Submission open from 2017-10-01 11:00:00 to 2017-10-29 11:00:00
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DarkTober Game Jam 2017

Make a story-based game with a dark theme.

If you're anything like me, you have a fascination with dark things. Graveyards, Halloween, spoopy movies (Love all of Tim Burton's movies), and especially dark video games. That's why I'm making this game jam, to bring together all my darkness loving, horror crazed  friends to rack your brain and to see what kind of story, told through a video game,  you can make.  And with Halloween right around the corner, now is the best time to make that happen! The game jam will start October 1st, 6:00 a.m. (Central Time Zone) and end October 29, 6:00 a.m. The game jam is all about making a dark looking game (Dark graphics, chilling atmosphere, crazy looking characters); however it doesn't have to be a horror/scary game. It is possible to make, for example, a silly dark-themed game (Think of The nightmare before Christmas) There will be no ranking system. The theme for the game jam will be released one week before the game jam start, giving you a little bit of time to start working out a story, but you can't start the project until the start date.

This years theme is:

What do I do with the theme?

  With this theme, you are expected to build your game's story around this concept/idea. That's really all you are required to use this theme for because I want to leave as much room as possible for creativity and imagination in your games! So let's put our creativity hats on and start writing that well anticipated story you all are so eager to make! Because the game jam has not started and won't be open until October 1st, you should wait until then to start your project; However, I put the theme out a week early so you guys can start writing a story in advance so you won't waste time writing and building a game and then changing halfway through. (Because I know how that goes).

Rules and Expectations

  • Make and finish a game project within the time frame (Oct 1st, 6a CT - Oct 29, 6a CT).
  • You can work on a team or by yourself
  • Make sure your game has a story that is related to the given theme.
  • Try your best to make the game at least appear dark, the genre the game fits in is up to you. (For example, you could do a shoot'em up game, and the theme could be humans vs. vampires).
  • The game can made available on any platform you choose; however, if possible, please include a windows version of the game as that is my only way of testing and playing games entered in the game jam.
  • The project can be made in any game engine you choose.


Here are some examples of dark themed games from different genres.

  • Shoot'em up: Dead Bolt
  • RPG: The Witch's House
  • Action Adventure/ Survival: Don't Starve

This game jam is hosted by 5targuy

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The horror genre is my favorite type of games, especially ones with an interesting story,  so I can't wait to see what you guys make!