This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-12-14 02:00:00 to 2020-01-02 02:00:00. View results
The #ToyBoxJam Results are in!
TL;DR: Overall winner & Most Fun: LAVA JOE
Best Use of Assets: Myrtle Takes the City
Silliest, Nuttiest Game: Spaghetti Forever
Best Implementation of An Optional Theme: Toy Box Pipe
Most Novel Idea: Max
Thanks for jamming folks!
Anyone who didn't figure out the mystery or didn't see the secret message added to the bottom of this jam description:
Go check out: http://www.toyboxjam.com for a little surprise!
If you want to use the music from the jam, please credit Gruber Music! Thanks!
On December 13th, 2019, I released the Toy Box Jam "start cart" for Pico-8. Code a game with JUST THOSE ASSETS.
Contained within the START CART:
OPTIONAL: A MYSTERY TO SOLVE -- "The Case of the Disappearing Developer" who made these assets long ago....
LAUNCHER FOR THE JAM GAMES
Play the games here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?pid=71761#p
RULES: Short version
HERE ARE THE FILES!
Go here and READ the _READ_ME_FIRST file. Just start with the STARTCART and have fun. Look at the DEMOCART to see how to use some of the tricker graphics (and to hear the music selections). The Case of the Disappearing Developer is optional. There are little bonuses for solving the mystery that will help you have a few more options, but it is completely optional.
RULES: Long version (for the curious)
To be announced at start of the Jam. Many of them will be abstract and interpretable. This list may be added to but:
Or you can use Game Idea Guru! https://thattomhall.itch.io/game-idea-guru
LINKING TO LAUNCHER
The Launcher is finished. Run it here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=36399
To get IN the launcher, submit your cart to on itch.io. Your cart should be on Lexaloffle with the tag "toyboxjam" and please provide:
A) lists the carts and launch them
B) provides a pause menu entry to go "Back to Launcher"
I would also recommend making your submission playable on itch.io by exporting to HTML, changing gamename.html to index.html, then zipping the two files for upload. You have to check the box that says HTML - playable in browser. If I don't see your cart, comment on your Submission to the Jam, and that messages me.
Everyone can vote on the submitted entries! The categories:
What do you win? Nothing! But I will probably make digital Award Certificates suitable for Social Media Posting. Print and frame it if you want! I wonder if anyone could win the Pentafecta -- all five awards!
WHAT IS PICO-8?
Are you here and have no idea what Pico-8 is? It is a "fantasy console". Imagine that someone made an emulator for a console similar to the NES... but it never existed! You code in Lua (a scripting language that is easy to learn), and ALL THE TOOLS ARE BUILT IN -- code editor, sprite editor, map editor, sound effects editor, and music editor! It makes it really, really easy to make a game! I've made a tiny one in less than an hour! It costs $15 and is available from here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php Totally worth it for hundreds of hours of enjoyment! CHEAPEST CONSOLE / DEV ENVIRONMENT EVER!
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q: Where the heck are the files? Well, if you checked this early, good job: they are here! Read the _READ_ME file first!
Q: I've never made a game before, can I enter? A: Yes.
Q: I'm not very good at making games, should I enter? A: Yeah, why not?
Q: Can I reuse my own code from prior projects? A: Yes. Just no assets from them.
Q: What time zone determines the start and end dates? A: Pacific Standard Time (PST, GMT - 8).
Q: Can I join the jam after it has already started? A: Yes, you can join at any time. You just have to submit a game before the deadline.
Q: Can I work with a team? A: Yes.
Q: Can I be a member of more than one team? A: Yes.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of people that can be on the same team? A: No.
Q: Can I submit more than one game? A: Yes. Q: What happens if I don't submit my game in time? A: Your game won't be judged. But by all means, finish your game! (I still wanna see it!)
Q: Can I update my game after the end of the jam? A: Yes but judging will be based on the copy that was submitted by the deadline.
Q: Am I super-disqualified if I bend the rules a little? A: Nah, probably not except the safe for work one. But TRY to follow 'em!
Q: Can I participate without joining itch.io? A: Yesssss.... I guess.... but it will be a lot harder to track you down and see your work. If you really don't want to, we can try to figure something out. But you will have to post your cart on www.lexaloffle.com. And joining itch.io is WAY WAY WAY PREFERRED. And really, just join itch.io with a throwaway email if you have trouble with the idea.
Q: I have a problem with one of the files! What do I do? Let me know! I will fix it if I can!
Thanks to LCD Jam for the FAQ Idea and most of the questions!
I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Let's have a fun TOY BOX JAM Holiday together!
Pico-Lib Code by That Tom Hall and the Pico-8 Community (credits in "start cart")
Sprite Ideas by That Tom Hall, Lafolie, Liquidream
Art / Animation by Lafolie, Toby Hefflin, That Tom Hall
Sound effects by Lafolie, Gruber, That Tom Hall
Music by Gruber (and one lame one by That Tom Hall)
Jam Advice by Matthias Scherba
Idea of Having a Backstory by Fwip
Interesting Content Discussion by Lafolie
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