This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-01-17 08:00:00 to 2020-01-20 08:00:00. View results

A jam about exploring unseen territory of game design.

The Topic Is...

Feel free to interpret the theme in any way you want!

The topic is meant for those who want to challenge their creativity and design skills
but following the topic is not required to submit your game.

You. Must. Join.

  • You'll challenge your creativity and expand your skill sets.
  • Meet new people from the community and make new friends.
  • Get and give feedback to grow as a developer. Get your game seen and played.
  • For the best 25 games: A good chance to appear in a YT video on my channel.
  • An additional shout-out and bragging rights if you win one of the top spots.
  • For the Winner(s): Some Will You Snail launch day Steam-Keys for you and your friends. :)

Watch the announcement video...

Almost No Rules!

  1. You can work alone or in a team of any size.
  2. Recycling code and assets is allowed. No need to write everything from scratch.
  3. You can use everything you're legally allowed to use. Give appropriate credits where required. Don't use any resources you don't have the rights to!!!
  4. Please warn players about mature or disturbing content in your game (if there is any).
  5. The game you submit has to be created during the jam.

How Much Time?

The jam starts January 17th.
After that you have 3 Days to make your entry. 
Simplicity is highly encouraged so spending just a couple of hours on your game should work as well.

Score Points!

Every participant will be able to rate other games on:

  • Fun
  • Simplicity
  • Visuals
  • Sound
  • Creativity
  • Topic
  • WOWIE! (<- This is the Number 1 Ranking Factor)

JOIN US for Extra Fun!

We have an awesome creative game dev community on Discord so if you're looking for a team, technical support or feedback, this is the place to look. I want you to create something WOWIE which is why I'll hang out on Discord for the entire weekend doing my best to support you with whatever you need. 

Last time the Discord group was super active during the jam and it was a ton of fun. :)

Get Good!

I've put together a quick playlist with tips for you. (Use the icon at the top right to switch between videos.) It includes a couple of useful videos for example one with the most common mistakes of last year's WOWIE Jam. Let's try to learn from that and do even better this time around!


Note: You don't need to use any of the provided resources if you don't want to. 
I'm just trying my best to support you wherever I can so I've put together an asset pack with free music and sound effects  you can use to speed up your process. Yes, you can also use them outside of the jam. 

More Sound Resources

Here are some more useful sites you can use to get your sounds if you want: License:

8bit Sound Generator:
8bit Sound Generator License: You have full rights to all sounds made with bfxr, and are free to use them for any purposes, commercial or otherwise.

More Awesome Resources

Colors matter quite a lot for nice visuals. I find this to be quite a useful tool: 
Color Scheme Generator:

Open Game Art:
Open Game Art License:

Milestone Suggestions

You can use these rough milestone suggestions to make sure you stay on track if you want. Remember to keep it simple!

  • After 5% of your time budget: You came up with multiple game ideas on paper and picked the most interesting one.
  • After 25% of your time budget: You experimented with your idea a bit and the basic game loop is done.
  • After 50% of your time budget: The most important visuals and sounds are implemented. Your game is fully playable.
  • After 75% of your time budget: The game looks, sounds and plays even better. It might also have a short tutorial now.
  • After 100% of your time budget: Final bugs are fixed,  game is uploaded to a decent looking itchio page.

Good luck, have fun. :)