This jam is now over. It ran from 2022-11-11 18:00:00 to 2022-11-21 18:00:00. View results

An open challenge to create a game prototype focused on dinosaurs (or dinosaur-like creature).

All skill levels are welcome from beginner to professional. New to this whole thing? Never made a game before? Play some jam-winning games to see where you can be after several jams of practice. 

Results

Community Choice: Headbutt Dino by Sander Vanhove

Judge (Sleeping Panda Games) Choice: Dino Safari by Lina

Host (Retro Indie Josh) Choice: Dino Smasher by Szym

About Us

Hosted by 8 Bits to Infinity: a game development community improving creative and technical skills through rapid iteration and honest, critical feedback. Join us on Discord, check out our website, and take a look at our past jams and challenges.

The man behind 8 Bits to Infinity is Retro Indie Josh (aka Joshua McLean): streamer, musician, and game developer. Check out his game music (free for you to use in jams and commercial projects!) and his streams and other work.

Co-hosting this jam is Antoine, a.k.a. Sleeping Panda Games, the developer of the excellent dinosaur-themed platformer Baby Dino Adventures. Check out the game if you need inspiration, or just because it's fun!

Jam Links

Follow the official DINOJAM Twitter page and join the DINOJAM Discord to talk about the jam!

Focus (Required): Dinosaur

Your game must include dinosaurs (or dinosaur-like creatures such as dragons) as a major feature. Maybe the player is a dinosaur, or fighting dinosaurs, or riding dinosaurs, or even raising dinosaurs from the dead (though I think Jurassic Park taught us that's a bad idea).

You will be asked on submission how your game uses the focus, so be prepared to explain it! But also, don't forget to be creative.

Theme (Semi-Optional): VOLCANO

The theme will be revealed when the jam begins. The theme is optional, but remember Theme/Limitation counts for 20% of your Community Choice score.

Judging and Prizes

Three "Choice" awards are available: Community Choice, Judge Choice, and Host Choice. These Choice winners will be featured in a jam showcase video on YouTube among other high-ranking games and honorable mentions.

You (contributors to any game entered into this jam) determine the Community Choice by voting on games after the jam concludes. Check out the Ratings Guide for how to interpret categories and tips on good star ratings.

Antoine (Sleeping Panda Games) will be deciding on Judge Choice, while Host Choice will be determined by the host and founder of 8 Bits to Infinity, Retro Indie Josh.

All Choice winners receive:

  • The jam-winner role on the 8 Bits to Infinity Discord server
  • A place in our list of jam winners
  • An additional secret prize

Rules and FAQ

See the Jam Rules and Jam FAQ for more details.

Jam Specific Rules

  • No limitations on:
    • Graphics
    • Audio
    • Engine/library/framework, programming language, and other tools

Challenges/Diversifiers (Optional)

Looking for additional challenge in the jam? You can use any number of diversifiers listed here.

Schedule

  • Development (main jam): November 11 to 21 at 1pm ET (10am PST)
  • Community Choice voting: November 21 to 28 at 1pm ET (10am PST)
  • RetroIndieJosh streams: TBD on his Twitch channel
  • Winners and ratings announced: December 5 at 1pm ET (10am PST)

Submitting

  • WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU UPLOAD AND SUBMIT EARLY.
    • You are allowed to modify your game page, including files, until the deadline.
    • You are allowed to edit answers to your submission questions (through your submission page) until the deadline.
  • Step 1: Click the Join Jam button at the top of this page.
  • Step 2: Make your game.
  • Step 3: Create a game project page on itch and upload your game files. See this documentation for help.
  • Step 4: Submit the game to the jam. After uploading your game, return to this page and click "Submit Your Project" at the top.
    • Be prepared to answer a few questions about your entry when submitting. You must answer all of these questions honestly and completely. You may edit your responses after submitting, but they will be locked at the submission deadline.
    • Submission time is a hard deadlineNo late submissions will be accepted.
    • Although you cannot modify files after the deadline has passed, you are still free to edit your game page. However, your entry will be disqualified if you link to an updated version created after the deadline.

Submissions(20)

All submissions
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Browser playable (14)
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Windows (10)
macOS (2)
Linux (4)
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Pair (2) (2)
Trio (3) (3)
Quartet (4) (1)
Solo (1) (14)
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Yes (15)
No but I will add them to the game page after submitting (1)
No and I understand this game will be removed from the jam (1)
Not in-game but on the game page (3)
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Demo / Vertical Slice (3)
Unfinished Prototype (2)
Complete Game (15)

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A Card Game 65 Million Years in The Making
Card Game
Guide Roxy through the valley while two volcanos suddenly wake up
Platformer
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The cutest dino in the world, headbutting meteors into space 🦕
Action
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Oh no! You only have 20 seconds to close as many error windows as possible and save your computer.
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Snap em' before they're gone!
Simulation
Solve puzzles to save civilians from dinosaurs and volcanic eruptions
Puzzle
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A short platformer about a dragon in a volcano.
Platformer
Come crush some dinosaurs back into the ground.
Action
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Save your trapped Dinofriend
Adventure
Help a dinosaur survive as long as possible during a volcanic eruption
Platformer
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Make tea for dinosaurs
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Take photos of dinosaurs doing whatever they do and share with your friends!
Simulation
Mesozoic Matching Mayhem
Card Game
2D platformer mixed with Tetris Clone. Can you defeat the volcano?
Platformer
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Game made for Dinojam 2 [8 Bits to Infinity] - Flap to escape the big dragon through a volcanic tunnel
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Endless Runner Highscore Game WIth An Online Leaderboard
Action
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Try to survive the exctinction of dinosaur - Made during The Dinojam 2
Platformer
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Prevent the extinction of the dinosaurs from the volcano
Action
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Fast-Paced Sorting Puzzle
Puzzle
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