This jam is now over. It ran from 2019-01-11 05:00:00 to 2019-01-28 10:00:00. View 35 entries

Hello and welcome to WIZARD JAM, 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.

We're gonna be posting dev logs, forming teams, and chit chatting over here in the thread on the Idle Forums; come hang out! The welcome thread also has a link to join the Slack channel that's the hot spot for wizard chats.

https://www.idlethumbs.net/forums/forum/42-wizard-jam/

This year we also have a twitter account for the first time, @wizard_jam! Tag @wizard_jam or use the #wizardjam hashtag when you post progress updates so we can retweet your stuff!


Wizard Jam - Friday 11th January to Sunday 27th January

Showcase WeekendSaturday 2nd February to Sunday 3rd February

Choose an episode title from any show on the Idle Thumbs podcast network and use it as a theme prompt for your game. Use this site to browse through show titles: http://randomthumbs.danjohnmoran.com/ (Thanks to Broxxar, Panzorfork & matt.ishii for providing the site). 


  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. Wizard Jam began out of a desire to help people get starting making games, so don't be shy! 
  2. Aside from the next 2 administrative points, there are no rules. You don't HAVE to use a podcast title. You don't HAVE to make your entire game in the 2 weeks allotted. Most people will, but if you come in a little late, or get started a little early, or submit something unrelated to the podcast that's A-OK!
  3. Entries containing any form of harassment or hate-speech are not permitted. Anything crossing into this territory will be removed.
  4. If an entry is clearly from someone trying to use the jam page on Itch to promote an unrelated game, we'll contact the submitter and the entry may be removed.


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A candy factory building simulation.
Simulation
GIF
A face-poking puzzle game
Puzzle
Play in browser
A supermarket rampage simulator
Fighting
Die Hard: A Christmas Blast
Action
Shoot baddies at the baddies.
Action
A game about swarms and the space between.
Puzzle
Interactive Fiction
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Swim, survive and procreate!
Survival
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A short 'horror' game made during Wizard Jam 7 & 8
"The Chair Rolls Down the Hill"
Racing
Find the spinning pizzas, then deliver them
Racing
Virtual Digital Assistants Are Mega Weird
Interactive Fiction
Play in browser
The future of AI pizza delivery
Puzzle
Wizard Jam 8 Platformer
Platformer
A somewhat cynical Strategy Board Game
Strategy
A survival shooter where you scan for invisible enemies.
Shooter
GIF
Infect all humans!
Strategy
A short robotic murder mystery game
Puzzle
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Digest yourself before you're opponent can.
Action
A visual novel about giant robots and also giant aliens
Visual Novel
Whose unfinished story is it time for the world to move on from and forget?
Interactive Fiction
Play in browser
wizard jam 8 target shoots
Shooter
There are two very different sides to this maze.
Puzzle
An investigative point-and-click set in Liverpool, 1911
Interactive Fiction
Fight a big skeledragon!
Action
Wizard Jam 8 Contribution: God game using Virtues to influence your pawns to unlock the CUBE
Strategy
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Dodge obstacles with a little "twist"
An interactive fiction exploration of an out of control world left unchecked.
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