This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-05-19 19:00:00 to 2023-05-21 19:00:00. View 11 entries

Grand Champion - Echo

by ninehearts, annie, amie trang, and alice
"Chill and relax as you scroll through your animal filled social media posts, surely what you repost won't have real consequences... right?” This beautiful game will make you reconsider ways in which animal trafficking might be present in your own social network. A remarkably polished product for just 48 hours of development time.

Best Gameplay - Hedgehog Against the Apocalypse

by Tomansion, CyborgNekoSica, and Fantorem
“A survival game where you embark on a perilous journey to protect and guide a courageous hedgehog against the relentless expansion of human civilization.” A fun, frantic dash through a rapidly urbanizing landscape, made by first-time game developers.

Honorable Mention - Student’s Safari: Blogging the Jungle

by Rebecca Kerr 
A game in which "players step into the shoes of an aspiring research student and passionate travel blogger, tasked with navigating the beautiful, yet intricate, terrain of a tropical rainforest.” This slice of a branching narrative packs in multiple perspectives within just a few choices.

When? May 19-21, 2023

Theme: Wildlife Trafficking

We are excited to see games that explore this theme through the lens of

  • Tourism and Travel
  • Direct Human and Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife
  • Social media
  • Habitat Loss
  • Consumer Choices
  • Poaching
  • Misinformation and disinformation

We are once again inviting game creators from around the world to make games that explore solutions to address a rapidly changing planet. Together we can make a difference!

Join us on Discord! –This year's jam will take place on the IndieCade Discord server. There will be mentors there to help with your creations and have resources available for you to use during the jam and beyond. It is also an easy way to ask questions, chat and meet other jammers. If you haven't yet, be sure to say hi in the #jam-lounge channel. We have a #jam-team-making channel where you can offer your services to others who are working on the jam or if you are a team looking for someone with specific skills, and many other channels dedicated to helping you have the best experience possible.

"If you are new to the IndieCade Discord server:

  1. Go to 
  2. Hit the green button with the checkmark to acknowledge our Code of Conduct.
  3. There are channels marked specifically for Climate Jam.

You can also enter in the command !climate in any channel and be given the Climate Jammer server role!

For first-time jammers, we've assembled a list of resources to help you get started as well as inspiring words from our Climate Jam Mentors. And don't hesitate to ask us any questions you might have in the discord! Be sure to check out the Environmental Game Design Playbook from the IGDA Climate SIG. They are looking for jammers to use it and give feedback on it.

Mentors interested in supporting the jam either with games or wildlife trafficking expertise can sign up on this form.

We are planning to do a Twitch stream following the jam on the IndieCade Twitch channel featuring all of the games made at the jam, If you would like your game to be a part of the final presentation please create a video of 3 minutes or less including gameplay footage/narration/stories about the process of creating the game, whatever you feel you want to share about the game, your team and your experience and include the video in your submission or a link to it on YouTube. Your video should include the game name, team name (if you have one) and any identifying information about your team members that you wish to include (names, roles, etc.). We will give you a warning in advance of the stream going live so you can watch and promote it to your friends and followers.

Interested in play testing? Just let us know on Discord and we will post some options.

Key facts and info on Wildlife Trafficking:

  1. Wildlife trafficking is the second biggest direct threat to species, following habitat destruction. 
  2. It’s a huge business with smuggled goods valued at $10 billion a year, and involves tens of thousands of species and millions of wild plants and animals. 
  3. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found that 958 species are at risk of extinction directly because of international trade. 
  4. Wildlife trafficking not only impacts plant and animal populations, but also humans who rely on wildlife for vital resources and functional ecosystems for major industries.
  5. Of the 1.2 million African elephants that lived in 1980, fewer than 420,000 remain, largely due to illegal poaching.
  6. Tigers have disappeared from 95% of their original range in Africa, and only about 4,000 to 5,000 still exist in the wild.
  7. Pangolins are the most heavily trafficked wild mammal; one million have been poached from the wild in the past 15 years. 
  8. Species of both cacti and orchids are faced with extinction from overexploitation.

Read the full article this list was originally published in and learn more about the issue


  • Friday, May 19
    • 12pm PDT - Kickoff Panel / Live opening event
      • Start jamming!
  • Saturday, May 20
    • Keep jamming
  • Sunday, May 21
    • 12:00 pm PDT - Jam Ends
    • 2:00 pm PDT Final presentations in Discord, streamed to Twitch
  • TBA
    • Winners announced

Following the jam, we will be giving Acknowledgments and Awards - including media promotion and inclusion at an IndieCade event.

Games are due on Sunday, May 21 at 12pm PDT!

Award Eligibility Must be 13 or over. Must be submitted by the due date and hour (12:00 PM PDT 21 May 2023) Must be completed to the point of running as a prototype. Must represent original work ( plagiarism and/or forgery will be disqualified)  All assets used in the project must belong to the creators or be used under an appropriate license.

Award Selection Criteria Entries will be reviewed by a review jury of not more than a dozen members on a simple point system. Games must address one of the theme topics.

Rules and Info

Participants will be tasked with creating a game between 5/19/2023 and 5/21/2023, in whatever format they choose, while using the themes as guidance. Form a team with others or work solo - you decide!

The jam is open to people of all skill levels, newcomers are always welcome, and we will ensure that everyone finds a team to join that fits your skills and interests. Experienced mentors will be available on Discord throughout the event to help answer questions about game development tools, engines, and principles along with public health experts who will be available to answer your scientific questions. 

Use of pre-made code/assets is allowed as long as they are credited to the proper source.

Please create and upload a 1-3 minute gameplay video to YouTube by the submission deadline to be included in the final presentations on May 21. 1920x1080, 30 or 60 fps preferred. By submitting a video you agree to let us use footage from the video for a jam highlight reel.

Greenlight Jam

Can't join us in May? Need more time to work on your idea? Want a second go at the theme? Join our month long Greenlight Jam, starting June 16th, and work step-by-step towards a polished, releasable project.
Learn more and join:

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Just a chill day on social media as an animal lover! Surely what you share isn't a big deal, right?
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Play as a pangolin and use your environment to navigate to safety.
A serious game about human habits
combate al guardia maligno y libera a los animales de la jaula
A virtual reality puzzle comedy made for Climate Jam 2023
Project for Climate Jam 2023
A Roll Playing Adventure
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An immersive narrative-driven game that explores journey of a research student turned travel blogger.
Interactive Fiction
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Hedgehog perilous journey trying to survive Human madness
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Scanning for Justice: Become the Guardian of Endangered Species