BITBITJam 2014

BITBITJam, an online event where people create games for old hardware in only a week, wrapped up last month and the games are now available for your downloading pleasure.

Continuing the popular trend of homebrew games, BITBITJam restricts creation to 8 and 16 bit consoles, and has seen submissions for systems such as the Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Gameboy, Amstrad CPC,  ZX Spectrum, and MSX. Using a theme to guide the contest, the participants had to create a game based on the concept of “conspiracy” this year. Though 32 teams participated, only a select few were declared winners, and 10 games can now be downloaded from the BITBITJam website.

Though the easiest way to enjoy these homebrew games would be through an emulator, devices such as the Mega Everdrive allow you to load custom roms onto official hardware so that you can experience the game the way it is meant to be played.

You can of course always follow @bitbitjam on Twitter, and the contest will most likely be open next year if you want to participate and create your own homebrew game.