This jam is now over. It ran from 2016-10-07 23:00:00 to 2016-10-10 00:00:00. View results

(Edit: Winners Announced) Here's the winner's from this weekend's jam. Congrats everyone. There were lots of great games made this weekend.
  • Grand Prize - Rocket Squad Planet
  • Best Visuals - Harbinger
  • Best Audio - Bearly Together
  • Best Gameplay - Rocket Squad Planet
  • Best Narrative - Harbinger
  • Best Humor - Yarr
  • Best Use of Tech - Wingsuit Vigilante
  • Most Likely to Succeed - Bearly Together
  • Most Educational - Smooch that Fish
  • "Left Field" Award - The Pauper's Dilemma
  • Audience Choice Award - Hololens - The Hidden Facility
  • Kids Choice Award (Last minute addition) - Lab 12B

Welcome to Utah Indie Game Jam 2016! --- (Theme: HIDDEN)

Come with your team and make a game in 48 hours, meet people, and learn new stuff. Our fourth annual game jam will be held on October 7-9 at the Business Resource Center of Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem. Address is 815 West 1250 South, Orem, UT 84058

Check-in will be between 6 and 7 pm and the event goes until 8 pm on Sunday. We should have some great prizes for the winners.

What's a game jam?

Game Jams are a time-constrained game-making competition. In general, the goal is to come out of it with an awesome game you have made by yourself or with a team. If you want more info, check out these articles.

Here's Last Year's Game Jam Entries. That may help you get an idea of what kind of games can be done in 48 hours.

What does it cost?

The event is free. Though you'll need to pay for your own meals, snacks, etc.

What should I bring?

We suggest you bring a laptop computer (for portability), but you can bring in a desktop machine if you like. Note that internet access will be wireless only, so bring a dongle if you need one! Other good items are: food, snacks, toiletries, sleeping bag, pillow, headphones, thumb drives, and generally things that you'll need to survive a weekend trapped with a bunch of geeks. We will have a quiet room set aside for those needing to get some power napping in.

How large can my team be?

We don't have a limit on how many members can comprise a team, however you'll find that larger teams aren't always better as there's more chaos and coordination work. It's okay to have a team of one person if you want. Teams should be fairly well set by the time the event starts. If you need help finding a team let us know and we may be able to help.

Will there be prizes?

Utah Geek Events is sponsoring our prizes again this year. Here's the list of awards and prizes:

  • Grand Prize - $100
  • Best Visuals - $20
  • Best Audio - $20
  • Best Gameplay - $20
  • Best Narrative - $20
  • Best Humor - $20
  • Best Use of Tech - $20
  • Most Likely to Succeed - $20
  • Most Educational - $20
  • "Left Field" Award - $20
  • Audience Choice Award - $20

The winners will be determined by a panel of judges, except the Audience Choice Award which will be voted upon by the attendees. All games will need to incorporate the theme which will be announced during the kickoff meeting at the start of the event. At the end all games will be submitted to the website and each team will be able to present their game to the judges and everyone for about 5-10 mins per team. After that the judges will deliberate and the award ceremony will follow. (FYI - These categories could change before the event, but it's unlikely).

What are the rules?

  1. All entrants will have 48 hours (roughly) to develop as much of a game as is possible (preferably fully playable).
  2. The entirety of the game must be conceived, designed, built, and uploaded within the allotted time.
  3. Entrants must be prepared to show their progress at the end of the 48 hours.
  4. Entrants may choose to organize teams with any other entrants they choose.
  5. Entrants must have rights to all presented game assets, including: art, sfx, and music.
  6. Entrants may use any freely available programming frameworks, tools, and engines, as well as from their personal library also.
  7. Entrants must incorporate the randomly selected theme of the jam.
  8. Entrants will keep their game reasonably clean and in good taste as we may have minors participate. (No porn, F-bombs, etc)
  9. Entrants are expected to be respectful to others and the building during the jam.
  10. No alcohol or drugs are allowed in the building, and any smoking will have to be done outside.

NOTE: Although public domain, creative commons, personal libraries, and other assets you own are allowed to be used in the jam, it's not in keeping with the spirit of the jam if your game is composed entirely from other people's stuff (meaning it's not really your game). You do have to do some of the work yourself.


Friday, Oct 7th

6 pm - 7 pm: Sign in and orientation

7 pm - 7:30 pm: Opening ceremony & Theme announcement

7:30 pm: Jam starts in earnest

Saturday, Oct 8th

12 pm: Lunch (Sponsored by Ninjabee)

Sunday, Oct 9th

4 pm - 5 pm: Game submission hour

5 pm - 7 pm: Presentation of Games and Judging

7 pm - 7:30 pm: Judges deliberate

7:30 pm - 8 pm: Closing awards ceremony (Prizes sponsored by Utah Geek Events)


We offer a big big Thank You to our sponsors!

Utah Geek Events - Prizes

Ninjabee - Lunch (Sat)

All submissions
Browser playable (1)
Windows (9)
macOS (2)

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A story of fatherhood and regicide.
Use the hololens to save a hidden facility from a zombie infection
Be a pirate with your friends!
A 2D Platformer in which your goal is to escape the research facility.
Get your sister's candy back!
Escape a tomb with wits and weird powers in this puzzle adventure VR game!
Beginnings of an action RPG about an old guy carrying a baby he found after his village was destroyed.
Role Playing
Smooch the fish
Try to leave work without an earful from HR.
Or: How I made money in a peculiar way
You could be safe-fur if you hide.
Save The Planet. With Rockets.
Play in browser
What if Mafia met Clue?
Prototype of a 4 to 8 player shooter.