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Dream Build Play (also known as Dream-Build-Play, Dream.Build.Play, and DreamBuildPlay) is an annual $75,000[1] Microsoft video game contest used to promote Microsoft XNA Game Studio and eventually Xbox LIVE Indie Games. It was announced in 2006,[2] started in 2007, and ran until 2012. It was restarted in 2017 as the Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge. Notable winners include Dust: An Elysian Tail[3] and The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai.[4]

Concept[edit]

Dream-Build-Play, as it was first called, is a game development contest designed to promote and encourage experienced game developers and enthusiasts to create innovative and fun-to-play indie games for Windows and Xbox 360 using Microsoft XNA Game Studio.[5] In 2017, the contest was relaunched to challenge indie game developers to create UWP games across four categories.

Notable entries[edit]

Many winners have gone on to be published on Xbox LIVE Arcade:

Dream Build Play Challenges[edit]

Here is a breakdown of all Dream Build Play Challenges, including lesser known Warm-Up Challenges:

2007 Warm-Up Challenge[edit]

Microsoft offered a Relatives of Spacewar Warm-Up Challenge precursor to the first Dream Build Play, awarding US$500 to the top five entries.[6] The entries had to create a game based on the Spacewar Starter Kit.[7]

Winners[edit]

Top 5:[8][9]

  • Earth vs. Mars (Minsk, Belarus)
  • Udder Assault (Bellevue, WA USA)
  • G, (Bologna, Italy)
  • Viduce (Lyon, France)
  • Cracklin Crackles (Chicago, IL USA)

2007 Challenge[edit]

Also known as Dream-Build-Play 1.0,[10] this is the first Dream Build Play Challenge. In it, Microsoft offered an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract to the top four entries out of 4,500 participants, with the top two "1st Place" winning $10,000 each and the next two "2nd Place" winning $5,000 each.[11][12]

Winners[edit]

1st Place (tie):[13][14]

2nd Place:

3rd Place:

  • Big Sky (Durban, South Africa)
  • Burning Angels (Beijing, China)
  • Chaos (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • Gunstyle (Montgomery, AL, United States)
  • Hasta la muerte (Angoulême, France)
  • Hippocrate's Dilemma (Guilderland, NY, United States)
  • HurricaneX (Shanghai, China)
  • Little Gamers (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Magic Crystals (Wyoming, MI, United States)
  • Proximity HD (Warrenville, IL, United States)
  • Ragu (Tyresö, Sweden)
  • Rocketball (San Diego, CA, United States)
  • Samurai Soul Hunters (latest) (Bothell, WA, United States)
  • Shuggy (Ely, United Kingdom)
  • Sprockets of Strife (College Station, TX, United States)
  • Viduce (Lyon, France)

Blazing Birds, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, Yo Ho Kablammo!, HurricaneX, and Shuggy all eventually were published on Xbox LIVE Arcade. HurricaneX was eventually released as Kung Fu Strike[15][16] and Shuggy as The Adventures of Shuggy.

2008 Warm-Up Challenge[edit]

Also known as the Silicon Minds Warm-Up Challenge,[17] it was a precursor to the main 2008 Dream Build Play Challenge, announced in late 2007[18] this one centered on artificial intelligence and promised an opportunity to interview for at an internship with Microsoft Research, Rare, or Lionhead Studios.[19]

Winners[edit]

Top 5:[20][21]

  • Conquerator (Nicholas Barratt & Gillian Allen, Dollar Short Games)
  • Hive (Nancy McCourt)
  • iSheep (Markus Jost & Remo Zehnder)
  • Orblast (John Montemorano, What About Gameplay?)
  • Specimen (Brent Strandy)

2008 Challenge[edit]

The 2008 Dream Build Play Challenge marks the first time the contest offered $75,000 worth of prizes. First place won $40,000, second place won $20,000, third place won $10,000, and fourth place won $5,000.[22]

Winners[edit]

Top 4 Prize Winners:[23]

Top 20 (in alphabetic order):[24]

