You’ll need to use LEGO Microgame, developed in collaboration with Unity, to design and publish your LEGO video game. Creating an entire video game from scratch might sound daunting, but the entire process only takes around 45 minutes on the unique platform.
Every single participant will be rewarded with a custom, limited-edition LEGO Unity minifigure, redeemed through an email link after submitting your entry – so even if you’re brand new to game development, it’s still worth taking part.
Plus, two randomly-drawn entries will win a huge prize package consisting of 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.
Two runners-up will win the same bounty, while there’s an even better haul on offer for the two grand prize winners. As well as all the aforementioned sets and digital asset bundle, the best entries – as selected by a judging panel of two LEGO Games product leads and two Unity producers – will also receive LEGO MINDSTORMS 51515 Robot Inventor, a one-year Unity Pro subscription, and a $200 Unity Asset Store voucher.
Entries will be judged on their overall coolness and originality, creativity, art direction, and their use of LEGO Behaviour Bricks (or scripts). The team is apparently looking for unique, interesting, complex and unexpected games, so take that into account before you get started.
To enter, you’ll need to design and publish your video game using the LEGO Microgame platform, then submit a link, photos and videos to the contest page. You can include trailers, posters and screenshots to bolster your entry, and you can even submit multiple different games (although you can only win once, and will therefore only receive one LEGO Unity minifigure).