Catway's Game of Licks


  • Left-click to place a critter
  • Right-click to change critter
  • Scroll-wheel to zoom
  • WASD / ZQSD / IJKL / Arrow Keys to move camera
  • R to restart
  • Escape to close (Windows-only)
  • F11 to toggle fullscreen (Windows-only)


NOTE: I made this right after I wrapped up my GGJ 2020 site, I was very tired, and once again only used 2 of the 3 hours because I started at the last minute. It has several bugs, namely with the core Conways's Game of Life mechanic. There are more features and bug-fixes to be added.

This demo was made in about 2 hours for TriJam 55.

The jam theme was: Fun In A Blank Room

The game is a massive blank room that only becomes interesting when you populate it with critters.

The optional challenges I followed were:

  • Open-source
  • Use Asset Jam assets
  • Grid-based game
  • Incremental game mechanic

The source code is available for download below. I used the Animals Wearing Jackets Asset Pack by snailscode for Asset Jam 2. The entire game is a large grid, with all units fitting neatly into the visual grid and all gameplay being grid-based. The score is an incremental game mechanic, increasing as you click to add new creatures, and as they reproduce in patterns.

PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
AuthorGunnar Clovis
Made withGameMaker
Tags2D, Animals, conways-game-of-life, Cute, GameMaker, Life Simulation, Pixel Art, Singleplayer, weird


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this is great!


Here's the development timelapse of the initial jam build of this game!