Code Jam

The Heartland Gaming Expo (HGE) Cod Jam is an event that challenges game developers to build a game with in a time constraint and meets a specific theme. 

Our 168-Hour Code Jam gives entrants a full week to work on their game project, at their own pace and in the comfort of their own space. 


Code Jam Submission Overview

All teams (of up to four individuals) must pre-register for the Code Jam.
Each team will receive an email the day before the week leading up to the expo containing this year's code jam theme and requirements.

  • All teams must pre-register for this event. Registration open February 1st.
  • All entries must be a fully functional game
  • All game components (programming, art, music, etc..) must be developed within the 168-hours (one week) leading up to the expo.
    • Note that entrants are allowed to use external , publicly available , libraries (For example Java libraries or free assets from the Unity Asset store)
  • Games may be built in any language and using any engine
  • The game must meet the theme requirements or may be disqualified at the discretion of the judges.
  • All team members must take time to bath before attending this event *lol* 😉


2018 Code JAM Theme

Will be revealed no later than Saturday March 31, 2018.  Theme will be sent to all pre-registered teams emails and posted on the HGE website as well as our social media channels. 



All entrants must bring maximum of one functional set-up of their Code Jam game. Entrants must bring their own equipment and provide a game demo for judges and expo attendees during the event. 
See full competition rules and regulations for details about set-up and equipment. 


Game Presentation

All entrants shall provide a game presentation to the judges the day of the event. The presentation should include the following information

  • Implantation of Theme - overview of how the code jam's theme has been applied to the game
  • Game Features - unique selling point or features
  • Gameplay Overview - demonstrate the a little bit of the game for the judges
  • Constraints - Describe limitations due to the time constraints, and methods used to speed up development
  • Project Summary - Provide a summary and introduce your team and their roles



Below are the judging criteria for the Game Showcase

  1. Creativity - Did the game meet the theme requirements 
  2. Game Mechanics - Is the game functional, does the structure / game boundaries make sense
  3. Gameplay - Is the game fun to play? Is there an invitation to the player (reason to play) 
  4. Technology - Does the game make use of interesting or advance techniques, technology, engine or language 
  5. Art Style - Is the art style consistent and appealing? 
  6. Completion - how ambitious was this project ? How much of the original game idea was implemented within the time constraints of the competition
  7. Game Presentation - Quality of the game presentation, how well the entrants were able to present their game and respond to judges questions. 
  8. Other - If present judges may take note of in additional feature such as audio and musical score. 


Competitor Registration is now open!

Registration closes March 31st.

All entrants must accept and acknowledge the competition rules and requirements upon registering for this competition.