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Contest Winners Finally Revealed!
The time has finally come! First off, we want to thank everyone for your patience: the contest was far larger than anyone anticipated, and we had approximately 800 games to experience. Many entries were truly exceptional and scored high, proving there is a huge pool of talent in the indie game community. We also want to thank our two celebrity judges (Ed Greenwood and Sabre) as well as the Humble Bundle team for their invaluable contributions to the judging process.
We’re also pleased to announce an additional prize category: Humble Bundle Judge’s Choice! Winners of this category will receive gifts from our friends at the Humble Bundle store.
Curious about the contest wrap-up? Please scroll down to the end of the post for further details.
Grand Prize Winner: Remnants of Isolation by Red_Nova
Magic is a curse. A plague upon the world and those that live in it. Those that are born with this curse unwittingly sap the mana from the earth they stand in. In order to prevent these abominations from draining away the world's lifeblood, they are locked away in a castle in an isolated dimension. It is in this castle that the cursed are to remain, removed from society so that their magic does not harm normal people. They are to be kept here for the rest of their miserable lives.
At least, that's the way it should have been...
Suddenly, a loud crash is heard. A young girl, kept apart from the rest of the castle, looks up from the ground. The magical barrier that prevented her escape slowly dissipates. Standing up, she pushes open the gate and finds her first taste of freedom. Guide her as she teams up with a renegade mage boy to search for the truth behind the castle, her unique magic, and a way to escape.
Congratulations to Remnants of Isolation for winning $10,000 and more as our Grand Prize winner!
RPG Category Winners
1st Place: Antagonist by Nivlac
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2nd Place: Last Word by Merlandese
In a society where having the last word means having power over others, a small party is disrupted by a gentleman who politely issues orders through a one-way intercom.
Last Word is an unconventional JRPG. Battle sophisticated guests using words as weapons. Collect topics by gossipping to unlock mysteries. Drink wine. The night is young and no one can leave until the devious Professor Chatters says so! Can Whitty and Seymour overcome the power of the professor's amazing machine? Or will they succumb to the saucy banter of the motley aristocrats around them? Don't hesitate in getting the Last Word.
3rd Place: Cope Island by Zds
Find yourself on a mysterious island, where you gain score by tackling turn-based RPG battles in the least amount of turns possible with a small selection of randomized weapons. Choose Standard for a more relaxed approach to the island, where the only penalty to losing is a loss of score and save points are frequent; or choose Rogue, where there are no save points and dying is permanent.
Celebrity Judge's Choice: Last Word
“Last Word was head-and-shoulders above the rest in terms of doing something different than the norm and treating the player as an adult, or rather a thinking entity. It expands the horizons and tries something much bolder than seen in the other entries. I enjoyed the challenge of this sophisticated RPG.” – Ed Greenwood
Humble Bundle Choice: Exeunt Omnes by Adam Hasvers
“A lot of credit goes to this game for having incredibly creative gameplay. It definitely goes in a unique direction. Exeunt Omnes clearly has a lot of depth to it, and getting to see the storyline unfold, getting to watch the cutscenes, and beginning to understand its mechanics was very rewarding.” – Eric Tam
Congratulations to the winners of the RPG category! We had a great showing of both RPG Maker and non-RPG Maker games from some very talented aspiring developers.
Non-RPG Category Winners
1st Place: Daemon Detective: Gaiden by Yal
When the entire art collection of New Magma City Art Museum is stolen by a daemon overlord, our friends from Daemon Detective sets out on a quest to reclaim them. Through the use of their cunning, their mighty feet, and amazing power-ups they fight their way to the overlord's castle inch by inch, pixel by pixel!
Venture through 3 hazardous worlds filled with enemies, items and stolen paintings to reclaim! Save your kidnapped friends for a host of 4 playable characters, each with unique abilities! Use amazing superhero transformation skills to battle bosses covering the whole screen in bullets! The game has 4 different endings depending on how you fare. Can you unlock them all?
2nd Place: Oh! Ko! by mostly useless
Oh! Ko! is a comedy adventure game with light item-based puzzles created in RPG Maker VX Ace for the 2014 Indie Game Maker Contest.
The game's production has been quite a challenge; I grabbed VX Ace in the Humble Bundle on the 4th and learnt the software as I went along, making the game and drawing all but a few art assets within the contest period while juggling a full time job. And no, my full time job is not juggling. I tried to curb my ambition to create a complete and reasonably polished, if somewhat brief, experience.
3rd Place: Little Briar Rose by Flame
A brave prince is trying to save his sleeping princess from an evil spell. Will he defeat the spell or will he be lost in the forest forever?
Little Briar Rose is a point-and-click adventure game inspired by “The Sleeping Beauty” A brave prince is trying to save his princess from an evil spell that forces her to sleep forever. In order to save her, he has to explore the enchanted forest which surrounds the castle where she is imprisoned. It will not be an easy task at all: the forest is populated by several magic creatures, and he has to help them in order to break the curse.
Celebrity Judge’s Choice: Goats on a Bridge by Cabygon (Download)
“I really enjoyed my time with Goats on a Bridge. The characters are great and super super cute. I liked how the menu system was implemented and the game was fully explained. The music fits well with the game and I loved the ability to add equipment/costume pieces to the goats. This game was also very difficult (to the point of rage-inducing) and has a lot of replay value.” – Kimberly “Sabre” Weigend
Humble Bundle Choice: The Vendor by Galenmereth
"The game starts out with a fairly entertaining inversion of the standard JRPG formula. Vendor takes a fun look at the mechanics popularized by Recettear. Planning out what the heroes bought from you so they could complete a dungeon was cool and provided an interesting puzzle. Maybe Vendor just copies something great, or maybe there is something really fun in there. Either way, I was having a really good time playing the game." – Andy Oxfeld
There were many excellent non-RPG selections, which was a pleasant surprise for our judging panel. Congratulations to the winners!
Most Shared and Most Buzzing
These two categories were geared toward the hottest and most trending games. Props to the winner of Most Shared Game: Purrkour by Emergency Squid Studios! Taking the prize for Most Buzzing is Ars Harmonia by youarebritish, our Peoples’ Choice winner from July! Both games fared quite well in scoring, so it is fitting that they get their chance to shine.
Prizes and Results
1. Curious about your score? We are in the process of refining comments for the games and will be offering scores to participants starting this weekend. All you have to do is e-mail email@example.com and we’ll get back to you with your score(s) ASAP, starting Sunday.
2. Details on participation prizes and other prize packages will be distributed starting this week. We will begin contacting the winners tomorrow via the e-mail addresses provides on the contest platform. If you have any questions, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or PM Deckiller here on the forums.
3. We also have a lengthy list of giveaway winners from the contest. Be sure to check your e-mail/forum messages for free product keys!
4. Our team will be reviewing and streaming as many of the winners as possible in the coming weeks. Please visit the RPG Maker Web Blog for more info!
Lastly, we wanted to thank everyone again for your participation and patience: we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. We’re excited to see what everyone cooks up in our next event!
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