This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-08-20 16:00:00 to 2021-08-29 18:00:00. View 31 entries

Cape Town based studio Free Lives is sponsoring a physics jam for all interested South African devs who are keen to explore the basics of physics based game design. We hope this jam encourages more developers to use this feature as we have found our games that use physics to be relatively low budget yet high profit generating IP's. The more people we have in our country that are honing their skills in physics the more opportunities will become available to make a successful game development career possible.  It's also a crazy fun way to make games! 

We encourage you to join the Make Games SA Discord community to meet and connect with other game makers.

This competition is open to South Africans only and to anyone no matter experience level. Teams can be as big as you want. You’re allowed to use whatever tools you like, and use pre-existing code/sounds/art/assets where it helps you. But if you use assets you are required to disclose them. We want to award prizes for the new code and art and sound produced during the jam.

The optional diversifiers for the jam are: 

Losing Momentum 

That Looks Like It Hurts 

Load Bearing 

The More You Have The Worse It Is 


These are optional diversifiers, in a sense "Physics" is already the theme for this jam, but if you want an extra constraint to narrow your options and inspire you to try something different, please pick one of these. You can pick multiple optional diversifiers if you want to really challenge yourself, but if you already know what you want to make and it doesn't fit with any of the diversifiers you're also welcome to fo that.

Please indicate in your submission your team's experience level (student, hobbyist or professional), if you have a mixed team then please detail the experience levels of the members and the judges will use their discretion. Please also mention whether you would like to be considered for the diversity prize.

1. Competition starts on 20 AUGUST 2021 // 18:00

2. Deadline for entries: 29 AUGUST 2021  //  20:00 

3. You may work for all 10 days of the jam, or either both weekends, as we expect many of you will have commitments during the week. (Physics gameplay can be a lot of work to polish, but often the best ideas are very simple, don't get too ambitious!)

4. You can enter as an individual or as a team.

5. Use whichever language, tool or development system you are comfortable in.

6. Your game must contain all files needed for it to run and should not require other bulky systems to be downloaded or installed, exceptions are browser plugins like Flash and self-contained DLLs distributed with the game.

7. While any fixes post-jam will be taken into account, the version submitted at the time of the deadline will be played and judged, so make sure it is PLAYABLE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NOT CONTAINED IN THE GAME.

8. Competition is open to entry for South African residents.

9. You retain all copyright to your work.

10. The illegal use of copyrighted material will not be tolerated. Do not steal!

11. All risk or liability in case of copyright infringement or other legal issue resides with the entrant, Free Lives takes no responsibility for entered games.

12. The judges’ decision is final and no negotiation will be entered into. Free Lives together with guest judges Punches Bears & Juan de la Torre of Devolver Digital will choose the winners. Winners will be announced 17th SEPTEMBER 2021. 

Best Physics Games Play

Winners: Elderdash + Kickflip, The Horse

Best Ragdoll Physics

Winners: MONKE + Simian Slam

Technical Achievement

Winner: Time is Money

Diversity Best Physics Game Play


Student Best Physics Game Play

Winner: Last To Leave

Hobbyist Best Physics Game Play

Winner: Elderdash

Best Visuals

Winners: Physics Practice + Elderdash

Best Sound

Winner: Last To Leave

Best Humour

Winner: Elderdash



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All submissions
Browser playable (6)
Windows (23)
macOS (2)
Linux (1)
Android (4)

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Some practice incorporating physics into a classic video game
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Explore the world as a horse.
Why did the granny cross the road?
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A marionette puppet is on an adventure in a big world... until he comes across something that could change everything.
How far can you toss your monkey?
A rude awakening coupled with a strange discovery
Time to cause some intense Rolling Rocketing Rampaging action in this Chaotic Shooter!
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it's time to fulfil your life long dream of becoming a cat owner!
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A time travelling heist game
The Aim of the game is simple, avenge the crocodile.
Submission for Physics Jam 2021
Just fly around and drive round and walk around
A jumping monkey platformer
Use one of our three Mecha Snakes to eat as many yummy pallets as you can. Just mind the tail, okay?
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Entry for Physics Jam 2021 (South Africa)
A short rocky survival game
Eight Ball Pool with street rules. No turns! No strategy! No ragrets!
Solve a set of puzzles using the power of physics
A third-person person shooter with a little influence from vertical scrolling shooters.
A game about building a star
A physics game with magnets, kinda.
Fun project of 3 friends
Hell could be better if all dogs did NOT go to heaven
battle it out to win gold in this wacky blobby madness
mouse escape platformer
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Blast yourself out of a cannon, break into a castle, smash everything in sight, and take down the tyrant king.
Solve puzzles involving gravity for the SA Gamejam
Survive using your friendle grenades