Last Updated: May 13th, 2013

Last week, we took a look at the nominees for Ouya's 10-day developer competition, Create. Today, we have the winners! These game devs will receive some undisclosed amount of money (out of a pot of $45,000) and almost certainly end up on the launch version of the Ouya console. So, what are they? Well, let's break them down by category.

"Pop Your Eyes Out" Award: Pipnis

We covered this one in our roundup last week, though we're at a loss to explain how it didn't win the "Best Couch with Friends" Award. This is the game that requires two players to share a single controller. This won't just save some money for people who don't want to shell out an extra $50 on more hardware, but it's also one of the most novel multiplayer games we've seen. Why hasn't this been done before? (Cue links to it having been done before.)

"Most Immersive" Award: Whispering Willows

This title features a girl in a house trying to solve a mystery. The player can enter an astral projection mode that separates the spirit from the body, making it possible to move through walls or interact with objects that were previously inaccessible. The artwork looks great, even if the animation is still a little rough (which is to be expected). There's not much adrenaline in this game, but once it's finished, it looks like it will be very engaging.

"Four Bright Buttons And Two Joysticks" Award: Bombball

Admittedly, when I first watched the video for this, I spent the next 30 seconds in an intense Crossfire flashback. This two-player game may not share a single joystick, but it does go friggin' nuts. As near as I can tell, once my head stops spinning, the goal is to take the tiny gray sphere and fire it into your opponent's goal, while avoiding obstacles and getting shot at by lasers. It's like air hockey meets American Gladiators meets lasers.

"Best Couch With Friends" Award: 2D Cube Zombie Platformer

We have to assume the title is a work in progress, much like the game itself. If there's an entry on this list that needs some extra forgiveness in the visual effects department, it's probably this one, but the idea seems neat: you and a buddy defend an outpost from a zombie attack while supplies and ammo are dropped in by air support. It's like what Left 4 Dead would be if it were made in the 80s. And there were only two people. So I guess, Left 2 Dead. Or Left 2 Die if you don't suck at grammar. Maybe they can use that title if they don't mind the obvious Valve comparisons?

"Most Surprising" Award: Television

This one certainly deserves the award for "most surprising" if nothing else because how gameplay works is apparently a complete surprise. The description claims it's "part WarioWare, part Myst" which is a bold claim by any standards. Myst is legendary for its challenging puzzles, and WarioWare is an underrated Nintendo game designed to make a complete fool out of you and your friends before you even know what's happening. The trailer is largely atmosphere and little substance, but color us intrigued.

Best Game Created With The Unity Engine: Stikbold

In this one, four players play dodgeball and then things just get crazy. Things start exploding, the foundations of the earth crack and the ground falls away as the play field ascends. Then, is that a sperm whale? What's happening? Why is it here? What's its purpose in life? And now the playing field is a rocket and we're in space? Oh, no. Not again.

Grand Prize Winner: Strange Happenings On Murder Island

This game starts out looking like a Minecraft recreation of Lost. Then we're in the middle of the forest and our hero picks up a turkey, throws it at what appears to be a warthog, and the turkey explodes. Now we're in the desert and the guy is going all Rambo on a bunch of dudes. Oh, hey, and now a T-Rex is following our man, shooting lasers out of its mouth. Alright. You have me sold. If we can get this title on the Ouya, and more like it, this thing might have a chance.

Ouya is being a little less than clear about what winning means for placement on the console. On the congratulations page, the company says it hopes "to see all of these games brought to the OUYA in the coming months." Failing to get a prize doesn't bar a title from being included, but it's unclear if winning guarantees a spot. Either way, there's a lot of development being done and that's not only good for this device, it's good for Android, as many of these titles can probably be ported to phones and tablets with relative ease. One can only hope.

Source: Killscreendaily

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SvenGyrnich DasIst Sven

    Where are the Games with some greater graphics?

    • JonJJon

      I'm assuming that those are already ready for the device and have the "bigger companies/developer numbers" behind them, so maybe didn't need to (or weren't allowed to?) enter this sort of competition? I'm just spit balling really as haven't been following Ouya news much for a while now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rodriguezn155 Nathan Rodriguez

      it was a game jam. Explain me, sir, how one can make a amazing quality game in less than a month? AAA companies take months or years to make games.

    • Daniel Koch

      These are just prototypes, created in a few days as concepts for a competition. Artwork and polish comes later, if they go ahead with the game.

  • Matthew Fry

    That glorious T-Rex

  • http://www.facebook.com/endre.grunzo Endre Grunzo

    God damn it..if this is the future of gaming..it's pretty much doomed. Ouya is to gaming what Twitter is to online social media...some kind of weird amish-like fetish for not using readily-available technology and limiting yourself to 20 year old means of doing things. It was bad enough that current gen console makers were stubbornly hanging on to their technologically outdated consoles and keeping the whole gaming industry back from progressing..and now this ? :|

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I'm dying to hear more about how using a PS3 is like being amish.

      • http://www.facebook.com/endre.grunzo Endre Grunzo

        Really ? That's what you understood ? I thought you'd have to at least be able to read and comprehend on a basic level to be an editor on AP..pretty disappointing to see it's not the case.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          You are seriously the most entertaining commenter I've had this month. And when I tell you about my month...

          • Sootie

            Wow that escalated quickly

          • http://www.facebook.com/endre.grunzo Endre Grunzo

            Great..now all you have to do is find someone who gives a fk about your month, or your squad of brainwashed asslickers. But man, oh man..your selfdescriptions really crack me up..definitely the most abnoxious bullshit I've read in a long, long time. "Sarcastic cut up extraordinaire"..lol..after reading a few of your articles just for laughs (couldn't even smile though, can't understand why, what with all your amazing "blend of satire, snark and comedy"..) , I have to say: you couldn't be more "ordinaire" and mediocre if your name was John Smith, and you had 2.4 kids. Where do you come up with these titles for yourself ? :)) I've got more sarcasm in my toenail clippings than you have in your whole body, "buddy". And yes,I've made this personal, because you're a stuck-up douchebag. Last time I ever visit your shitty site, bleahh.

          • David Loring

            From now on I'm ending all my arguments with "bleahh". It's just so dignified and mature!

          • Obhamas

            Endre Grunzo is such a crybaby.

          • http://www.facebook.com/rodriguezn155 Nathan Rodriguez

            Endre, Endre, Endre. Cause in real life, your a piece of scum, you just have to go online to make yourself feel better.
            I would also research better ways to insult. I mean cmon, taking the likes of a Noob Kid is not the smartest thing.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft


            There, there. Let it all out. It's gonna be okay.

        • adam

          Friendly advice: try not being a dick. Everyone who has glanced at your comments has already written you off as almost completely ignorant so no need to try and save face. Future of gaming? Yeah, PC gaming will just stop and everyone will buy an Ouya. Could you feel my eyes roll as you read that?

          • http://www.facebook.com/endre.grunzo Endre Grunzo

            My friendly advice : try sucking less dick, or at least less of Eric's. You really think I care what you or any other one of you Eric fanboys here write me of as ? You don't even know what this is about : the Developers of Ouya, as well as many Tech blogs have called it "the future of gaming", that's why I challenged that retarded claim. But yeah..I'm the ignorant one.

  • elc

    The '2 players on one controller' link you requested: http://www.answers.com/topic/the-adventures-of-cookie-cream Not only 2 players on one controller, but also 4 on two controllers.