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November 27, 2007


Site updates!


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).

Also incredibly awesome is the fact that we are now accepting applications for our card game's closed beta! Be sure to check out our cards page for more information.

We also have email notifications available for when users receive shouts in their profile, and users can leave private shouts (whispers) as well.

The badges page also received pagination for increased performance, but we're far from finished with fully fleshing it out.

Also, major props to COCAK for making an official news update regarding these changes before Kongregate's own lazy community manager could get around to it.


November 21, 2007


Campaign Game voted contest winner


The democratic process on Kongregate elected Campaign Game as last week's $250 winner. Rhythm Fireworks 2 and Book of Mages: The Chaotic Period were the two $150 runners-up.


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.

The rest of the site got a few new features as well. Two new game categories have been added: multiplayer and strategy/defense. Users can leave shouts in their own profiles now, and games classified as multiplayer now have their own chat rooms.

Regarding contest winners, last week's big winner was 3D Logic 2 for $250, with Dolphin Olympics 2 and TBA as $150 runners-up.


October 31, 2007


Telepath RPG Chapter 2 wins weekly contest


The week of twos was upon us! Telepath RPG Chapter 2 was last week's $250 contest winner, while Dark Cut 2 and Covert Front 2 were the two $150 runners-up.


October 30, 2007


Halloween Header!

Halloween is the best day ever! No other holiday so playfully blends together the concepts of food and rotting human corpses.

To celebrate the real most wonderful time of the year, we asked the members of Kongregate's community to design a seasonal banner. We got a lot of great submissions, but after a fierce internal debate that left two programmers dead, we picked Jindo's submission, plus a bit of modification on our end.

We have some honorable mentions, though. KapKyle, the mastermind behind Kongregate for Girls, made us laugh with a truly terrifying Newgrounds-themed header. We'd love to use it, but Tom Fulp's profile picture leads us to believe that he'd probably have an easy time kicking our asses if we dared.

We liked Ninjacow's for its simplicity and style, and we were impressed by the amount of effort that went into crazycruiser's entry.

Mario's entry was probably the strongest contender for for us, and it made the final decision especially difficult.

To thank everyone for their involvement in this event, everyone who submitted an entry will be awarded 25 points. For their especially solid entries, Mario and crazycruiser will get 50. For his winning entry, Jindo will receive 100. And for being the magical touch-up artist, our UI designer, Theresa, will receive 5 extra minutes in the yard today during her break.

Thanks again to all who contributed!


October 29, 2007


Flash Portal (no, not like the website) wins weekly contest

Portal: The Flash Version was last week's contest winner for the $250 prize. Bloons Tower Defense 2 and Fold were the two $150 runners-up.


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.

From last week, 5 Differences was the winner, and Papa's Pizzeria and Max Mesiria Chap2 RPG were the two runners-up.

And, finally, the winners from September's monthly contest!

1st. Super Crazy Guitar Maniac Deluxe 2
2nd. Tactics 100 Live v1.5
3rd. Manifold
4th. Hexiom
5th. Detective Grimoire
6th. Feudalism
7th. Shape Invasion
8th. Br's Climate Chaos
9th. Impossible Quiz 2

Note that we still have not heard back from the developers of Shape Invasion or Impossible Quiz 2, so if we can't get in touch with them soon, their spots will be dropped in favor of Hotcorn and Sling Junior.

As usual, the contest breakdown is $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 for 5th-9th. Implementation of our stats API is a requirement for contest eligibility.


October 3, 2007


Contest excitement

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.

Last week, Manifold was the weekly winner, which also found its way onto the front page of Digg. Sling Junior was a runner-up along with Ninjakiwi's Bloons-style-infuriatingly-addictive Hotcorn.


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.

The other runner-up prize went to Ocean Explorer, which is jmtb02's very first game published as a full-time, on-site employee of Armor Games down in Southern California. We wish jmtb02 the very best at his new job, as he can now make games all the time without having to attend any pesky college classes!


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


Wii colab

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


Contests!

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.

Two weeks ago, Smiley's War was the $250 winner, followed by the two $150 runners-up Johnny Rocketfingers and Oroboros.

Even better, the official results from August are in! And here they are:

1st: Asteroids Revenge III - Crash to Survive
2nd: Momentum Missile Mayhem
3rd: Amberial
4th: Smiley's War
5th: Ball Revamped 5: Synergy
6th: Johnny Rocketfingers
7th: Oroboros
8th: Bloons Tower Defense
9th: Ragdoll Avalanche 2

(Edit: A glitch on our side caused Oroboros to not appear in the list during the initial announcement, with Moster Master listed as the 9th place game. We've corrected the glitch and awarded Monster Master the ninth-place prize anyway. Sorry for any confusion!)

That's $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth and $250 for everyone else. As usual, implementation of our statistics API is a requirement for contest eligibility, and any of the above games that fail to implement the API will forfeit their place to the next in line.

And along that note, due to noncompliance with this requirement for July's contest, Jelly Blocks has been bumped up to the fourth-place, $500 prize, while Terrascape has been bumped up to ninth place for $250.


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


PAX!

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:

1st: Onslaught 2
2nd: Johnny Rocketfingers 2
3rd: More Mindless Violence
4th: Jelly Blocks
5th: Bloons: Player Pack 1
6th: Shield Defense
7th: Nuclear Eagle
8th: Micro Olympics
9th: Notessimo

Note that several of the above games (Johnny Rocketfingers 2, More Mindless Violence and Bloons: Player Pack 1) have not yet implemented our APIs required for monthly contest eligibility. If they fail to do so, we'll simply bump games up to fill their ranks, then move down the line and award prizes for 10th - 12th: Terrascape, Covert Front Episode 1, and Pinch Hitter 2. As usual, our monthly prizes were $1500 for first, $1000 for second, $700 for third, $500 for fourth, and $250 for everyone else.

And we had lots of weekly winners, too. From ancient history, More Mindless Violence was the $250 winner, while Triangles and DayMare Town were the two $150 runners-up.

From two weeks ago, Johnny Rocketfingers 2 took home the $250 weekly prize, while the Kongregate-sponsored Orb Avoidance 2 was a runner-up for $150, along with Dotville Deluxe.

Last week, Momentum Missile Mayhem was the $250 winner, while Blue and Engines of Creation were the two $150 runners-up.


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!

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.


July 6, 2007


Platform Racing wins weekly contest

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.


June 29, 2007


May contest winners announced

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.


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.

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.


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

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.


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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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


Nerfed!

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.


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.

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.


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!

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.


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.

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.


March 23, 2007


Challenge bug

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.


March 22, 2007


Beta launch!

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.

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.


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.

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!


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.

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.


March 06, 2007


Contest winners!

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!


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.

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.


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.

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


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.

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.


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.

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.


February 6, 2007


Winners!

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.


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.

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.


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.

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


January 30, 2007


Games!

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.

And next to our search area is a new link directly to our forums. Apparently just having the old link from the community section was like asking our users to meet with a shadowy informant in an abandoned parking garage for ambiguous clues about who might have information regarding the whereabouts of Kongregate's forums.

We've also improved the functionality of viewing people's profiles from chat. Chat profiles will now display friends, uploaded games, and favorites. There's also now an option to mute chat at the top of the chat window.


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.

Kongregate also got an update earlier today that allows users to share games on Digg, Facebook, del.icio.us and StumbleUpon. So try it out, share your favorite games with friends, and let us know how it works out!


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