YoYo Games have announced their fifth Game Maker competition with $1750 of cash prizes. The theme, “Design A HandHeld Game“, is bound to reignite speculation of Game Maker games running on such devices in the future.
A full list of game limitations are listed at the glog, the main limitations being a maximum 480 x 272 screen resolution and that controls are limited to the cursor keys and spacebar. The deadline for entries is March 30th.
Sandy Duncan wrote “We’re not trying to make this technically hard, quite the opposite really. We’re genuinely interested in proving that Game Maker, and the community can make great games that work well on handhelds. If a 480 x 272 ‘view’ works well for the game dynamic, then it means it would still be a good game on a 480 x 272 display.”
“Try to get into your heads that we’d like games that are easy to run/port to a variety of handheld devices (assume we have a highly tuned runner). We’ve chosen a “representative selection” of restrictions (e.g. 10MB is an Apple app store limit to allow a game to be downloaded using GPRS rather than a Wireless Network connection) the screen size is PSP (I think) the controls are a fairly minimal selection, but enough for most games.”
“No promises, but I believe by the time this competition is over we’ll be able to show the winners RUNNING on a handheld device!”
He added that some “minor amendments” might be made to the competition specification in the first 24 hours.
YoYo Games’ last Save the Planet themed contest ran from September 2008.