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17Jan/110

8bitrocket Atari Inspired 16K Retro Re-make contest winner(s) announcement!

Contest

We had a very tough time choosing the winner(s) as every game was excellent. Some made excellent use of technology,  some were every inventive, and others made nice use of the source material as a jumping off point to push in new directions.  Some were a combination of all three.

So, with no further delay, here are the winners and also a capsule review each game entry. We have also chosen a runner up that Steve and I agree was the most technically marvelous of all the games submitted. This second place game will receive a copy of our book.

FIRST PLACE WINNER (Grand Prize Award Winner):

We are proud to announce that 16K Lander is the winner of the first place prize package.  So, Robert Podgórski of BlackMoon Design, please contact us at info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com so we can confirm your identification and an address to send out your prizes.

RUNNER UP WINNER (Technical Achievement Award):

The second place winner is Battle Wire 16K! Although every entry was excellent, Steve and I felt that this one was a technical marvel.  So, TFernando (Nightflyer Games), please email us at info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com to claim your book. If you already have a copy, we can make arrangements for you to receive a copy of put forthcoming HTML5 Canvas book instead.

Capsule Reviews of Each Game Along with a review each also receives an achievement tag line that can be used in the title screen or to pump up sponsorship $$). Just like pee-wee AYSO soccer here in  the USA, everyone is a winner in some capacity.

16K Lander:  This is a remake of a classic Atari coin-op. It won the public voting for best game and it is very impressive. Just like the original it is difficult to play, but becomes easier as you get the hang of the controls. The visuals, sounds and game play are not arcade perfect (we didn't ask them to be), but they are decidedly retro-awesome in their own right. This is one of the best Lunar Lander re-makes that we have ever played. We especially like the random terrain, and the realistic physics model.
92% Retrotastic!
Achievement Tag Line "8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Grand Prize Winner"

BattleWire16K:  This is almost an exact duplicate of the classic Atari Coin-Op. What is most impressive is the 3-d engine that was spun up in only 16K. Tony was able to fit in music and  sounds as well. The controls are a little on the difficult side. I would have used the mouse for the pitch and firing, and the WASD for right, left forward and backward, but who's to say that would have been any better.
92% Retrotastic!
Achievement Tag Line: "8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Technical Achievement Winner"

Niculus: This re-skin of the classic Nebulus / Tower Toppler was the second runner-up in the technical achievement department. The incredibly fluid scrolling reminded us of the Atari ST classic right away. I had no idea that this kind of game with such beautiful visuals could be squeezed into as little as 16K.  Aside from the technical aspects, this is just a fine fine game, that is very fun to play. It was very close to winning the second prize. Steve and I actually had to flip a coin to see which game won the last copy of our book that is available to give out.
92% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line: "8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Technical Achievement Winner Runner Up"

Axe Quest: I love Ace's games.  This is an excellent tribute to side scrolling "beat'em-ups". It looks quite like what an Atari 7800 version of Golden Axe might have looked like, and is fun, if not a little difficult to play. Ace paid much attention to detail in this contest. I especially like the little touches such as the  "GO>>" message when the player has killed all of the foes on the level. Ace was able to squeeze a lot of different sprites, blood particles and the like into his 16K game. The enemy AI is very well done and make the game quite a challenge.
90% Retrotastic!
Achievement Tag Line:"8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Special Achievement in Sprites and Animation"

DABOMB: This is almost a straight port of one of the best Activition games of all time My top-5 list is River Raid, Pitfall, Key Stone Capers, Kaboom, and Hero. Kaboom is the game that this is trying to duplicate, and it does so very successfully. It looks and plays almost exactly like the original, but everything has been re-drawn by hand as to not violate any intellectual copyrights. It is a quite enjoyable and well crafted 16K entry that brings back the enjoyment of plugging in that 2600 cart for the first time.
88% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line: "8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Best Atari 2600 game port"

DDDD (The Diabolical Dungeons of Dr. Devil) : Another Ace game, but this time he goes way back in time to tackle the classic RPG game, Rogue. This one hearkens back the the earlier 70's RPG games that existed only on systems like the PDP-11. This version is closer to the classic version on other early 80's computers such as the Atari 800, Spectrum, BBC Micro, C64, and the like. Ace has added much depth to his game and has squeezed an amazing amount of content into the 16K. His dungeon generator is freaking amazing. I find the symbols a little confusing, but once you play enough to learn what they mean the confusion is cleared up.
90% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line: "8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Deepest, Most Re-playable game award"

