Dream.Build.Play Challenge 2011 Winners Announced

By Rebecca Smith, 5 years ago
The Dream.Build.Play Challenge is a competition for upcoming developers where they use XNA Game Studio 4.0 to create an Indie game for the Xbox 360. These games are then judged on their fun factor, production quality and levels of innovation, with prizes being awarded to the winners.

The numerous entries get whittled down to 20 finalists, but of those finalists, only four games will be awarded with prizes. Now, the deserving winners of the 2011 competition have been announced, and as well as a significant cash prize, all of their creators will now have a chance to secure Xbox LIVE publishing contracts.

Blocks That Matter
Grand Prize $40,000
Creator: Guillaume Martin
Genre: Platformer
Cost: 240 MSP
Download link here
Combine your platforming and puzzle-solving skills in this incredible mashup! Playing as the Tetrobot, you can collect blocks of matter, recycle them into new shapes and trigger chain reactions. Contains 100% natural Slime extract.
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Solar 2
1st Prize $20,000
Creator: Murudai
Genre: Action & Adventure
Cost: 400 MSP
Download link here
In most games you see stars in the background, you shoot asteroids or you live on planets. But in Solar 2 you ARE these objects! Enter a universe where you must prove yourself to the resident god-like figure by doing its many bizarre and varied tasks. Or just ignore it and see how big you can grow! The massive sequel to "Solar".
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TIC: Part 1
2nd Prize $10,000
Creator: RedCandy Games
Genre: Action & Adventure
Cost: 240 MSP
Download link here
Take on the role of a unicycling, wall-drilling, helicoptering, mining robot, Tic, in the first 3 chapters (+9 challenges!) of the artfully-crafted action-adventure series from RedCandy Games™. Stunning 3D-composited high definition visuals, a catchy soundtrack, captivating story, and fast-paced gameplay makes this a rare and unforgettable experience only on XBLIG.
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Sequence
3rd Prize $5,000
Creator: Jason Wishnov a.k.a. Iridium Studios
Genre: Role Playing
Cost: 240 MSP
Download link here
Sequence is a rhythm/RPG hybrid, featuring full voice acting and a soundtrack by Ronald Jenkees. Ascend the Tower and uncover the mystery surrounding the girl tracking your every move.
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I personally have played two of the four winners - Blocks That Matter and TIC: Part 1 - and was thoroughly impressed with their quality, as both could easily qualify as an Xbox LIVE Arcade release in their current form. I can heartily recommend that you try all of these games out, regardless of their lack of achievements. I know that I will certainly be trying out the remaining two!
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.