TOJam, in case you’ve somehow missed our coverage of the event for the past two years running (shame!), is Toronto’s first and only video game development jam. This city is full of people with indie game-making chops (some of whom may soon have steady work, if Ubisoft decides to staff up with local talent). Since 2006, TOJam has been an annual focal point for all that technical prowess and creative energy.
The event, which takes place in May, lasts for three days and nights. In that time, all participants (there were ninety this year) must completely code an original video game from scratch. We’re told doing this is exactly as difficult as it sounds. Participants lug their laptops and their desktops to a warehouse in east Toronto and develop their games together, in close quarters. TOJam’s organizers provide a general theme (this year’s was “scale”), some food to eat, chairs, electricity, and not much else. Results are usually mixed, but creating a game with even thirty seconds’ worth of entertainment value in such a short timeframe is considered a triumph. TOJam is not a competition (though there are audience choice awards); it’s a supportive, temporary place for indie and amateur game developers to hone their skills and meet one another.
Since covering the event in May, we have been waiting patiently for all the games from this year’s TOJam to be posted online for us to download and play. That day has finally come, and the screenshots you see are a somewhat representative (but randomly selected) sample of this year’s crop of thirty-seven games (one of which is, apparently, missing, and not available for download).
Each one of these games packs a solid thirty seconds of fun (more, in many cases). You would have to be some kind of joyless monster not to at least try out one of the many Flash-based games from this year’s event. Most of the others require a PC and Windows. Some games won’t function without an Xbox 360 controller.
See after the jump for a complete list of games not pictured above. Or, find them all on the official TOJam site.
- Attention Shoppers: created by Paul Forest, with art assistance by Barry Rowe.
- Bob the Blob: created by Jeffrey Wong.
- da Boat: created by Team McPooley, a.k.a. Jim McGinley and Polly Lee.
- Lockpick: created by Andrei Petrov, with art assistance from Barry Rowe.
- Multiplayer Line Defense: created by Levo DeLellis, with art assistance from Nicholas Andreae and Greg Beaton.
- Spirit Guide: created by Michael Todd, Ian McKay, Stephen Finney, and Envy.
- Swine Flu Apocalypse: created by The Procrastinators, a.k.a. Ahad Habibulla, Andre Martelli, Darren O’Shea, and Sid Ally.
- TexMex: created by Team Ferraro, a.k.a. Robertson Holt, Neil Gower, Dave Ahn, and Catherine Hayday.
- Call of Foody Five: created by Team Adrenaline, a.k.a. Adrian Ma, Jeffrey Ma, Rachel Ma, Jack Leung, Allan Lau, and Ryan Afaga, with art assistance from Nicholas Andreae and Barry Rowe.
- I Think They’re INSECTS!: created by MMOs Before Hoes, a.k.a. Andrew Tarzwell, with art assistance from Greg Beaton.
- Pipes in Space: created by Team Mushroom Monkeys, a.k.a. William Chau and Kelly Szeto, with art assistance from Greg Beaton.
- Scale Mountain: created by Team Stinker, a.k.a. Alex Stittle, Kristal Stittle, and Samantha St. Onge.
- Domesticity: created by Team Wordsmithery, a.k.a. Leif Conti-Groome.
- Enthrapagatia: created by Team CrazyFly Games, a.k.a. Chris Murphy.
- TOJam Basketball: created by Jaak Riga.
- Carot: created by Benzakhar Manashirov, with art assistance from Nicholas Andreae.
- Steam Ponk: created by Team Invisible Ninja Squid, a.k.a. Gillian Laidlaw, Miguel Sternberg, Parrish Ziganian, and Andrew Brykcznski.
- SimArson: created by Darryl Barnhart, with art assistance from Greg Beaton.
- Yummy Yummy Shapes: created by New Team, a.k.a. David Marczak and Kyle Bostelmann.
- Scale: created by Team Awesome, a.k.a. Andrej Karpathy and Daniel Lister.
- Category 5: created by Team AnyKey, a.k.a. Jason Bourne, Chris Brown, Mike Darmitz, Will Hua, and FanFan Huang.
- Flock U: created by Team Awesomeo, a.k.a. Derek Van Vliet, Nick Coombe, Matt Coombe, and Robert Segal.
…and there’s also a game missing, according to the official page.