The tenth annual Game Off just wrapped up with a jaw-dropping 562 entries—all created in less than a month. 7,284 ratings and thousands of hours of playtime later, we are pleased to announce the winners! The theme for the 2022 competition was “cliché” and the submissions were anything but.
We had everything from fresh takes on old classics to fast and furious first-person shooters with all sorts of unique styles and mechanics, and perplexing puzzle games to novel platformers putting your prowess and patience to the test.
Hundreds of games written in C, C#, C++, Go, Java(Script), Kotlin, Lua, and more are available to fork, play in your browser, and/or download for your favorite operating system. Something for everyone, basically.
Here are the winners along with some of the other top games as rated and reviewed by the participants themselves. Enjoy!
1st place overall – Neon Square Resurgence 🏆
Neon Square Resurgence puts you in control—not always complete control—of a neon square as you dash around some incredibly challenging levels.
1st place gameplay – A Taste Of Their Own Medicine 🥇
A Taste of Their Own Medicine is a super hot first person shooter, where you’re unarmed. Kind of.
1st place graphics – Glutton for Punishment 🥇
Take control of a grim reaper and destroy bats and other beasties in this beautiful pixel art game.
1st place audio – Shot In The Dark 🥇
This entry places you alone in the dark exploring a mysterious mansion with a very limited light source. Go on. Give it a shot.
1st place innovation 🥇 – Knight In Shining Armour
Taking some time to reflect on this after playing, and mirroring what some of the reviewers said, I can confirm Knight in Shining Armor fits the theme incredibly well and provides a polished puzzle game.
1st place theme interpretation – Everything! (but the kitchen sink) 🥇
Who doesn’t love mini-games?!? This entry has a smorgasbord of them – all inspired by popular idioms.
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