The VR Jam 2013 is a long-format, worldwide game jam presented by Oculus and IndieCade with more than $50,000 in prizes and a showcase exhibition at IndieCade Festival 2013 for the best VR games and experiences.

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Introduction

Participants will build innovative virtual reality games and experiences designed specifically for the Oculus Rift. Each grand prize winner receives a $10,000 cash prize, a trip to demo their game at IndieCade Festival 2013, and an invitation to visit Oculus HQ to meet the Oculus team.

Rules :
  • Games must be explicitly designed for virtual reality using the Oculus Rift and SDK.
  • Games must be expressly developed for the competition.
  • All games should be playable using an Oculus Rift with a keyboard/mouse or XInput-compatible gamepad (e.g. Xbox 360 controller).

Details

Participants will have 3-weeks to develop their game or experience (Aug. 2 - Aug. 25th).

Key dates :
  • Aug. 2 - VR Jam begins 9am PT
  • Aug. 9 - Milestone 1 (image and game description)
  • Aug. 16 - Milestone 2 (video of progress)
  • Aug. 25 - VR Jam ends (final build submitted)
  • Sept. 13 - Finalists announced
  • Sept. 19 - Winners announced
  • Oct. 3-6 - IndieCade Festival 2013

Milestone 1

304 developers completed the first milestone according to a tweet by Oculus VR. [1]

Milestone 2

Over 250 teams completed the milestone 2 with videos according to an update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page. [2]

VR Jam ends

A total of 210 entries were confirmed by someone from Oculus at Unite 2013 according to user Emmigranto on the Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 04! Twitch chat.

Finalists announced

The list of 20 finalists (among 220 teams) has been officially announced on the Oculus VR blog on September 13, 2013 :
  1. Alone
  2. Chicken Walk
  3. Ciess
  4. Don't Let GO!
  5. Dragon
  6. Dreadhalls
  7. Dumpy
  8. Elevator Music
  9. EpicDragon VR
  10. Komorebi
  11. Lost Route
  12. Nostrum
  13. Private Eye
  14. Roleplayer
  15. Shiny
  16. Sightline
  17. Specter Seekers
  18. Stargazer
  19. Time Rifters
  20. Virtual Internet Hacker VR

Winners announced

The winners have been officialy announced on the Oculus VR blog on September 19, 2013 [3]. They were divided into two groups : Open Call (open to all Rift developers) and Selected Developers (a handful of previous IndieCade developers).

Open Call (among 210 entries) :
  1. Ciess
  2. Dumpy
  3. Sightline

Selected Developers (among 10 entries) :
  1. Virtual Internet Hacker VR
  2. Nostrum
  3. Elevator Music

Honorable Mention :
  1. Dreadhalls

Known entries


DISCLAIMER: this list is not official and has no connection with, and neither is endorsed by Oculus VR or IndieCade.

The eye.png icon is just a personal appreciation of what I consider to be the most interesting entries.

