Game Jam FAQ
This is a living document!
- All entries must be completed by April 18. You're welcome to work prior, but submissions begin March 18.
- You must submit a game. If it's not obviously a game, let us know why you're submitting it and how to play!
- Work must be developed on repl.it and run on repl.it.
- All work must be your own or properly credited. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.
- No purchase of any kind necessary.
How long is the challenge going to run for?
It opens on March 18th and ends on April 18th. You’ve got a full month to create a cool game!
How will the prizes be distributed if a group wins?
If a group wins the top prize, we'll distribute it evenly.
How will entries be judged?
That's up to our judges! Read more about them here. No more upvote rigging, folks.
Does my game have to fit the theme?
The theme is CASH and it's there to inspire you! Feel free to interpret it however you’d like. But no, no points off if your submission doesn’t have a “cash” element in it.
Can I submit with a friend?
Yes! Groups up to 10 and individuals can submit. We’ll be giving out awards for best individual project and best group projects, but any submission is eligible for the top prize.
I want to submit with a friend, but I don’t have any. Help?
Check out #Challenge > #matchmaker on our Discord server—you’ll be able to find a group there.
Can I submit something I created before the challenge started? I mean, how will you even know I did otherwise?
We’d love to see it, but all games have to be designed on repl.it. We’re able to check the history… so don’t cheat!
Can I share my challenge entry before it’s finished?
Absolutely! You can edit your submission at any time, but you’re not permitted to make changes after April 18, 2019.
Can I change my entry after I’ve submitted it?
You can edit your entry up until April 18 at 11:59PM PST. After that, our submission period is closed!
I’m a member of the press and think this is cool. Who do I reach out to?
Shoot an email to [email protected]
I still have questions. Halp.
That’s okay. We’re here to help. Just send me an email at [email protected]
Need a little bit of help to get you started? Here’s a (n ever evolving!) list of free game assets. Just be sure to read the site carefully and give credit where credit is due ;-).
Art & Palettes
Music & Sound FX
Have assets you want to share? Let us know and we’ll add your download link!
We can come up with an idea and concepts and such before the challenge starts, right? Or does EVERYTHING have to be done within one month, not just the code itself?
I want to use a project but it would require installing a lot of extra libs. Is this possible to use in repl.it https://github.com/renpy/renpy#compiling-the-modules and how would I use it.
Is the packages option in the pygame repls meant to have suddenly disappeared?! Because the game we have been making for the past 15 days is nonfunctional without external packages.
i dont understand, how would one go around making a game when there is no video output in repl.it?
for small indie events like this i love using the pygame module but as i said, no video output!
Ive heard that repl it are working on something but to get started now i don't really know what to do?
What are all the prizes?
Hey Katya, I was just reviewing the FAQ after posting my entry. If you check the history of my entry, you will see that I just uploaded all of it at once, but I developed the bulk of the tech on Repl. If you check my account, you will see I have something like 7 iterations of that engine in separate REPLs. I did do several days' worth of work off-line, especially at the end of the JAM, but for 3 weeks I was working exclusively on repl.it. Am I disqualified?
Very Important Question!
If we have submitted our repl, and then make changes to the original repl, will those changes update the submission automatically?
If this is true, how can I test new changes/debug the game without breaking the submission?
Should I use 2 different repl, one for dev and the other for submission?
Is the winner selected from the project with the most upvotes? If so, I think this is unfair as the only projects that are displayed without having to expand the list are the ones with high amounts of upvotes. That means If I submitted my game now, It would be at the bottom of the list - for anyone to see my game, they would have to rrpeatedly press "show more"
I have two games in my GitHub which I had developed in angular. But when I directly import it in repl as a node project, then it does not work.
Any suggestions on how I can run an angular project in repl ?
There was a game I made with a tutorial Called the dog game, replica of the old game called, “the camel game I had uploaded”. I changed the name just recently to “the dog game.” And some one had uploaded it for themselves and took credit for themselves, and did’t say anything about me yet.
Simple words he plagiarized from me.
So, when you win do you divide the bitcoin amongst the winners or does each winner get 1 BTC?
I didn't realise you couldn't start before the 18th and wrote hardly any code; I literally got as far as drawing a rectangle and declaring some classes/variables. I have now deleted the repl.
Can I still do the competition with my idea?
So, i'm kind of a novice using Repl.it IDE and there's something that's a bit unclear to me yet: does repl.it support video output using Java or C#? If so, how do I enable that? Thanks for the attention. Looking forward in participating!