This jam is now over. It ran from 2017-10-02 03:50:17 to 2017-10-31 06:59:59. View results

You shudder, walking through the night breeze. Lights are flickering off in the distance and your chance of reaching safety in time is slimming. A shadow moves swiftly to your left; your gaze darts towards it but it disappears. Suddenly your eyes widen as you see your end approach before you ... a looming ECTOCOMP 2017 has arrived!

The games are now available. Click on the Entries tab to see them. Browse the map below to see the games of the other categories. Check below the Votes, Feedback and Community section to learn how to thank the authors for their contribution.

ECTOCOMP is an annual competition for interactive fiction written for the SPOOKY MONTH OF HALLOWEENTOBER. Whether you celebrate Halloween, Day of the Dead, All Saint's Eve, or just love ghost stories and creeping people out, this is your time to shine (in, like, a spooky ghostly way)!

As per tradition, Ectocomp has two categories:

  • La Petite Mort, for those who want to speed-write their game in 3 hrs or less
  • Le Grand Guignol, for games that, for whatever reason, took longer than 3 hrs to write (perhaps a more thoughtful masterpiece? perhaps spent too much time writing SCARY DETAILS?)

This year, we also have Ectocomp in Español! To make hosting the comp on work, we've split Ectocomp into two separate jam pages and two languages, English and Spanish (That's a total of four jam pages).

You are looking at Le petite Mort (English), for games rushed in 3 hrs or less (use the map below to change locations).


La petite Mort (English) <-- YOU ARE HERE

Le Grand Guignol (English)

La petite Mort (Español)

Le Grand Guignol (Español)


  1. Games submitted for La Petite Mort should be written in 3 hours or less.
    1. Any time spent planning, thinking, doodling, researching, etc does not count.
    2. Any time spent writing words or code that end up in-game totally does count. 
      1. (With the exception of if you wrote game engine or library code in the past and now you're using it.)
  2. Games should be recognizably "interactive fiction". (Comp admins are not here to police edge cases, but if your game isn't primarily text-based, why are you here? Go enter AsylumJam instead!)
  3. Games should be, y'know, spooky somehow. (Serious, psychological, campy, satire, etc all included)

Go forth and write!


To vote and participate as a jury, you must do so by giving between 1 to 5 stars at each entry page of the jam. The voting period ends on December 1.

In addition to each entry page, each game has its own itchio homepage. It is somewhat confusing, but it is a way of distinguishing when a game belongs to a jam.

Receiving feedback from players is an essential part of participating in a jam. Take the time leave a kind comment to the authors to thank their participation because having some good times (scary ones). There are several places where the community can meet to discuss and comment on the works presented:

  • Each page of each participant has a comment section enabled, here at itchio.
  • In turn, on the main page of each game, you can leave comments but only if the author has enabled this section on the page of the game.
  • In the forum of the English-speaking international community. This thread is dedicated to ECTOCOMP.
  • In the CAAD forum, of the Spanish-speaking community. This thread.
  • In the IFDB database, there is a list of all the participants, here.
  • Finally, you can talk about live games in the euphoria &if chat room. With luck you can even discuss with the very authors!
  • The euphoria chat room for the community in Spanish is called &textualiza.

Have terrifying adventures!


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You are a nightmare in paradise.
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Unfortunately, death is not the end.
Interactive Fiction
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a tiny yarn for ectocomp
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Do it. Now. [EN]
Interactive Fiction
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an interactive fiction
Interactive Fiction
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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Clara, your wife.
EctoComp 2017 entry. Quick weird abstract puzzle.
A fractured moment.
Short entry for EctoComp 2017. A simple puzzle.
A spooky text adventure
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