Join industry veterans and GameDev.tv’s Rick Davidson & Tim Ruswick* as they play 20 games from the 2022 GameDev.tv Game Jam.
Our game jam had over 900 entries and each submission received a free course of their choice! We thank each and every one of you who participated. The theme of our game jam was ‘Death Is Only The Beginning’. We did our best to play all submissions (& thanks so much to everyone else who did!). Below are 20 selected at random by Rick and Tim.
(*Rick has more than 14 years experience in the game dev industry, working on IP's that include Mario, Transformers, Captain America and Mortal Kombat. He's done it all, from Game Designer, Producer, Creative Director and Executive Producer to GameDev.tv's very own Instructor extraordinaire. Tim Ruswick is a successful YouTuber and indie dev, who's created more than 30 games in the last 5 years (wow!), and joined GameDev.tv as our marketing monster).
Listen to the whole chat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhJrR04cnEk
Project Resurrection (7:16 - 11:51)
Description: You are a cyborg trying to defeat your enemies, but to fully eliminate them you have to kill them, then remove your heart and transform to the Ghost World. There you will have to kill their Stronger form, and only then are they fully eliminated.
Play: 🎮 https://tyrantswrath.itch.io/project-resuraction
Follow: 👀 https://tyrantswrath.blogspot.com/
Renascentia (12:19 - 14:34)
Description: When you die, you get a buff. When the enemy wave is defeated, they get a buff. Careful! You can only die once per wave before it is game over!
Play: 🎮 https://ancep.itch.io/renascentia
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/AncepDev
Alliance Reborn (17:57 - 24:30)
Description: A space shooter that puts you into the boots of a cloned pilot from 100 years ago. You awake thanks to a shipboard AI computer who puts you on the path to seek and destroy the HQ of the Cyrus Corporation who has been trying to dominate the galaxy.
Play: 🎮 https://fatpiratecat.itch.io/alliance-reborn
Follow: 👀 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrH16Fbl5F1fMnKRvzjKK2
Soul Collector (25:06 - 29:30)
Description: You are in the afterlife and your job is to go around and free souls from their eternal torment. Lost souls are everywhere and you’ll need to collect a certain amount of souls to travel between dimensions.
Play: 🎮 https://henrmj.itch.io/soul-collector
Ascension Chamber (29:37 - 33:03)
Description: Having heard numerous tales of immortality, they thought “Wouldn’t that be cool; to live forever” Alas Mit never found a way to make it happen, until one day he was approached by Kirc, a dark and mysterious hooded figure promising the gift of immortality!
Play: 🎮 https://kaleva-poincare.itch.io/ascension-chamber
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/KalevaPoincare
Stall (33:12 - 38:58)
Description: Cook food for the spirits of Limbo in this short game. Can you help these spirits move on from Limbo?
Play: 🎮 https://amberfallstudio.itch.io/stall
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/AmberFallComics
Dead End Job (39:10 - 44:27)
Description: Becoming a Zombie isn't the end. In fact, it's just the beginning! The beginning of your new life as Zombie Employees! Working together with your fellow “ Zomployees”, you'll ensure all our machinery is switched on, and stay on! No one operates a dead man switch like our beloved Zomployees. All our Zomployees are equipped with the latest in glow in the dark Uranium rods!
Play: 🎮 https://pete-morgan.itch.io/dead-end-job
Follow: 👀 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbzvHOnziiQtqSv_O9Xk4Rg/videos
Death Overture (44:40 - 50:07)
Description: A ghost ventures into the castle where he is a prisoner. Will he be able to escape after centuries of imprisonment?
Play: 🎮 https://weekbistudio.itch.io/death-overture
Dice Show (50:28 - 56:23)
Description: Keep rolling to get higher Attack and block. If you Roll 3 skulls you lose all the stats you gained.
Play: 🎮 https://ilpinny.itch.io/dice-show
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/IlPrinny
Frank (57:33 - 1:01:24)
Description: Frank just wants to play a game. But, playing the game won't be so easy.
Play: 🎮 https://vitbull88.itch.io/frank
Slime Hunter (1:01:36 - 1:07:11)
Description: Another day, another hunt. What jobs are on the board today? Take on jobs to slay slime and collect the slime extracts for better items.
