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Jul. 25, 2007

Jelly Blocks wins weekly contest

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Jelly Blocks was last week's winner for the $250 prize. Bloons Player Pack 1 and Notessimo were the two runners-up for $150 each. Two great honorable mentions include Covert Front Episode 1 and Speck Oppression.

Jul. 20, 2007

Contest backlog excitement!

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All right, so we've been a bit behind with announcing official contest winners. But here they are!

From June:
1st: Desktop Tower Defense 1.5
2nd: Newgrounds Rumble
3rd: Platform Racing
4th: Ring Pass Not
5th: Caravaneer
6th: Orb Avoidance
7th: MindScape
8th: QWERTY Warriors 2
9th: Generic Defense Game

The usual breakdown applies: $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for everyone else.

And we have weekly winners too! From two weeks ago, Onslaught2 was the winner for $250, while Shield Defense and Terrascape were the two runners-up.

From last week, Nuclear Eagle was the winner, and Micro Olympics and Colour Pod were the two runners-up.

Jul. 06, 2007

Platform Racing wins weekly contest

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Jiggmin's latest game, Platform Racing, was the winner last week for the $250 prize. Orb Avoidance and QWERTY Warriors 2 were the two $150 runners-up.

Jun. 29, 2007

May contest winners announced

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May contest winners, we have not forgotten you. Here are the official winners from last month:

1st: The Last Stand
2nd: Boxhead: 2Play Rooms
3rd: Castlewars
4th: Luminara
5th: The Endless Zombie Rampage
6th: Kongregate Racing
7th: Submachine 4: The Lab
8th: Escape #2: The Closet
9th: Submachine 1: The Basement

That's right; three of the top five games involve killing zombies. You guys must really loathe the undead. The usual breakdown applies: $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 for all the others. Implementation of our statistics API was also a requirement for contest winnings, which makes games eligible for challenges and achievements.

Jun. 28, 2007

Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 wins weekly contest

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Last week was the most competitive week we've seen in a long time for the weekly contest. The now-Kongregate-sponsored Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 was the clear $250 winner when it broke records and became the highest-rated game of all time on Kongregate. Ring Pass Not and Caravaneer were the two $150 runners-up, and it seems like everyone has been playing a lot of both lately.

We regret that we only had three prizes to give out, as this week also happened to see some other truly great games worthy of an honorable mention. Specifically, be sure to check out MindScape, StarShine and Nodes.

Jun. 27, 2007

Achievements are live!

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At long last, our very first achievements are live on Kongregate! Visit your profile for a list of which games currently have achievements. We'll be adding lots more soon, so check back often.

Jun. 22, 2007

Generic contest announcement

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Generic Defense Game was the big, predictable, generic winner last week for the generic $250 weekly prize. The two $150 runners-up were Pinch Hitter and Deflector.

Jun. 13, 2007

Let's get ready to Newgrounds Rumble!

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Even everyone stuck on Convict's last level had to admit that Newgrounds Rumble is pretty amazing. We salute NegativeONE not just for making an incredible game, but for showing us that Flash is capable of more than we previously thought. It was last week's contest winner for $250, while Potion Panic and Skies of War were the two $150 runners-up.

Jun. 05, 2007

Castlewars wins weekly contest

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To no one's surprise, Castlewars was last week's contest winner for $250. This game is by far the most addictive and entertaining way to flip a coin ever created.

Both $150 runner-up spots went to Mateusz Skutnik for the first two parts in his excellent Submachine series — Submachine 1 and Submachine 2.

The monthly contest winners will be announced soon!

May. 31, 2007

Challenge extended

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Due to technical difficulties with our next challenge, the current challenge set, Circles of Life and Death, is being extended through all of Friday, PDT.

Now there's no excuse for failing to get 240 seconds on Particles!

May. 30, 2007

Submachine 4 wins weekly contest

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It's time for puzzles! And tanks! Submachine 4: The Lab was the winner of our $250 contest last week, while another excellent puzzle game, Escape #2: The Closet was a runner-up for $150. The other runner-up prize went to Tank 2007.

May. 22, 2007

Damn dirty zombies!

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Today is a great day to have friends who hate zombies, as last week's $250 contest winner Boxhead: 2Play Rooms allows two players to team up against hordes of vile zombies and demons. At the time of this news post, three of the top four games in the monthly contest involve killing zombies, so finding a friend who shares your hatred for the undead shouldn't be too difficult.

LightSprites was a runner-up last week for $150. It's described by Hero Interactive as "kind of like the Disney World ride 'It's a Small World' combined with crack." LightSprites is also the unofficial winner of the "best game description ever" award.