  • An Awesome Game (United States)
  • Artoon (United Kingdom)
  • AUTO (Denmark)
  • Battle Tennis (Venezuela)
  • Bennu (Portugal)
  • Biology Battle (Thailand)
  • Blow (Canada)
  • Carney Vale:Showtime'' (Singapore)
  • Galex-e-mail (United States)
  • HurricaneX2 (China)
  • Petank Party (France)
  • Project X- Trino (United States)
  • Pyramid Camel Boy (United Kingdom)
  • Save Jack (South Africa)
  • Smashell (Italy)
  • Spacehack (South Africa)
  • Streets of Fury (France)
  • Tropos (South Korea)
  • Weapon of Choice (United States)
  • Zeit 2 (Germany)

HurricaneX2 and Zeit 2 were eventually released on Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Weapon of Choice made it into the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition.[25] HurricaneX2 was eventually released as Kung Fu Strike.[26][27]

2009 Challenge[edit]

Winners[edit]

Top 4:[28]

Top 20 (alphabetic order):[29]

  • Avatar Golf, Barkers Crest Studio (United States)
  • BAMBOONO, TAKENOKO (Japan)
  • Band of Bears, Cellar Door Games (Canada)
  • Cloudberry Kingdom, Zealous Studios (United States)
  • Creed Arena, Reedake (Australia)
  • Duality ZF, Xona Games (Canada)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail, Humble Hearts (United States)
  • Echoes, binary zoo (Australia)
  • Guru-Guru, Gasp! (Venezuela)
  • HurricaneX2 Evolution, YouYun Tech (China)
  • Kaleidoscope, Morsel (Canada)
  • Magnetic Mind, laXarIS (Germany)
  • Masters of Belial, Brain Seal (United Kingdom)
  • Max Blastronaut, Coin App (United States)
  • Mirror, Silver Dollar Games (Canada)
  • Powa Volley, Kydos Studio (France)
  • Rotorscope, Nolver Apps (Spain)
  • Sol Survivor, Cadenza Interactive (United States)
  • Square Off, Team Chaos (Australia)
  • What The?!, Social Loner Studios (United States)

Cloudberry Kingdom, Dust: An Elysian Tail and HurricaneX2 Evolution were eventually released on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Score Rush Extended a spiritual prequel to Duality ZF was eventually released on PS4.

HurricaneX2 Evolution was eventually released as Kung Fu Strike.[30][31]

2010 Challenge[edit]

This year, in addition to the $75,000 in prizes for the top 4 entries, there was an additional $60,000 Old Spice prize. This allowed a single team to potentially win $100,000 in prizes.[32]

Standard Dream-Build-Play Challenge[edit]

The standard prize money split, labelled a bit differently: $40,000 grand prize, $20,000 first prize, $10,000 second prize, and $5,000 third prize.[33]

Microsoft Old Spice Challenge[edit]

In 2010, Old Spice launched four scents inspired by Matterhorn, Fiji, Denali, and Cyprus. The contest asked indie game studios to use these same places as inspiration for a funny and entertaining Xbox 360 game, the winner to be used to produce the products.[34]

Winners[edit]

Top 6[35][36]

Top 20 (alphabetical order)[37]

  • ARES, Extend Studio (Thailand)
  • Abaddon, Team Cornflake (United States)
  • Abducted!, Photonic Games (United States)
  • Alien Jelly, Collective Mass (Australia)
  • Armor Valley, Protege Production (Singapore)
  • Beat Hazard, Cold Beam Games (United Kingdom)
  • Capsized, Alientrap (Canada, excluding Quebec)
  • Creed Arena, reedake (Australia)
  • Duality ZF, Xona Games (Canada – excluding Quebec)
  • Dysnomia, Team Mango (United Kingdom)
  • JoyJoy, Radiangames (United States)
  • King Spray, electronicshed (Australia)
  • Lumi, Nicolas D. (France)
  • Mind Over Metal, Murudai (Australia)
  • Ninja Garden, Kablammo Games (Ireland)
  • Prismatic Solid, YO1KOMORI (Japan)
  • Shape Shooter, Super Jai (United States)
  • Shoot 1UP, Mommy's Best Games (United States)
  • Soul, Kydos Studio (France)
  • The Shadows in the Underworld, Polaris (Canada, excluding Quebec)

ARES and Capsized eventually were published on Xbox LIVE Arcade. Prismatic Solid will be published to PS4.[38] Score Rush Extended a spiritual prequel to Duality ZF was eventually released on PS4.

