Description

It's that time of the year again~ Halloween month! Yay! Now, usually we tend to have a fairly open game making event where everyone just makes a game that may or may not have to do with horror, but this time around I figure let's go hardcore into that goodnight.

It's time to create a frightening time~

This event is all about creating a horror game!

What is a Horror Game?
By definition horror as a genre tends to follow the Survival Horror trope - drop your hero into the middle of something terrifying and horrific and force them to try and survive. There may or may not be allusions to various myths, legends and classic horror tropes, and a lot of the time there's different endings (even though most are split into good/bad/death/death/death ones).

A good horror game leaves the player guessing when the next scare is coming, gives hints as to what the scare is and what should not be interacted with, but also allows for not showing the horror too closely. They use sound direction, music and atmosphere over cheap dark-screen tactics and can leave you worried about whether you should check that table or not.

Some games don't include gore. Some do. Some horror games focus more on story or characters, whilst others drop you down as a nameless, faceless person striving to fight against the mysteries of the dark (think Slenderman). Either way, they're often quite short games in comparison to normal ones, and quite a few have a lot of replay value.

Event Rules
In this event you will be creating a horror game, using some of the provided choices below.

You must pick ONE (or more) of the list below to be in your game:
- Fading Dreams
- Bloody Smile
- Twisted Memories
- Mysterious Present
- Broken Future
- Hopeless Tomorrow
- Forgotten Past

You must also include at least TWO (or more, if you wish) of the following:
- A red balloon
- Empty picture frames
- Broken glasses
- Demonic Possession
- Cloves of garlic
- An iron sword
- An old music box
- Golden key/s
- A cursed cellphone
- An eyeless teddy bear
- Blood-stained wedding dress
- A poisoned cup


Submission Rules
The submission rules are as follows:
- Full game or demo is fine. Demos should be over 10 minutes long, though.
- You may start on October 1st!
- Time ends Midnight of the 30th of October. Games must be submitted to this event page by then! Please plan ahead by having game pages created by that point. (To make sure you see the right time on the page in your time zone, go to account settings and change your hour offset to fit your area. This will change site time to be your timezone and the dates in the top-right corner of the event page will reflect this.)
- Games should be stand-alone and not require extra additions (like downloading RTP files or the like).
- Games should follow the event rules.
- You may use a team if you wish, but it's not necessary.
- Any engine allowed.
- Games MUST abide by site rules.

Judging
Those who managed to submit a full game or demo at the end of the event will get a participation badge.

Games will be judged by a group of judges who will decide the top three games. Those top three games will get a badge each, from 1st place to 3rd place.





FAQS

Does it have to be a straight horror game? Does it have to be scary?
Well, the main idea is to make it a bit scary, but there are games out there that blend cute and scary quite well, so if you can do something like that I see no reason you can't make a blended horror. It doesn't have to be straight horror genre, either. It's fine to make a mix of genres, just make sure that horror is the main one.





Third Place


Cara by Edus1998



Second Place


Xenos by markofthewind28


First Place


A Ghost's Lullaby by Lucy_Fox



Honourable Mentions (in no particular order)
_ (underscore) - Best Use of Sound and Demon
Halloweeb - Best Use of Animu
Polixiuhs - Best Facade of Normality
A Night at Hotel Deuce - Best Quick Time Events Against Creepy-Ass Sprites o.O;
Red Balloon of Happiness - Best Frogge is Not Actually a Girl BTW
Super Girl Squad - Best Dungeons and Dragons Rip-Off ;p
Mom - Best Game that Didn't Make it in Time


Background art by Mezamero of deviantart

Details

  • 10/01/2016 12:00 AM
  • 10/31/2016 04:00 AM
  • 10

Achievements

Registration

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Teams Members Entry
The Ghost of Christmas Kloe
Team Scary
this'll be my first horror game... best game on here!
Team Scream
it's been halloween since july 5th
Wanna see real horror? Check out my gam mak!
A Ghost's Lullaby - The one that isn't scary at all
Team Name
OzzyChanz & MioTheOne
blathnat the impaler
Team Jumpscares Sucks
Monster Mash!
Made a Horror game in less than 4 days.
The scary thing is how much other stuff I SHOULD be doing.
HopefullyFinishing
Hey guys I've been here for five minutes what's going on
Somewhere or Bust!
Sure, why not
cesber the friendly ghost
HELLO YES THIS IS FROGGE HERE TO MAKE A GAME WHERE EVERYONE DIES
Donald Wins the Presidency
team spoopy
Team get notifications
Probably Halloween Game
Do nothing or die trying
Because Survival Horror can still be RPGs!
TwoD Studios
Teem Zeebree, it's a demo.
Team Vengeful Sols
hIROMU
The doll maker
Totally not making a game
Punkk makes a Surreal Horror Game!
The Music box
NoBody´s MagiK
AfroSoft
aHH Project
H16
Should be working in main game but
forest overlay == instant win
Marshmellow
Rainbows and Unicorns
Get spooped, plebs
Bats in the Belfry
#goingtofail
No game, no team, only candy corn
I might try this
Sup Bro
I like working under pressure, haha! -faints-
10 days to try beat SnowOwl :(
RWBY
Hossi Games
Mummy help me project
Irregularity
ManiacMax's Team
Manacade

