2014 Intel® Level Up Contest

level up game demo contest

Winner's Gallery

Explore the game demos judged to be the best in several categories in past years of Intel's independent game demo contest.
You can also download and play many of the demos to judge for yourself.

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All hail the victorious demos from Level Up 2014!
The winning game demos are available for download on Steam.

Game of the Year and Best Action Game

Duet

Duet

Developer: Kumobius and Tim Shiel

  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.

Elegant and minimal, this hypnotic action game with a mesmerizing soundtrack by Melbourne composer Tim Shiel asks players to navigate two orbiting spheres past an increasingly complex maze of falling obstacles.

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Best Adventure/Role Playing Game

Bravada

Bravada

Developer: Interbellum Team

  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through

Play a young beardless dwarf in search of adventure, heroic deeds, and a cherished beard in this fast-paced, turn-based action RPG game with a lighthearted storyline, and specialized units.

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Best Platformer Game

Biglands: A Game Made By Kids

Biglands: A Game Made By Kids

Developer: Diego Acevedo

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus

Embark on an epic journey through unknown lands on a quest to save the world! Fight your way through hordes of enemies and navigate through perilous obstacles in this action adventure created from the imagination of kids.

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Best Puzzle Game

FRAMED

FRAMED

Devleoper: Loveshack

  • Protocell
  • Protocell
  • Protocell
  • Protocell

Rearrange comic book panels change the order of events and discover new story outcomes in this award winning, narrative-based puzzle game.

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Best “Other” Game

OTTTD

OTTTD

Developer: SMG Studio

  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story

Like explosions? Love giant, flying, undead sharks? Then HEROCORP™ wants you! Command heroes, build towers, discover strange and exotic worlds and blow them all to bits in this action-packed, anything-goes, tower-defense game that doesn’t take itself seriously.

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Skill and Craft Winners

Games that demonstrated superior game design, creativity, or execution.

Best Art Design

Toast Time

Toast Time

Developer: Force Of Habit

  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL

Toast Time is a throwback to the golden age of video games that fuses arcade shoot-em-up action with tower-defense and a distinctly British sense of humor—and serves it up warm with awesome-sauce (probably syrup).

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Best Use of Game Physics

Airscape: The Fall of Gravity

Airscape: The Fall of Gravity

Developer: Cross-Product

  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III

Captured from its undersea home by a mechanical alien race, Dumbo Octopus must journey through a strange and disorienting environment while dodging rocket, lasers, and other perils in this gravity-shifting action platformer.

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Best Sound

Duet

Duet

Developer: Kumobius and Tim Shiel

  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III

Elegant and minimal, this hypnotic action game with a mesmerizing soundtrack by Melbourne composer Tim Shiel asks players to navigate two orbiting spheres past an increasingly complex maze of falling obstacles.

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Best Character Design

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build

Developer: Alan Hazelden, Benjamin Davis, and Ryan Roth

  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On

Monsters like making snowmen, too. Solve increasingly challenging puzzles to create your new frosty friends in this quirky and addictive game.

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Best 3D Graphics

FORCED 2: The Rush!

FORCED 2: The Rush!

Developer: BetaDwarf Entertainment

  • FORCED
  • FORCED
  • FORCED

Welcome to The Rush! Choose your champion, enter the ever-changing death course, compete for survival, upgrade your character, and claim ridiculously awesome rewards in this top-down, twin-stick, tournament action game.

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Behold! The victorious demos from Level Up 2013.
All of the winning game demos are available for download on Steam.

Game of the Year and Best Puzzle/Physics Game

Perfection.

Perfection.

Developer: Dumb and Fat Games

  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.
  • Perfection.

A simple, soothing puzzle game that challenges you to cut shapes to fit outlines. With minimalistic, forgiving gameplay and an infinite number of randomly generated puzzles, you can try to solve them with precision, speed, fewest cuts, or any other way you like.

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Best Adventure/Role Playing Game and Best Art Design

Lilly Looking Through

Lilly Looking Through

Developer: Geeta Games

  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through
  • Lilly Looking Through

Immerse yourself in a world filled with magic, wonder, puzzles, and marvelous machines as you assist Lilly on her captivating journey to rescue her little brother with the help of an enchanted scarf and special goggles.

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Best Action Game

Assault Android Cactus

Assault Android Cactus

Developer: Witch Beam

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Assault Android Cactus

Cut off from the outside and in over her head, Junior Constable Cactus must recruit androids and battle through the crippled space freighter Genki Star to make things right before it's too late in this manic, twin-stick shooter for one to four players.

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Best Platformer Game

Protocell

Protocell

Devleoper: Team Primordia

  • Protocell
  • Protocell
  • Protocell
  • Protocell

Rotate the environment and create your own platforms as you attempt to collect the compounds hydrogen, methane, water, and ammonia and create life on Earth in this twisted, fast-paced platformer.

