Do you love girls wielding magical powers? Then this jam is for you! Create games with Magical Girls, fighting for love, friendship, justice or world domi--... sorry, I meant world peace!
The Magical Girl Game Jam is held twice a year, during the spring break and summer break in Japan (Feb-Mar and Aug-Sept). This jam started informally in early 2020 with the expectation that this jam would only exist once or twice during the pandemic; but as the pandemic drags on and the community grows, it is decided that the jam is going to be held regularly twice a year.
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!)
Additional Tip: There is a quick questionnaire you have to answer when you submit your game. Please answer the questionnaire properly. Answer it simply, you don't need to write an essay; but please answer it properly. For example, for the question asking how your game fits the Magical Girl genre, quickly explaining how your game has which character wielding what magical power works; but simply saying "My game has got Magical Girl" does not really answer the question.
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, #MGGJ5
Instead of themes, something different is going to be attempted in this jam: Genre Mashups. There are two categories: A and B. You have to pick at least one from A and one from B and incorporate both into your game. As for what genres will be in columns A and B... please do look forward to it :3
Among two of the options are platformer and SHMUP; not telling in which category they will end up in or the rest of the genre options for now though XP
Q: "Can I add more genres to the mashup that are not in this jam page?"
A: "Provided you have fulfilled the main genre mashup, do whatever you want."
Q: "Can I just make the genre mashup portion be a minigame and the main portion of the game completely unrelated?"
A: "After some discord members brought up this potential loophole, I have decided that to fulfill this genre mashup, the combination of the two themes have to be at least half the game, roughly measured in content. There may be some exceptions to this roughly half of the content criteria, but please do not just put a small genre mashup minigame in the game then the rest of the game is unrelated to the genre mashup. After some feedbacks, I decided that this will be judged subjectively, firstly through your answers in the submission questionnaire then via reports from players. I am very lenient though, so I will only remove very severe violations, where the game is very obviously and blatantly not even trying to mash genres."
Q: "Can I have the genres I mashup be in different sections of the gameplay, or do I have to fully integrate them?"
A: "Although I definitely prefer it way more if you can integrate them fully, as a bare minimum, I won't remove your submission for separating the genres into different sections of the gameplay -- but it has to be somewhat integrated and not completely separate. Do not make two completely separate games then just combine them into a single application and call it genre mashup. For example, I will allow a Platformer + SHMUP mashup where say on one level you play platformer and then smoothly transition to SHMUP in a section of the level, but I will not allow a Platformer + SHMUP mashup where say, in the main menu I can choose to play the platformer game or the separate SHMUP game."
Your submissions will be rated publicly like based on the following criteria.
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, 4, and the current 5, in my discord server 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: