Microsoft's Dream, Build, Play 2011 winners announced

By Steve Watts, Aug 29, 2011 8:30am PDT

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.

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