This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-08-14 15:00:00 to 2021-09-14 15:00:00. View results
Do you like Magical Girls? If so, this jam is for you. This game jam is about the Magical Girl genre -- explore the genre of Magical Girls through the games you make for this jam!
This informal jam had irregular schedule in the beginning, but I recently decide that for the time being, Magical Girl Game Jams will be held twice a year for one month long every February and August -- for MGGJ4, the jam period will be from August 15th to September 15th.
Discord server: https://discord.gg/nvHPB4X
Although I want as much freedoms for you jammers to have, there are still rules in the Magical Girl Game Jam. The most important ones are:
(Please don't mind the numbers. I was just making a little joke reference. Those of you who know what I referenced, high five to you!)
Also while this is not really a rule, I would appreciate it if you put the following hashtags if you tweet about this jam: #MGGJ, #MGGJ4
The themes were revealed around one week before the jam actually starts. During this time, I advise you to thoroughly develop your concepts first. You can of course, start working; and I probably wouldn't know -- but my advice is to mature your concepts first d(^^
And so, the themes for MGGJ4 are... taken from the first to sixth part names of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! Pick a theme, and interpret them however you like \(^o^)/:
(I wanted to include all 8, but of course there is no way "JoJolion" can be taken as theme... so I just took the first 6 due to the relations of the parts)
Just like the previous jam, to interpret any theme, it is sufficient to take a word that's Capitalized and make a game based on that word. For example, if one of the themes were "Unconnected Marketeers", then simply taking "Unconnected" or "Marketeers" are valid interpretations for this jam. Depending on how loosely a word can be interpreted, I might choose to not capitalize the word and you may not use that word as a standalone (e.g. in MGGJ2, the themes were Touhou titles, and I chose to not capitalize "character" from "Double Dealing character" because any game about Magical Girls naturally fulfill that)
*For the theme word "Battle", due to the nature of the theme being something most games about Magical Girls very easily fulfill, in order to fulfill this word, I require you to especially put focus on the battle aspect of your game (explain it in the submission questionnaire); be it the mechanics (i.e. a game designed around a battle mechanic), genre (e.g. battle royale, arena, action heavy, a game whose main appeal is the difficulty of the battle), story (e.g. war), or character/object (e.g. warrior magical girls).
A quick test is if the "Battle" aspect of your game is something that can normally be already expected from a game that is not thinking about "Battle", it probably doesn't fulfill it as a word. For example a normal platformer that just so happens to have some fights with enemies... they do not fulfill this theme. I do realize this can be subjective, so I will lean towards the more lenient side unless your game is very obviously not battle focused.
Your submissions will be rated publicly like based on the following criteria.
Two members in our discord server decided to offer prizes based on your game's ratings in this jam.
Also special to Mudae players in our server, I offer 3000 kakera if your game gets to the top 5.
Some people unexpectedly joined the jam without knowing what the Magical Girl genre is in the first jam, so from MGGJ2 onwards, I decided to put this section to explain a bit about what the Magical Girl genre is.
To put it simply, the Magical Girl genre, or Mahō Shōjo (魔法少女) in Japanese, is a genre about cute girls having cute magical powers -- often associated with anime, manga, and other Japanese works. In my own personal opinions, some primary characteristics of the Magical Girl genre are (NOTE: THIS IS NOT PART OF THE RULE. The following is simply meant to introduce to those who are not familiar with the genre):
If I need to emphasize this more, this is just my own opinion, not strict guidelines. Feel free to subvert or deviate from my expectations, but make a Magical Girl.
Some examples of Magical Girl works:
If you are previously not familiar with the Magical Girl genre, I hope this explanation at least gives you a vague idea of what you should be aiming for.
For more information, you can check the TV Tropes page for it. While to avoid removal it is enough to fulfill the definition "girls with magical powers", I want you to aim for TV Tropes's Magical Girls
A few questions that came up a few times during MGGJ3, that may be in your head too if you are new:
Some of you who are new might want to see games (or themes) from previous jams. Here are some links to the previous jams:
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