The LOWREZJAM was originally devised and hosted by Devi Ever. I, Jack Oatley, have only been hosting it since 2017, the show must go on! LOWREZJAM 2016 was my first jam on itch.io, and I met a lot of cool people and it was fun to enter. My hope is that this can be the case for many others!
The jam this year will be taking place at the same time as 2017's LowRezJam.
Jam: August 1st - August 17th
Voting: August 18th - August 24th
You're already there! The jam will be hosted here on Itch.io. Though it is highly recommended you also share on Twitter using the hashtag: #LOWREZJAM. And join in on the community chat in the jam forums here (See Community link near top of page), it is also good to keep a devlog of your game's progress here. And you can join our Discord server! AND you can find a team on the jam's CrowdForge page.
The goal of the jam is to create a game with a resolution of 64x64 pixels or less. You can use whatever programming language or tools that you wish. With no other restrictions on graphics, sound, 2D or 3D, nor a theme. The world is your oyster, as long as you stay in your 64x64 cage, of course! The game can be scaled up to fit in a bigger window, but the view in game must remain 64x64! More can be found out in the FAQ below.
Creating something in such a small space is certainly a challenge, but far from impossible. You only have to check out 2016's 387 submissions and 2017's 233 submissions to see so many possibilities. Here's straight up examples:
2016's highest rated game: Umbri by Cronus
2017's highest rated game: Legend Of Xenia 2 by Baku
2016's Norman's Sky by nothke
2017's Don't Let Them In by NPJarcade
So, what do I win?
There are no prizes for this jam. Only the enjoyment of friendly competition within a great community, the experience of challenging oneself in news ways and to gain learning and inspiration! You are however welcome to make friendly wagers with your personal friends on who orders the next take out.
Pixel Vision 8 - is a fantasy console and has several templates designed for #LOWREZJAM to help you overcome and embrace the graphical challenges of the jam. You can find the templates here: https://www.pixelvision8.com/low-rez-jame-systems. And you can follow PV8 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixelvision8
Nano - A nifty fantasy console whose native resolution is 64x64. It seems you have to run the game on the site, but you can generate a link directly to your project. https://morgan3d.github.io/nano/