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 TwitsyBot Jam.
Developers who partook in the TwitsyBot Jam were challenged to make a game in the Bitsy engine, a game inspired by their favorite Twitter bot. 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.
Cavern Caravan Trail by Andrew Yolland
Cavern Caravan Trail is based on the @cavern_caravan Twitter. This adventure game really takes the Bitsy engine to the limit in the name of the Twitsybot Jam. You will be going on an epic journey with your caravan, through lands that are quite unknown. You begin by doing set-up for the journey, naming your captain and deciding if you want more captains to be apart of your journey. Then you must take a loan out for your journey, keeping in mind interest rates. Once you are ready to embark — after, of course, purchasing supplies — you can take off.
On the journey, you will encounter various events and see how they affect what you have purchased. It is your hope to sell items you gain for more money or buy items at a low price to sell later at a much higher rate. The idea of the game is to end your adventure with the most money possible, pay off your loan and keep yourself afloat. Each time I played Cavern Caravan Trail, I got different options in different places, which was a really cool twist. This adventure is one well worth having.
Witch Way Home by tyedye105
Witch Way Home is an adorable adventure game, inspired by @witchcreator, about getting lost in the woods. You have stumbled deep into the woods and have no idea how to get home. To make matters worse, it soon becomes dark and a giant, clicking bug is chasing you! In fear of being eaten, you have run towards what seems to be the only house in these woods.
Once in the house, you find that a witch is living there. This witch is learning magic and is quite wholesome in character, learning spells and looking to help you out. This little story has a few twists and turns, as well as a lot of cute moments that show how modern this witch is.
the island of robot poets by Phoebe Flowerditch
This little Twitsybot Jam game is a story-based one revolving around poems from the @poem_exe Twitter.
The island of robot poets has a title that tells it all. You have come to the island of robots. All of the robots that live here have been discarded, left to rot on this small land of sand, surrounded by sea. Instead of finding a way off the island, all of the robots have taken up writing poetry.
So that is what they have to share with you, a new person, after not having anyone new for so long. Each one has a small story of themselves, which they share with you as a perfectly crafted poem. Exploring this island and getting to know each robot is just a lovely experience.