Jam.gg, formerly known as Piepacker, is a free platform that offers both retro and modern games to play in the Internet browser. The service has over 100 classics like Metal Slug X, The King of Fighters ’98, Earthworm Jim 2, Glover, Windjammers, in addition to its own games like Arséne Bomber. There are also promises for new games by 2022 such as Overcooked, Moving Out and Blazing Chrome. At this time, Jam.gg only works on Google Chrome browser, PC and Android and iPhone (iOS) smartphones.
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You can play classic games like Metal Slug X on Jam.gg – Photo: Disclosure / Steam
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When playing games on Jam.gg, users are placed in rooms, public or private, where they can get friends or other players to watch and play online. The service supports up to eight people in a room with text or voice chat and moderation with Bodyguard artificial intelligence to keep the environment safe. Compatible joysticks can be used on PCs and smartphones, but virtual touch controls are used in all games. There is even camera support, but only silhouettes and augmented reality filters are allowed in public rooms.
Jam.gg brings a large selection of classic games for users to play directly in the browser, both on PC and smartphone – Photo: Disclosure / Jam.gg
When the platform was known as Piepacker, it reached 500,000 users during its testing period in Brazil and today it already has two million players worldwide. All games are legally available through agreements with 26 developers such as Atari, Team17 and SNK, except in direct partnership with independent studios. All emulators used are open source software with a GPL license.
A feature that will be paid for on the site but is free during the testing phase is “BYOG – Bring Your Own Game” (Portuguese: “Bring Your Own Game”). In this mode, users can open the app with their own ROM files for consoles such as PlayStation One, Super Nintendo, Mega Drive, Master System, Nintendinho, GameBoy or GameBoy Advance and play with friends.
Overcooked is one of the most promising platform games in 2022 – Photo: Disclosure / Ghost Town Games
To start the game, just go to the official website of Jam.gg (https://play.jam.gg/), create an account on the service or log in with Facebook or Google. After registering, the user only needs to select one of the games offered by the collection and click to start the game. When creating a room, the player can define their mood type to search for users with the same purpose, such as social, competitive, discovery, or Hermit.