Entries with downloadable demo

  1. 3
  2. 69.84
  3. Above & Below 2
  4. Abrupt End
  5. Alone
  6. And Then There Was Negative One
  7. Augmented Instincts
  8. Baud
  9. Beat Rider
  10. Bigzilla eye.png
  11. Blink
  12. Bounce-Off!
  13. Chicken Walk
  14. Cho Gath
  15. Ciess eye.png
  16. Deet Defender
  17. Dodge & Deliver
  18. Domino Dash
  19. Don't Let GO!
  20. Dragon eye.png
  21. Dreadhalls eye.png
  22. DronPit https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3927
  23. Dumpy eye.png
  24. DWI Simulation
  25. Echobox
  26. Elevator Music
  27. Endless Elevator https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3429
  28. EpicDragon VR eye.png
  29. Eruption
  30. Fireworks https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=49158#p49158 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3925
  31. Gargantua SMASH! https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3526
  32. Gator Time https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3873
  33. Genocide Dolphins
  34. Gentleman Oculus Style
  35. GIFVR https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3935 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=4041
  36. GladVR
  37. Gorgon eye.png
  38. Grand Ville https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3896
  39. Grav Wing
  40. Great Power eye.png
  41. Great Scott, Asteroids!
  42. Grumpy Gumbles https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3857
  43. Hands Free Zone
  44. H.M.W.S
  45. Hypercube https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3862 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av1ggrkkg6Y
  46. Inter-Galactic Clash VR #35
  47. iSurgeon https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3859
  48. It's a Trap! https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3908
  49. Jink
  50. Jumpman VR
  51. Keswik 2063
  52. Lair Life
  53. Level Designer VR
  54. LGM - Pizza Delivery Rocketeer
  55. Linger https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3452 http://vergevr.com/blog/linger-11
  56. Look to the stars
  57. Lost in the Rift eye.png
  58. Lost Loot
  59. Lost Route
  60. Mr. Isis https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3478
  61. Nil https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3474 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3856
  62. Occluded https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3361 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3854
  63. Oculus Maximus eye.png
  64. OCUZILLA https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3669
  65. Perpetual https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3514
  66. Polyrider
  67. Private Eye eye.png
  68. Qualia
  69. QuantaCube
  70. Rats in the Kitchen https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3864
  71. Retro Invaders VR
  72. Rift Mountain https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3880
  73. Rift Ramps https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3753 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3905
  74. Riftbench
  75. Rise Of Athana eye.png
  76. Robot Broken https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3475 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3874
  77. RogueCraft https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3850
  78. School Simulation 4 Horror Edition https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3833
  79. Scramble
  80. SentinelRift
  81. Shiny
  82. Sightline
  83. SimUSpeak eye.png
  84. SnowDrift
  85. Space Flight 5000
  86. Space Marine Boot Camp
  87. Specter Seekers
  88. Stargazer
  89. Stroma
  90. Supervillain eye.png
  91. The Chicken Or The Legs https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3826
  92. The Drowning Dungeons
  93. The Fisherman and the Stars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46wggmizlzo http://supersoul.co/games/the-fisherman-and-the-stars/
  94. The Pathway https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3929
  95. The Rings of Galilee https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=4144
  96. The Seed https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3898
  97. The Trip https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3958 https://mega.co.nz/#!Osx1lLhT!FBVCSx9ZcRQAj-ovv73fbRGqq-45UUsEe-1F7fEfGow
  98. The VR of Charlie Shoe eye.png
  99. Time Frame http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zyiJuLkXE0g#t=120 http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-27/?action=preview&uid=16933
  100. Time Rifters eye.png
  101. Titan Defender
  102. Toy Planes https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3933
  103. V^Bert eye.png
  104. Vector Product https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3901
  105. vBuggy 2000
  106. VR Apocalypse https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3959 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3501 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=4087
  107. VRunner
  108. VRover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnDdtoQJrWE
  109. WarPoints https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3506
  110. We Are Zombies
  111. Whisper
  112. Windlands https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3922 https://share.oculusvr.com/app/windlands
  113. Xn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7NkTBB_h5c
  114. You are an ant
  115. Zap'em Dino Cowboys eye.png
  116. Zenith https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3940
  117. ZPS