Smithy's Quest — an RPG that's funnier than anyone over 11 would publicly admit — was the other runner-up for $150.

Grid Shift was extremely close to snatching up the second runner-up prize, but one too many fans of Smithy's Quest bumped it down to last week's honorable mention.

May. 20, 2007

Hiring a Sys Admin/Rails Developer

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Kongregate is growing and we need more serverz! If you have serious experience working on big sites, and know some Rails, see our jobs page!

May. 16, 2007

Contest winners aplenty!

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It might be halfway through May already, but we're finally ready to announce the official winners of April's game contest.

1st: Desktop Tower Defense
2nd: B29 Assault
3rd: More Bloons
4th: Understanding Games: Episode 4
5th: Punk-o-matic
6th: Particles
7th: Madness Reaction Time
8th: Line Game
9th: Rings

Who would've guessed that Desktop Tower Defense would win something? Aside from anyone who's played the game or sorted games on Kongregate by rating, I mean...

So that's $1500 for DTD, $1000 for B29 Assault, $700 for More Bloons, $500 for Understanding Games and $250 for everyone else. Note that only games that implemented our stats/challenges API were eligible for monthly prizes. This requirement applies to May's contest as well.

We also had winners from last week, as usual. jmtb02's awesome Luminara won the $250 prize. Weasel's Endless Zombie Rampage took a runner-up spot for $150 along with Free World Group's Puzzle Freak. After this week's contest, taking into account the Thing-Thing series and QWERTY Warriors, Weasel's total prize money from Kongregate has officially topped three billion dollars.

May. 08, 2007

The Last Stand wins weekly contest

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If you ask me, the only good zombie is a dead zombie! I mean, a re-dead zombie... whatever. The Last Stand was the winner of last week's $250 contest, and I'm sure Con Artists Productions will figure out something to do with all those undead presidents.

Kongregate Racing has also taken over the site lately. It seems like everyone is playing it — both on the site and in the office (right, Emily?). It was a runner-up for $150 along with Matrix Rampage (note that this is the only time a video game based on The Matrix has ever gotten high ratings).

Marvin Spectrum fell just short of the cut-off, and never before has there been such a deserving honorable mention. We're all looking forward to the promised Marvin Spectrum Turbo next week, so here's hoping that it wins something!

The official winners of last month's contest will also be announced very soon.

May. 01, 2007

B29 Assault wins weekly contest

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The pesky terrorist infestation will get out of control in the future, according to B29 Assault, in which the player must take back the world's major cities from terrorists with bombs, missiles, gunfire, lasers, aerial flame throwers and more bombs. It was the winner of last week's $250 contest, with $150 runner-up prizes going to Punk-o-Matic and Circlo. Play them all, or the terrorists win.

Apr. 30, 2007

Nerfed!

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This week's current challenge in P.O.D. has been tweaked a bit. To earn the Andromeda card, players now only need to score 500,000 points within the game. It's no longer necessary to complete the game to earn the card. However, those who do complete the game will be awarded the 25 points that were once part of the original challenge (you will not earn 25 points on Kongregate for scoring 500,000 points in P.O.D. without completing the game).

Players who completed the challenge before this change will still have their card and points, even if the challenge box isn't checked off within the game.

Apr. 24, 2007

More Bloons wins weekly contest

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The masochists were rating games in full force last week, as the even more difficult More Bloons was the winner of the $250 prize. IndieFlashArcade, a long-time Kongregate user/moderator/room owner, also released P.O.D. last week, which we at Kongregate were very pleased to sponsor. Along with Line Game, it was a runner up for $150.

Apr. 23, 2007

TrueDarkness wiins (...sorry...) referral contest for a Wii

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TrueDarkness, Kongregate's highest-level user and the first person on the site to hit our level cap (back when it was a mere 20), is hereby declared the winner of our referral contest from March and April, making him one Nintendo Wii richer. Atomicnoodle was a runner-up for an iPod Nano, while jmtb02, Donutmaster and DingoEatingFuzz each won an iPod Shuffle.

Due to international contest laws, our referral contest was unfortunately restricted to U.S. residents, as stated on the contest page and in the official rules. However, in recognition of Eggy earning more points than anyone, he might be receiving a special gift from Kongregate.

Also note that aperk was disqualified for referral fraud.

Apr. 20, 2007

Particles wins weekly contest

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Listening to cool music and trying to avoid death describes both the essence of human life and Particles, last week's $250 contest winner. The two $150 runners-up were Mad Virus and Madness Reaction Time.