This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-03-10 18:00:00 to 2023-03-20 17:00:00. View results


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An open challenge to create a game prototype controlled exclusively by the mouse.

All skill levels are welcome from beginner to professional. New to this whole thing? Never made a game before? Play some jam-winning games to see where you can be after several jams of practice. 

Highlights / Results

Keynote / Theme Announcement

About Us

Hosted by 8 Bits to Infinity: a game development community improving creative and technical skills through rapid iteration and honest, critical feedback. Join us on Discord, check out our website, and take a look at our past jams and challenges.

The man behind 8 Bits to Infinity is Retro Indie Josh (aka Joshua McLean): streamer, musician, and game developer. Check out his game music (free for you to use in jams and commercial projects!) and his streams and other work.

Focus (Required): Mouse Only!

Input is limited to the mouse position, three buttons (left, middle, right), and the scroll wheel. Although a mouse can have a ton more buttons and gadgets and things, we're sticking to this simple definition for the jam focus.

Theme (Semi-Optional): CHASE

The theme is optional, but remember Theme/Limitation counts for 1/6th of your Community Choice score. Also, the theme can be a great way to come up with ideas if you're stuck!

You are free to interpret the theme however you like. Looking for an interpretation outside the box? Try the Wikipedia article for "chase" - there's tons of obscure stuff there.

Judging and Prizes

You (contributors to any game entered into this jam) determine the Community Choice by voting on games after the jam concludes. Check out the Ratings Guide for how to interpret categories and tips on good star ratings.

The highest overall rated game will be the winner and placed in the list of 8 Bits to Infinity jam winners. Up to six other games may qualify as runners up for winning in  each of the six categories.

All winning games will be included and highlighted in the post-jam showcase video on the 8 Bits to Infinity YouTube channel..

Rules and FAQ

See the Jam Rules and Jam FAQ for more details.

Can I use shortcut keys for mouse actions?
Nope! No keyboard allowed. Mouse only.

Can I have controller support where the stick works like a mouse?
Nope! No controller allowed. Mouse only.

Can I use the up/down buttons on the side of the mouse or -insert other mouse button here-?
Nope! Only the left, middle, and right click.

Can I use the scroll wheel? And infinite scroll?
Scroll wheel, yes. Infinite scroll, yes, but remember some of your players might not have such a fancy mouse.

Can I support touch controls?
Yes, but the game must also support mouse inputs, and you cannot include special gestures or multi-touch that a traditional mouse would be unable to do.

Wait, do I have to disable stuff like alt+tab and the full screen key/combination for my engine?
No, just don't add new keyboard controls. Don't worry about operating system controls. If your engine handles keyboard shortcuts by default, do your best to disable them, but don't waste the whole jam figuring it out. As long as your game is entirely playable by mouse and you haven't added keyboard controls, we will accept your entry.

Jam Specific Rules

  • No limitations on:
    • Graphics
    • Audio
    • Engine/library/framework, programming language, and other tools

Challenges/Diversifiers (Optional, but fun!)

Looking for additional challenge in the jam? You can use any number of diversifiers listed here.

Schedule

  • Development (main jam): March 10 - 20 (1pm ET)
  • Community Choice voting: March 20 - 27 (1pm ET)
  • Streams by Retro Indie Josh: March 22 at 4pm ET and March 25 at Noon ET on Twitch
  • Winners and ratings announced: April 3 (1pm ET)

Submitting

  • WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU UPLOAD AND SUBMIT EARLY.
    • You are allowed to modify your game page, including files, until the deadline.
    • You are allowed to edit answers to your submission questions (through your submission page) until the deadline.
  • Step 1: Click the Join Jam button at the top of this page.
  • Step 2: Make your game.
  • Step 3: Create a game project page on itch and upload your game files. See this documentation for help.
  • Step 4: Submit the game to the jam. After uploading your game, return to this page and click "Submit Your Project" at the top.
    • Be prepared to answer a few questions about your entry when submitting. You must answer all of these questions honestly and completely before the deadline.
    • Submission time is a hard deadlineNo late submissions will be accepted.
    • Although you cannot modify files after the deadline has passed, you are still free to edit your game page. But note it is a violation of the rules to link to an updated version created after the deadline, and your entry will be removed.

Submissions(62)

All submissions
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Browser playable (44)
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Windows (25)
Linux (4)
Android (1)
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Not in-game but on the game page (19)
No but I will add them to the game page after submitting (6)
Yes (37)
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Yes - as a fun side project (17)
No - the game is complete (2)
No - this was made only for the jam (13)
Undecided (25)
Yes - aiming for a commercial release (5)
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Pair (2) (9)
Trio (3) (3)
Quartet (4) (1)
Solo (1) (49)

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Puzzle Hacking Action!
Puzzle
IRS are coming for his hospital bills. He needs to climb to escape them
Platformer
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Defend Earth against otherworldly forces
Survival
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The game with the most diversifiers!
Puzzle
Atmospheric strategy horror game.
Strategy
You Need Jump Up!
Platformer
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Pull of some egg-ceptional maneuvers in this egg-celent egg-scavation!
Platformer
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Made in 1 day and might cure my depression
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Action
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Help the fish to grow eating other fishes and escaping from the predators
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3D platformer created in 10 days for Mouse Jam 2
Platformer
The last remains of humanity flee through space chased by aliens
Simulation
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Just another day jetpacking. Right?
Action
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Try to be the best!
Racing
A short arcade chase scene
Action
A puzzle game involving sheeps and sleep. Bring all the sheeps back. Made for the Mouse Jam 2 game jam.
Puzzle
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Defend The Earth from tons of asteroids by dashing into them
Rhythm
Made for mousejam2
Platformer
Defend against pirates to protect your people
Shooter
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Play as a ninja who defends himself against the curse of the Serpent Demon - Orochi.
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Your cheese got away! Go get it!!!
Simulation
Enter the cursed depths and try to survive as long as possible !
Survival
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Show me, that your Hand is good!
Puzzle, 8 Bits to Infinity #36 - Mouse Jam 2
Puzzle
A game of cat and mouse.
Platformer
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Small puzzle game where you have to open and close the gates correctly to catch the colorshifter.
Puzzle
Click Buttons to your hearts content!
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Run from an angry ghost
Platformer
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Action
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A cute, 2D, beat 'em up, fighting-arcade game about a Roly Poly chasing their enemies!
Fighting
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Platformer
Save the city from the big crab monster by controlling the mech!
Action
Game JAM Submission: 8 Bits to Infinity #36 - Mouse Jam 2 / Theme: Chase
Strategy
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8 Bits To Infinity Jam Game
Puzzle
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Honk If You Like My Driving
Action
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The Illegal Alchemist
Action
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You are a security guard and have to tranquilize an art thief
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Cheese is more important than your life.
Survival
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A video game about life... or is it?
Shooter
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Tomb of The Mask inspired Gravity less Labyrinth.
Platformer
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Shooter
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Help the slime get his Orange back!
Puzzle
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A game about a bad guy getting chased by a good guy on minecarts!
Platformer
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Ball
Survival
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Puzzle
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Click and drag to tumble past enemies and find the crystals
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Spingetti Western, just an average 2D cowboy shooter.
Action
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A zombie apocalypse has broken out, but you have a magical device that can give you resources. How long can you live?
Action
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You're an annoyed mouse... trying to chase a cat away?
Action
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Submission for MouseJam 2
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Kill all foes in your way, avoid all dangers and save the Realm.
Role Playing
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Fighting
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Shooter
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A Game Which Is Copy Of Flappy Bird But A Fish Is The Main Character Plz Play U Will Enjoy It