Submissions open from 2023-03-06 13:00:00 to 2023-04-06 12:00:00
Submissions due in

Games Now! Online Jam #9 is all about the importance of forests!


Register to the GN Online Jam #9: Games for Forests and the GN! Event Day #3: Games with an Agenda here:


We humans are dependent on the health of our planet and have a significant impact on it. Now and during the upcoming decades, we need to work hard in battling climate change and its impacts,  losses in biodiversity, and deforestation! Our forests play an important role for the well-being and survival of our planet and humans: as a source of food and bio-based materials for people, and as a home for the inhabitants of the forest - both plants and animals. Even in cities, trees along streets and in parks protect us from heat waves as temperatures increase and provide refreshing oases to busy city people. Moreover, forests also act as an important buffer against the climate change as carbon sinks and storage.

What kind of games could bring awareness on the importance of forests for the life on Earth?

We continue our series of online jams with multicultural collaboration with jammers from various countries around the world.  You can join the jammer match-making to meet new people and explore your own creative powers together! The jam will be jointly held in collaboration with the GN! network's universities and schools, including Chungkang College of Cultural Industries – School of Games (South Korea), Södertörn University (Sweden), Ritsumeikan University (Japan), the Professional University of Technology in Tokyo (Japan), University of Vaasa (Finland), Aalto University (Finland), and many more. Check the full list here:

You can join the jam regardless of whether you are enrolled in any game school - the jam is open to anyone and free of charge! We welcome everyone who loves games and is interested in cross-cultural jamming.

The jam will be kicked off on the 6th March 2023 as part of the GN! Event Day program at: At the kick-off, we will introduce our jam mentors as well as reveal the theme for the jam. Join the full GN! Event Day to learn more. 

[KOREAN] 게임즈나우! 온라인 게임잼 #9에 초대합니다.

인류의 생존은 우리가 살아가는 이 지구의 환경에 좌지우지됩니다. 최근 지구온난화와 사막화의 여파가 우리의 삶에도 영향을 미치고 있는데요, 그렇기에 우리는 앞으로 더욱 더 기후, 생물 다양성, 산림 보호를 위해 열심히 노력해야만 합니다! 이런 중대한 주제에 대한 경각심을 일깨워 줄 게임을 재미나게 만드는 방법은 없을까요? 인류의 미래에 대한 해결책을 제시해줄 수 있을 만한 놀라운 게임을 만들어볼 수는 없을까요?

이번 게임잼에도 세계 여러 게임 학교들이 함께 손을 모았습니다. 지구 반대편에선 어떻게 게임을 인식하고 개발하는지 문화 교류 체험해볼 수 있는 절호의 기회! 본 행사는 핀란드 알토대학교, 대한민국 청강문화산업대학교 게임콘텐츠스쿨, 일본 릿츠메이칸대학교, 스웨덴 쉐드텐대학교, 일본 도쿄국제공과전문대학(IPUT), 핀란드 바사대학교 등 세계 여러 협력 교육기관들이 함께합니다. 게임즈나우 협력대학 목록은 여기에서 확인하실 수 있습니다:

게임즈나우! 온라인 게임잼 #9은 게임 개발에 관심과 열정을 가진 모두에게 활짝 열려 있습니다. 학생이 아닌 이들도 누구나 참가 신청 가능하며, 참가료도 무료입니다.

본 행사는 2023년 3월 6일, 게임즈나우 Event Day를 통해 공식 오픈됩니다.  트위치를 통해 오프닝 행사를 시청할 수 있습니다: 

게임즈나우에 대한 자세한 사항은 공식 홈페이지를 참고하세요:

[JAPANESE] Games Now! Online Jam #9にようこそ!

人類の生存のためには、この地球の環境が重要です。 しかし今、地球温暖化と砂漠化の余波が私たちの生活にも影響を与えています。 私たちは今後さらに気候、生物多様性、森林保護のために一生懸命努力しなければなりません! このような重要なメッセージを含むゲームを作成する方法はありませんか? 人類の未来のための素晴らしいゲームを作ることはできませんか?





####### Requirements and Theme ######################## 

 ####### 게임잼 규칙 및 테마 ゲームジャムルールとテーマ######

The jammers are asked to enhance awareness of the importance of forests through their games. You can define the ways you bring this agenda to your players: will you use real data on forests as carbon sinks, educate the players through the game mechanics or narrative, reward the players for planting trees, tell stories of local forests and the animals and plants living there, induce empathy by making the players act as trees, or maybe even advertising donations to NGOs for forest conservation?

In addition to this, the jam will have an inspirational theme, which will be revealed at the end of the kick-off event on 6th March 2023. It will remain a secret until then. 

