|The babies cheer wildly!|
The "5 Button competition", held recently through December and January and run by Experimental Gameplay Project and 02L, tasked game developers to make a game that
- Uses only 5 buttons, and
- Is fun to play in a party setting with multiple people at once.
Games were judged initially before the show, with a contest team selecting a group of finalist games and runners-up. The idea being that the finalists would be offered to be played at the party, and if there was time, more games from the runners-up would be shown as well. The games were judged in the following manner:
- 20% of the public voting
- 30% of the average of the STATTMEDIA crew's votes
- 50% of the average of the blue ribbon jury votes: Pete Angstadt (EA, Havoc, Turtle-Sandbox), Thorsten Wiedemann (AMAZE festival)
|Players standing on the custom buttons at the event. (Image by Pete Angstadt)|
One of the jury members took pictures and wrote about the event here: http://experimentalgameplay.com/blog/2012/02/5-button-winners/
|Gamers playing Porkerpillar. (Image by Pete Angstadt)|
The first place winner was a game called Rakete which sounds really neat: each button (and thus player) controls a thruster on a spaceship and players try to guide the ship to a destination together. Here's some footage of the game being played.
The third player winner sounds neat as well, Re-evolution, which appears to be an interesting racing game (though I couldn't get it to work on my computer because of the keyboard ghosting issues).
Our game Porkerpillar asks players to help babies get back to their mom by riding a strange caterpillar+pig creature. I promise he's friendly! You can check out more screens of the game and play it here: Porkerpillar.
Here's some video as well:
Now that Porkerpillar was proven to be a crowd favorite we may act on some more ideas we had for expanding the game universe, including new, trippy environments, and more puzzly obstacles. Plus a real game platform on which to play it! Probably rhymes with "my tone" or "bye dad".