My Second Game Jam….about chairs?

My weird 2nd game jam, and why I joined it.

After my first Game Jam (story on it here), I decided to whirl another one into action! I looked for one that looked interesting, had a good time limit, and sounded fun! One caught my eye, called the Chair Jam. There was only one main rule in this jam. You had to include a chair:

Not just any chair, but this model of a chair. I don’t really get it either. But I set off! I was ready to do the competition. All I had to do now was wait…

Now that the competition was off, I decided to create a game in Unity. Unity would give me flexibility over what I could do with the chair.

Next, I chose background music for the game. I wanted it to be really whimsical and funny, so I chose Scheming Weasel.

The version I used was a little faster than the original, but that was good because I liked this version better.

Next, I needed to place and texture the chair. I decided to use a asset pack by mezanix on the asset store.

Then, I created a wall behind the chair with a different wood texture, but still one from the asset pack.

Textured Chair

Now for the UI. I was thinking of making a simple point and click sound game. This is what I came up with:

UI

Something was missing. That was when I made everything on the screen spin!

Spinning Chair + Buttons

Now that that was done, I recorded sound effects from me, and both of my sisters.


After an hour of development, the game was done! I shipped it off to itch.io and submitted my game into the jam!

Next, I realized that this was a graded jam! My game was going to be voted on! The voting system in the jam, was that participants in the jam would vote on a scale of 1–5 for each piece of criteria. This is how my game scored:

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CriteriaRankScore
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║ Sound ║ #2 ║ 3.000 ║
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║ Includes Chair ║ #3 ║ 4.500 ║
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║ Graphics ║ #4 ║ 3.000 ║
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║ Gameplay ║ #5 ║ 2.250 ║
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There were 5 entries in the jam, and overall, I got 4th place in the jam! Looking at the criteria, I can see what I did well, and what I can improve on.


First, category: “Sound”.

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CriteriaRankScore
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║ Sound ║ #2 ║ 3.000 ║
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I was pretty decent, and it was my best score being rank #2. The game that was #1 in sound, was a game called “Sit Down” by Dwyn Jorl.

Game Art for “Sit Down”

This game, is a horror game, where you walk towards safety inside of a house before nightfall.

Standing near the house.

When walking, you come across some great sound effects to help the creepy atmosphere.

Finally, inside is where the sound really shines. You walk in the house, and see a chair facing a static TV.

Static TV, with empty chair facing towards it.

The sound of your footsteps really blend with the sound of the TV. Great job Dwyn Jorl!


Next category: “Includes Chair”.

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CriteriaRankScore
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║ Includes Chair ║ #3 ║ 4.500 ║
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This criteria (I think) means the importance of the chair in the game, and/or how many chairs there are. The top rank here, was a game called “Chair Clicker” by glasm. This game is in the “clicker” genre (Cookie Clicker, Clicker Heroes, ect.

Chair Clicker Gameplay Screenshot

This clicker is just like many, you click the chair, upgrade the chair, click the chair. Because of it’s influence, with the chair being the main part of the game, it deserves #1 in the chair category.


Next category: “Graphics”.

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CriteriaRankScore
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║ Graphics ║ #4 ║ 3.000 ║
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Getting #4 in graphics definitely means I could have improved. Maybe the voters wanted less simplicity? The top of this category was Chair Clicker.


Next category: “Gameplay”

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CriteriaRankScore
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║ Gameplay ║ #5 ║ 2.250 ║
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I got the lowest score in Gameplay compared to the other games. Because of my game just being a glorified audio soundboard, I can see why this happened. The top of this category was Chair Clicker.


Looking at all the scores, I am piecing together what I can do to make future games better! Congratulations to the makers of all the games in the jam!


If you want to check out the game, click here!

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