This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-04-10 17:00:00 to 2020-04-17 17:00:00. View results
8 Bits to Infinity presents Easy Jam, a week-long challenge to create an "easy" game which is still engaging and fun.
Thanks to LineartLemur for the awesome logo!
8 Bits to Infinity is game development community improving creative and technical skills through rapid iteration and honest critical feedback. Visiting our website for more information and join our community on Discord.
First-time jammer? Read through or listen to these articles on our website for tips.
Support the 8 Bits to Infinity community and my (Joshua's) other projects through my Patreon. Perks include extended feedback on any game you make.
See the full results here, including results by category: https://itch.io/jam/easy-jam/results
A three-way tie for second place! This one was close.
Everyone who joins the jam will receive:
Fri 27 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 03 Apr 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 10 Apr 2020 at 1PM ET
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Fri 17 Apr 2020 at 1PM ET
Sun 19 Apr 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 1 May 2020 at 1PM ET
Entries which break rules or have no clear relation to the Requirement will be removed.
Create an easy game.
What does "easy" mean? It could mean:
If you have any more examples or interpretations of "easy" then go for it! Join us on Discord to discuss your ideas.
Looking for an additional challenge? Join the 8 Bits to Infinity Challenge #002 which adds more limitations to this jam.
Be sure to submit here first. You're given an extra hour to submit to the challenge after the jam is done.
A panel of judges with differing views rate the games using a standardized interpretation of star values and voting categories. Judges may enter the jam, but are neither rated nor eligible for prizes. For this jam, we will judge on the following criteria:
We will recognize three winners: Judges' Choice, Developers Choice, and Community Choice.
All winners receive the following:
Each entry qualifies for one prize, regardless of how many categories they win or how many members are on the team.
In addition, winners will be added to the list of 8 Bits to Infinity Jam Winners.
What tools/engines can/should I use?
You are welcome to use anything you like, although we recommend using familiar tools for a productive game jam experience. It's best to spend time during the jam creating rather than learning new software.
We also recommend using a proper game engine to save time - something like Unity, Godot, Construct, Game Maker, etc.
Not sure what to use? Check out this in-progress list of free tools for game development.
I'm awful at music/art. How could I ever make a game?
Our jams allow the use of premade assets as long as you credit them appropriately. We insist on crediting everything, even if it's under a Creative Commons Zero or Public Domain license. If you use external assets but don't credit them, your game will be disqualified.
We are working on a centralized resource to help locating free-to-use assets. Look for it soon!
I don't know how to program. Can I still make games?
Absolutely! Many systems require very little programming, such as Construct or Game Maker. The best way to learn is to get your feet wet, and a game jam is a wonderful no-risk way to try out new tech.
Should I build a Windows/Mac/Linux/web/[insert system here] version?
Yes! Build for as many systems as you can so more people can play your game. We recommend finding someone with the target system to test your build long before the jam ends so you can be sure it works.
I didn't finish my game. Should I still submit?
Yes! Game jams are about creating prototypes. A finished game takes years. You can still win the jam with a cool idea, even if the experience is super short.
How can I get more people to play my entry?
Play games from the jam and other games on itch.io, then leave quality feedback. Ask the dev politely to play your game, so they know you're looking for feedback. There's also a new feature on itch.io that shows your entry when you comment on the game's jam page so be sure to do so there.
Can I make a multiplayer game?
Yes, but it's not recommended because it's difficult for most judges (not to mention developers) to test.
Can I make a 2D/2.5D/3D game?
Yep! There are no graphical limitations to this jam.
Can I enter other jams with the same game?
Absolutely, as long as you follow all rules and time limitations for each jam. Note that we lock submissions, so you won't be able to upload new builds during this jam's judging period.
Where can I ask more questions?
Ask in the community for this jam (see link at the top of the page) or on Discord.
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