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GameMaker Jam Jar

Game Jams are events where many video game developers, hobbyists and professionals alike, compete to build new games from scratch in a very short space of time; sometimes just 24 or 48 hours! It’s a great exercise for a budding developer and many jam games have gone on to become successful full games, such as the GameMaker hit: Gods Will Be Watching!

We’re proud to say that GameMaker: Studio has proven to be one of the most effective development tools for Game Jam style environments, thanks to its core strengths in rapid prototyping and development.

We’ve set up this page to provide you with all the tools and resources you need to take part in a Jam using GameMaker.

Download GameMaker

Even if you’ve never used GameMaker before, GameMaker: Studio is free and has all the tools you need to create an awesome jam entry.


These community-made videos will get you started using GameMaker and introduce you to many key game development topics.

Shaun Spalding's YouTube Channel - Contains lots of tutorial videos on a range of subjects.

HeartBeast's YouTube Channel - Contains lots of tutorials covering different game types.

Marketplace Assets

Our community have developed many incredibly helpful scripts and resources on our asset Marketplace that could save you a great deal of time rewriting common functionality. Many game jams have rules on what sort of additional assets you can use and what counts as starting from “scratch”. Sound and Art assets are rarely allowed, be sure to check ahead of time!

Essential Scripts - A useful collection of scripts, containing examples and descriptions for each.

Platformer Engine - Designed to be everything you need to create any platformer game.

DyLiquid Fluid Simulation - A fully customizable realistic surface tension dynamic simulation.


Below are a number of our favourite free or affordable tools that work very well with GameMaker especially for rapid game development:

Pyxel Edit - Pixel art editor designed to make it fun and easy to make tilesets, levels and animations..

BFXR - An elaboration of the glorious Sfxr, the program of choice for many people looking to make sound effects for computer games.

Aseprite - Animated sprite editor & pixel art tool.

AutoTileGen - Make full tilesets in no-time.

GraphicsGale - Easy to use animation graphic editor.

Help us and other developers our by letting us know about any tools or resources that you use for jams which are not on our list!

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