This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-04-17 07:00:00 to 2020-05-18 07:00:00. View results
Mini Micro is a new, free development environment for desktop computers (with a mobile version planned for this summer). It is best described as a neo-retro virtual home computer from an alternate, cooler universe. It features a modern yet simple language (MiniScript) and a sophisticated API that supports sprites, tiles, pixel graphics, text, game controllers, digitized and synthesized audio, and more.
This month-long game jam is to celebrate the release of version 0.9 of Mini Micro. And to honor the bold coders brave enough to try out this new system, we're giving away US$90 in prizes!
The theme for the Mini Micro 0.9 game jam is small.
You can interpret this however you like. Is it a small game? Is it a game whose code is small? Is it a big game about small things? Maybe it's a story about people whose ambitions are small? It's entirely up to you!
(But feel free to put a few words in your description to explain how "small" applies to your game.)
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the following criteria:
The judging panel includes:
What do you mean, Mini Micro is "free"? What's the catch?
No catch. I have a good job and don't need to make money from this. I'm doing it because I love coding, and I want to share this love with others. Mini Micro is the "dream machine" I have been thinking about for many years, and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do.
Does Mini Micro work on my computer?
If you have a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer with a keyboard and mouse, you should be all set. And you could get by without the mouse in a pinch.
What sort of game can I make with Mini Micro?
Mini Micro provides easy, high-performance support for:
So, you can make pretty much any sort of 2D game. Get creative!
I don't know if I can learn a new language in a month.
That's not a question, but yes you can! MiniScript is a very simple language; so simple that it can be documented in a single page (though a much more detailed manual is available if you want it). Mini Micro adds APIs for doing graphics, sounds, etc., but even that can be documented in a few pages. If you need more detail, there is an ever-growing wiki with handy "How to" pages.
Where can I get help?
We have active forums, as well as a Discord server. You will find all the help you need there. We're a small but very friendly community!
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