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Best “Other” Game

Cube & Star: A Love Story

Cube & Star: A Love Story

Developer: Doppler Interactive

  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story
  • Cube & Star: A Love Story

Make the world more colorful in this game about the joy of exploration and mindful wandering. Discover ancient relics, bizarre tokens, and other secrets as you transform a drab, colorless world into a richer and more vibrant place.

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Skill and Craft Winners

Games that demonstrated superior game design, creativity, or execution.

Best Physics

TorqueL

TorqueL

Developer: FullPowerSlideAttack.com

  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL
  • TorqueL

Maneuver a cube with simple yet versatile moves to progress through 15 different 2D levels and safely reach your goal in this addictive, physics-based platformer game.

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Best Sound

Beatblasters III

Beatblasters III

Developer: Chainsawesome Games

  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III
  • Beatblasters III

Achieve your goals using your three sonic powers and recharging them in sync with the music in this intense action platformer enhanced with rhythm game mechanics.

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Best Character Design

Life Goes On

Life Goes On

Developer: Infinite Monkeys

  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On
  • Life Goes On

Sometimes achieving a goal requires sacrifice—or several. Send a series of bumbling knights to their certain deaths and use their corpses to help those that follow to navigate perilous puzzles in this comically morbid platformer.

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Best 3D Graphics

FORCED

FORCED

Developer: BetaDwarf Entertainment

  • FORCED
  • FORCED
  • FORCED
  • FORCED

Face deadly trials and huge creatures as you fight to win your freedom through the toughest gladiator school of them all in this co-op arcade adventure for one to four players.

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Level Up 2011 received over 147 game demos entered from 35 countries.
Here are the best of the best.

Game of the Year and Best Adventure/Role Play Game

Blackwell's Asylum

Blackwell's Asylum

Developer: BlackPipe

  • Blackwell's Asylum
  • Blackwell's Asylum
  • Blackwell's Asylum
  • Blackwell's Asylum

Fear permeates the nerve-racking escape from the Blackwell's Island Women's Asylum. As a young woman under narcotic effects of forced sedation, you must figure out how to sneak past the wardens of this cruel institution. Have you got the nerve to live through this inhumane horror?

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Student Game of the Year and Best Strategy Game (tie)

The White Laboratory

The White Laboratory

Developer: Tao Xin

  • The White Laboratory
  • The White Laboratory
  • The White Laboratory
  • The White Laboratory

Cleverly reuse the materials gained from destroying the onslaught of shaped geometric blocks in this abstract, sandbox-style, tower-defense game. Experiment with shapes and combinations to construct modular defense towers to survive each wave of the invasion.

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Best Casual Game

DIVO

DIVO

Developer: Logic Droids

  • DIVO
  • DIVO
  • DIVO
  • DIVO

Run like mad on the cyber wheel to avoid obstacles, collect bonuses, and successfully complete each level in this unusual and dynamic arcade-style game. Your movement controls the rotation of the tower as you locate important items and navigate the many traps, teleporters and other game elements.

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Best Educational Game

Atooms to Moolecules

Atooms to Moolecules

Devleoper: BitSits Games

  • Atooms to Moolecules
  • Atooms to Moolecules
  • Atooms to Moolecules
  • Atooms to Moolecules

Combine "atooms" to create "moolecules" in this chemistry-based puzzle games. Use different lab equipment and arrange atoms to make ring, linear, small or big molecules and have fun. If you're not careful, you might learn something about elementary chemistry as you solve each puzzle.

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Best Puzzle Game

Splice

Splice

Developer: Cipher Prime Studios

  • Splice
  • Splice
  • Splice
  • Splice

Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing in this artistic and scientific puzzler. Each level (strand) consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure using a number of splice moves. Exploration and experimentation are the keys in determining how different cells will react to each other, mutate, and combine.

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Best Shooter Game

MilitAnt

MilitAnt

Developer: Xibalba Studios

  • MilitAnt
  • MilitAnt
  • MilitAnt
  • MilitAnt

Defend your home colony against a wide range of insect invaders in this fast-paced, side-scrolling shooter. As a lone soldier ant, your task is to repel the dire threats to your colony and queen using only your speed, wits, and several powerful weapons.

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Best Simulation Game

Imagine Earth

Imagine Earth

Developer: Serious Brothers

  • Imagine Earth
  • Imagine Earth
  • Imagine Earth
  • Imagine Earth

Civilize a planet and deal with modern-world problems in this simulation game. Master the puzzles of growing population, supply and demand, climate, and the environment as you guide the planet toward thriving or catastrophe!

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Best Strategy Game (tie)

Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence

Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence

Developer: Blackcow Studios

  • Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence
  • Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence
  • Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence
  • Plutonic Repulse: A Tale of Limerence

In this plutonic world filled with bioluminescence creatures, your only means of defense is your ability to work with friendly creatures. Create friends and nurture them in order to face the swarms relentless invaders.

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Judges Choice Winners

Games that demonstrated superior game design, creativity, or execution in five different categories.

