Gamejam Analysis

I have analysed the Gamejam entries from Beta through to Feb 2020. Each gamejam has had the numbers counted, how many were not to the theme, and how many were unreasonably poor (empty, made by trolls).

The results were not as I expected.

Firstly, the amount of levels entered that did not fit the theme were surprisingly low for most of the jams. The exception being SuMmer Festival, which did not translate very well outside the UK, and many entries were not relevant to the SuMmer music festival theme due to a complete misunderstanding of the theme. Most not on theme entries tended to be entries for the previous jam, so not intentional. However more “highbrow” themes tended to attract more non relevant entries (such as Theatre, Classic Novels, Night or Day at the Museum).

Unreasonably poor entries (which I deemed to be levels in which a smear of shapes, a single shape or an empty level were entered) are not prevalent.

The amount of entries into the gamejam are not related to the number of Dreamers playing Dreams. You would have suspected as more Dreamers bought the game, more entries, but that did not show in the data. Interest in the Gamejam seems to be related more to the theme. There is a definite drop off of interest at the end of Early Access in participating.

Winners of Gamejams

28 Gamejams

Artwork 15 entries (54%)
Games 6 entries (21%)
Interactive Experiences 4 entries (14%)
Music Video 2 entries (7%)
Set Design 1 entry (4%)

Three Dreamers won more than once, DISARMEDX, Entropy-Tamed and VitaminG_90 (each with 2 wins)

Winter Scenes : Winter Search by MsKittyPowers (Game: Collection Quest)
New Years: Big Ben is Late for New Years! by Emporuto (Interactive Experience)
Tropical Islands: Tropical Egg Hunt by leklack, Fr)d)_FragginS79. byvsen (Game: Collection Quest)
Robots: Curiosity by DISARMEDX (Interactive Experience)
Outer Space: The Encounter by bigsurf77, marcilein98 (Game: RPG)
Bugs,bugs,bugs: Praying Mantis Showcase by Lidas (Artwork)
Chinese New Year: Chinese Banquet by LadylexUK (Artwork)
Spring Season – Elements: Daria’s Flower Shop by jakeinator123 (Artwork)
Spring Season – Scene: SunĀ  by DISARMEDX (Artwork)
Pirates: Pirate Predicament by Perjoss (Artwork)
Wild West: Marshal Earl Clayton by MAC-SEVENTEEN (Artwork)
Ancient Times: Stone Age Plane by Belgian Hash Brown (Artwork)
In the City: Sky Glow City by Re-Lycoris (Set Design)
SuMmer Festival: The Road to ElectroFest by Entropy-Tamed (Artwork)
Underwater Kingdom: Utopia Under the Sea by VitaminG_90 (Artwork)
Summer camp: Sharing a memory by cgCody (Artwork)
Classic Novels: Down the Rabbit Hole by Entropy-Tamed (Game: Hidden Object)
Magic and Wizardy: Wizards House by Martinitydk (Artwork)
Autumn Scenes: Autumn by Tinh-Boi (Music Video)
Halloween: Phenomenon by MasterClasses and ToonarcyCreation (Artwork)
Night or Day at the Museum: Working Arts Museum by Sparten__X53 (Interactive Experience)
Cute Critters: Wabby and Ducky’s Adventures by SDorin (Artwork)
Theatre: Imp adventure by jonbenigno (Game: Platformer)
Winter elements: Calm snowy night by WarmthofthSun (Artwork)
New Year: Firework Show Generator by duckenomics (Interactive Experience)
Science Fiction: Vanguard by sleeperwolf, BukkoroChan, Esuki, BloomAnimate (Music Video)
Food: A Greasy Meal by VitaminG_90 (Artwork)
Medieval Fantasy: Pilgrim by narvikgutten, Majoneskongen (Game: Platformer)

Gamejam Data

Here are the results (a bar chart can be viewed above)

Gamejam Total Entries Good Poor Not to theme Ineligible
Count %
Winter Holiday Scenes 137 131 4 2 6 4.4
New Year’s Celebration 55 47 0 8 8 14.5
Tropical Islands 93 91 1 1 2 2.2
Robots 93 88 2 3 5 5.4
Outer Space 152 136 7 9 16 10.5
Bugs, bugs, bugs 193 135 14 44 58 30.1
Chinese New Year 109 69 1 39 40 36.7
Spring Season – Element 772 602 38 132 170 22.0
Spring Season -Scene 576 501 25 50 75 8.7
Pirates 538 441 15 82 97 15.2
Wild West 399 323 14 62 76 15.5
Ancient Times 488 447 7 34 41 7.0
In the City 375 319 7 49 56 13.1
SuMmer Festival 248 67 9 172 181 69.4
Underwater Kingdom 351 291 7 53 60 15.1
Summer Camp 153 121 0 32 32 20.9
Classic Novels 156 105 2 49 51 31.4
Magic and Wizardry 209 185 4 20 24 9.6
Autumn- Scenes 184 170 4 10 14 5.4
Halloween 344 317 6 21 27 6.1
Night or Day at the Museum 95 67 2 26 28 27.4
Cute Critters 199 181 5 13 18 6.5
Theatre 94 58 0 36 36 38.3
Winter – Elements 169 154 4 11 15 6.5
New Year! 112 78 7 27 34 24.1
Science Fiction 261 240 3 18 21 6.9
Food 191 168 4 19 23 9.9
Medieval Fantasy 192 167 0 25 25 13.0

 

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