N64brew Game Jam 2020

This is an exciting announcement for the Nintendo 64 homebrew community. The N64brew community on Discord hosted the N64brew Game Jam 2020 during the autumn months which challenged participants to make a game and enter it in a competition to see whose is the best.

The theme of the game jam was TBD at first, but then revealed to be SIZE. Entrants could register and find development teams over on the N64brew discord channel.

It ran over the course of two months from 13 Oct 2020 to 13 Dec 2020, so submissions were finalised by that date.

There is a cash reward for the winner, to be expanded if more people donate to the pot.

N64brew Game Jam 2020

This is the first game jam for the Nintendo 64 in over 20 years, last time it was Presence of Mind 99 (POM ’99) on Dextrose.

As of the bginning of the competition, there were 12 teams and 32 solo entries signed up, so it looks like the judges have their work cut out for them if everyone manages to makes a submission.

Judges

There are five judges who will be deciding the winner of the game jam:

  • David Doak (Goldeneye/Rareware)
  • Allan Findlay (Software Creations/Acclaim)
  • Neil Voss (The New Tetris/Tetrisphere)
  • Snooplax (N64 Youtuber)
  • Buu342 (Pyoro 64/N64brew Discord admin)

Theme

The theme for this N64 game jam is… Size!

The theme is very vague – and for good reason. It has to be that way so that the

I originally wanted to publish this post last week, but they were on the cusp of announcing the theme so I left it for a week later.

Signing up

The competition is over, so this section is just for reference.

Go to the discord chat to find a team if you want, and then fill out the registration form. Be sure to do it by Tuesday 19 October 2020 to qualify. I know it’s a bit short notice, but do register if you want to be part of the competition.

Prizes

Besides bragging rights, there is an ever-increasing pot of gold for the top entries. There is currently $1,127.10 to be split among the top three in a 6:3:1 ratio:

  • 1st: $676.26
  • 2nd: $338.13
  • 3rd: $112.71

What about N64 Squid?

I won’t be participating or judging, there is too much stuff that I need to be doing that I’m constantly postponing. I have reviewed each and every one of the games that were submitted, and you can find the below.

Finalists

The results for the game jam are in – out of all the 12 teams and 32 solo entries announced at the beginning, 14 of them managed to submit a project to the judges. The entries are as follows (in alphabetical order):

64Noid

64Noid is a Nintendo 64 homebrew game by Game Master Plc that replicates the style and gameplay of the classic Arkanoid game.

Big Burger

Big Burger is a homebrew game by Allie made for the 64brew Game Jam 2020 where you stack a burger till you reach the heavens.

Castle 64

Castle 64 is a homebrew game for the Nintendo 64 by Manfried where you guide a knight through a castle's basement maze.

Juicin’ 64

Juicin' 64 is a Nintendo 64 homebrew game made by Kivan117 where you lift weights and avoid gym rats for a high score. Get those gains!

Just Add Water

Just Add Water is a homebrew game for the N64 made by Joeldipops where you manage drying and expanding clothes in the ever-changing weather.

Kumi-Daiko Beatoff 64

Kumi-Daiko Beatoff 64 is a Nintendo 64 homebrew game by Team Riistahillo in which you swing a taiko drum around to smash your opponents.

Lunar Assault 64

Lunar Assault 64 is a homebrew game for the N64 by Daniel Savage where you have to save the moon from lunar beasts in1st and 3rd person.

Retro Dash

Retro Dash is a N64 homebrew game by SpiritOf1776 where you run and dodge upcoming obstacles without pause.

sblobber 64

Sblobber 64 is a homebrewn puzzle game made by VRGL117 for the 2020 64brew game jam, winning 2nd place. Let's take a look.

Tecto

Tecto is a homebrew game for the N64 where you travel through a jungle by enlarging objects that allow you to bypass obstacles.

Telocation: Gemini

Telocation: Gemini is a Nintendo 64 homebrew game made by Ultra Rare that won 1st place in the 2020 64brew game jam. Well done!

Test 3rd Person Demo

Test 3rd Person Demo is a hombrewn game for the Nintendo 64 by Team Ultranauts where you explore an alien 3D environment.

The Swoop 64

The Swoop 64 is a homebrewn N64 flight simulator where you play as a bird who steals objects to build a nest as high as possible.

Thornmarked

Thornmarked is a homebrew game for the N64 by Team Vanadium made for the 64brew game jam 2020 where you destroy thorned creatures with magic.

Winners of the N64brew Game Jam 2020

There was originally going to be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the competition, but due to two ties, there are five winners in total.

1st place: Telocation: Gemini by Ultra Rare 64 with 117/125 points.
2nd place: Kumi-Daiki Beatoff 64 by ptimonen and Sblobber 64 by vrgl117-games with 104/125 points each.
3rd place: Lunar Assault 64 by danbolt and The Swoop 64 by zestydevy with 102/125 points each.

Interview and discussion

The judges (and some others) had a 2-hour long discussion about the games in the N64brew Game Jam and N64 development in general.

And no, I’m not writing a transcript for this one. I might include some quotes on the corresponding homebrew game post though.

This contest was brought to you by the fine folk over at the N64brew Discord channel. Be sure to check them out.

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