When we first announced the competition and its "GROW" theme in January, the response was warm and welcoming. There seemed to be a popular expectation that the competition would yield games similar to the Grow series from On of Eyezmaze. Instead, we received more than a dozen different "GROW" interpretations, each one creative and original in its own way, and not a single Grow clone. And still the games exceeded our expectations.
As with our first competition last August, we have once again been entertained and delighted by the creative brilliance of a group of highly talented Flash game designers. The task of choosing just 2 of them to receive the honor of a prize was difficult at best. Many of the games were very close as the five reviewers—John, Drew, zxo, Harukio, and myself—recorded scores according to a set of rubrics established for the theme of this competition.
One game, however, scored well above all other entries, thus making the winner of this competition a unanimous choice...
Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who submitted an entry! Your participation in these competitions makes future competitions like this possible. It is our sincere hope that, even if you do not win a prize, you do receive a kind word and constructive feedback on your work to help shape your next design. That is why we will be highlighting each game entry by giving it a proper review in the days and weeks ahead.
Please show your support for all of these talented game designers by casting your votes, and your dollars, toward the Audience Prize, to be announced when voting ends tonight at midnight (GMT-5). Please refer to the Audience Prize page for links to vote for each of the games.