Pixel Art Challenge: Game Boy Turns 20


Last week was the 20th anniversary of the release of the Game Boy in Japan. To celebrate we want you to create your own original Classic Game Boy game. This means an original game that did not exist.

Your challenge entry must include the title screen and at least one in-game screen. You may include extra in-game screens if you want.

Canvas Size - 160 (width) x 144 (height) per screen. Make sure you submit all of your screens together on the same canvas. Minimum 2 screens.
Colours - Use only colours from the provided palette (you may also use transparency between screens):

GBPalette-1.gif picture by tumble_weed

Transparenecy - Optional. Only use transparency between your screens, as stated above.
Animation - No.


Nintendo's Original Gameboy used 4 levels of grey only. This challenge is a celebration of the Gameboy. The palette is 'look and feel', some screens are yellower, others realm into ochers and browns. Just work with this green, k.

The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.

Posted by skamocore @ 4/27/2009 00:31  |    37


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Morgengrauen (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 5/4/2009 01:50

yay, my very first challenge to enter! just because of the fantastic topic! :-)

tripnfelt (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 5/3/2009 23:04

ent0red ^^


Happy birthday GB!

skooba-dude (Level 8 Guerrilla) @ 5/3/2009 20:29

wow, I didn't expect this many entries for this challenge.=)

smk (Level 6 Hitman) @ 5/3/2009 19:14

Ah just in the nick of time!

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 5/3/2009 13:18

You can't pixel something on the site, you'll have to draw it in paint or some other drawing program and then upload it here.

tleit004 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/3/2009 13:06

How do i create the pixel art onpixeljoit/here


Zenobia (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 5/3/2009 12:15

Damn! I can't finish in time to enter.

Well, I wasn't going to win anyway. I'll just post it some other time, without the time-pressure.

I really LOVE seeing all these entries though.

smk (Level 6 Hitman) @ 5/2/2009 15:38

Mines halfway there, hopefully I'll get it done before the deadline!

Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 4/30/2009 18:46

it is indeed awesome- I have something in the works too ^-^

fawful (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 4/30/2009 11:23

This challenge is too awesome.

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/28/2009 15:27

Some major good stuff going on in the challenge thread!

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 4/28/2009 15:15

Christ you guys.  You'd have to be completely braindead to think "your own original" meant anything other than what it says.  It took about 3 seconds for half the commenters to find a loophole.  Use your brain and try to figure out what the writer of the challenge is ASKING for, not what technically works due to an argument based on semantics.

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 4/28/2009 13:05

great challenge

jiipm (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/28/2009 11:18

"but could be...say black (the 5th color - but not used in screens themselves, just a seperator.)"

That´s what I wanted to know.

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/28/2009 10:23

Well transparent BGs between screens are the best, imo, but could be...say black (the 5th color - but not used in screens themselves, just a seperator.)

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 4/28/2009 09:13

I think the goal is really the 160x144 mockups, transparency is expressly allowed so you can then arrange them as you prefer, vertically, horizontally, etc. and let the user choose his BG color with the pj theme.


jiipm (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/27/2009 23:52

How about the whole layout? I mean when I have an intropicture and two "screenshots" then can I have frames for it i.e. using the darkest color on that palette?

Dr D (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/27/2009 22:25

It's not my place to say, I know, but I don't see what the problem would be, as long as you wait until after voting.

Although you probably wouldn't get the recognition you want, waiting until a week after you submit it, to edit it and add animation.

MFlanaga (Level 4 Ensign) @ 4/27/2009 21:33

 yeah, awesome challenge... can i enter a static piece and then edit/animate it after the challenge is over and done?

BlackDragon (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/27/2009 15:25

I have the perfect idea for this :DD

<3 you guys for the mockup challenge.

Zenobia (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 4/27/2009 13:09

Awesome! Ooh I really hope I can enter this time.

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 4/27/2009 12:56

Yup, no animation this time. Think of this challenge as a bunch of screenshots you'd expect to find on a website like Moby Games, for example.

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/27/2009 12:48

No animation is a bit of a shame.....

skamocore (Level 11 Dolphin) @ 4/27/2009 12:25

@Adarias, You may use exact gameboy restrictions if you like but it's entirely optional.

I would love to see some mock-ups that could theoretically be possible to play on a real Game Boy though, so if you want to make something that fits exact technical restrictions - go for it ;D

TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/27/2009 09:52

tripnfelt: doesn't "your own original" in the challenge rules rule out making a demake?

 Right, i didn't noticed that...

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 4/27/2009 08:47

thank you, good challenge :)

Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 4/27/2009 07:42

Inspiration and list of restrictions(for those that wants a challenge)

mozzy (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 4/27/2009 06:36

 Doesnt that mean it has to be a gameboy-game that has never before seen? Doesnt mean the idea has to be original...

I was thinking this too. I hope so. I'm almost done with my piece :<

jalonso (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/27/2009 06:24

At all, especially Adarias who asked:

I don't think technical Gameboy restrictions are called for this week, other than 4 colors. Its just a celebration of the Gameboy.

I think forcing the 3 color sprite is just gonna be extra confusing and hard to keep track of so we'll allow 4 on them.

Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 4/27/2009 06:00

Are we sticking to restrictions like sprites only affording 3 colors+trans? Or 8*8 tiles?

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/27/2009 05:57

Tomic should be banned from entry!!!! His last mock up is way to sweet!


Reo (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 4/27/2009 05:56

i'm gonna celebrate you my love!

jiipm (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/27/2009 04:53

Doesnt that mean it has to be a gameboy-game that has never before seen? Doesnt mean the idea has to be original...

tripnfelt (Level 5 Rokkyu) @ 4/27/2009 03:43

doesn't "your own original" in the challenge rules rule out making a demake?

TheManuz (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/27/2009 03:02

 I like this challenge! But i need to think a nice subject to pixel... maybe a demake?

@-ViC-: Thanks for the link!

jiipm (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/27/2009 02:20

Hey. I just joined and this will be the first challenge I will participate in :)

Vic (Level 5 Sniper) @ 4/27/2009 01:58

For more informations, you might wanna check out Pixelation's Game Boy De-Makes thread, especially if you're trying to stick to the restrictions and stuff like that.

Also, YEAH, mockup challenge :D

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