This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-05-28 23:00:00 to 2021-06-06 22:59:59. View results

Update:

Our modifier for this year has been chosen by the community, and it is... One Button! Remember, the modifier can be taken literally, or figuratively, and you can choose to interpret (or misinterpret) it however you want! 

Good luck everyone!


'So Bad it's Good' Jam 2021

Like it or not: we're back for another year!

Once again, your aim is to make a game that is "So bad it's good". "What is a SBIG game?", I hear you ask excitedly. Great Question! A game that is by no means "well-made" or "polished", but has a unique charm to it. Make a game that isn't perfect, isn't extravagant, but is jank to the point where it becomes enjoyable!

Unsure what to do? View our 2020  Jam2019 Jam2018 Jam and our 2017 Jam.

The Criteria:

There are a few (loose) rules that may help you to get started

  • Rule 1: "It has to be fun to play" 

This is arguably the hardest category to get right. There is a sweet spot with these types of games. Games that are unplayable, or mediocre to the point of boredom, are not fun. In order to make a true SBIG game, there has to be a level of enjoyment. With that said, it is up to you exactly how you choose to achieve this!

  • Rule 2: "It can be original or based off an existing IP"

- You can be as original or shamelessly unoriginal as you want. Just don't use any trademarked or copyrighted material. If you want to do an existing IP, at least think of a funny name for it. See Two Mythical Lizards or Freedom the Eagle  for inspiration. 

  • Rule 3: "Use whatever engine, whatever genre, however many people"

- Just go nuts. If you want to make your game in Unity, Gamemaker, Unreal, Construct: do it! One person, Two people, Ten people: do it! Hell, if you and your team of 50 people want to make a game for your TI-84 calculator, there's nothing stopping you.  Use what you feel most comfortable with, or try something new, and see how it turns out. The only way you could fail is by not releasing a game at all.

  • Rule 4: "Games must be made during the jam period".

- In order to make it a level playing field, you can't submit a game that you've worked on/released before the start of the jam. Once the jam starts, you can work on your game as much as you want, but keep you ideas in your head until the jam begins!

Modifier:

For this year's jam, as with last year's, there will be a modifier. The modifier is a special theme or item that could be added for extra points. For example, our previous modifiers have been "retro" and "cyberpunk". Currently, the modifier is unannounced, but it will be unveiled 2 days before the jam starts. You can use the modifier, choose to ignore it, or choose to interpret (or misinterpret) the modifier how you want. You do you.

Voting for the modifier will start in May in the Discord Server, and my (not-so) trusty Discord bot, VoteBot, will announce the modifier randomly, two days before the start of the Jam. Stay tuned!

Voting/Prizes:

Also, the voting system will be slightly different. Games will be judged on individual categories: 

  • Graphics
  • Sound
  • Gameplay
  • Overall Bad
  • Overall Good
  • Modifier

Remember, the individual categories will be judged on whether they are so bad it's good. The voting isn't a measure of quality, but a measure of how well they fit the brief of the jam.

The top winners will have their games included in a "Best of the Worst" compilation, and the overall winner can choose whether the bundle is free or paid, and if so, what charity the proceeds will be sent to. If you would like to see the previous compilations, you can see our 2020 "Best of the Worst" Compilation, the  2018 Compilation and the 2017 Compilation.

Finally, there might be one final surprise, to celebrate the Jam's five year anniversary! Stay tuned for the big reveal!

Find a team:

We have a dedicated Discord channel for finding teams together. If you'd like to find some people to make a game with, the Discord is the best place to do so! You can join the Discord here:

Links:

As mentioned before, we have a Discord server, where you can see the latest updates, and vote on the modifier: https://discord.gg/rn7amBk 

And that is all, Good luck everyone!

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UNIT 67 HAS CRASHLANDED IN CRAP.
Action
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Survive the trials. Press the button!
Interactive Fiction
Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' in the Wild West
Shooter
So beautiful
Puzzle
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just press the button
Action
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Hollywood Nice Guy Tom Hanks uses his tank to save Christmas
Shooter
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Rolll Blob. Find Frenz? Suhffer.
Adventure
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A elevator, one button
Visual Novel
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A short horror story
Interactive Fiction
A noodle-creature's adventures through an eternal corridor of generic adventure game puzzles.
Adventure
Do you believe in the luck of the draw?
Card Game
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Quality testing at an affordable price
Puzzle
story about cat and Spaghetti Monster
Platformer
Made for "So bad it´s good" Game Jam. A game about no progression.
Puzzle
Help Fred pick his outfits to finish his day
Puzzle
Dysfunctional Uncooperative Spacefaring Action!
Action
Fighting aliens to reclaim your stolen pants button
Adventure
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Don't let them press the Button!
Survival
Enjoy a stress free university life.
Visual Novel
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Solve all the world's problems with your new super-advanced A.I. buddy.
Puzzle
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How long can you last living the high life!
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A Janky Racing Obstacle Course: Not for the faint of Heart!
Racing
Relax after a hard day at work. A salaryman deserves some fun.
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Save the tristate area as Terry the ekidney
Platformer
a bad puzzle game with one button and a lot of levers
Protect Your Walls!
Drive your car with only one button
Action
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this game has a sea monster in it
Racing
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The ultimate in pinball action...IN 3D!
Shooter
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Entry for 'So Bad It's Good Jam 2021'. A puzzle game about guiding a cool guy to his grapes.
Puzzle
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Help Dracula avoid obstacles and run home to hide from the sun.
Action
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Why doesn't it roll...
Platformer
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It's your birfday! Submission for 'So Bad it's Good' Jam 2021. Jam modifier: One Button
Platformer
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Action
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Bad Block Breaker
Action