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Didn’t See That Coming: Dream.Build.Play Winners

Without stopping to let the recent semifinalist shock of some odd choices and even odder omissions sit, the Dream.Build.Play people have gone and announced the winners of this year’s competition. If you haven’t yet heard, go ahead and take a seat for this one.

I’ve been saying it for years… well, the last year, that despite all the negative press (with some admittedly coming from me) and bad tastes left over, you should not sleep on Silver Dollar Games. That for every pile of Who’s the Daddy, poor man’s FMV quiz show crapware they put out, they were building up to something better. They did well with The Jump Heromade it interesting with stuff like Sins of the Flesh, and now, just watch the above trailer for grand prize winner One Finger Death Punch and try not to get excited for the game. I’ll wait. … … … You’re excited, aren’t you? Yeah, me too.

Congrats to the Silver Dollar team, of course, and best of luck in finishing up the game. Last I heard, it was still a few months off from completion. With their newly-gained $40K and a possible XBLA contract, though, I wonder if the release of the game will take a different form than its current, XBLIG-plotted destination.

The runners-up in the Xbox competition, and winning a cool $20K, $10K, and $5K, respectively, are Dead Pixels (still my top XBLIG), Ninja Crash, and upcoming Uprising III title, Gateways. Great job, guys.

On the Windows Phone side, it was nice to see current XBLIG (and Leaderboard member) Pixel Blocked! come away with the first runner up prize. Well done, sir.

It goes without saying, but a huge congratulations to all the winners in the 2012 competition, and again to all that participated. You’re now considered at the top of your class. For the already-released games, I can vouch for their fun and impressive content, and for the rest still to come, I look forward to that future enjoyment.

For Better or Worse, Dream.Build.Play 2012 Finalists Announced

Coming from up high, far higher than my eyes are allowed to look, the 20 Xbox 360 finalists for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge 2012 have been handed down to us gaming mortals.

I offer my heartiest congratulations to everyone that made the list. I do not have a problem with any of them, although I do have to wonder about some of the judges’ choices, specifically titles that were left off the list. There were plenty of promising and upcoming games that were mysteriously absent (in fact, too many to post here). Known Gems like Chompy Chomp Chomp and Apple Jack 2 made the cutoff, while other, seemingly-automatic Gems like Super Amazing Wagon Adventure and Compromised, did not.

My personal pick for the competition, Bleed, is among those selected (high-five!), and it is nice to see longtime leaderboard topper Dead Pixels in the running, as well as a few Uprising III titles (Gateways, qrth-phyl, Diehard Dungeon). City Tuesday was somehow denied. And as for my grumblings, hey, it’s all opinions, right? Congratulations again to all those that participated, and to all that remain in the pool for a chance at winning cash and notoriety. Winners will be announced in September. No matter where you sit on the results, Indie wins.

Full listing of the Xbox 360 finalists:

  • A Pixel Escape
  • Gateways (Uprising III Title)
  • Apple Jack 2 (Review)
  • Graveyard Shift
  • Bleed
  • Imagine Earth
  • Brand
  • Moon Cheese
  • Chibis Bomba
  • Ninja Crash
  • Chompy Chomp Chomp (Review)
  • One Finger Death Punch
  • Dead Pixels
  • qrth-phyl (Uprising III Title)
  • Diehard Dungeon (Uprising III Title)
  • Snails
  • Divided
  • Windhaven
  • Face-Plant Adventures
  • Wyv and Keep