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November 27, 2007
Last night, Kongregate saw a lot of fresh new updates. Most awesomely, our APIs now support AS3 and Flash 9! What does this mean? Well, expect to see a good increase in the number of achievements over the next month or so (hopefully).
November 21, 2007
Campaign Game voted contest winner
November 13, 2007
Indestruct2Tank emerges victorious from weekly battleground
Most competitive week ever. Indestruct2Tank was last week's $250 winner, and it also happens to be the featured game of the month over on COCAK. Momentum Missile Mayhem 2 and Hero RPG were the two runners-up for $150 each. But there are a bunch of games that were certainly deserving of a prize, if not for the ultra-competitive timing. Factory Balls, Sola Rola, N3wton, Colordefense, Towtown Tower Defense and Ether Cannon are all well worth checking out.
November 13, 2007
Premium web games update!
We've posted an update on the progress of our premium web games, and you can check it out on our forums here.
November 6, 2007
Kongregate Facebook beacon and other features launched, plus contest winners
Facebook rolled out a new feature today, and we at Kongregate were very pleased to be invited as part of the launch. Kongregate and Facebook profiles are now tied together even more closely than ever before, starting at 10 p.m. tonight, PST. If you have a Facebook profile and you've set it to automatically remember your login information, Kongregate will submit a little bit of information about the games you're playing to your Facebook news feed. Specifically, once per session on Kongregate, any game that you've played for at least 3 minutes with at least a 3-star rating will show up directly on your Facebook profile's feed.
October 31, 2007
Telepath RPG Chapter 2 wins weekly contest
October 30, 2007
Halloween is the best day ever! No other holiday so playfully blends together the concepts of food and rotting human corpses.
October 29, 2007
Flash Portal (no, not like the website) wins weekly contest
October 19, 2007
Fifteen contest winners announced
Lots of contest winners to announce, due to intensive slacking on our part. From two weeks ago, Starfighter: Disputed Galaxy was the $250 winner, while Treasures of Cutlass Reef and Tornado Button Smashing were the two runners-up.
October 3, 2007
Two weeks ago, our weekly contest was madness (no, it was not Sparta — it truly was just madness). Hexiom was the $250 winner, and Feudalism was a $150 runner-up along with Ninja Rinseout. Both Hexiom and Feudalism were Dugg on Kongregate, and Ninja Rinseout comes straight from OneMoreLevel.com, created by the founder of the now-famous Addicting Games.
September 21, 2007
Tactics Live wins weekly contest
The game in last week's challenge was also last week's contest winner, as Tactics 100 Live took home the $250 prize and continues to dominate in the monthly competition. To continue celebrating SuperFlashBros' appearance on Kongregate, we also might be able to give them a $150 runner-up prize for Detective Grimoire.
September 17, 2007
Hiring Lead Unix Sysadmin
Got Unix skills? Kongregate is hiring a Unix Sysadmin. See the jobs page.
September 13, 2007
Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 wins Super Crazy Maniac Weekly Contest
Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2 was last week's $250 contest winner, with the two $150 runners-up being BR's Climate Chaos and The Impossible Quiz 2. Shape Invasion was close enough to be worthy of an honorable mention, along with Sproing, which was dugg last week right here on Kongregate.
September 10, 2007
Atomic Noodle is starting up a Wii colab! Anyone interested should check out his thread for more information than anyone would bother reading in this news post!
September 10, 2007
Lots of contest winners to catch up on! A few weeks ago, Amberial was the $250 winner, with Bloons Tower Defense and Monster Master being the two $150 runners-up.
August 24, 2007
Asteroids Revenge III wins weekly contest
Last week's challenge game, Asteroids Revenge III - Crash to Survive was also the weekly contest winner for $250. The holy-crap-it's-finally-here Ball Revamped 5: Synergy was a $150 runner-up, along with the classic Ragdoll Avalanche 2.
