Welcome to the Movie Game Jam, where you create a game in two weekends inspired by your favourite movie scene!
Games based on movies have a reputation for not being that great. They're also hardly made anymore.
Thus, the aim of this jam is to show that movies can still be a great source of inspiration for interesting and innovative video games!
Action and horror movies will be the easiest (conceptually) to turn into games, but I challenge you to also consider exploring your favourite films for scenes that could be highly unique and interesting in game form!
You can form teams easily on our CrowdForge page.
I am also hosting a jam in March called Meta Game Jam, where you create a game about games!
Come join our official Discord server (for this jam and future jams), because game jams are more fun when there's a community.
You can also follow my personal twitter @XavierEkkel if you have any questions or just because you like living life on the edge.
1) ~$200 in Steam game prizes given away to participants who give good game feedback and to some of my top picks.
2) A special role in our Discord server!
3) Lots of feedback from other participants and YouTubers/streamers (see below)!
4) Most importantly, the satisfaction of finishing an awesome movie-based game!
If you are a YouTuber or Twitch streamer interested in playing the games from this game jam, I can add you to a list in this section so participants and onlookers can easily find your content! If interested, please tweet me or email me.
Official List (so far) of Streamers / YouTubers awaiting your entries:
After the submission period, you'll be able to rate entries on the following categories on a scale from 1 to 5 stars:
The voting period will run for roughly two weeks.
Don't forget to leave feedback on any game you rate! It's more helpful than just a number, and it helps them find your game :)
Can my game be based on more than one scene?
One scene is recommended because it will likely lead to more focused and coherent game designs, and more time for polish. However, I won't restrict the use of multiple scenes or the general movie concept if that's what you want to do and you're confident in your ability to do so!
Can I start thinking of ideas ahead of time?
Yes! Just don't start making the actual game until the start time, and remember to scale back your ideas!
What platform should I create my game for?
You are allowed to create a game for any platform; however, it is highly recommended that you create a game for the browser and/or as a Windows executable (Mac and Linux versions are a bonus - the more platforms, the better). Games created only for other platforms are less likely to be played by our YouTubers/streamers and other participants, and will receive less feedback and ratings as a result.
Do I have to use all 10 days?
Not at all! 10 days simply allows more people to participate, and allows participants to work on the game at their own pace (rather than a 72-hour crunch). It is expected that some games will be completed entirely in 1 or 2 days, whilst some will be completed in stages throughout the week.
Can I use other peoples' work in my game?
We do not take responsibility for any unauthorised uses of other peoples' work (e.g. music, sound, art) and any consequences that may result from its use. Please use work that you are authorised to use or that you created from scratch yourself.
Do I keep the rights to my game?
Yes! You keep the rights to everything you create for this game jam.
Is there any restriction on game engines?
Nope! You are free to use whichever game engine you like - including your own custom-built engines - as long as you create your game code and assets from scratch.
Can I base my game on a TV show instead?
For this jam we'll be keeping the focus on movie scenes (there should be enough movies to choose from!) - but TV shows could very well be the focus of a future jam.
Do you have some examples of movies that would make interesting games?
Funny you should ask! Our official Twitter account regularly Tweets movie game ideas!
Here's a short list to get some ideas going (video links to scenes or trailers - spoilers may be present):