Kongregate News

Apr. 12, 2007

Desktop Tower Defense wins weekly contest

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First they go for our castles, our land, our homes... But now they seek to conquer the unthinkable: our desktops. Fight back in last week's $250 contest winner, Desktop Tower Defense. The two runners-up from last week were Bloons (equal parts addictive and evil) and Understanding Games Episode 4.

Apr. 05, 2007

March contest winners!

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They're here! The official contest winners from March!

First place: The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2 demo
2nd: Boomshine
3rd: Tactical Assassin
4th: The Missile Game 3D HS
5th: Understanding Games: Episode 2
6th: Bloons
7th: Red
8th: Bubble Tanks
9th: Bot Arena 3

That's $1500 for the world 2 demo, $1500 for Boomshine (see note below), $700 for Tactical Assassin, $500 for The Missile Game 3D HS, and $250 for all the others listed above.

And for last week, Bot Arena 3 was the winner for $250, with another $150 each for BamBoom and No Comment!.

Note: The above list of monthly winners has been modified since the original announcement. While our rules stated that we include ratings made through April 4th, a bug on our end reported what the winners would have been if the cutoff was on April 3rd instead. During this extra 24-hour period that we failed to take into account, the world 2 demo from Fancy Pants passed up Boomshine for the #1 spot. Boomshine was therefore declared the winner initially, even though the world 2 demo had a higher rating by the end of April 4th.

While we greatly apologize for this error, only the prize amount for Boomshine was affected, and both Boomshine and the world 2 demo will be awarded the $1500 top prize.

Mar. 27, 2007

Boomshine wins weekly contest

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Nothing shines brighter than a contest victory! Or... something... but Boomshine was the winner of last week's $250 prize. The two $150 runner-up prizes went to Tactical Assassin and Red, two very popular games that we're glad to finally see on Kongregate.

Mar. 24, 2007

Challenge Bug Fixed!

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We just put a fix in for the bug where people were completing the Fancy Pants challenge but not receiving either their points or card. If this happened to you, all you have to do is go play Fancy Pants for a few minutes and the card should automatically award. If the card doesn't award within a few minutes then clear your cache, restart your browser, and play Fancy Pants for a few minutes again. That should take care of it. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this bug has caused.

Mar. 23, 2007

Challenge bug

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We're aware of a bug that's currently preventing some users from acquiring the Rumiko card. We're working to address this issue and make sure that everyone who has completed the challenge receives a card. If you've completed the challenge and have not received your card, please email us at feedback@kongregate.com to let us know and make sure that we straighten it out.

Mar. 22, 2007

Beta launch!

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Kongregate is now in beta. What does that mean? Well, aside from redesigns of the home page and game pages, challenges are now live. The first challenge can be found in The Fancy Pants Adventures from now through Sunday. Find all trophies to win the first card in our upcoming CCG!

Mar. 20, 2007

Missile Game 3D HS wins weekly contest

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What a great week for games! We unfortunately only have three cash prizes to give out, but last week's $250 winner was the highly deserving Missile Game 3D HS. The half-game, half-lecture Understanding Games: Episode 2 was a runner up for $150, proving that Kongregate's users must be more scholarly than we could've imagined. The great puzzle game Age of Japan was the other $150 runner-up.

Some terrific honorable mentions for last week include Stunt Bike Island, Jeeves Volleyball, Frag Assault, Parassault, Bloody Blades, and the music rhythm games by Coolio Niato.

Mar. 14, 2007

Site update: Ads and buttons

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As of yesterday, ads are now live on Kongregate. Note that the revenue from our advertisements are shared with developers; you can read more about the system in our FAQ.

And for those who would like to link to us from your website (racking up friend referrals and extra ad revenue for developers), we also have a new buttons page!

Mar. 13, 2007

A shocking contest victory

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To our great surprise, some sort of obscure Fancy Pants demo won our weekly contest for $250. We think that a few people enjoyed the demo, so maybe we'll check out this "fancy pants" if we ever get around to it. Maybe.

Cosmic Crush and Starfighter were unfortunate in being a bit overshadowed by the Fancy Pants demo, but still fortunate in each winning a $150 runner-up prize.

Mar. 06, 2007

Contest winners!

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It's that time of the month for Kongregate to give away lots of money to developers who uploaded some of the best games on the site! And here they are, the 9 winning games of February:

1. Boxhead: More Rooms
2. Rings and Sticks
3. Four Second Firestorm
4. Dice Mogul
5. Hewitt
6. FruitFall
7. Four Second Frenzy
8. Alpha Force
9. Elite Base Jump

And weekly winners too! They still matter, even at the end of the monthly contest.

1. Rings and Sticks
2. Swords and Sandals 2
3. Elite Base Jump

So what do these crazy numeric rankings mean? Well, Boxhead: More Rooms is the winner of the $1500 grand prize, with $1000 for Rings and Sticks, $700 for Four Second Firestorm, $500 for Dice Mogul, and $250 for all the other runners-up. And in our weekly contest, Rings and Sticks won an additional $250, plus $150 for Swords and Sandals 2 and Elite Base Jump. Note that Swords and Sandals 2 pulled ahead of Elite Base Jump after the monthly rating cut-off, but before the weekly one.

Yes, the rankings really are that close. A single rating has decided winners on several occasions, so take advantage of our system as the only place in the entire world where your single vote actually counts!

