This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-10-01 04:00:00 to 2019-11-01 03:59:59. View 65 entries

Welcome to Cryptid Jam!

This is a month-long game jam about cryptids, which are creatures "presumed [...] to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science,"¹  with many entities being identified only in folklore, rumors, and urban legends. Some of the most well-known cryptids are Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the Loch Ness monster. Others you may have heard of are the Jersey Devil and Mothman, but there are many, many others.

This jam welcomes creators of all skillsets and skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, and no matter what role you take in development if you're into weird creatures and strange sightings, join us any time during October and create something!

Optional Theme

Jam themes are completely optional, so if you have something different in mind for your project, that's perfectly fine, but if you'd like some extra direction, the theme for this jam is: "LOCAL"

Have there been any cryptid sightings where you live? Is there a place in your town or city rumored to be home to its own little-known creature? Find out which cryptids might call your part of the world (city, state, hometown, part of the country, etc) home.

Need inspiration?

  • Wikipedia has a list of cryptids!
  • Check out The Cryptid Zoo, which provides sources on each page!
  • You might want to fire up the ol' search engine and look up info on local cryptids from your town, state, or country.
  • You may be interested in checking out the work of Trevor Henderson @slimyswampghost, whose creations have piqued the imaginations of many artists and game developers.
  • You could also take inspiration from your favorite horror (movie, game, novel, etc) creature.
  • You could even design your own cryptid concept!
  • If you're a fan of other independent cryptid & horror artists, please be sure to get their permission before using or adapting their work.
  • Please be mindful of cultural issues when adapting or depicting real-world folklore. Creatures that are associated with existing religions or indigenous or marginalized belief systems (such as the wendigo) may not be appropriate for this jam -- but there are many, many others to choose from.

You can:

  • Brainstorm, outline, and work on concept art before the jam begins, but please keep final asset and game creation to the one-month jam period!
  • Work solo or in a team! Use the #cryptidjam hashtag on Twitter or the jam's community here on itch.io to look for collaborators if you'd like to form a team. We also have a CrowdForge page and a Discord server!
  • Use any medium, engine, or operating system to create your project, which could be anything: a tabletop RPG, platformer, interactive narrative, mixtape, zine, visual novel, 3D game, sidescroller, or whatever else you'd like to make! It does not have to strictly be a "game." Using premade and paid assets in your project is also allowed, provided you use them according to the creator's terms.
  • Submit unfinished work if you feel comfortable sharing it; you don't have to submit a perfectly-polished project and are welcome to show off whatever you create as a prototype or proof-of-concept, whether it's an unfinished demo or a collection of assets you were able to create during the jam.
  • Work with any genre or theme you'd like, whether it's horror, comedy, romance, or something else. Maybe all of the above. You don't have to make a horror game unless you want to!

Note that entries which are irrelevant to the theme or which contain or promote hateful content or any other content which similarly violates itch.io's Terms of Service will be removed. Blank submissions also risk being removed; to be sure that your entry isn't mistaken for spam, briefly describe your project and how it relates to the jam in the "Description" section of its page. A one sentence description is enough.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: "Is [creature] a cryptid?"
A: ALMOST anything goes here. Although creatures like the skinwalker or wendigo have definitely intrigued cryptid-enthusiasts,  their cultures of origin are not comfortable with these concepts being treated as "cryptids." In different cases, some creators are not comfortable with fanart/fiction/games/adaptations of their work. Please be mindful of issues like these. If the creature you had in mind falls into one of these categories, it is not appropriate for this jam -- but there are numerous other options to choose from that would be. Here are some sources (1) (2) (3) about sensitivity regarding Native American beliefs in particular.

Otherwise, we're working with with a broad definition that allows people to play with mythological and legendary beasts, cosmic horror creatures, urban legends, and cryptids of their own devising. Minotaur? Sure. Goatman? Yes. Your OC? Absolutely.

Q: "Is this jam ranked?"
A: This jam is not ranked, because all cryptids are winners.

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Windows (23)
macOS (6)
Linux (4)
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Paranormal investigators of the paranormal
GIF
Japanese Horror meets Lovecraft in this manga style game.
Interactive Fiction
a Spindlewheel game about the stories that gather around the unknown
This is a video game inspired by Mexican culture and its legends.
Adventure
GIF
Wander through the woods
Strategy
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Find your dog on a old farm mind the creature lurking
Survival
A visual novel about escaping and regaining control
Your crush has something to show you after school. Do you trust her?
Interactive Fiction
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CRYPTIdate: helping cryptids find love for generations!
Interactive Fiction
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A 20-30 minute narrative game about two Bigfoot hunters, alone with one another on the outskirts of the Endless Forest.
Interactive Fiction
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Ghostbusters: pacifist version
Role Playing
Resist the overstimulating temptation of a deafening cacophony in this short horror RPG.
Observe - Contain - Protect
Simulation
A short analogue RPG about befriending cryptids (alpha, not formatted)
Play as a mythical creature, the Jackalope! Alpha v1.3
Adventure
Investigate and write your news story on the Florida Man!
A strange creature chases and attacks people in the dark.
Survival
Light Hating Monster
Adventure
A short comic about a lonely kid making friends with the cryptids in the forest behind his house
GIF
Survival
Capturing Cryptids with Your Co-Workers
Do to an unknown attack, most of the sub flooded, killing your crew. Still, something speaks to you from the comms...
Survival
Help the Pomberito​ annoy a tourist who didn’t leave an offering for him.
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A 2 player storytelling game of navigating relationships and dark forests
Destroy structures and collect treasure.
Puzzle
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Of thresholds and connections
A Dating RPG
Role Playing
A game jam group project!
Puzzle
Discover What Truly Lurks Within the Foggy Lake.
Shooter
As the Loveland Frog, you must evade the cops and make it to safety!
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You're a guy who, for some reason, is in a fighting match against Bigfoot.
Fighting
Get the goats into the barn before Chupacabras devour them all!
Platformer
Can you keep yours?
Interactive Fiction
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Entry for Cryptid Jam.
Action
A little boy, scared of the dark. Stay inside the light to survive.
Survival
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A 2 player area control game with deadly traps made for Cryptid Jam
Platformer
GIF
Tetris Spooky parody game
Puzzle
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An image of mothman made in ink and watercolor
GIF
Funny educational and Spooky art test
Puzzle
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A short twine story about walking through the forest.
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
Interactive Fiction
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A melee game from ancient Chinese Shanhaijing
Fighting
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find the sign. find the king.
Visual Novel
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The Loch Ness Monsters take it to the oval!
Racing
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Help Cryptids With Their Problems
Interactive Fiction
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an educational game about mermaids.
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Placeholder Page
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Cryptid Jam entry (Incomplete): It is late at night, and you are out of milk. Time to go for a walk.
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Discover what lurks in the hulking wreck of a sunken submarine.
Adventure
A game about middle school crushes, cryptids, and fitting in.
As a widower attempts to scale Scotland's second highest peak they are stalked by something sinister...
Interactive Fiction
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Started this game for Cryptid Jam one day before the submission, and is still incomplete
Survival
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A game of paranormal journalism