Best 3D and Best Physics

ThunderWheels

ThunderWheels

Developer: G-Boot Games

  • ThunderWheels
  • ThunderWheels
  • ThunderWheels
  • ThunderWheels

Test your driving skill in on challenging dirt tracks. This racing game provides a classic top-down perspective plus third- and first-person views, realistic physics and really fun circuits! It also has a powerful WYSIWYG Terrain Editor that lets you customize courses for up to four players.

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Best Art and Best Sound

Beatbuddy

Beatbuddy

Developer: Threaks

  • Beatbuddy
  • Beatbuddy
  • Beatbuddy
  • Beatbuddy

Control Beatbuddy to tune of the soundtrack in this music action-adventure game. The multi tracks of each song are translated in interactive game mechanics that enhance gameplay and let you experience music in a whole different way.

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Best Character

Trash TV

Trash TV

Developer: Lawrence Russell

  • Trash TV
  • Trash TV
  • Trash TV
  • Trash TV

Two televisions, Signal and Static, fight their way through several levels to escape the recycling center. Use a wide array of guns and moves to solve unique puzzles in this cool, retro platformer.

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Best Game on a Laptop

1st Place – Purple / 2nd Place – Icebreakers / 3rd Place – Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja / Honorable Mentions – BilliChess, Gladius

1st Place – PURPLE

  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE

2nd Place – Icebreakers

  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers

3rd Place – Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja

  • Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja
  • Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja
  • Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja
  • Car Washer: Summer of the Ninja

Honorable Mention – BilliChess

Honorable Mention – Gladius


Best Game on a Desktop

Have Time Will Travel

Have Time Will Travel

  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel

Best Game on a Netbook

1st Place – Cycle / 2nd Place – Mechanism III / 3rd Place – KartToon Rally / Honorable Mentions – BullzEye, HeliRide, Spellbinder

1st Place – Cycle

  • Cycle
  • Cycle
  • Cycle
  • Cycle

2nd Place – Mechanism III

  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III

3rd Place – KartToon Rally

Honorable Mention – BullzEye

Honorable Mention – HeliRide

Honorable Mention – Spellbinder


Judges Choice Winners

Games that demonstrated superior game design, creativity, or execution in five different categories.

Best Art Design

Mechanism III

Mechanism III

  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III
  • Mechanism III

Best Character Design

Icebreakers

Icebreakers

  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers
  • Icebreakers

Best Graphics Performance

Purple

PURPLE

  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE
  • PURPLE

Best Sound Design

Have Time Will Travel

Have Time Will Travel

  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel
  • Have Time Will Travel

Judges' Choice

Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War

Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War

Developer: Albert Zhiltsov

Immerse yourself in realistic aerial combat above the trenches in this next generation WWI combat flight simulator. Fly famous aircraft including the Fokker Dr.1, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a and Albatros D.Va, and many more.

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1st Place: Best Game Optimized for Intel® Graphics / 2nd Place: Best Threaded Game

I Know Your Deeds

I Know Your Deeds

Developer: Yakov Sumygin

Survive over the course of months and years, trapped in a city dominated by nightmarish zombies. On top of contending with the ever-present zombie threat, you'll face long-term concerns like obtaining sources of food and water, building shelter from attack, and the overall survival of the human race.

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1st Place: Best Game-on-the-Go / 3rd Place: Best Game Optimized for Intel® Graphics

Spin Tires

Spin Tires

Developer: Pavel Zagrebelnyy

Get behind the wheel of a range of heavy-duty vehicles over tough, all-terrain landscapes in this off-road driving game. Utilizing the Havok Physic Engine, Spin Tires offers a fresh driving experience every game from start to finish. Dodge the falling obstacles, scramble across the deformable terrain, and tackle the elements as you try to reach your goal without loosing your precious cargo or running out of fuel.

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1st Place: Best Threaded Game / 3rd Place: Best Game Optimized for Intel® Graphics

Spin Tires

Infersus

Developer: Infersus

Escape the labyrinth of the City's ancient underground prison in time to rescue your daughter in this classic-style platformer. Navigate the network of underground tunnels, and use your wits and agility to confront your foes and avoid the numerous traps placed there by the Mad Architect.

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2nd Place: Best Game-on-the-Go

Infersus

GermiNation

Developer: Bradley Wesson

Grow your base and take over the enemy's territory in this strategic offence game. The game involves strategically placing towers and spawners to ensure minimal damage is taken while launching the largest attack possible.

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3rd Place: Best Game-on-the-Go

Rise of Pirates

Rise of Pirates

Developer: Stefans Keiss

Fight in grand naval battles, smuggle items, and sail the high seas in this epic pirate adventure simulation game.

3rd Place: Best Threaded Game

The Ray Tracing Game

The Ray Tracing Game

Developer: Eugene Klyuchnikov

Direct the laser at the targets in this fast-paced puzzle game.

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