The winners of U.S.-based Kodu Cup "Kodu Video Game Design Competition," a game development competition opened to kids that requires participants to use the Kodu platform for their projects are now announced.
Microsoft announced Hannah Wyman, won the grand prize in her age group (9-12). Wyman, one of four overall winners, created a game called Toxic in which players collect coins and hearts and solve puzzles to help save the environment.
Jacen Sherman, 15, is another winner, in a different age group of course, for the Vortex game. David Gardiner, 9, won first place with the Alien Attack project.
His game opens on a world under nuclear attack and, while humanity has found a way to "upload" itself to a virtual world and launch into space to avoid extinction, one of the creators of this virtual world wasn't able to make it into the virtual world on time. Out of anger, she unleashed a virus -- Vira X -- which the player must defeat. Sherman was inspired both by the programming experience, and by the movie Tron.
Finally, David Gardiner, 9, draws comics about aliens. His game, is both "delightfully whimsical" and jarring. "You can't sit around and look at the scenery in Alien Attack -- with blips and missiles incoming from almost the moment you start the game, you have to keep moving to survive," said said Brad Gibson, senior program manager of Microsoft Research's Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs.
Watch the videos of the winning games belo: