Microsoft's Dream, Build, Play 2011 winners announced

Winners for Microsoft's Dream Build Play contest, which showcases the company's XNA tools, have been decided. The big winner this year was Blocks That Matter from Guillaume Martin, a puzzle-platformer in which you play as a Tetrobot rescuing his creators by drilling underground. As the Grand Prize winner, Martin received a whopping $40,000 in prize money, and has the option of bringing his game to Xbox Live Arcade.

The other winners include the space-sandbox game Solar 2 with First Prize, action-adventure title TIC: Part 1 taking Second Prize, and RPG/rhythm game Sequence winning Third Prize. Those contestants won $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively.

The Honorable Mentions were highlighted specifically for standout qualities: Alien Jelly for production quality, The Bridge for innovation, and Ninja Crash for fun factor.

Previous winners include Lumi and CarnyVale: Showtime. The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai won in 2007, leading to a full XBLA release and enough success for a sequel.