Super Game Jam is an engaging new documentary series following some of the world’s most talented indie game developers doing what they do best. Filmed in five cities over a six month time period, each episode pairs two indie developers together for 48 hours and challenges them to create a game based on a theme suggested by their peers.
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Very Positive (63 reviews) - 85% of the 63 user reviews for this video are positive.
Release Date: May 22, 2014

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Super Game Jam is first and foremost a film project - the games created during each episode were developed in 48 hours. While they are all delightful, they are mostly unfinished and unpolished prototypes that may not function flawlessly or at all on some system configurations or operating systems. Technical support for these games will be minimal as the games themselves are provided purely as an extra bonus with the short films and were not prepared for standalone commercial releases.

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About This Video

Super Game Jam is an engaging new documentary series following some of the world’s most talented indie game developers doing what they do best. Filmed in five cities over a six month time period, each episode pairs two indie developers together for 48 hours and challenges them to create a game based on a theme suggested by their peers. The series examines the creative process, technical skill, and friendships that form through a game jam event on a more personal and intimate level.



  • Five short films about creation of five short games released over five months.
  • Prototype versions of the game developed during each episode's jam.
  • Special features include behind the scenes footage, music, and promotional trailers.
  • Musical score by Doseone and Kozilek.





Episode 1 | Utrecht, Netherlands
Jan Willem Nijman (Ridiculous Fishing, LUFTRAUSERS) + Richard Boeser (Ibb and Obb)

Episode 2 | Berlin, Germany
Dominik Johann (Impetus, LAZA KNITEZ!!) + Christoffer Hedborg (Shelter, Pid)

Episode 3 | Oakland, USA
Adam Drucker (doseone, Samurai Gunn) + Sos Sosowski (McPixel)

Episode 4 | Gothenburg, Sweden
Jonatan Söderström (Hotline Miami) + Martin Jonasson (Rymdkapsel)

Episode 5 | London, England
Tom Francis (Gunpoint) + Liselore Goedhart (Remembering, Nott Won't Sleep)

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Overall:
Very Positive (63 reviews)
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Solitude
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 16
I enjoyed these. Mind you I didn't play any of the games. I just watched the videos.

It's interesting how different developers take on the tasks. Each have their own processes. I'd like to watch more of these come to think of it.
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PsychicParrot
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 8
Enjoyed this! Better than most stuff on the telly. A couple of 'em are right pretentious (of course) but I enjoyed it all the same. It's a great format and I wish they would make more episodes. It's fun to see the different styles and approaches and well worth a watch if you're into making games, for sure. Don't expect to get epic AAA games out of it, mind. They were made in a short time and most of them are only barely playable.. but it's not why we're here, is it? The process and the people are the most interesting things about this series. Please make more!
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Velvet Lobster
Posted: May 15
Its a short movie and it looks ok. Kinda a dramatized (and worse) version of what you would get in a free youtube ludumdare livestream. If you never ever had contact with game making, this might be interesting for you. In any other case, just go to youtube and watch a gamejam livestream for free, you will actually learn much more without all the drama they try to artificially insert into this thing.
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GimmeSumJava
Posted: May 6
I've been searching youtube for a series exactly like this for the past 2 months. Thank you devolver!
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Jason
Posted: February 7
Just purchased this in a sale after finding out that Tom Francis was one of the jammers, because I am a big fan of his work. it doesn't go into the intricacies of game development, but I didn't expect it to. It does however give you a glimpse at different workflows and group dynamics. All the devs featured have great chemistry together and it left me wanting to see these great people tackle more projects. If you're looking for learning material it's probably not for you, but as an inspirational series it's great. Would definitely recommend!
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chrisx2ds
23.5 hrs
Posted: February 6
bought on sales with $5, worth it, watch until episode3 so far, Iove the video so much and the enjoyed to played the jam game as well. there are some uncut and deleted scene as well, :D
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ElectricDuck
1.2 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
Nice series of a small documentaries about indie game makers participating in a 48 hour game jam.

The five part series gives you overshoulder look into different ways of trouble solving and creative workflows of five two person teams under tight deadline to create something playable.
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izak flash man
2.8 hrs
Posted: December 23, 2015
Great documentary series and great soundtrack.
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savethedinosaurs
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 27, 2015
Loved it! Every episode has a different team dynamic, so it was very interesting to see how some indies I know work with each other in an intense 2 day jam. It's all shot very well, and the soundtrack is great. I listen to it while working sometimes :)

5/5
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
937 of 1,085 people (86%) found this review helpful
121 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
This project is a reflection on the state of the game development community. It is often too common to see developers ask full price for a partially completed game. Now we have to pay full price on a film that fails to meet its first deadline.
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395 of 439 people (90%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
The Documentary
Super Game Jam is an episodic documentary—in each of the five (30-minute-ish) episodes, two people get together and spend 48 hours making a game. Because each episode features different people, the entertainment value depends on ten individuals and the chemistry of five pairings. That's why episode one is, by far, my favorite. And why I could barely finish episodes two and four.

