Gamasutra parent Think Services is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever Dobbs Challenge
, a special game competition brought to you in association with the world-renowned Dr. Dobb's Journal
for software developers, and Microsoft.
To participate, interested parties can firstly download the specially created 'Dr. Dobb's Challenge' games
for either Windows and Windows Mobile. Then they can win from a prize pool of $10,000
by modifying the games using a trial version of Visual Studio 2008.
The games star the first-ever personification of Dr. Dobbs, alongside the characters from Microsoft's 'Defy All Challenges' machinima videos, as you battle to collect Visual Studio icons and complete the levels.
Full source code and art for the games are freely provided for programmers and artists to 'mod' the results and win prizes, and all you need to know to participate
is available on the official website.
Some notes for indie developers interested in participating: firstly, the Windows version of the game
was created by the folks at Grubby Games
, the makers of IGF finalist Professor Fizzwizzle
The Grubby Games developers designed the fun SD-style cartoonization
of Dr. Dobbs and Microsoft's 'Defy All Challenges' machinima characters - who are featured in this video
, if you are looking for background. The game itself lets you pick from the main characters and has somewhat of a 'time attack' feeling to it - you can also use the mouse to grab icons from far away.
In addition, there's a different Windows Mobile version of the game designed by the folks from indie PocketPC developer B3Team
, and there's actually a conventional Windows executable version of that game in the Windows Mobile download package
, if you want to check it out.
This version has slightly different, more 'oldschool' gameplay and specially designed pixel art of the main characters from Adam Saltsman
Overall, there's a $1,000 'First Month Challenge' that closes on April 14th, and the other $9,000 of prizes have a June 13th deadline - including Best Windows Game ($4,000), Best Windows Mobile Game ($2,000), Best One Button Game ($1,000), Best Game Starring Dr Dobbs And The Defy All Challenges Crew ($1,000, and Best Total Conversion ($1,000) - for making something that's completely different in genre/style from the original Dr. Dobbs Challenge, but still keeps 'collect Visual Studio icons' as the mechanic and starts from the same codebase.