This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-04-11 00:00:00 to 2019-04-22 00:00:00. View 89 entries

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! but in the spirit of the jam you should give making something new a try ;) 
  • charlmes will choose the best game and the one that had the worst art (that is, the game that utilised the programmer art aesthetic best)



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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Just a lil game about being a reply guy
Adventure
Puzzle game where you fill colored holes.
Puzzle
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a slice-of-death adventure
Visual Novel
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rpg maker, adventure, child, doodle
Adventure
Entry for the ICan'tDrawJam
Adventure
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GIF
Testing.. Testing...
Interactive Fiction
The last surviving Grape has to collect seeds to save his species [NO SOUND]
Platformer
Now playable in browser! (view game page)
Platformer
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Follow the career of lawyer, Anderson Vacado, as he tries to defend the inocent under the toughest of conditions!
d0dg3 d3th
Survival
Become the color that brightens up your world.
Platformer
GIF
Horror game where you escape from a monster in a brick labyrinth.
Pixel art game, feel the music and survive
Rhythm
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Simulation
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Can you save the kingdom???
Platformer
An adventure against the artwork!
Adventure
Sometimes, a dangerous trek is needed for supplies.
Simulation
Will this little Duck become your friend or foe?
Simulation
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A Visual Novel School Simulator!
Visual Novel
Retro Stealth Platformer
Platformer
Platformer
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Punch. Decapitate and Explode enemies!
Action
An art detective Game.
point and click game
Card Game
A war rages on.
Platformer
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Defend the farm!
Shooter
The gaming history runner, from 1970 to 2000, from Pong to Tetris.​
Platformer
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Shooter
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Action
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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 quick 2-player tea bag race game
Racing
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GIF
Platformer
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Play in browser
Does what it says on the tin!
Role Playing
It's coming.
Adventure
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Energy-driven roguelite TDS
Action
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A top down adventure game with only the finest art.
Adventure
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Get the most subscribers!
Shooter
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Magic cast with mouse clicks
Role Playing
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Feed me and him! Faster! Did you mess up? *WHACK*
Lasers unlocked, Ready, Fight!
Fighting
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Puzzle
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Explore the branching sewers!
Adventure
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Game for a game jam.
Role Playing
Submission to the I Can't Draw But Want To Make A Game jam
Strategy
A quest to bring a boy to his parents.
Role Playing
PuzzleGame
Puzzle
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A limited bullet shooter
Shooter
Circle Is Born and he has no edges, he must fight discrimination from the other geos
Action
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A little place that draws itself
Game project for the I Cant Draw gamejam
Fighting
Platformer
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Catch the Seeds in the Pot
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A funny casual timekiller
Platformer
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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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Short game loosely based off burning rubber and spy hunter
Action
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A relic surfaces from the near-distant past.
Run in browser
the story of a mail man
Role Playing
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Simulation
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JUMP ,JUUUMP , AAAAND JUUUUUMP
Platformer
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Beat 'em up duels
Fighting
Hop through portals to different universes in search of materials to build your space cruiser.
Action
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Comic Tycoon
Simulation
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A game about creativity and frustration.
Platformer
Random and weird
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A top down endless zombie shooter, how long can you survive?
Shooter
Play rumbo with his trusty shotgun that launches him around
Platformer
A game about Wario, well.. you'll have to play it to find out.
Rhythm
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GIF
A buggy and short RPG
Role Playing