Ludum Dare

Without further adieu, we're excited to announce the winners of the Kongregate Ludum Dare Game Contest. We received a lot of great entries so thank you to everyone that entered!

1st Place
Complexitivity (accidentalrebel)
2nd Place
Go Back (Aceria620 and TinoV2)
3rd Place
Psychiatric Evaluation (conflictivelabs, MrTwister, ilovepixel, elmismopancho)

Congratulations to all the winners!

To sweeten up the dare, Kongregate is hosting a game contest for the triannual 48/72hr Ludum Dare game development challenge starting on August 24th.

So how will this work you ask? If you are planning to participate in the Ludum Dare contest, A) you are a bad-ass, B) submit your game to Kongregate afterwards for a chance to win some serious cash money.

Cash Prizes
1st Place: $1,250
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $400

If you're not familiar with Ludum Dare, here's some background:

Ludum Dare is two similar events taking place
over one weekend

The Competition is the familiar “make a game in 48 hours solo competition ” that Ludum Dare is known for. Specific details can be found below. After the competition ends, participants are given 3 weeks to play and rate games created by their peers. After those 3 weeks, winners are announced.

The Jam is the new “relaxed” Ludum Dare. It was created to make Ludum Dare even more inclusive. You can work in a team, borrow assets from your other projects, or do things that would normally be against the rules. You also get one extra day, giving you up to 72 hours to submit an entry. This is helpful for those times real life gets in the way, or for games that need just a bit more time to become something great.

Ultimately, our goal with Ludum Dare is to encourage people to sit down and make something. Our hope is that the new structure continues to encourage more and more developers to join us and create a game in a weekend.

We're not affiliated with Ludumdare, these rules are copied from the Ludumdare site.

Joining the Event

Participating in Ludum Dare is easy. Create an account here on and you’re done. With your account, you can make posts to the shared blog, and submit your finished games.

Kongregate Ludum Dare Contest Rules

  • Games must have been developed and created for the Ludum dare 48 and 72hr competition
  • Games must be submitted no later then 8/29 but must have been completed by 8/27
  • See Official Contest Rules

About Ludum Dare

Ludum Dare is a regular accelerated game development Event. Participants develop games from scratch in a weekend, based on a theme suggested by community.

Ludum Dare was founded by Geoff Howland, and held it’s first competition in April of 2002. Since then the community has run more than 22 regular Events, several dozens of practice competitions, collectively creating many thousands of games in just a weekend each.

The event attracts developers from all sides of the industry. Students, hobbyists, industry professionals from many well respected game studios, as well as many independent game developers.

For many people, it can be difficult to find or make the time create a game or prototype for yourself. We’re here to be your excuse.

Escape game concept art

This page’s game assets are from Escape, winner of Ludum Dare Aug 2011 72 hour jam in: Overall, Fun, Audio.