Posts

Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
2344
I can't do horror to save my life, partly because I hate being scared, but I'll try to at least use horror aspects or something!
Frogge
"nothing can beat the power of gay"?
14592
THIS IS HALLOWEEN THIS IS HALLOWEEN

I HAVEN'T EVEN READ THE RULES YET BUT SIGN ME UP
Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6528
Join me and I'll send you a scary picture.
Kloe
I lost my arms in a tragic chibi accident
2344
Nuuuuu, please don't Cap, I don't like scary pictures!!

Edit: Also these team names are amazing!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
23262
Hey Frogge! I got a story idea! You interested in having me on your team?
Sounds interesting, knew one of these were gonna happen lol!
Hi guys!!!! This is sooooooooo cool! Maybe it is even the best event so far! Anyway, I have a question (like always... ToT): must we have a team? If not, why there is written "team name" to sign up?
Nope, you can go solo as well. It says
- You may use a team if you wish, but it's not necessary.
There you go~

The "Team Name" is just a standard procedure thing, as you are allowed to team up as well (it's free for all, as it looks like) and your name is displayed anyway.
And as you can see, most team names are silly, jokes, or random things! (there were times people copied and modified the others' title, making a beautiful chain)
kory_toombs
I won the RMN 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff Pool. Now I will never stop bragging about it.
12741

I have made way too many games recently.
I'm on team do nothing or die trying.
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
10503
How do you make a good horror game? I'm gonna try this out but last time I tried making a horror game it wasn't even scary. I feel like I wanna go the SnowOwl route with an It Moves-like, or a Rust and Blood-like, but I dunno if I could even pull it off. Lots of darkness, blood splatters, objects moving unexplained, surreal wandering, surreal wondering, surreal Wanda ring (a ring of deformed pink fairies from the kids TV show "The Fairly OddParents), Sir Real wants a ring (a dude named Sir Real who really desires protagonist to put a ring on it), background howls, background thunder, key-door chains, fog, kill-on-touch chase events, and endings where you befriend the monster inexplicably - here I come??????????????!?
kory_toombs
I won the RMN 2019 Stanley Cup Playoff Pool. Now I will never stop bragging about it.
12741

^Checks to see if SnowOwl joined competition.
^Tries to find the graphics SnowOwl released publicly.
^Will not make game... Will not make game!!!
Wait whats going on here why am i on a team with a ghost
ESBY
extreme disappointment
805
i'm haunting you for not making me admin

boo
JosephSeraph
奇跡なゲイパワー♡
7196
I'm participating. I've been wanting to make a horror RPG for quite a while -- EMPHASIS ON RPG -- something distant from the current japanese horror RM wave and more akin to Parasite Eve, hopefully I'll be able to pull it out! As always, resources will likely be made publicly available ;v;

which reminds me, time to pack up the resources for Ascent and release'em!
I love horror so I'm definitely into this, but I do want to work on a team. I am a writer/proof reader! I can also do mapping and tileset edits! :)
Oh my why did i read this.
can i unsee it please.
every time i hear the word "contest" i just want to dive into it.
and leave everything i was doing before.
people pls help me.
THIS CONTEST IS MIIIIIIINEEEE!!!!!!
Frogge
"nothing can beat the power of gay"?
14592
author=pianotm
Hey Frogge! I got a story idea! You interested in having me on your team?


I'd love to, piano, but i already have a story idea myself that i would like to make ^^; Sorry!
author=Kylaila
Nope, you can go solo as well. It says
- You may use a team if you wish, but it's not necessary.

There you go~

The "Team Name" is just a standard procedure thing, as you are allowed to team up as well (it's free for all, as it looks like) and your name is displayed anyway.
And as you can see, most team names are silly, jokes, or random things! (there were times people copied and modified the others' title, making a beautiful chain)


Thanks for your answer