This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-04-11 00:00:00 to 2019-04-22 00:00:00. View results

a jam about trying your best by charlmes 




then you've come to the right place!

the 'i can't draw' jam is a jam that celebrates the people who make games that, intentionally or otherwise, do not have good art. this is often referred to as 'programmer art', and in many cases games made in this aesthetic are pretty fascinating, weird and fun!

for those that can't draw, this jam is just a lowkey jam to practice your skills and have fun in a no-pressure, judgment free jam!

for those that *can* draw, this jam is an opportunity to explore the 'programmer art' aesthetic that is popular in many offbeat and weird games, and some examples are listed below. in this jam, prioritising gameplay, fun, and memorable experiences over art quality is encouraged! 



the rules are simple: 

  • make a game that doesn't have very good art :/
  • if you can actually draw, make a game where the focus is on the gameplay, and put little effort into the art or use a trashy aesthetic 
  • make sure your game's content is yours to publish and that it is appropriate for all folks :)
  • the jam runs from april 11 to april 22, both events at 3pm pacific standard time 
  • you can submit stuff that you've started earlier as long as it wasn't finished before the jam even started! but in the spirit of the jam you should give making something new a try ;) 



if for whatever reason you wanna hang out or form teams or whatever check this out:



there are lots of folks who do awesome content with their games without pushing artistic boundaries. maybe these games can give you some inspiration towards making a really good game (good, that is, except for the graphics!) these include games like:










happy drawing! 




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GIF
Help Spudz the dog find his precious bone in this short, silly game!
Interactive Fiction
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a slice-of-death adventure
Visual Novel
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A hard puzzle game where you fill colored holes
Puzzle
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GIF
Testing.. Testing...
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
Horror game where you escape from a monster in a brick labyrinth.
Just a lil game about being a reply guy
Adventure
"Wood U Lyke 2 Her3 Mi Storey?"
Adventure
Energy-driven roguelite TDS
Action
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An adventure against the artwork!
Adventure
Punch. Decapitate and Explode enemies!
Action
Follow the career of lawyer, Anderson Vacado, as he tries to defend the inocent under the toughest of conditions!
Sometimes, a dangerous trek is needed for supplies.
Simulation
The last surviving Grape has to collect seeds to save his species.
Platformer
Entry for the ICan'tDrawJam
Adventure
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A quest to bring a boy to his parents.
Role Playing
Pixel art game, feel the music and survive
Rhythm
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GIF
A buggy and short RPG
Role Playing
Explore the branching sewers!
Adventure
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Platformer
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Will this little Duck become your friend or foe?
Simulation
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Game project for the I Cant Draw gamejam
Fighting
Become the color that brightens up your world.
Platformer
Action
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The gaming history runner, from 1970 to 2000, from Pong to Tetris.​
Platformer
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A little place that draws itself. Randomly generated fishes.
Defend the farm!
Shooter
Get the most subscribers!
Shooter
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Can you save the kingdom???
Platformer
An art detective Game.
GIF
d0dg3 d3th. Made in Unity
Survival
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Does what it says on the tin!
Role Playing
Circle Is Born and he has no edges, he must fight discrimination from the other geos
Action
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Now playable in browser! (view game page)
Platformer
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Game for a game jam.
Role Playing
Simulation
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It's coming.
Adventure
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Feed me and him! Faster! Did you mess up? *WHACK*
A top down adventure game with only the finest art.
Adventure
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Catch the Seeds in the Pot
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Shooter
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Platformer
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GIF
A badly drawn game with a badly made song, for the I Can't Draw Jam.
Interactive Fiction
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A war rages on.
Platformer
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GIF
Platformer
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Lasers unlocked, Ready, Fight!
Fighting
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A limited bullet shooter
Shooter
Puzzle
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A game about creativity and frustration.
Platformer
A funny casual timekiller
Platformer
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Simulation
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Escape your dream by collapsing the world
Platformer
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Some resources are missing in this game. But fortunately, you can draw them to finish it!
Action
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Magic cast with mouse clicks
Role Playing
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Hop through portals to different universes in search of materials to build your space cruiser.
Action
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Random and weird
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Short game loosely based off burning rubber and spy hunter
Action
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JUMP ,JUUUMP , AAAAND JUUUUUMP
Platformer
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the story of a mail man
Role Playing
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A Visual Novel School Simulator!
Visual Novel
A quick 2-player tea bag race game
Racing
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Retro Stealth Platformer
Platformer
Play rumbo with his trusty shotgun that launches him around
Platformer
Rhythm
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