This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-04-08 10:00:00 to 2022-04-15 10:00:00. View results

Following the success of last year's jam I am happy to invite you to Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022!

Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022 is a game development challenge to make a first person grid based dungeon crawler game in just 7 days.

In this context a dungeon crawler is a grid based RPG viewed in first person and with 90 degree turning. Examples of classic dungeon crawlers are Dungeon MasterEye of the BeholderLands of Lore and Bard's Tale etc. 

For more examples check out the submissions in last year's jam.

Game specific rules:

  • The game must have first-person exploration at all times. (See the above GIF). Exceptions are point to point overworld map movement (fast travel), combat screens, cut scenes, town screen, inventory screen other relevant screens.
  • The game must have explorable locations. It doesn't have to be a dungeon in the traditional sense. It can be urban environments, outdoors, spaceship interiors, planetary surfaces etc. Whichever environment the game has it must be viewed and explored in first-person.
  • The game must have step movement on a grid. Smooth transition between grid squares is allowed. Half-steps or dividing the square into smaller squares is not accepted.
  • The game must have 90 degree turns in the cardinal directions, North, East, South, West. Smooth transition between 90 degree angles is allowed. Mouse-look is also allowed. Games which let you turn 90 degrees up and down are also allowed.
  • The game must have a player controlled character (or party of characters), or the abstraction of a character or persona.
  • The game must at the very least have some basic stats. (Minimum a single health/power bar)
  • The game must have a death/perish/fail condition, or some other end-of-game mechanic.
  • The game must have at least one way to affect character stat(s). Examples are resting, potions, items with bonuses, food, water, powerups etc.
  • The game must have combat or a similar mechanic for determining outcome of certain situations, enemy encounters and events.
  • Any theme is allowed, but keep it decent and safe for work!

Other rules:

  • You can use any game engines, libraries, pre-existing code/algorithms, pre-existing art, etc.
  • The game must be a new game project started and finished within the 7 day time frame, not just another week of work on an existing one.
  • The goal is a finished and reasonably polished dungeon crawler; not a prototype, proof of concept or tech demo.
  • The game must be free to download and play to the end. A commercial version of the game may of course be released after the jam ends, perhaps with added content and features.

It is recommended to be prepared and have a rough design idea of your project before starting. It's a daunting task to make a game in just a week so plan well and keep scope narrow. It's infinitely better to submit a visually simple but feature complete game which you can play from start to end than a single level "demo" with eyecandy graphics and many absent or unfinished gameplay mechanics.

If you want to team up with someone let it be known in the discussion board. There might already be someone there to team up with.

Join the dungeoncrawlers.org Discord for live discussion, brainstorming and recommendations for engines, tools, assets etc. to use when developing a dungeon crawler.

Use #dcjam2022 to share progress or tweet about your game :)

Winners will be determined by a combination of vote count, ratings, and judge's assessment, based on the criteria listed below.

  • Originality - Does the game innovate or try something new?
  • Graphics - Is the game aesthetically pleasing?
  • Audio - Does the game have nice sfx and music?
  • Gameplay - How fun is it to play?
  • Completeness - Is it an unfinished tech-demo, prototype or a complete game?

The prize for winning entry is fame and glory but also $100 USD worth of games of your choice from on itch.io or gog.com. Teams will have to share the prize money among the members. 1st place gets a special role in the Discord server. Everyone who submitted a game will get a "gamejammer" role in the Discord server. All submitted games that adhere to the rules will be added to the dungeoncrawlers.org database.

Additional prizes courtesy of Home of the Underdogs and Silver Lemur Games:

Yet another additional prizes courtesy of @surt_r of Graverobber Foundation is copies of Der Geisterturm, Der Geisterjäger and NeuroWorm.

I've received an anonymous donation to the rewards pool for the winner of this jam. A huge thanks to Mr. Anonymous :)

Have fun, be creative and try to think outside the box :)

Submissions(41)

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An unspeakable evil has fallen upon us. It is not known how or what is behind it. All we know is...
Role Playing
A dungeon crawling card battler with a sense of humor where game balance should be.
Role Playing
A dungeon crawler in a post-apocalyptic wasteland
Action
A dungeon crawler set in the backrooms
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A dungeon crawl in the Underground Kingdom
Adventure
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Very short retro dungeon-crawler for a jam
Puzzle
A short dungeon crawler game
Adventure
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Small dungeon crawler
Role Playing
A short mind bending dungeon puzzler.
Puzzle
Dream-like hacking dungeon crawler.
Role Playing
Dungeon Crawler
Role Playing
A Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022 Enty
Role Playing
A dungeon crawler game made in 7 days for the Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022
Role Playing
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A small vignette in a garden of horrors
Survival
Team with an unlikely ally to escape from this old-school dungeon crawler
Action
Dungeoncrawler, pseudo 3d shooter
Action
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Guide your child self through the labyrinth of your childhood...
Adventure
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Space themed dungeon crawler
Adventure
Going for photorealism
Adventure
First Person Dungeon Crawler
Role Playing
Clearing up space pests - one marauder at a time
Tile based puzzle dungeon crawler
Adventure
A Sinful Dungeon Crawler
Adventure
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Pacify mischievous Yokai in a match-3 style dungeon crawler!
Puzzle
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A short dungeon crawler about a strange dimension
Role Playing
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Dungeon Crawler Jam 2022 Submission
Role Playing
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Inspired by old janky DOS games
A Fast Paced Dungeon Crawler
Action
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A small dungeon crawler writen in typescript
Adventure
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Made for the dcjam2022, didn't really manage to finish in time
Entry to DCJam 2022. Fix up a dungeon!
Role Playing