2011 Challenge[edit]

Winners[edit]

Top 4:[39][40]

Honorable Mentions:[41][42]

  • Production Quality: Alien Jelly
  • Innovation: The Bridge
  • Fun Factor: Ninja Crash

The Bridge was published to Xbox LIVE Arcade.

2012 Challenge[edit]

Xbox 360 Winners[edit]

Top 4:[43]

Windows Phone Winners[edit]

Top 4:[44]

  • Smirkers, Kenneth Bugeja
  • Pixel Blocked!, Daniel Truong
  • Alter Ego, Denis Grachev
  • Cradle to the Grave, COLTRAN Studios

2017 Challenge[edit]

PC/Windows 10 Category[edit]

Finalists:

  • The Forbidden Arts
  • Goscurry
  • Imperatum - WINNER - US$50,000

Cloud/Azure Category[edit]

Finalists:

  • Stellar Conquest - Winner - US$100,000
  • Clash of Camelot
  • The Hadron Effect

Console/Xbox One Category[edit]

Finalists:

  • Fighties - WINNER - US$25,000
  • King's Guard TD
  • Train Bandit

Windows Mixed Reality/HoloLens Category[edit]

Finalists:

  • Racket: Nx
  • Windlands
  • Prison Boss VR - WINNER - US$50,000

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com archive (2006-Dec-17)
  3. ^ 2009 Dream-Build-Play winners announced, Dust takes top honor, joystiq.com
  4. ^ developer spotlight, xbox.create.msdn.com
  5. ^ Microsoft Makes Game Development Dreams a Reality, microsoft.com
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  7. ^ How to Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive (2007-FEB-19)
  8. ^ dream-build-play warm up challenge winners!, xboxforums.create.msdn.com
  9. ^ Congrats to our Relatives of Spacewar Warm-Up Challenge Winners!, dreambuildplay.com, archive (2007-MAR-07)
  10. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2007-DEC-05
  11. ^ Microsoft Announces Dream-Build-Play Contest Winners, gamasutra.com
  12. ^ Microsoft Offers Publishing Contract to Four Indie Game Developers, extremetech.com
  13. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive (2007-MAY-13)
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  15. ^ About Qooc Soft, qoocsoft.com
  16. ^ KungFu Strike Out to Xbox Live today, qoocsoft.com
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  20. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2008-FEB-25
  21. ^ Silicon Minds: Encouraging Intelligent Game Design, research.microsoft.com
  22. ^ Winners in Indie Dev Contest, with Video, kotaku.com
  23. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2008-NOV-04
  24. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2008-DEC-19
  25. ^ Weapon of Choice in Guinness World Records 2010, mommysbest.blogspot.ca
  26. ^ About Qooc Soft, qoocsoft.com
  27. ^ KungFu Strike Out to Xbox Live today, qoocsoft.com
  28. ^ 2009 Dream-Build-Play winners announced, Dust takes top honor, joystiq.com
  29. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2009-SEP-13
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  31. ^ KungFu Strike Out to Xbox Live today, qoocsoft.com
  32. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2010-JAN-27
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  35. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2010-DEC-20
  36. ^ Dream Build Play, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2011-MAR-03
  37. ^ top 20 submissions, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2010-APR-12
  38. ^ Indie Shooters Revolver360 Re:Actor And Prismatic Solid Headed To PS4, spawnfirst.com
  39. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2011-SEP-03
  40. ^ Congratulations to the 2011 Dream Build Play winners!, joystiq.com
  41. ^ Winners, dreambuildplay.com, archive 2011-SEP-03
  42. ^ Congratulations to the 2011 Dream Build Play winners!, joystiq.com
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