This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-08-09 04:00:00 to 2021-08-16 04:00:00. View results


Major Jam  is a week-long video game development jam, which is a spinoff of the biweekly game jam Mini Jam.

A required limitation is announced as soon as the jam starts to spice things up. Remember, limitation breeds creativity. You get the theme early, so you can plan ahead, Just keep in mind that you may have to change your idea when the limitation is revealed. This jam's theme is COSMIC.  Remember, theme is purely inspirational and not required. Feel free to interpret it however you want.

No worries if you can't finish your game on time, you can submit late at anytime during the jam's voting period.

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The limitation is a special condition that your game must follow, but is open to interpretation. If you are unsure if your idea doesn't fit the limitation  just remember that everyone will interpret it differently.

Limitation: The player must Cheat
This limitation is very much up to interpretation. To cheat can mean many things in a variety of different contexts. Will you be swindling someone at a poker game, entering a cheat code to get out of bounds, Messing with game data even!? Go nuts! As long as you establish rules that inevitably need to be broken, it's viable!

Q: How do I know if I'm incorporating the limitation enough?
A: Your game should not function correctly without it

Q: Can I try to get around the limitation creatively?
A: Yes.


At the end of the Jam, there will be a rating period that lasts 7 days. Your game will be rated on:

Enjoyment - How much you enjoyed your time with the game.        
Concept - How interesting or unique the main focus of the game was.           
Presentation - How well executed the main focus of the game was.           
Use of limitation - How well the game incorporated the given limitation.



Read the rules.
Not reading the rules is not an excuse for breaking them.

Keep game content clean.
No NSFW content, offensive content, excessive gore/violence.

Any games that do not follow the rules will be removed from the jam without warning.


Can I submit more than one game? 
Yes, but I would advise against it.

Can I submit a game I already made? 
No. You may only submit projects made within the time frame. We do check.

Can I make changes during the rating period?
Yes, just make sure that the original version of the jam can still be downloaded.

What engine can I use?
You can use any engine or framework you like. You can even make your own if you want.

Do I have to follow the theme?
No, but well… When in Rome~

I have code and assets from other Jams I wish to use, are these allowed?
Yes! Anything that wasn't made specifically for this particular jam is allowed. This jam in particular isn't strict on the "build it from scratch" ruling, but it is encouraged.

How can you tell if I used premade assets or made the game at an earlier stage?
Outside obvious red flags, we don't really check. Jams are for fun. Bend the rules if you want, just don't cheat yourself and be a jerk to mess with genuine folk.


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