Other entries

  1. Aliens VS The Evil Robotic Bees From Space https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3449
  2. Asteroid Field http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHhT7vzOAog
  3. Bat Game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLBp3HQ3478
  4. Battle to the 4th Dimension https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3521
  5. Bluebird https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3581
  6. Castle In a Rift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGMXzsQsjo8
  7. Classroom Aquatic
  8. Climbing The Rift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvV8zRisd8E
  9. Combat Revisited Gameplay Demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s2hd6eobW0
  10. Convoy Sled http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hVjkbt74ak
  11. CrimeBrain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAXIb7VUn7M
  12. Daslicht http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HCVcURMnZw
  13. Diamond Geezer-Robot Thief https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3458
  14. Doctor Who http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULYVxn0iDUg
  15. Dragonvrider http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvZNfsZlpdw
  16. Dron-Pit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.560055624030045.1073741829.512604175441857&type=1
  17. Drone Ranger eye.png http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH0_0CNK-ok
  18. Ethereon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzPbytYX48Y
  19. Gift of the Borrowed Beholder http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAu6Rirrzns
  20. Glitch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9NuyBy47zk#t=42
  21. Grav2 https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3366
  22. Humeware http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6SVRkEkTDg
  23. Hypershift https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=40372#p40372
  24. I Can Hear You http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWz6uuiTfbE
  25. Jet's VR Chess http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX4ONY0G0iU
  26. Labyrift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MhQEp9IZY8
  27. LookUpHere http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318PXvNSvuY
  28. Monster Rage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_iLYKTBrzY
  29. Mystery Game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0ird-8qBjQ
  30. Mystery Of Anchor Isle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm5XCHL3ZCk
  31. nathanc https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=42626#p42626
  32. Ninja Training VR https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3504
  33. Objects in Space https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3554
  34. OrBowl https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3538
  35. Patriotic Duty http://polymath-games.com/gfx/games/patrioticduty/sss_20130810.png
  36. Pinocchio/ Rampage through the Island of Vice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZXPQoqtXP0
  37. Project FlashBack https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3253&p=40992#p40992 https://twitter.com/WIVStudios
  38. Project Theia https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3497
  39. RailRider VR https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3556
  40. Ray's the Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1ZgKkU6WyU
  41. RC Playground https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=42613#p42613 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBV2syn4DE0
  42. Relocation: VR Jam eye.png
  43. Robo-Glider https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=42756#p42756
  44. Roleplayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQMMIifSF7s
  45. Saturnalia https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3508
  46. Sidescrolling Platformer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncKobBY9-EY
  47. Sorcerer's Wrath eye.png
  48. Soul of The SHU https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3520
  49. Space Cadet
  50. Spicker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxTqwokXs7U
  51. Spindrift http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJL4YazNos http://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/24q16m/this_game_doesnt_get_the_attention_it_deserves/
  52. State of Mind https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3472
  53. The Aspen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzbAJrGsNAM
  54. The Deep https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3672
  55. The Singularity Project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si41VchyKWs
  56. The Spheres http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJHmHWa0ydI
  57. TheSinEater9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gl5QgLLLgg
  58. Wingsuit Madness eye.png
  59. Timbre https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3374
  60. Titan Five Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DeWZOl9pds
  61. Trail Riders https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3762
  62. Untitled Shuttle Game https://developer.oculusvr.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=3371
  63. Virtual Prison Bike Deathmatch Extreme http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73VqBvixF3s
  64. Warp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H3V74MAv48
  65. WERTY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzKvt0Z2864
  66. Where's That Thing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w__zwvf122E
  67. Who Needs Humans http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVr4iQC1MM8
  68. Wizard's Workshop eye.png
  69. YouTube Plaza http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPqSwL2DWnI

Reviews

2013 Oculus Indiecade Game Jam Entries at the Oculus Rift Blog - August 28, 2013
Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 01! by Cymatic Bruce - August 26, 2013
Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 02! by Cymatic Bruce - August 27, 2013
Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 03! by Cymatic Bruce - August 30, 2013
Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 04a! by Cymatic Bruce - August 31, 2013
Oculus Rift VRJam "Play all Entries" Part 04b - CONCLUSION! by Cymatic Bruce - August 31, 2013
Oculus and IndieCade ‘VR Jam’ Finalists [Preview Roundup Part 1] at Road To VR - September 14, 2013

References

  1. ^ Congrats to the 304 developers that completed the first milestone of the @indiecade #oculus #VRJam! We can't wait to see what's next!
  2. ^ VR Jam Update
  3. ^ VR Jam 2013 Winners Announced!

External links

VR Jam 2013 at Oculus VR
VR Jam 2013 Announced! at Oculus VR
VR Jam 2013: Rules
VR Jam General Discussion on the Oculus Developer Forums
VR JAM 2013 videos by Chris Cypher