Jam Favorites: Bitsy Jam: Harvest

There are a ton of game jams happening online at any point during the year. Many of these jams follow a theme and a timeframe, giving developers the challenge of creating a game within a specific jam’s restrictions. I am able to record loads of these games for each and almost every game jam. As I record them all, I pick out games that stand out to me and games I love from each individual jam. This article contains the games I love from the the Bitsy Jam: Harvest.

Bitsy Jam runs monthly game jams that require developers to use the Bitsy engine to create a game. This month, the theme was ‘Harvest’. I’ve played through each of the submitted games in my compilation video series and below are a few of my favorites, in a random order.


Midnight Harvest by Restive Panda

Midnight Harvest is a short, little story-based game where you play Death. Death doesn’t exactly want to keep doing what they are meant to do —  instead of killing people, you’d much rather enjoy your life, free of responsibilities. The previous Deaths before you have passed after doing this game for so long.

Midnight Harvest

As you explore around, you find some rumors that a witch is telling fortunes in exchange for crops. That’s a new thing that you might want to investigate. Otherwise, you can talk to various characters and learn what the town is doing this autumn…


The Spirits of Bluebirch Forest by Nic

The Spirits of Bluebirch Forest is a super-adorable little game where you play a forest spirit! It is the time of harvest, which means you can go to the local farm and collect some vegetables. Each area of the farm contains a different vegetable, with one that you can pick up.

The Spirits of Bluebirch Forest

Grabbing these bits of food will give you information about it from the local town. These different descriptions are quite funny to read through, all light hearted and well written. You end up learning what the various foods mean to the people you are harvesting them from, before returning home and eating them yourself.


Whitethorn by Rick Hoppmann

Whitethorn is a lovely little walk in the forest with a dear friend of yours. You and your friend have decided to go foraging in the forest. There are lots of different foods and plants to find; From mushrooms to herbs, to flowers and clovers. As you wander around, you can talk to your friend and see what they find, or share your findings with them.

Whitethorn

Traveling through this forest is really relaxing and well done. As you find more items, you get to talk about them; how to best use a herb or the taste of specific fruit. It all leads to a lovely day with your friend in a very nice part of the forest.


Moon Harvest by Chris1024

Moon Harvest has you taking care of the plants near your home on the moon. It’s lonely on the moon: You are the only person there. But, you found some strange seeds under your bed. You end up planting these seeds and finding that these seeds might not have been from earth.

Moon Harvest

Instead, they might be some sort of creepy space plant, that you might water and nurture, and it might bring about some strange happenings in this world so far away from home. You might end up helping these plants grow into something good on the moon — or you might just end up wanting to go home.


The Bitsy Jam is a monthly game jam – if you’d like to keep an eye out for the next one, I’d suggest following the creator of the Bitsy Engine, @adamledoux, on Twitter.

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