Do you remember, or at least know about when home computing just began, and you had to pull your games out of a magazine? In the late 1970s, Games on cartridges or floppy disks were very uncommon, so the easiest way to play games at home were to program them yourself. You could order magazines that had pages of code to hand copy. The only downside to this delivery method was that it took a long time to type up depending on the game, and the games themselves had to be restricted in code size so that it wouldn't take longer than an hour to program a game by hand.
In this Jam, I would like to challenge the Pico-8 community to make a functional and entertaining game with the following restrictions:
- Under 100 lines of code
- 10 sprites or less
- 5 or fewer song patterns with less than 10 loops
- If a map is used, it must be 16x16 sprite spaces or less. (A sprite space is 8x8 pixels)
- You must keep your code clean, that means no more than 2 commands/statements and under 180 characters per line
- comment commands (--comment) should only be used to describe a block of text. Remember that --comments count as lines.
- Just remember, anyone should be able to read the code, type it in manually, create the sprites, and the music in under an hour.
Those are the rules. Submit games on the Jam BBS with the hashtag #MagazineJam in the description or the title somewhere. I'll pick ones that I like and add them to my doc (magazine) of games with the code listed. And yes I will be crediting everyone who entered the jam and got a spot in the "magazine".
Here is the Google Doc (click here) I'm using for the jam.
Have Fun (if you want to)!
PS: While there is no deadline for this jam, If you want a bit of a challenge, try to make the game in just one week or less. I will continue checking the jam page for submission throughout this spring of 2017.