In case the original announcement (and our follow-up stories) passed you by, the competition called on users to design their own video game using Unity’s free LEGO Microgame platform. And while the entry window technically closed yesterday, the Ideas team has only just announced that the contest will now move to the judging phase.
That’s because they’ve been busy sifting through almost 1,000 last-minute submissions – a figure that represents the vast majority of the total 1,135 entries, despite the intake period opening at the end of January.
Two LEGO Games product leads and two Unity producers will now spend a fortnight combing through every single entry to find two grand prize winners and two runners-up, in addition to two randomly-drawn winners, before announcing all six victors no later than April 8.
The grand prize package consists of 51515 Robot Inventor, 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course, 71369 Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set, a one-year Unity Pro subscription, a Unity Microgames Premium Asset Bundle, and a $200 Unity Asset Store voucher.
The runners-up and two randomly-drawn entries will take home 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course, 71369 Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set, a Unity Microgames Premium Asset Bundle, and a $100 Unity Asset Store voucher.
The 21325 Medieval Blacksmith brickfilm contest has also wrapped up today, which means there are currently no open Ideas competitions for the first time since the new year. We’ll hopefully see another one start very soon, but in the meantime, you can still cast your vote for a future gift-with-purchase in the platform’s Space-themed contest.