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This is a 10 day game jam hosted by Programancer with emphasis on simulating the 8-bit/16-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 1st, 2022 to the end of July 10th, 2022!

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Most specifically, we want games that feel like they were meant to be on store shelves in 1991-1995, but got lost in time somehow and were recently discovered.
  • Period Specific Visuals (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 1991-1995. 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.
  • Your game MUST be made specifically for this jam in the time allotted.

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

Can I collaborate with other creators? - 100% yes! If you have a team in mind, go for it~

What's the theme? - The retro aesthetic is the theme~ Otherwise, no specific theme outside of making something that looks and feels like it came out of that "boomer" era of games! Make what comes into your mind, but try to be mindful of era-specific limitations.

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 August 1st! Entries will be voted on the following criteria: Controls, Graphical Presentation, Audio Design, 8-bit/16-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!

How strict are the rules? - This jam is meant to be a laid back experience. The most important part of the rules is that you make a game that accomplishes having the feel of an era specific game. For example, if you feel like bending the rules a bit and making a Playstation style game, feel free! Just try to make it feel like it came from that system, and have fun!

What isn't allowed? - Make sure your game was made for THIS jam, and during the timeframe of this jam. To keep with the spirit of jamming out a game and to be fair to all other participants, do not submit anything made for another jam, or something released outside of the jam's timeframe, or it'll be immediately disqualified and delisted from submissions. A reminder of this is also included on the submission page.

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! There have been some really good games come out of RetrogradeJam that have gone on to become full projects, and at the end of the day that's the goal!

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

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Infiltrate Detroit Prison City and stop the Techno-Terrorists!
Action
An original release from WLS to Nintendo's Gameboy handheld console.
Shooter
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落ち物で回路を作るパズル
Puzzle
NES themed run’n gun
Action
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Take space guy Jeff through a retro space adventure to test his wits
Puzzle
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Retro space shmup with two weapon systems and enemy variety
Shooter
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Boomer-core Base Battler
Strategy
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Infiltrate the enemies base! Can you beat it?
Action
Ore shipments from the dwarven mines of Tamepaddled have come to a halt, can you find out what happened?
Adventure
NES-Game
Action
Shooter
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Game Boy-styled shoot 'em up
Shooter
Retro NES style RPG Platformer with Alchemy!
Platformer
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An RPG game made for Retrograde Jam 3, in 2022
Action
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Destroy robots and get the keys to difuse the bomb before it explodes!
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procedurally generated platformer about a cat
Platformer
Casual game
Simulation
Brutally difficult action game where every flash counts
Action
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GameBoy Platformer game, Can you help Slopy find his friends?
Platformer
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Aquatic Beat-em Up
Fighting
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My Submission for the RetroGradejam3
Shooter
A cool platformer i found in my attic
Platformer
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It's time to get rowdy
Action
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Journey as a simple slime bouncing from island to island as you complete strange puzzles
Puzzle
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Platformer
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If breakout mixed with galaxian
Shooter
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A retro gamejam game where you build yourself a home!
Simulation
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He's like a boy, but with a ball instead.
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Grapple It!
Action
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