Hanan Finnerty isn't even in college yet, but his entry to the contest was chosen as our overall favorite and top prize winner.
His "Branston and the Lost Machine
" Flash game is so packed with style and personality and fun that it's bursting out of every scene.
Although the drawings in the game don't have a professional polish, they are funny and clever and compelling, and as we played the game we found ourselves laughing and constantly surprised by new things. Not satisfied to stick with one control scheme, in Branston you actually switch at different points between dramatically different control schemes. The creature riding levels are inspried and not to be missed.
We dare you to try to play this game without smiling.
Now that's not to say it's perfect - not by a long shot. It's not a completely finished game, and it's not a polished or professional experience, but it's so damn impressive in terms of vision and ambition that it captured our heart immediately and never let it go. We can't wait to see what the author will come up with in the future..
Because of all this, "Branston and the Lost Machine" was our choice of best overall entry. Congratulations Hanan, we think you have a real future in the game development world.
Play the online flash game: Here