In this jam, you are provided a variety of sprites, sound effects, and music, and you have to make a game with them! On December 18th, 2020, I will release the Toy Box Jam "start carts" for Pico-8. Code a game with JUST THOSE ASSETS contained within the START CARTs. What's in there?
OPTIONAL: A MYSTERY TO SOLVE -- "The Case of the Unfinished Game" -- sent from mysterious recluse game developer Max Tojoby!
THERE WILL BE A LAUNCHER FOR THE FINISHED PICO-8 JAM GAMES!
Play last year's games here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?pid=71761#p
EASY MODE: RULES
Look at the DEMOCARTs to see how to use some of the tricker graphics (and to hear the music selections). "The Case of the Unfinished Game" is optional. There are little bonuses for solving the mystery that will help you have a few more options, but it is completely optional.
HARDCORE HARD MODE RULES: For the, well, you know, hardcore
Stuck on an idea? You can use Game Idea Guru! https://thattomhall.itch.io/game-idea-guru
Or try out RNDGAME for random game names! https://thattomhall.itch.io/rndgame
Wanna see how changing the palette will affect a sprite? Use A Strange Fool's Repaletter! https://astrangefool.itch.io/tbj2020-repaletter
HERE ARE THE FILES!
Go here and READ the _READ_ME_FIRST file. Just start with the STARTCARTs and have fun.
(Note: One Font fixed by Professor Action, and he provided a color-text printing routine! If you use it, PLEASE get it again!)
Read the READ_ME_FIRST file! Then go where Max tells you! (And let me know if there are any problems with the files or the special mystery activity...)
LINKING TO LAUNCHER
To get IN the launcher, submit your cart to on itch.io. Your cart should be on Lexaloffle with the tags "toyboxjam" and "tbj2020", 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.
I'm thinking this year it can just be for fun! We've all had enough stress this year!
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!
[FILE LINK WILL BE HERE]
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: It won't be listed on the Jam page, I think? 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, why not?
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's SO much easier if ya do. :D
Q: I have a problem with one of the files! What do I do? A: 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, Smelly Fishsticks, Alice Stenger.
Sound effects by Lafolie, Gruber, That Tom Hall
Incredible 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
Rune for RESPRITER and RENOISER
A Strange Fool for REPALETTER
Professor Action for fixing the One Font and providing a printing routine!
And of course, thanks to Zep for Pico-8!
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