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Don't look up...
Adventure
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Listen to me. Something went inside your house. It's not safe.
Adventure
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You are the monster.
Puzzle
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A short horror game for #BiteSizedHorrorJam. Made with Twine.
Adventure
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A horror text game for #bitesizedhorror jam
Other
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a brief exploration of some experiences, made for bite sized horror jam 2015
Other
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A short Twine game about a kid and an arcade.
Other
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A very short interactive horror story written for the #BiteSizedHorrorJam. Satisfy your hunger or die trying.
Other
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Entry for #BiteSizedHorrorJam
Other
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How long has it been since you were afraid of the dark?
Other
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Everyone should have a monster watching over them.
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short text-based horror game
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A short Twine game for the Bitesize Horror Text Jam
Other
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A short game for the Bite-Sized horror jam.
Other
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Just trying out Twine!
Adventure
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kill me
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You have to finish your art project.
Other
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Graphics-less choose-your-own-adventure horror comic.
Action
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Adventure
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Wander the spooky house
Other
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A text-based game.
Other
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Adventure
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Adventure
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Short IF Game for the #BiteSizedHorrorJam