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Minimal Contest Results

Posted On 11/19/2009 By KniteBlargh


Wow... Just wow... I'd say the Minimal Contest was successful, wouldn't you? Folks, we had a total of 50 entries this time (if you count Jimmy's late entry); that's a new record for Game Jolt, and it just goes to show that everyone else enjoyed this theme as much as we did! The amount of creativity shown within just one week was amazing; though the theme was minimal, the contest certainly wasn't!

With that, let's see some results:

Winners


Spectrum Wing

1st Place
Spectrum Wing

There's something nostalgic about this game that I can't quite put my finger on, but as minimal as the graphic style and goal of the game are, it feels HUGE. With some invisible additions such as distorted sounds, some shaking effects, and physics, the experience becomes real and puts us into this sci-fi world that Davioware created without taking away from the minimal look. The basic goal of the game is simple; you have to destroy all the enemies and collect items in order to move on through the exit. However, that's not as easy as it sounds with the minor puzzle elements, but it's a good challenge, not an impossible one.

Saut

2nd Place
Saut

Though silhouette styles have become somewhat common in the indie gaming scene lately, the visual style in Saut actually brings back the good stuff and reminds us why we found silhouettes attractive in the first place. When it comes to minimalistic game graphics, it's hard to go wrong with silhouettes. Graphics aside though, the feature that really shines with this entry is the perfect control scheme; you can't get much simpler than one-button control, and it was implemented so well, Saut became a real joy to play through. Add a high score list and a VIP high score list, and you've got yourself some great replay value.

Fetus

3rd Place
Fetus

Although this one seems to start out a little slow at first, the atmosphere catches your attention right away and draws you in farther; I had to keep playing. This sounds kind of weird to say, but the lack of music actually really adds to the eerie vibe of Fetus; it's just one of those rare occasions when a game is actually better off without music. The game becomes more challenging as one plays on, as well as more interesting. Besides the minimal graphics, sounds, and controls, this game also grabbed onto the minimal theme in a rather unique way, that being a minimal amount of sense. Playing Fetus is like reading a modern-day novel by Lewis Carroll.

Awards

You asked for them, so you better like 'em or else Father Game Jolt will rock this place!

Muh
The Tender Beef Award

Pixzels
The Life as a Target Award

draw-a-move
The Jump Crouch Ouch Award

Contrast
The [chain][/chain] Award

madnessMADNESSmadness
The "This is NALness!" Award

bananatime
The Left Bananaless Award

Gnat Story
The "I'll tell you right here and now, you're not good enough to beat the boss." Award

Red&Blue Escape Dude
The Breakout Flashback Award

Mineoba
The Mineoba Over Matter Award

strandedd
The "Thank goodness for reckless drivers!" Award

How to become a video game hero in 60 sec
The lolwut? Award

Kemrang
The Brain Pain Award

Blockice
The Screaming Red Men Award

l!nimima
The Scrambled Title Award

Little
The Needs a Big Sequel Award

RGBlast
The Awesome Poster Usage Award

Choo Choo Like a Hobo
The Angry Train Award

Above the Sky: The ReSkyening
The "This is the only game that matters." Award

DataThief
The Information Technology Overflow Award

Devil May Smile
The Lethal Devil Crushing Poster Weapon Award

LOVE ME!
The OKAY! Award

Space Race
The Tight Fit Award

Amnesia Story
The "Wait... Where am I?" Award

Super big gun adventure
The Jealous Gentlemen Award

Close Your Eyes For 60 Seconds!!
The Most Difficult to Master Award

Minimal
The Sensitive Steam Craft Award

Retro Rythm
The Finger Panic Award

Anti-Evil FTW
The "Aaaah! A little man is chasing me!" Award

The Orb Carrier
The Smoothest Presentation Award

In a dungeon
The Deceitful Floor Panel Award

ALERT!
The Single Cannon City Award

Arcadia
The Impossible Bullet Dodge Award

Para
The Tranquility Award

[untitled]
The Most Minimalistic Game Award

Secrets
The "Use your eyes, just look and see, the world is large, now find that key!" Award

Inverta
The Test of Determination Award

Blast Alien Rush
The Alien Kangaroo Surprise Attack Award

GPE
The Daredevil Pixel Award

Blind Redux
The Breathtaking Atmosphere and Scenery Award

K.
The Beauteous Calligraphic Path Award

Late Night Shift
The Dangling Eyeball Award

Enter
The Unexpected Error Award

Composition Beta
The Ant Farm Award

Zombeygeebes!
The Ravenous Fan Crowd Award

|H|
The "Oh, so that's where the exit is!" Award

No Children Its My Candy
The Vengeful Old Man Award

CPK
The "So how do you feel now that you've ruined countless lives?" Award

Conclusion

A big thumbs up to our three main contest winners, as well as everyone else that entered! Good job everyone, keep up the great work, and here's hoping our next competition will turn out as awesomely as this one did!

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CROS
CROS 4 years ago
Haha, sorry, scoz. Maybe next one will be accessible for you. =P
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scoz
scoz 4 years ago
*SIGH* I only just finished my exams today. I long for the day a GJ compo will be conveniently timed for me :P
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CROS
CROS 4 years ago
Okay, so maybe he did read the comment thread. har har
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Instant Arts
Instant Arts 4 years ago
They were honorable mentions.
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brxtr
brxtr 4 years ago
Great competition. Bring on the next one. :D
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Davioware
Davioware 4 years ago
Thanks for the feedback guys, glad you enjoyed my game!
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deletedlolz
deletedlolz 4 years ago
LOLWUT
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david pucko
david pucko 4 years ago
haha, great stuff :D congrats to the winners and anyone participating for actually completing the game :)

good job everyone :)
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Kanosis
Kanosis 4 years ago
This is an outrage! This contest was obviously rigged.
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Zack
Zack 4 years ago
Congrats guys! Good job to everyone one who entered!
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