This jam is now over. It ran from 2021-01-01 19:00:00 to 2021-03-05 19:00:00. View 8 entries

What is a zachlike?

Broadly speaking, it's a puzzle game with infinite solutions to each puzzle. Zachlikes are based on systems which can manipulate pieces of data or objects to change them into other objects. Zachlikes have a heavy focus on optimization and not finding the solution, but coming up with it.


The most popular zachlikes are obviously the ones made by Zachtronics themselves: Infinifactory, ShenZhen I/O, Opus Magnum and MOLEK-SYNTEZ are some of them. However, some indies (including me!) have started to make their own contributions to this quasi-genre.

But there's not enough, and I want more!

That's why I challenge YOU to make a fully polished zachlike within 2 months. Are you up for it?

Of course, I don't just want to see 5 identical Assembly-programming games with different visuals. I'm looking for games that are unique and interesting while maintaining the core zachlike experience of creating a machine and then optimizing it.

Refer to this video on why strictly defined genres are innovation-crushing:

That's what I tried to do with my binary programming game, 1000-BIT: you have to work in binary, and the language is more similar to C than Assembly.

The COMPLETELY OPTIONAL theme is...

MINIMALISM

Try to make a zachlike with the smallest possible amount of commands, or parts, or pieces, or whatever. Maybe use minimalist graphics and remove all real-life context. 

RULES:

  • Be creative!
  • Have fun!
  • Play other people's games and give feedback!
  • Remember, you can publish pre-release versions of your game to get more feedback before launch!
  • Join the OFFICIAL JAMMERS' DISCORD here: https://discord.gg/9GeSJrS
  • You can start before the start of the jam, but try not to. It's more fun when everyone else is also making a game with you.
  • Use whatever resources you want to, as long as it's legal!
  • Your games can be NSFW... in fact, I'd be really curious to play an NSFW zachlike. That sounds fun.

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Build factories to produce art of the future
Puzzle
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Compete for control of a virtual computer
Simulation
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Replicate voxel objects by writing BASIC code.
Puzzle
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Created for the 2021 Zach-like Game Jam.
Puzzle
GIF
PICO8 demake of SpaceChem, a programming puzzle game
Puzzle
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