November 25th, 2012 | By Mark Isaacson
Game jams come and go every year, there’s more and more of them everyday. But here’s one that I can honestly say tries to be just a little bit different and with a worthy cause in mind. I’m speaking about the Ludum Dare Charity Game Jam.
Organized by Christer Kaitila (also known as “McFunkypants” …you’ll have to ask him why), the Charity Game Jam looks not only for donations to help the Make-A-Wish foundation but also for games to add to its catalog of titles that you can play online. Fourteen titles have been added so far that follow one simple rule: the must be in the style of a classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) title.
Most of the titles are testers and teasers of bigger titles. One of the games, Meow Escape, is a love letter to The Legend of Zelda combined with a neat story telling mechanic (of which I’d love to see more of). There’s also Top Down Super Crate Box, a spin-off of the puzzle hit Super Crate Box that has players shooting the incoming enemy while collecting power-ups from crates littered around the 2D play-field. Simplistic as that sounds, I dare you to try and get a high score, it isn’t as easy as it looks.
As of the writing of this article, there’s ten hours left to donate and help while playing some cool little online titles so head on over and check it out. It’s a worthy cause for sure, so get involved and have a little fun while you’re at it.