Fate Of The Universe: This is a nicely crafted Pong variant that uses some classic Ace sprites to create a real "Tennis for two" using swats from the weapons of the on-screen avatars. Again, Ace's visual touches, character graphics, and animations are top-notch and very well done. Ace was prolific in this contest and it goes to show that he really should be making games for a commercial company.
88% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line:"8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Best Fusion of classic and modern game-play"

16K Heli: Choplifter was one of the first games we played on the Apple IIe and the Atari 800. This is a particularly well made version that required a lot of different character graphics, AI and sound to be crammed into a small 16K package. This version is more difficult than I remember, but it is an impressive achievement.
88% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line:"8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Best classic Atari 800 computer game re-make."

Must Destroy Your Heart: This game is a very creative take on the classic game, Berzerk.  Out of all of the entries, this one took the original game concept and modified it enough to make a completely different game based on the same technology employed in the original. The firing system is very fluid and it reminded me more of the Robotron control scheme (or the Tron Arcade Game)  than anything else.
88% Retrotastic
Achievement Tag Line:"8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake: Most creative re-imagining of the source material."

Thanks to everyone for contributing, voting and playing the games. We hope to have another contest soon as this was a very enjoyable experience all-around.

10Jan/110

16K Contest : Final Public Vote Tally

Here are the final public votes.  We will put this together with our votes and announce the First and Second place winners this week.  Thanks for playing.

8Jan/110

16K Contest Voting: Final Chance! (Updated)

Get your votes in for the 16K contest!  Only 2 more days.

Update: I just looked at the voting logs and it appears that are some "oddities" in the voting records.   We will take a long look at the data and adjust the results accordingly.  As well, don't forget, 8bitrocket.com still has not voted, and we get and our votes weigh heavily...

4Jan/110

16K Game Contest Voting

Now it is time to vote your favorite game in the 16K contest!  Voting ends in one week (Monday, January 11th)

(voting is now closed)

Not sure?  Try the Games Again:

16K Lander

Axe Quest

BattleWire 16K

DABOMB

The Diabolical Dungeons of Dr. Devil

Fate of the Universe

Heli

Must Destroy Your Heart

Niculus

31Dec/100

16 K Contest Update : Voting Starts Next Week

Well the holidays smacked-up hard over here at 8bitrocket.com Towers, but we are preparing for the final voting for the 16K Game contest.  We have decided to wait to start the voting until most pople are back from vacation/holiday on January 4th.  (Note to self: never start a contest near a holiday again!)  Here are the entries again:

16K Contest Entries

Go play them and prepare for the pixelated voting battle to start next week!

26Dec/100

PhotonStorm's Cat Astro Phi an indie game of the week selection at Gamasutra

Cat Astro Phi, by PhotonStorm's Richard Davey, is one of the brilliant games selected this week for the Gamasutra "Best Of Indie Games".

Cat Astro Phi is a masterfully crafted, retro-inspired, maze-based exploration-adventure-shooter that should please any game player, especially those who prefer a little retro in their morning game coffee (or tea).

Cat Astro Phi is also a sponsor of the 8bitrocket 16K Atari Inspired Retro-Remake Contest that is going on right now.

21Dec/100

Play the 8bitrocket 16K Atari Retro-Remake Entries

16k Contest

16k Contest

The deadline has passed for entering a game into the 8bitrocket Atari Inspired Retro-Remake contest. We have received a number of high-quality entries.

You can play each at the links below. Voting will start later in the week and run through the end of the year.

Here are the games in alphabetical order:

16K Lander

Axe Quest

BattleWire 16K

DABOMB

The Diabolical Dungeons of Dr. Devil

Fate of the Universe

Heli

Must Destroy Your Heart

Niculus

Thanks to all of our entrants for their hard work. It is truly inspiring. As a reminder, the game that is voted the winner will receive the below prize package. Also, the second place winner will receive a copy of our book, The Essential Guide To Flash Games.  Thanks to all of the below sponsors for helping to put together the prize package.