August 22, 2007
In just a couple of short days, PAX will be graced by the presence of the Kongregate staff. Stop by our booth to play our upcoming card game (the full rules for which were recently announced), take home real-life promotional print-outs of the cards themselves, and compete in a tournament for $1000! Oh, and I guess you can meet the staff too, but we're pretty boring.
August 16, 2007
Super Contest Backlog Extravaganza!
Our apologies for falling behind on contest updates, but we promise we're not just hoarding all the winnings to ourselves. Below are the top 9 games from July:
July 25, 2007
Jelly Blocks wins weekly contest
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.
July 20, 2007
Contest backlog excitement!
All right, so we've been a bit behind with announcing official contest winners. But here they are!
July 6, 2007
Platform Racing wins weekly contest
June 29, 2007
May contest winners announced
May contest winners, we have not forgotten you. Here are the official winners from last month:
June 28, 2007
Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 wins weekly contest
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.
June 27, 2007
Achievements are live!
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.
June 22, 2007
Generic contest announcement
June 13, 2007
Let's get ready to Newgrounds Rumble!
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.
June 5, 2007
Castlewars wins weekly contest
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.
May 31, 2007
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.
May 24, 2007
Submachine 4 wins weekly contest
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!
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.
May 20, 2007
Hiring a Sys Admin/Rails Developer
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!
It might be halfway through May already, but we're finally ready to announce the official winners of April's game contest.
May 8, 2007
The Last Stand wins weekly contest
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.
May 1, 2007
B29 Assault wins weekly contest
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.
April 30, 2007
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).
April 24, 2007
More Bloons wins weekly contest
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.
April 23, 2007
Editing TrueDarkness wiins (...sorry...) referral contest for a Wii
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.
April 20, 2007
Particles wins weekly contest
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.
April 12, 2007
Desktop Tower Defense wins weekly contest
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.
April 5, 2007
March contest winners!
They're here! The official contest winners from March!
March 27, 2007
Boomshine wins weekly contest
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.
March 24, 2007
Challenge bug fixed!
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.
March 23, 2007
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know and make sure that we straighten it out.
March 22, 2007
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!
March 20, 2007
Missile Game 3D HS wins weekly contest
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.
March 14, 2007
Site update: Ads and buttons
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.
March 13, 2007
A shocking contest victory
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.
March 06, 2007
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:
March 01, 2007
March contest begins
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!
Februay 27, 2007
Uber Breakout II wins weekly contest
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.
February 22, 2007
TrueDarkness hits our level cap
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.
February 21, 2007
Boxhead: More Rooms wins weekly contest
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.
February 15, 2007
Now serving up Shockwave
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.
February 13, 2007
Dice Mogul wins weekly contest
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.
February 6, 2007
Putting an end to the incredible suspense, we're pleased to announce the official contest winners of the Kongregate Game Contest 1.
February 6, 2007
New site features deployed
"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.
February 2, 2007
Last chance to vote
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.
February 1, 2007
New contests announced
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.
January 30, 2007
We broke some records on Kongregate last week when a whooping 25 new games were uploaded onto the site, many of them surprisingly good. Draw-Play received the highest user rating and took home the $250 prize, however, with Catacombs and Arrival in Hell coming in as runners-up, winning $150 each. There were plenty of games close behind in the ratings as well, such as WetDike, Rapid Reaction Master, Scribble 2!, and the Kongregate office favorite Dog Eat Dog.
January 29, 2007
Kongregate update lets the knowledge flow
At last, we've added a search bar to the site's top navigation area. We heard searching for things is popular with "world wide web sites" these days, so we thought we'd try it out.
January 23, 2007
Kongregate is serious business
We're currently hiring a UI designer/project manager on Kongregate, so check out the above link for more information.
January 23, 2007
Seven Deadly Sins wins weekly contest
There are definitely more than seven sins that bring about immense joy, but the fun of committing a few of them in Seven Deadly Sins was enough for it to win last week's $250 contest. The platforming adventures of Cereus Peashy also won the heart