Submissions open from 2020-07-03 04:00:00 to 2020-07-13 03:59:59
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This is a 10 day game jam hosted by Programancer with emphasis on simulating the 8-bit era! Low resolution, small palettes, chiptunes, and everything that made gaming in the early 90s great! This jam runs for 10 days- from July 3rd, 2020 to the end of July 12th, 2020!

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Most specifically, we want games that feel like they were meant to be on store shelves in 1991, but got lost in time somehow and were recently discovered.
  • Limited palettes/on-screen colors- NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, etc
  • Limited buttons- D-pad, start, select, A, and B. Exceed that at your own discretion.
  • Low resolutions similar to those found on consoles and handhelds around 1991. Feel free to modify it for 16:9 however. You can scale your window however you'd like to be playable at higher resolutions, but the in-game resolution must be low.

Who can enter? - Anyone! Of any skill level. Work solo or in teams- anything you'd like!

What tools can I use to make the game? - You can make your games in any software you'd like, as long as you consider accessibility of play. Please try to make your games playable in Windows without needing to install another program to run it. If you can't build to Windows, consider building for in-browser (webGL) play.

Am I allowed to use asset packs? - Certainly! If you have them and they fit your theme, go for it!

Can I make a game inspired by another real game? - As long as you create the content for your game (no ripped/stolen assets) and it's not a fan-game (made to be an unofficial entry in another series), create until your heart's content! Sometimes taking what we like from our inspirations and making it into something new can make something amazing.

What are the details on voting? - Voting is public, and will last from the end of the jam until July 19th! Entries will be voted on the following criteria: Controls, Graphical Presentation, Audio Design, 8-bit "Feel", Fun, Overall Rating, and Host's Rating.

What type of game should I make? Is there a specific genre? - Make anything you want! Outside of making the game seem like it's from the late 80's early 90's, there is no restriction on genre!

Is there a discord? - Yes! The link will be provided 2 weeks before the jam starts!

The most important thing is that you have fun while challenging yourself. Study some games you enjoy from the late 80's and early 90's, think about what you want to do, and have fun!

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a tweet!