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

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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

Cap_H
DIGITAL IDENTITY CRISIS
6615
author=Dollsmaker
Does anyone know who we contact if we have any questions? i have a few
thank you for any help~


btw goodluck everyone, i cant wait to see the games everyone makes ^-^/~

I bet most of these can be answered here. Feel free to go ahead and ask and someone wiser than me will tell you, whether you need to ask Liberty directly (probably Liberty).
Does anyone know if assets have to be 100% original or are we allowed to use pre-made assets?
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
29202
Liberty
Nah, resource choices are up to you.Just... put a note somewhere so LPers know whether it has copyright music or not (we should make that a thing. The amount of times I've been hit on hour long videos just because one game had one song that was copyrighted... >.<; )
Craze
i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
14360
guess i blew my load on this with the last contest entry i did, huh? horror's never been my favorite. welp.
Well, we are looking for another judge... :hint hint:
Vandriette
"The purpose of life is to end." -Agent Smith
1778
Maybe if I have some free time, I would not mind putting together another horror game. I'll consider taking part in this marvelous event.
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
11505
Still trying to think of what to do. But I definitely want something that'll spook my friends playing together in the dark. I don't think I've ever made a game for friends but I feel like this is the one.
Sunflower Games
The most beautiful user on RMN!
13284

author=Liberty
Well, we are looking for another judge... :hint hint:


I might be interested if this is a real thing.
author=kory_toombs
author=Liberty
Well, we are looking for another judge... :hint hint:


I might be interested if this is a real thing.


I might be magic if this existed.
ESBY
extreme disappointment
1222
i'm not in enough teams
please add me to your team
Frogge
I wanna marry ALL the boys!! And Donna is a meanc
18354
So it's a meme now to have esby in our teams? You know i always jump in on trends >:P
author=Frogge
So it's a meme now to have esby in our teams? You know i always jump in on trends >:P

whos esby o-o




edit : nvm i see it now o-o
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
29202
Dollsmaker
whos esby o-o

Now, this is a meme if ever I've read one.
Is there anyone/any team here that plans to make a game with an actual reasonable scope for the deadline? If that is the case, then I may join. I can do mapping and (maybe) compose scary music.

I'm asking this because I have too many unfinished projects on my list and I don't plan to add another one.

Mirak
Stand back. Artist at work. I paint with enthusiasm if not with talent.
9505
I plan to release a short demo, with the intention to follow on the game after the event ends.
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
29202
Luiishu535
Is there anyone/any team here that plans to make a game with an actual reasonable scope for the deadline? If that is the case, then I may join. I can do mapping and (maybe) compose scary music.

I'm asking this because I have too many unfinished projects on my list and I don't plan to add another one.


Well, I'm hand drawing everything, but everything that happens in my game happens in a single room. There's two maps. I'm going to make a third only so that I can meet the screenshot requirements, so once I get all of my assets made, this should go quickly.
Mirak
Stand back. Artist at work. I paint with enthusiasm if not with talent.
9505
guys if there are any writers available i would very much like some help because everything i've got planned sucks copious amounts of cocksicle.
OzzyTheOne
Future Ruler of Gam Mak
4295
Heyo! I'm joining alright! Never made a horror game, but I'll try my best at it. I'm very excited, I'm curious what I can cook up! X3

@Luiishu535 I guess that the scope of my game would not be too big. Probably the same as my first game, if not shorter. Seeing as there will probably be no battles in my game, storyline production time will increase a lot for me. Long story short: I'm planning to make the game 10 minutes long but it will probably end up being 30-40 minutes long. IF you're interested to join my team, PM me.

BOO!!
Ha! I scared you as well! I'm so original, I definetaly did not copy this from Kloe!
pianotm
The TM is for Totally Magical.
29202
Hey, Mirak. I'm good at making sprites. I've got my main character made, BUT I'm making 8 directional sprites, and that's a little taxing. For the story I've got planned, I think I'm going to need several characters. If you're interested, I've got a story in mind that I like, but these complicated sprite sheets will probably take a bit out of me. I'd like to have someone good at making sprites.


The main character and sprite style.



Her character bust.