SkyTemple Hack Jam

An Unlikely Team

This has been the first ROM Hack Game Jam by the SkyTemple community, and we've been blown away with 12 submissions with amazing quality! Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Theme: An Unlikely Team

Gimmick: Have a Pokémon not present in the base game take an important role

Want to find out more about why we decided how we did? Ask the Jury on our Discord! Some of the Jury members also have playthroughs on their YouTube channels.


Vanillite is an aspiring mountain guide who hopes to help Pokémon climb to the top of Vast Ice Mountain! Although business isn’t doing so hot, that might change when an unexpected traveler arrives!


  • Best Hack
  • Best Use of Topic
  • Best Dungeon Design
  • Best Custom Graphics

Broke and stuck without a job, Amaura's life has hit a new low. So she does what any logical Pokemon would do: become a pirate, of course!


  • Best Use of Gimmick
  • Best Gameplay
  • Most Unique or Creative

What do an Apple-loving Bulbasaur and an Apple-stealing Staryu have in common? An Apple they BOTH want to get back, apparently! This is a sequel to PMD: Chip, made for the SkyTemple hack jam.


  • Best Use of Gimmick
  • Best Dungeon Design

This is a story of a human turned Pokémon found on the beach by a team. While that team is out of town helping him get back to his world, the human stays back in town and another Pokémon begins to see the human as someone they can bond with.

Demo is roughly 15 minutes with no dungeons. Final version will have some dungeons. The story and events in this demo will likely change over the course of development.

After a long hiatus, since June 2022, Distant Connection is now back in development


  • Best Narrative
  • Best Cutscenes

One day, a human wakes up in the middle of nowhere, having turned into a Pokémon.
Not too long after, they stumble upon Team Basil, a friendly exploration team.
What marvelous adventures await our recruited hero?
Find out in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Unknown!


  • Best Cutscenes

Also Winners :)

With so many amazing ROM Hacks and only 9 awards, sadly not everyone can win. Here are the other submitted ROM Hacks, which are also all really good but didn't quite get one of the awards. For some of them it was REALLY close, so don't be discouraged by not getting an award. The competition was really tough!

This one-shot story sees Team Fire Spark continue their adventures with their new recruit Manaphy. But what seems like a routine mission quickly turns into the beginning of a mystery as they find four Pokémon who never should have existed.

Contains one dungeon with 15 floors and runs for roughly 25-40 minutes.

What happens when the symbol of defeat makes a team with a wimpy snow-type and a grumpy fighter? Perhaps not even the future may tell!

It's a big day! Agan the Gible has been called to Guildmaster Charizard's chamber, what could it be? Find out by yourself!

Tired after being everyone's punching bags for so long, Magikarp and Feebas have had enough and attempt to scale Mt. Victory, which brings promises of unlimited victory for those who reach its depths!

A rather short hack with a basic one-shot story where you control your favorite Pokémons. (Last part may be true actually.)

DISCLAIMER: This hack's download link has been removed at the request of the creator.

This is a short hack done for the SkyTemple Jam in May 2021. Despite constraints within our team, I was able to cobble together something from our planning, thus we present this brief little story sequence with a 9-floor dungeon. This is the opening to a tale of a group of dungeoneers, heading on their way for a visit to the doctor for Alger, the player character.

NOTE: This hack's download link has been removed at the request of the creator.


These hacks were disqualified for various reasons. We still want to show them to you!

Follow John Cena, Copypasta Vaporeon, and Bidoof from Grass Continent as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Filled with dead memes and sexual innuendo, this hack is for mature audiences only. About 15-20 minutes long. Created by Ass Cucumber.