Bitsy Jam (Ocean): Treasure Chest #60

What’s a “Treasure Chest” article?

It’s a short text and video compilation of three to five small jam games we really liked for some reason (like core concept, artwork, effort etc.).

GIF of "The Fever"

“The Fever” by Andrew Yolland.

This initially colorful learning game just seems to be a small life simulation of fishes in the beginning. For example, by interacting with other marine life, you can learn some interesting facts about the parrotfish. But as the game progresses, the colors fade and even the taste of the corals you consume as a fish worsens. A beautifully designed game with a sad background.

GIF of "Randy G.'s Wild n' Wacky Beach Adventure"

“Randy G.’s Wild n’ Wacky Beach Adventure” by Emma Daues.

What makes this Bitsy game really outstanding is the sometimes misleading puzzle design (you all would think that the hungry fish in the depths want a seaweed snack, wouldn’t you?) and the lovely crafted characters. In your role as shimmering robotic crab Randy G., you not only need to find the treasure of this world, but also help the villagers with one or another task, like helping them to lose their fear of crabs that they have had since the ‘Crabocalypse’, a former  attack by monstrous and nasty crabs.

GIF of "a day in the life of a sea witch"

“a day in the life of a sea witch” by onion.

What does a sea witch do? Of course potions, like any other witch! And that’s why this sweet game is about gathering all the ingredients for a very special brew. Almost all the characters you interact with and often have to help with something in return for an ingredient are weird, but actually quite nice. In addition, especially the dialogue system and the world design is quite terrific!

GIF of "Sinking Treasures"

“Sinking Treasures” by William John Holly III.

This Bitsy game revolves around the question of what we actually mean by wealth. Does wealth mean having a large sum of money? Or perhaps our horizon of experience represents true wealth? Embark on a journey into the shallows of the sea to recover the treasure. But maybe, just maybe you’ve had it with you the whole time.