For the fourth year running, Carlos Camacho and the volunteers at Macintosh gaming resource website iDevGames have wrapped up this year's edition of the annual uDevGames contest.
The event, designed to showcase and promote game programming on the Mac, encourages the unsung heroes of the homebrew game development community - the programmers, the hobbyists, the artists, and the dreamers - who yearn to create a game within a strict timeframe that will please the masses. Once the games are completed, each entry is posted on the contest's website for download, along with the game's source code and a postmortem by the game's designer, and the general public gets to vote on their favorite titles, based on everal characteristics - Gameplay, Originality, Polish, Graphics, and Sound & Music. At the end of the judging period, the results are tabulated, and the most popular games are awarded prizes donated by prominent companies and individual patrons of the Mac gaming industry.
This year's contest saw thirty-one entries make it in time for the event's deadline, from the simplest arcade games to complex 3D hack-n-slash role playing games, complete with dungeon, spells, and cuddly monsters. The contest's sixty-two official sponsors have poured an incredible amount of support for the event, donating over 110 different services or products to encourage budding game developers. iDevGames editor-in-chief Carlos Camacho, along with radio personalities Sean Smith and Omaha Sternberg, announced the winners Monday night on the weekly internet radio show The Gamesome Mac.
In honour of the numerous developers, programmers, graphics artists, sound designers, and all the other staff that contributed to the contest entries, Inside Mac Games contributors Galen Wiley, Mike Apps, Johan Hansén and Zack Lipowski downloaded all of the official entries, delved deep into each game, and emerged with their personal favorites. These hand-picked entries, chosen separately from the contest's official judging, are the games that impressed us, the gamers, the most. Over the span of the next few pages, each contributor will present his favorite pick, explain what the games are about, and explain why the entries deserve special recognition.
Congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and a big thanks to the programmers and game designers who participated. Extra special thanks to all the sponsors for their incredibly generous show of support, and, of course, thanks to the uDevGames staff of volunteers for running the event.