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Are you bored? Do you like pixel art? Are you looking for an excuse to make a game? Then this is the jam for you!

(Now with extra flavor!!)

                    

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Welcome to the first BPJ - Extra Flavor!!!

Instead of a week, BPJ 9 participants will now be given 2 weeks to finish their entries. We encourage everyone to take the time to learn more about their craft and have fun while also getting ample rest. Extra time, extra care, and extra flavor!!!!!


THEME: Environment Changes You


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Check out our beloved partner: Metroidvania Month!

Falcon Nova (also known as MrQuickGame) / Metroidvania Month has been our partner since BPJ4MVM challenges you to create a metroidvania game in the span of a month and has a great community for feedback. If you like metroidvania games or if you're interested in making one, please be sure to check them out! The Discord server is very fun as well~ 


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What is Bored Pixels Jam?

Bored Pixels Jam is a game jam where you make a themed pixel game in only one week. For this edition, however, the duration has been extended into 2 weeks!

It was created by the end of June 2018 and was first held on July 16-23, 2018. BPJ was made because of barrels' boredom during a particular break from school and her love for pixel art/games.

It's always fun to see a bunch of bored (or not bored) people make some pixel games for everyone to enjoy! Let's do our best to learn and have fun during this jam~

Previous Jam: https://itch.io/jam/bored-pixels-jam-8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoredPixelsJam

Discord: https://discord.gg/wU6nQ9C

Our FAQ section is in our Discord server! You may join the server if you want but you are also welcome to post your questions in the community tab and we'll try to answer them as soon as possible.

                     

What are the things I should know about before joining?

1. Games must consist of pixel art, voxel art, or 3D art with pixel art textures.

2. This is a ranked jam WITHOUT any prizes! Unless, you consider the validation from a title, Discord roles, and/or the satisfaction of finishing a game in a limited timeframe a prize then I guess this could be a ranked jam with prizes.

3. You don't have to be in a team to join! You can go solo or not. There's no limit to how many team members you can have.

4. The theme will be announced 1 hour before the jam starts. One week before the jam, suggestion for themes will be stopped and then everyone is allowed to start voting for their preferred theme.

5. It is encouraged that you create the assets (visual, audio, code) to be used in your game. You are allowed to use other assets as long as you have the right to use them. Make sure to properly credit the stuff inside your game! During submission, please indicate the external assets you've used in the designated field.

6. You can use any game engine you want. You can even create your own!

7. Your game must be made within the time constraints of the jam. Updates are not allowed during the voting period. Feel free to update as much as you want before and after the voting period starts. We also encourage working more on your game after the jam!

8. You're allowed to have more than one entry but it's advised to stick to one and concentrate on polishing it.

9. The game you make must be free for people to have easy access to it. You could always put a price on it after the jam but we do encourage enabling the donation/support feature in your game page!

10. Voting is open for submitters and contributors only. People would be able to rate your game based on relevance to the theme, concept, gameplay, presentation, and immersion during the one-week voting period.

11. NSFW content is allowed but please make sure to put content warnings and be explicit about its intended age rating. Heavy topics are allowed as well but please refrain from romanticizing/advocating for racism, sexism, transphobia, etc. Basically, don't be a hate-spreading person and be mindful of what you put in your game.

12. Get creative, take this as a learning experience, and have fun!!

          

How to rate with BPJ's Criteria:

  • RELEVANCE TO THE THEME
    • The jam's theme is open to interpretation but this should be rated based on how the creator/s of the game interpreted the theme. During submission, jammers would be asked how they interpreted the theme which could then be used as a basis for the rating on this criteria.
  • CONCEPT
    • How interesting is the game idea and what makes it special or worth noticing/playing?
  • GAMEPLAY
    • How well are the mechanics of the game executed and how well does the gameplay correlate with game idea being presented?
  • PRESENTATION
    • How well do the assets of the game complement its gameplay, concept/idea, and all the other assets (text, visuals, audio)?
  • IMMERSION
    • How fun or enjoyable is the game? If it's not supposed to be "fun", did you feel the intended message/emotion you should feel from the game based on its presented concept?

                                      

Have some useful stuff!!

  • Lospec - You can find palettes, tutorials, and tools here for making pixel/voxel art!
  • Pixel Logic - In-depth pixel art tutorial book
  • Aseprite - Animated sprite editor and pixel art tool
  • Pyxel Edit - Pixel art editor
  • Sprytile - Blender add-on for building tile based low-poly scenes with paint/map editor like tools
  • picoCAD - Program created in the PICO-8 platform to build and texture lowpoly 3D models
  • GraphicsGale - Free animation graphic editor
  • Piskel - Free online sprite editor
  • Bitsy - Low-res game maker
  • GB Studio - Visual game builder that allows you to make real Game Boy ROMs
  • PICO-8 - Fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs
  • Pixel Vision 8 - 8-bit fantasy console
  • Pixelbox.js - Create 2D games in JavaScript
  • Petaporon - Minimalistic piano roll sequencer
  • BeepBox - Online chiptune melody maker
  • Bosca Ceoil - Free and easy-to-use music maker

Submissions(40)

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Feed your little plant friend!
Puzzle
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A Short Roguelike Space Shooter
Action
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bulletstorm
Shooter
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Test new gadgets from Aperture Company, don't worry you will be given health insurance
Puzzle
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How far can you run?
Platformer
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The adventure of a lost alien, exploring a new world with no knowledge of his arrival...
Adventure
A short adventure game
Visual Novel
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Endless Arcade Train Shooter
Action
Trapped in a trash pit you are trying to escape by using your environment
Platformer
A game about photographing nature and thinking.
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A nice short puzzle game
Puzzle
Try to get the cube into the glass!
Platformer
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Hop in the battle, fight space dopeheads, steal their ship parts and grow immensely strong or perish!
Action
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Work together with the rest of the Jam to get your baseball back!
Puzzle
Guide a slime back to his hometown by transforming into vapor, ice, and even plasma!
Platformer
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A short gameboy style metroidvania for Bored Pixels Jam 9
Platformer
2d platformer with story(?)
Adventure
A short adventure to become a Geomancer
Adventure
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game i made for the bored pixels jam 9, its not really good so no need to play it lol
Platformer
A short, Adventure Platformer
Platformer
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Explore a rainy world and try to stay dry!
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Satisfy the population with your power to control the climate
Strategy
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Get your baseball back! Solo Style!
Puzzle
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Platformer
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Survive. Adapt. Evolve.
Survival
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A Suck-em-Up made for Bored Pixels Jam 2021
Action
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Can you outrun the Chaser?
Action
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Environment changes the survival ability of Billy - the polar bear.
Survival
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short, pixel-art game with a cute android
Interactive Fiction
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An elegant platformer
Platformer
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Dodge and collect colorful bullets and unlock an image of Paige herself.
Action