The winner will be selected based by 1/3 community voting, 1/3 by Jeff Fulton, and 1/3 by Steve Fulton. We will also be posting complete reviews of each game after the contest is complete.  Again, the voting will begin later this week and run through the end of the year.

The winning prize package:

1. Atari' Greatest Hits: Volume 1 for the Nintendo DS

3. The Icarus Kid CD - retro inspired music by the master himself!

3.  A physical copy of our book,  The Essential Guide To Flash Games

4. Clint Herron has graciously offered a license for his Platformer Starter Kit as an additional prize for the contest:


Clint’s product is a full featured development kit for use with the Push-Button Engine. You can see a demo that includes many different examples of the games that can be produced using the kit here: http://hanclinto.com/site/index.php/demo

5. Richard Davey and his wonderful new game, Cat Astro Phi have become an official sponsor of the contest. Richard has graciously added a copy of the masterpiece soundtrack to this game to the prize package.

6. A Snap! Classic Arcades PC game CD collection including: a copy of Atari Warlords for the PC , a copy of Atari Millipede for the PC , a copy of Atari Crystal Castles for the PC , a copy of Atari Combat! (90's remake from Hasbro).

7. The immeasurable prestige and honor of winning the first 8bitrocket.com 16K Retro Game Remake Contest.

20Dec/100

7 hours left to enter the 16K Atari Inspired Retro-Remake Contest

16k

16K

It is currently 5:00PM PST. We have already received a number of very well made games, so the competition is fierce.   It is so fierce that I have decided to also give a copy of our book, the Essential Guide To Flash Games, to the second place game. Also, each game will receive a full review on its own playable game page on the site with the developer details  (with an offsite link to a extended Mochi version when/if it is available).

There is a little less than 7 hours left, so good luck, and look for the games on the site by tomorrow evening (again Pacific Standard Time). I will need about 24 hours to get everything ready once we receive all the entries.

17Dec/100

Atari 16K Retro Remake Contest Nears Final Date

16k

This Sunday evening, at 11:59 Pacific Standard Time,  is  the deadline for entries into the 16K Atari Retro Inspired Re-make Contest. We have already received a number of very well made entries, so the competition is fierce.

Good luck, and here's to playing some great 16K games on the site starting Monday afternoon.

Voting will start later in the week and will run through the end of the calendar year.

The prize package will be awarded and send out in early January to the game voted best by the community and the judges (Steve and I).

Prize package:

1. Atari' Greatest Hits: Volume 1 for the Nintendo DS

3. The Icarus Kid CD - retro inspired music by the master himself!

3.  A physical copy of our book,  The Essential Guide To Flash Games

4. Clint Herron has graciously offered a license for his Platformer Starter Kit as an an additional prize for the contest

Clint’s product is a full featured development kit for use with the Push-Button Engine. You can see a demo that includes many different examples of the games that can be produced using the kit here: http://hanclinto.com/site/index.php/demo

5. Richard Davey and his wonderful new game, Cat Astro Phi have become an official sponsor of the contest. Richard has graciously added a copy of the masterpiece soundtrack to this game to the prize package.

6. A Snap! Classic Arcades PC game CD collection including: a copy of Atari Warlords for the PC , a copy of Atari Millipede for the PC , a copy of Atari Crystal Castles for the PC , a copy of Atari Combat! (90's remake from Hasbro).

7. The immeasurable prestige and honor of winning the first 8bitrocket.com 16K Retro Game Remake Contest.

9Dec/100

16K Atari Inspired Retro Re-Make Contest Update

16Kcontest

16Kcontest

Here is the latest news on the contest:

The biggest news is that we are going to extend the contest end date until Sunday 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time December 19th. This will give everyone the entire weekend to find time to optimize and finish their games before we post them for voting.

Just as big news: We are proud to announce that Richard Davey and his wonderful new game, Cat Astro Phi have become an official sponsor of the contest. Richard has graciously added a copy of the masterpiece soundtrack to this game to the prize package.

Also, for those of you without a Nintendo DS we have added a set of PC Atari games to the prize package:
A Snap! Classic Arcades PC game CD collection including: a copy of Atari Warlords for the PC , a copy of Atari Millipede for the PC , a copy of Atari Crystal Castles for the PC , a copy of Atari Combat! (90's remake from Hasbro).

Of course, the winner will also receive the DS game just along with the other prizes in the full package.

See the contest page for full details.

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