All submitted jam games will receive feedback/comments from our jam mentors, and some will also be reviewed thoroughly at the next Games Now! Event Day that is scheduled at April 2023.


이번 게임즈나우! 온라인 게임잼 #9에서 여러분들은 숲(산림) 보호의 중요함을 일깨워주는 게임을 만들어야 합니다. 이걸 어떻게 해석할 지는 여러분들의 재량에 달려있습니다. 예를들어, 특정 숲에 나온 실제 데이터를 활용해 게임을 만들거나, 숲을 보호해야 한다는 교육적 스토리를 담은 게임이거나, 나무를 심는 행동에 대하여 플레이어에게 보상을 제공할 수도 있습니다. 혹은 당신이 살고 있는 동네의 숲 이야기를 주제로 삼거나, 플레이어가 게임에서 직접 나무가 되어보도록 하거나, 나아가 산림 보호와 관련된 캠페인이나 기부를 홍보하는 게임이 될 수도 있습니다. 마음껏 아이디어를 펼쳐보면 어떤가요?

2023년 3월 6일, 게임잼 "테마(theme)"가 공개됩니다. 테마는 간단한 단어나 문장이 될 예정입니다.

이번 Games Now! Online Jam #9에서는 핀란드 현지 게임 업계 전문가들이 멘토로 참여하며, 행사 도중 참가자들과 함께 게임 개발 피드백 시간을 가질 예정입니다. 나아가 행사 종료 후 완성/제출된 게임들에 대한 멘토들의 서면 리뷰가 제공됩니다. 뿐만 아니라 일부는 Games Now! Online Jam#10 이벤트(2023년 4월 예정) 방송에서 품평을 받아볼 수도 있습니다. 


今回のゲームズナウ! オンラインゲームジャム#9で、あなたは森の重要性を目覚めさせるゲームを作ります。 これをどのように解釈するかは皆さんの自由です。 例えば、特定の森のデータを活用してゲームを作ったり、森を保護しなければならないというストーリーを盛り込んだゲーム、木を植えるとプレイヤーに報酬を与えることもできます。 あなたが住んでいる近所の森の物語をテーマにしたり、プレイヤーが直接ゲームで木になったり、森の保護に関するキャンペーンをゲームでプロモーションしたりできます。 思いっきり想像してみてください。


今回のGames Now! Online Jam #8では、フィンランドのゲーム業界の専門家が参加し、ゲーム開発に対するフィードバックやヒントが参加者に対して提供されます。 参加者が開発したゲームについてもレビューが行われる予定です。さらに 提出されたゲームの一部は、Games Now! Online Jam#10イベント(2023年4月予定)で講評が行われる予定です。

##################### Schedule 일정 #####################

  • Game Jam Kick-off: 6th March 2023, 15:00 -16:30 (EET) / 14:00 - 15:30 (CET) / 22:00 - 23:30 (KST, JST) / 13:00 – 14:30 (UTC) @
  • Brainstorming and teaming (team building) session: 7th March 2023, 10:00 -11:00 (EET) / 9:00 - 10:00 (CET) / 17:00 - 18:00 (KST, JST) / 8:00 – 9:00 (UTC) @GN! Discord:
  • Optional HypeHype Tutorial Session: 7th March 2023, 11:00 -12:00 (EET) / 10:00 - 11:00 (CET) / 18:00 - 19:00 (KST, JST) / 9:00 – 10:00 (UTC)
    • GN! jammers can get exclusive access to HypeHype's upcoming real-time collaborative editing mode. Our jam mentor Sanna Reponen will run a mini workshop to showcase what you can do with the editor - and how to get player data of your game just within days! On our jam you can choose which tools you use, how long you jam, who you jam with and how many games will you submit; but why not make a side project with HypeHype? 
  • Teams fixed:  by 10th March 2023, 10:00 (EET) / 9:00 (CET) / 17:00 (KST, JST) / 8:00 (UTC)
  • Progress reports and help throughout the jam, at GN! Discord:
  • Mid-term mentor feedback 20th  & 21st March 2023 (exact time slots TBA), at GN! Discord: 
  • Submission deadline: 6th April 2023, 15:00 (EEST) / 14:00 (CEST) / 21:00 (KST, JST) / 12:00 (UTC) 
  • Jam Review:  April 2023 (detailed time and date TBA) @

##################### Mentors 멘토단 #####################

Sanna Reponen, Learning Experience Designer, HypeHype

Sanna develops the skill tree and in-app learning content for game creators at HypeHype. She has experience in popularizing emerging technologies e.g. as the Product Owner of the the Elements of AI online course and as the CTO of the edtech startup Mehackit. She started tinkering with technology while working as a learning designer at Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, and cherishes her MA studies at Aalto Media Lab as the ultimate roadtrip to exploratory learning.

