This year’s winners for Microsoft’s Dream.Build.Play XNA game development competition have been revealed, with puzzle-platformer Blocks That Matter by Guillaume Martin (shown below) taking away the $40,000 grand prize.
Winners were selected from a group of twenty-one semi-finalists, based on categories like innovation, fun-factor, and production value. The Dream.Build.Play competition is now in its fifth year.
Murudai’s space sandbox, Solar 2 garnered the first place prize of $20,000, Red Candy Games’ robotic platformer TIC: Part 1 took in the $10,000 second prize, and Sequence by Jason Wishnov grabbed the $5,000 third-place prize for its interesting combination of RPGs and rhythm games.
A few honorable mention awards were also bestowed. 3D puzzler Alien Jelly by Collective Mass was honored for its production quality, 2.5D puzzle-platformer The Bridge by Hypercube Games received a nod for innovation, and Team Devil’s Ninja Crash was noted for its fun-factor.
All of the Dream.Build.Play finalists are eligible to be considered for Xbox Live publishing contracts. The grand-prize-winning Blocks that Matter is currently available for PC and Mac on Steam for $4.99, and also from Xbox Live Indie Games for 240 Microsoft Points ($3).
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