Play: 🎮 https://brohmyr.itch.io/slime-hunter
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/brohmyr
Death Is Only The Beginning (1:07:39 - 1:12:50)
Description: Ah, the sweet embrace of death... or so you thought. Far from relaxing for eternity, you found yourself in some sort of office building. With a job. Death Is Only The Beginning is a 2.5D platformer set post-life.
Play: 🎮 https://thegamesheplays.itch.io/death-is-only-the-beginning
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/thegamesheplays
Cerberus (1:12:54 - 1:18:09)
Description: Fight Cerberus in an epic battle! You died and you are trying to scape the underworld but Cerberus is guarding the exit, kill it if you can and scape or perish and be trapped in the underworld forever.
Play: 🎮 https://radrize.itch.io/cerberus
Rise of Necromancy (1:18:14 - 1:24:26)
Description: You play as a powerful necromancer who is seeking revenge over the Kingdom. In order to do so you will have to use your necromancy powers to resurrect the living, raise your army and take over the King. Time to raise your army!
Play: 🎮 https://hadilepanda.itch.io/rise-of-necromancy
Mr. Mat Hematic (1:24:47 - 1:25:52)
Description: Mr. Mat Hematic is a short puzzle game including unique puzzle mechanics, story with cutscenes and great music.
Play: 🎮 https://shahmuradov.itch.io/mr-mat-hematic
Follow: 👀 https://www.youtube.com/c/Shahmuradov
Truck-Kun Saves The Worlds (1:26:15 - 1:29:13)
Description: This game is based on an anime trope. There is a very popular genre of anime called isekai where characters are sent into another world. It's VERY common for them to be sent to another world by being hit by a truck. If you look up truck-kun you'll see many memes about this trope. For these characters, death is only the beginning as they are propelled into a new world to face the unknown and go on countless adventures! In this game you play as our ACTUAL hero, Truck-Kun!
Play: 🎮 https://jemwritescode.itch.io/truck-kun-saves-the-worlds
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/jemwritescode
Curtain Call (1:29:19 - 1:32:58)
Description: A man made a deal with the devil for musical talent, but the devil came to collect his soul before he got famous! Traverse through each building in a town to get your music to play! Everything you need is in the same building, so dodge the demons while you try to get your song playing on as many speakers as possible to become another musician who only gets famous after they've died.
Play: 🎮 https://rustylanterngames.itch.io/curtain-call
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/rustylanterndev
Death Delivery (1:33:03 - 1:34:55)
Description: In this action packed game, you play as a young Grimm reaper that works at a postal company. Due to the underworld’s new protocol “Death is only the beginning” you need to deliver a care package for the new soul! Use your trusty box to platform your way to the house where you will deliver your package!
Play: 🎮 https://ranger-peeps.itch.io/death-delivery
Follow: 👀 https://peep-explorer.webador.com/
Brunhilda's Revenge (1:35:25 - 1:38:35)
Description: You, Brunhilda, were the only child of recently passed away king. Therefore you were about to become a new ruler - a new sun shining over the kingdom. However the fate, or rather your uncle decided that the sun will never rise. It was your day of the coronation - your breakfast was poisoned and soon your young, beautiful body was hidden deep in the coldness of the crypt.
Play: 🎮 https://ikuti.itch.io/brunhildas-revenge
Follow: 👀 https://twitter.com/IkutiDev
The Afterlife Judge (1:38:57 - 1:44:53)
Description: You have to judge that the poor souls that come from death. What do you choose? Read the soul scroll to judge and decide if it goes to heaven (blue button) or hell (red button)
Play: 🎮 https://madmorla.itch.io/the-afterlife-judge
Bonus! Draggy Dog (15:43 - 17:52)
Description: Yes, Rick did make a draggy dog game with his daughter! 😂 They managed to create this game using Scratch, you can make something like this too with our Scratch course 👉 https://www.gamedev.tv/p/make-games-in-scratch?coupon_code=SOCIAL
Play: 🎮 https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/697286008/fullscreen/
We hope you enjoyed these games from our great community, we can’t wait for our next game jam!
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