Ilona Mettiäinen, Researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Ilona Mettiäinen is an environmental social scientist specialized in the Arctic region, strategic solutions to climate change, and sustainable tourism. She works as researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Her recent research projects deal with climate adaptation of reindeer herders (CLIMINI 2020-2023); Finland’s adaptation policy (SUOMI and KOKOSOPU, 2021-2022); sustainability and co-design of ice sheet conservation in Greenland (Nordic Council of Ministers 2021-2022); co-designing a climate service for winter tourism industry in Northern Finland (“Blue-Action: Arctic Impact on Weather and Climate”, EU Horizon 2020, 2017-2020); and co-production of knowledge with Arctic communities on design and governance of solar geoengineering (Cornell University and Arctic Centre, 2016-2017). Her other fields of expertise include Arctic human geography, and collaborative planning methods. She has a strong background in science communications, including arts-based visualization of social science research on climate change.

Jani Kahrama, CEO, Secret Exit

Jani Kahrama is the CEO of Finnish indie game company Secret Exit, which is known for such games as Zen Bound, and the infamous Dismount game series that spans two decades. Jani has over 20 years of experience with Finnish game industry and is in his own words “inconsequential indie by day, assisting the Pelimetsä (Game Forest) initiative by night”.

Tatu Laine, Game Design, Futureplay

Tatu has worked on games since 2011 starting from educational games and 2016 onwards working on f2p mobile games. He has a long history of volunteering in the Finnish Game Jam and the IGDA Finland association. Now working on Merge Gardens at Futureplay, building the next hit game.

##################### Hosts #####################

Annakaisa Kultima, Aalto University, Finland

Annakaisa Kultima, Aalto University, Finland

Annakaisa Kultima is a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland. She has been teaching and studying game design and development since 2006 in several universities in Finland and Sweden as well as traveled as a visiting lecturer around the world including universities in US, China, Denmark, South Korea and Japan. Her research is concentrating on game development cultures, creativity, game industry trends, as well as game jams. Kultima’s PhD dissertation “Game Design Praxiology” examined the multitude of issues of understanding ‘games as created’ including game jam cultures. Kultima is also an active member of the game ecosystem in Finland and internationally: she is working as a judge in several game competitions, running and participating in game jams (around 50 game jams so far!) as well as curating exhibitions on games. She has been leading Global Game Jam theme committee and been the regional organizer and site organizer for Global Game Jam for many years. She is also a member of the founding team of The Finnish Museum of Games as well as the co-founder and the head of non-profit organization Finnish Game Jam between 2013-2020. At Aalto University, Annakaisa works on the Games Now! open lecture series carefully picking the most interesting topics and speakers to the series.

Solip Park Aalto University, Finland

Solip Park Aalto University, Finland

Solip is a doctoral researcher at Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture - Department of Arts and Media. Her current research interest is focused on digital game production, work culture, and immigrants/expats. Solip is the author and artist of "Game Expats Story" comic series, while currently acting as a member of the board and Graphics/Arts Team Lead at Finnish Game Jam Ry and Management Team Lead at the Korean Student Association in Finland (KOSAFI Ry). She is working with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (South) in Finland, leading their "Kor-Fin Esports Festival" and "Kor-Fin Special Game Week" projects - connecting game devs in Finland and South Korea.  Solip was once the first South Korean to acquire Finland's startup entrepreneur residence permit in 2018. She was one of the founding members of Nexon Computer Museum - the first permanent museum in East Asia dedicated to the history of computer and video games, located in South Korea.

Submitted so far(32)

All submissions
Browser playable (27)
Windows (5)
macOS (2)
Linux (1)

No submissions match your filter

Grow trees!
Play in browser
Play in browser
A clicker very short clicker highlighting humanitys lack of consideration for forests
Play in browser
Help Mr. Treast Plant 20 Million Trees!
Play in browser
Play in browser
Play in browser
A clicker game where you help create a forest...
Play in browser
Play in browser
Game about making money and saving trees
Play in browser
A clicker-style game where you must cultivate enough trees to save the forest! #GNOJ9
Play in browser
A short story about the goddess of winter Morena.
Play in browser
Saplings! Saplings! So many Saplings!
Play in browser
Play in browser
Plant as many trees as possible and help the forests!
Play in browser
Project for the Games for Forests GameJam
Play in browser
Click the tree
Play in browser
Plant Pando Trees and evolve yourself to your hearts content : )
Play in browser
Make oxygen, get money...
Play in browser
Play in browser
Chop your way to the top of the lumber industry!
Play in browser
A short clicker game made for the Games for Forests Jam 2023
Play in browser
Plant and spend trees.