Mar. 01, 2007

March contest begins

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Our contest page has been updated for our contests running through March. Keep rating February's games, though. We'll still be accepting user ratings through March 4, and the winners will be announced shortly after. You can view the current leaders here. Like a game that was uploaded in February and isn't on there? Make sure you've rated it!

Feb. 27, 2007

Uber Breakout II wins weekly contest

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We do our best to prepare for uberness, but sometimes a game has more uberness than we can handle, as was the case with last week's Uber Breakout II, which was declared the winner by user ratings for the $250 prize. Letter Boxed placed second for a $150 runner-up prize, making it the very first Shockwave game to receive a check from Kongregate. And in what was a virtual three-way tie for third place, Wreckanoid was declared the second runner-up by a margin literally smaller than a single rating. So if you wanted Snake Classic or Ball Revamped 3: Gemini to win something last week and you didn't rate them... well... you blew it, man.

Feb. 22, 2007

TrueDarkness hits our level cap

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Even in Kongregate's earliest days, with limited ways to acquire points, TrueDarkness was the first user last night to hit our level cap of 20. And not a single level came unearned; he participated a lot in our early closed alpha, provided lots of valuable feedback, uploaded a bunch of great games, gave us a referral link on his website, invited friends, and invited developers who leveled up with games of their own, earning TrueDarkness even more points. Oh, and he rated every single game on the entire site.

Some may also remember that TrueDarkness was our very first featured developer on the community page.

So congratulations, and we promise we'll have something you can do with all those points soon! Oh, and unlike Guild Wars, we probably will be raising the level cap above 20.

You can also see some other high-level users on our leaderboard.

Feb. 21, 2007

Boxhead: More Rooms wins weekly contest

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The intense Boxhead: More Rooms won last week's $250 contest with the highest user ratings Kongregate has seen since Bowmaster Prelude. The "this is way harder than it looks" puzzle game FruitFall was a runner-up for $150, along with Red Ball, a game that provides entertainment and painful frustration in equally high amounts.

Some really great honorable mentions last week include Four Second Firestorm, Mezzo: Winter Edition, Pinboliada and Presents Panic.

Feb. 15, 2007

Now serving up Shockwave

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With Kongregate's update earlier today, we now support Shockwave games in addition to Flash! Shockwave games are fully eligible for our current contests, and will also be eligible for ad revenue share in the near future.

We also made a few other tweaks to the upload process for developers; games can now be viewed in a preview state before being uploaded, and developers can manually set the width and height of their games if something doesn't quite work out with Kongregate's automatic process of reading them.

Feb. 13, 2007

Dice Mogul wins weekly contest

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What a week! We had some major competition from February 3 to February 9, and three prizes didn't seem like nearly enough for all the great games uploaded onto the site. But Dice Mogul was crowned the best of the best by user ratings last week for the $250 prize, showing us all just how a Monopoly-style game can be fun without requiring 15 hours to finish. The frantic minigames of Four Second Frenzy took home a $150 runner-up prize (and don't forget, our minigame contest is starting soon!) along with Alpha Force, a stylish, old-fashioned flight shooter.

Some terrific honorable mentions include Snowman Attack, GunMaster Onslaught 2.0, Mani Golf, UFOMania and Vorticube. Note that these games (as well as the weekly winners) are still eligible for our monthly contest.

Feb. 06, 2007

Winners!

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Putting an end to the incredible suspense, we're pleased to announce the official contest winners of the Kongregate Game Contest 1.

Winner: Bowmaster Prelude (Dragon Gamez)
2nd: Chaos Faction (JorjEade)
3rd: 3D Logic (AlexMatveev)
4th: McDonald's Videogame (molleindustria)
5th: Orbox (Arseniy)
6th: Seven Deadly Sins (JorjEade)
7th: Unreal Flash 1 (cicla)
8th: Warp Forest (Arseniy)
9th: Ball Revamped 4 (jmtb02)

Jason Reinsvold is therefore the winner of the $1,500 prize, with $1,000 for second place, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 each for fifth through ninth.

But wait! We also have weekly winners too! 3D Logic won last week's $250 prize, with the two $150 runner-up spots filled by Hewitt and Unreal Flash 1. While Hewitt was ineligible for the Kongregate Game Contest 1, it's currently in the lead for our next round of contests running through February.

Feb. 06, 2007

New site features deployed

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"Oh yeah? And what are you going to do about it?" should now be a phrase of the past, as today's update displays who in chat is a moderator (with an "M") as well as who's a Kongregate employee ("K"). We've made a few other improvements to the site as well. In addition to numerous bug fixes, chat will no longer force you to the bottom if you're scrolling through history while people are talking, and the forums now have a "reply" button at the bottom of threads.

Feb. 02, 2007

Last chance to vote

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After realizing that we overestimated how long it would take most games to get 30 ratings, we've decided to shorten the voting cut-off period for our main contest to tomorrow, February 3. Developers will therefore not have to wait as long to find out the official results. This also means that today and tomorrow is the last chance to rate games on the site to determine the winners of the Kongregate Game Contest 1.

Note that games need a minimum of 30 votes to qualify, so we encourage users to take a look at our latest games and rate the ones that were uploaded during January and have fewer than 30 ratings.

Feb. 01, 2007

New contests announced

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Our newest contests begin today, officially renewing our weekly contests and starting a new monthly one. The prizes are just as big this time around, but they're compacted into a shorter time frame. Check out our updated contest page for details.

We'll be announcing the official winners to our last contest soon, but it's not too late to vote!