This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-03-29 19:00:00 to 2021-04-05 06:59:59. View results

Welcome to the College Game Jam, a week-long, 100% virtual event for the collegiate game developer community! Register now to meet other student devs, check out educational workshops with industry professionals, and earn awesome prizes when you submit your game!

The jam will run from March 29th (1:00 PM Pacific Time) to April 4th (11:59 PM Pacific Time). There will be an optional theme for those who want to use one. 

This jam will feature workshops, office hours, and guest judging by professional game developers. The full event schedule is available below (click here for all event links).

Contact: collegegamejam@gmail.com / Twitter

Registration Link     Discord Link     Schedule Link

Schedule Links

Info + Rules

How do I participate? Register via this Google Form + click the “Join Jam”  button on this page! Work on your game during the week + submit before 11:59 PM on Sunday, 4/4. (If you must submit late, contact a jam organizer on Discord!)

Who can participate? Anyone currently enrolled in a degree program as either a full-time or part-time student. When you fill out the CGJ registration form, you will be asked to provide an .edu email address for all members of your team. 1 to 5 people per team! Team members do not have to be from the same school/program. If you're looking for teammates, visit our looking-for-team thread or the #looking-for-team channel in our Discord.

Are there prizes? Yep! The top three winning teams will get detailed, written feedback on their game from game dev professionals, plus some other cool stuff. Scroll down for info on who our guest judges are + full prizing details! 

Who are the guest judges/workshop teachers/office hour hosts? Our special guests are all professionals at game development companies who have generously volunteered their time for the jam! They are listed below.

  • Alfredo Barraza, Riot Games - Supervisor, Gameplay Capture
    • Guest judge
  • Audrey Cheng (Twitter), Blizzard Entertainment - Associate UX Researcher
    • Guest judge
  • Alvin Liu (LinkedIn), Riot Games - Personalization & Metagame Systems UX Lead
    • Guest judge
  • Greg Niemeyer, UC Berkeley - Professor of Media Innovation and Director of the Art Practice Graduate Program
    • Keynote speaker and guest judge
  • Jeremy Ernst (website), Riot Games - Senior Principal Technical Artist
    • Guest judge, workshop teacher, and office hour host
  • Megan Zhu, Riot Games - Software Engineer
    • Guest judge and office hour host
  • Richard Hough, Riot Games - Senior Design Manager
    • Office hour host
  • Stone Librande (website), Riot Games - Lead Game Designer
    • Workshop teacher

What is the optional theme? Connection! The optional theme was announced at our Kickoff on Twitch

What assets can I use? The vast majority of your game’s code (with the exception of certain asset packages; read full guidelines for explanation) must be written during the jam period.  Use of assets that were not created by members of your team is allowed, but your game must have mostly original art in order to be eligible for 1st-3rd place prizing. Original assets of all kinds (ex. music) will also factor into judging! Read our full submission guidelines for information. ALL submitted games will receive a numerical score from student judges, regardless of asset origin.

How are the games ranked? Our student judges will numerically score all the games based on Creativity, Fun, Presentation, and Mood, then send the top 3 games to our panel of guest judges. Guest judges will write comments for those 3 games and decide the overall ranking to declare a winner! Results will be revealed on Sunday, 4/11 at 12 PM PT on Twitch.

Prizing

Sponsored by CORSAIR and Cal Esports. Your game must have mostly original art in order to be eligible for 1st-3rd place prizing. 

🥇 1st prize:  Detailed feedback from guest judges | CORSAIR K55 + HARPOON RGB Keyboard and Mouse Combo (1 Combo/team member)

🥈 2nd prize: Detailed feedback from guest judges | $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 card/team member)

🥉 3rd prize: Detailed feedback from guest judges 

*CORSAIR prizing ships to US & Canada only. If the first-place team (or any team member) is not located in North America, prizing will be adjusted. Please be advised that we do not guarantee an equivalent replacement!

Judging

Games will be judged by the following criteria. There will be 10 points per category, for a maximum score of 40 points. Final results will be announced on Sunday, 4/11 at 12 PM PT on Twitch (one week after the jam ends)! 

  • Creativity — How novel is the game, in gameplay, story, or style? Does the combination of certain elements create something new and exciting? Does this game break any boundaries?
  • Fun — How much do you enjoy playing the game? Does time fly? Do you want to play more?
  • Presentation — How effective is the visual style and accompaniment? Is there great original artwork? A head-bopping soundtrack?
  • Mood — What feeling do you get while playing the game? How effectively conveyed is that feeling? The atmosphere, worldbuilding, storytelling, and vibe of the game all come into play here.

Anything you make during the College Game Jam is your property. CGJ claims no rights or ownership of your game.

