The team behind the excellent time-shifting puzzle game Chrono Disfunglement received the coveted Claude Comair Game of the Year Award and $3,000 in prize money. Chrono Disfunglement was a senior project initially developed by a team of five students from DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore. They later added four student members from the Redmond campus — where the Singaporean team studied this past semester as part of DigiPen’s Overseas Immersion Program — to complete the project.
Two junior game projects — the multiplayer vehicle combat game Rekkage and 3D stealth action game Exitus — tied for second and third place in the overall best game category, each splitting $1,500 in prize money.
The DigiPen Game Awards are held every April to recognize the best student games as decided by DigiPen’s student body. The awards include a wide range of categories across all grade levels, with several awards split between game projects that use either a custom-made or pre-built game engine.
The DigiPen faculty also presented the special M.J. Quigley Award (named after its first recipient in 2012) to junior student Josh Salyers, recognizing his outstanding extracurricular contributions to the DigiPen campus community.
Congratulations to all the teams who received nominations and awards! You can read the full list of winners below. Be sure to look for these and other games in the DigiPen Game Gallery over the coming weeks and months.
Claude Comair Game of the Year Award
1st Place — Chrono Disfunglement
M.J. Quigley Award — Josh Salyers
Best 3D Visual Design (Custom Engine) — Chrono Disfunglement
Best 3D Visual Design (Pre-built Engine) — Spare Parts: Lutin’s Folly
Best 2D Visual Design — A Fistful of Duckies
Best Graphics Technology (Custom Engine) — Chrono Disfunglement
Best Physics Technology (Custom Engine) — Rekkage
Best Game Character — Exitus
Best A.I. (Custom Engine) — Exitus
Best A.I. (Pre-built Engine) — Frozen Masquerade
Best Multiplayer — Rekkage
Best Original Music — Exitus
Most Addictive Game — Rekkage
Most Innovative Design — Chrono Disfunglement
Best Poetic Experience — Flickers
Best Master’s Game (Custom Engine) — Apart
Best Master’s Technology — Ecliptic 2
Best Live Action Game — Outbreak
Best Senior Game (Custom Engine) — Chrono Disfunglement
Best Senior Game (Pre-built Engine) — Reboot
Best Senior Technology — Chrono Disfunglement
Best Junior Game (Custom Engine) — Rekkage
Best Junior Game (Pre-built Engine) — Frozen Masquerade
Best Junior Technology — Rekkage
Best Sophomore Game (Custom Engine) — Temple of the Water God
Best Sophomore Technology — Temple of the Water God
Best Freshman Game (Custom Engine) — Mitosis
Best Freshman Game (Pre-built Engine) — Perception
Best Freshman Technology — Mitosis