As others have mentioned, the technical quality varies dramatically throughout the documentary. The camera work in episode five is especially awful. You will also see the cameramen sometimes, which is just poor editing.

Each episode starts by showing you some things the jammers have made in the past, or are currently making. Then you get a game prompt (episode one's prompt, for example, is "breakup"), and a discussion of what the game will be. Then they start programming the game, making the music, making the art, and recording the sound, depending on the episode. There are points during each episode when they play the game. Mostly it's just the jammers discussing the game, with over-the-shoulder shots of their screens. The episodes finish with a quick play of the game, a short pub/house party segment of other people playing the game, and mini-interviews with the jammers talking about the experience/game.

A lot of people will find this boring. I found it boring.

The Application
SGJ isn't just five video files and five games. It's a surprisingly buggy, fullscreen-only application with absolutely no settings, which comes in the form of an 11.5 GB download. The video player has three features: pause, volume control, and seek. Thankfully, you can avoid the application altogether and view the videos in your preferred video player by browsing through the SGJ's files. (Which you should do if you have blurry video in SGJ's built-in video player.)

The Games
These are jam games. While some of them are cute, you probably won't play any of them for more than five minutes.

The Special Features
SGJ comes with "uncut discussions" and/or deleted scenes for each episode. Some are quite short (1 minute), others relatively long (18 minutes). And you probably won't watch them.

It also lets you listen to the music. I didn't like the music.

The Price
Is too high.

So
I really did enjoy episodes one and five. Some people enjoy all five episodes. If you think the entertainment you'll get is worth the price tag, then you should buy it. But maybe only when it's on sale.
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327 of 388 people (84%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
I expected a little bit more technical overview and motivation for beginning game designers/developers.

First episode - Navigator

As I wrote at the beginning of the review it wasn't what i expected. It was a little bit too shallow for me I would expect a little bit more of a in-depth documentary rather than "This is buggy, hmm, I know how to fix it!" and proceed to fix it without any explanation or comment.

Even though 48 hours isn't that much I think they could make the episode longer than 30 minutes

The game itself seems to be pretty good though, the design feels a little bit more mobile orientated to me, but heck, what do i know?

I'm curious what will the other episodes bring.
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251 of 314 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
I enjoy game jams, and really enjoyed episode 1. I have to question if the project is still going on because it's July 12 and the June episode has yet to be released. I get wanting to hold things back if it's not ready but let the fans know first. Especially paid fans.

My recommendation is a YES to watch the series but a NO on purchasing it until all the episodes are released.
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201 of 255 people (79%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2014
What's here is good. Sadly, that's a single episode when the schedule says we should have three by now. When it's finished and all five are released, it might be worth the money. Based on the first one... eh. Wait for a sale.

And that "music" that starts the first episode? Please never do that again.
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
Who would I recommend this for?
Someone who's interested in hearing some known indie developers talk about game design ideas and see how design iteration happens during a game jam.

Who would I not recommend this for?
Someone who wants to know how games are made.
Someone who wants insight into the game industry.
Someone who expects great cinematography.
Someone who expects a story.

I bought it after all 5 episodes were out so I had no concerns over whether the price was worth it. For me, the second episode was the only slow one. I had no expectations of it being better than "Indie Game" so all in all it was worth the price for some entertainment in a topic I love.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
bought on sales with $5, worth it, watch until episode3 so far, Iove the video so much and the enjoyed to played the jam game as well. there are some uncut and deleted scene as well, :D
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
Super Game Jam is an incredible idea and has inspired many to create games inwhich people canget together and make games in a very short time. It is clear that even the most experienced game designer or designers in general learn from these game jams.
I felt that some of the camera movements and blurs where really OTT and really uneccery. It was really hard to follow and felt like a film student project. There could have been more time spent maybe POV shots of the designers creating the game or better questions asked as their designs seemed to have changed their ideas alittle or why they came to that conclusion in the end. It just felt alittle lost at times, but other than that it was inspiring!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: May 6
I've been searching youtube for a series exactly like this for the past 2 months. Thank you devolver!
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Loved it! Every episode has a different team dynamic, so it was very interesting to see how some indies I know work with each other in an intense 2 day jam. It's all shot very well, and the soundtrack is great. I listen to it while working sometimes :)

5/5
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