The College Game Jam is hosted by Julia and Patrick Visan, two seniors at UC Berkeley. Thanks for reading this far, we're excited to see what you create! 🥰

Submissions(82)

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Help Sumi save the enchanted forest with the help of the elemental fairies!
Platformer
A Roguelite about Takoyaki!
Action
POV: You are a sentient cheese come to life at the bottom of a rat-infested sewer.
Puzzle
Climb back to Earth's surface by manipulating gravity, avoiding hazards, and working as a team!
Puzzle
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Adventure
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A magical momentum platformer with a grappling hook.
Adventure
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puzzle platformer where you have to replicate and be connected with your replica!
Platformer
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You play as an internet avatar addicted to hearts. Keep collecting them to keep your sense of fulfillment!
Action
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Spooky haunted virus game sucks girl in computer.
Role Playing
An metroidvania game about helping lost souls find redemption in each other.
Adventure
Cute bears, pixel art graphics, and an existential crisis.
Visual Novel
Bullet Hell, Rhythm Game, Top-Down Shooter
Shooter
A cursed frog must follow the music to un-do the curse! A rhythm-based 2d platformer with paper-aesthetics and FUNK!
Platformer
Equal parts Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and endless fantasy brawler.
Action
A Snowball Puzzle Platformer Game!
Puzzle
A virtual board game for the first College Game Jam
Strategy
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Blam is an endless, randomly generated dungeon crawler!
Action
A Journey Within
Visual Novel
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speedrun cat parkour
Platformer
Is your draw faster than death?
Action
A short platformer about friendship.
Platformer
Connect thoughts to stumble your way through a romantic dinner!
Platformer
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An online free-for-all knockout royale
Action
Save the forest by purifying the corrupted creatures!
Adventure
Sail the wide open ocean in search of communication beacons to connect the islanders again.
Adventure
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An Arena Fighter inspired by the work of Yusuke Nakamura.
Fighting
A short narrative platformer about high school crushes and first love.
Platformer
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Ain't no monkeying around in this town.
Simulation
RTS where you grow and control a swarm of units
Strategy
Deliver mail in a fantasy world
Role Playing
Fight of the nightmares that plague your dreams.
Action
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Tethered brothers must navigate a whimsical world underneath a well.
Platformer
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After your plane crashed in the ocean, you must find a way to reach the outside world
Survival
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platformer prototype where you beat angels with your nasty riffs
Platformer
Open the red door to win!
Puzzle
Save your town from medical malpractice
Educational
Play as a young boy trying to save his dying tablet
Action
Siblings connected to each other in an unknown world.
Platformer
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A nonlinear narrative split between two perspectives
Visual Novel
A blacksmithing game created for the 2021 College Game Jam, made in Godot
Simulation
You are a ghost in an office trying to save your former co-workers from terrible OSHA violations.
Story game for Collegiate Game Jam 2021
Visual Novel
A card game universe simulator. Nothing lasts forever.
Card Game
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A simple 2D metroidvania game as a friendly robot.
Adventure
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2-4 player resource management game on a connected graph structure.
Strategy
Catalyze rogue chemicals into molecules
Action
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Fling asteroids at enemy ships using your tractor beam
Action
Learn to write Hirigana to fend off evil spirits!
Action
Action
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Game Jam
Simulation
Keep the lights on... or else
Strategy
Avoid the zombies while trying to find food, and discover the truth about who are.
Interactive Fiction
The remnants of mankind are rekindled by their robotic caretakers.
Puzzle
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A platformer from two perspectives about reconnecting with emotions.
Platformer
Can you lead your spaceship home?
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A Cell Based Tower Defense
Strategy
fun little game for the 2021 College Game Jam
Survival
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A maze with doors that can be activated via buttons.
Puzzle
A crusty arena game where you gotta chug batteries to stay alive!
Action
Game made for Collage game jam 2021
Simulation
body parts n stuff
Action
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Choose your own adventure meets personality test :)
Submission to the 2021 College Gam Jam
Simulation
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Puzzle game made for College Game Jam
Puzzle
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A cute puzzle game
Puzzle
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A game where you control a drunk guy looking for beer while platforming
Platformer
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2 Brothers cleaning the elevator of their ship!
Action
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Defend the green oil pump at all costs
Survival
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Game about connecting same color blocks.
Platformer
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This is a game about you, the flavorist, reuniting the three flavors: Sweet, Savory and Bitter.
Platformer
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Broski needs your help. Jump over trees, avoid birds, score points, and, as always, go bears.
Platformer
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Fuse Kanji to solve puzzles during Tanabata!
Make matches. Upgrade your software. Learn what love is.