This jam is now over. It ran from 2017-06-01 23:00:00 to 2017-06-19 06:59:59. View 58 entries


Hello and welcome! Wizard Jam is the bi-annual Idle Thumbs community-run game jam.

Wizard Jam is not a contest; the main emphasis is to celebrate the Thumbs community through sharing and collaboration over the course of a fortnight. We write devlogs and post GIFs. We offer support and volunteer music, sounds and other assets. We play each other's games and stream them. It's a lot of fun.

The other thing we try to emphasise is encouraging people to try making something new and unfamiliar; or to try game development for the first time entirely (quite a few of the entries we've had in the past are from complete first-timers to gamedev!). We run the jam over the course of two weeks to give people the room to try something weird and see how it turns out.

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Here are some details:


Wizard Jam - Friday 2nd June to Sunday 18th June

Showcase Weekend - Saturday 24th June to Sunday 25th June


Choose an episode title from any show on the Idle Thumbs podcast network and use it as a theme prompt for your game. (Thanks to Broxxar, Panzorfork & matt.ishii for providing the site)


The diversifiers are an optional challenge for the jam. They're creative prompts, designed to help you design a game around a specific limitation (or set of limitations). You can choose as many (or as few) as you like and incorporate them into your game.

"2D's company, 3D's a crowd" - Make a 3D game using only 2D graphics. 

Limited Vocabulary - Limit your player's verbs (run, jump, punch) to just one! Make a game that explores that verb to its fullest. 

"You Just Played Yourself šŸ”‘" - Make a game where you play against yourself, or a game where your past movements or actions are important in some way. 

Hoisted - The game conspires to destroy the player in some way; or the game allows the player to be the cause of their own undoing. 

Texture Thrift - Use the same art/prop asset as many times as possible in your game, whilst obscuring the fact you are doing this. 

Frug Froctions - Include another, entirely separate game inside your game.

  1. This jam is not a competition, and there is no minimum level of game development experience needed to join. People from all backgrounds are  welcome to participate. If you're new to gamedev, let us know! Join us on the forums and on Slack; where you'll find help, advice and encouragement from the community. 
  2. Entries containing any form of harassment or hate-speech are not permitted. Anything crossing into this territory will be removed.

For Wizard Jam 5, we're trying something new! After the jam finishes, we'll be hosting a Showcase Weekend; an opportunity for everybody to step back from the game making process and look at what everyone else has made; with an emphasis on giving feedback and comments to fellow creators. It's covered in the schedule below, and there'll be more details to follow.


[from the Wizard Jam 5 welcome thread @ www.idlethumbs.net/forums]

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Graceful twin-stick arcade action with no bullets.
Action
A short exploration game created for Wizard Jam 5.
Adventure
It's a rouge-a-like-a-like where you take a randomly assembled character through an endless, generated gauntlet.
Action
GIF
A wizard jam game.
A short game about talking to some ghosts at the pool.
GIF
A video game by BigJKO, Toblix, Wrestlevania, and Lu; for Wizard Jam 5!
Action
A tower defense game - weather the tides of jelly!
Strategy
GIF
Stop the revolutionaries, save your regal self!
Shooter
An homage to Twin Peaks for Wizard Jam 5
GIF
A tragedy written by I.G.H. Remo.
GIF
RTS puzzle game. Can you order your troops in the correct order?
Puzzle
A Bond-Style Death Trap Puzzle Game
Action
a comedy dream world walking simulator
made for Wizard Jam 5
A jokey Walking Simulator with Creepy Robot Content(TM) for Wizard Jam 5.
Simulation
A wizjam game (For reals this time)
Simulation
You are a samurai falling down a tower slashing everything in your way.
Action
My Wizard Jam 5 submission!
a short rhythm game made for wizard jam 5
GIF
A word-based driving game for the original Out Run arcade hardware
Action
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Protect the portal by casting runes to mix spells to hit things that aren't you
Action
Action
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A cooperative athletic training subterfuge game.
Hunt through corridors evading the unseen enemies to find your target.
Action
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Simulation
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An Asymmetrical Competitive Multiplayer Waldolike
Puzzle
Kill monsters to build furniture for your house.
Rpg
A laser infested shoot-em-up of the ages
Shooter
Happy Hoistmas!
Platformer
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Short platformer
Platformer
Explosive hoisting experience
Sports
Thrown into an alien world and ready to kill 'em all!
Action
In the world of game dev, it's cull or be culled.
Action
Kill deadly, deadly bees
Action
A demonic canine puzzle game.
Puzzle
Puzzle
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Wizard Jam 5 Entry
Shooter
Wizard Jam 5
Adventure
the #1 wall staring simulator
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