Here we are again! Another year and another brilliant batch of games that have wowed the judges. This year we only have two tracks, recognition of the increased quality of games built in HTML5 and Windows 8 providing native support for HTML5 development, but we’ve also increased the number of finalists headed to Sydney, Australia (yeah! My home town!) to compete live on stage in front of some incredible judges.
But before I go into the judging panel that will be there to greet the teams in Sydney, I want to publicly congratulate the top ten teams in Xbox/Windows and in Phone (they’re in the next post). I also want to say that the competition in Online Round 3 was incredibly tough and there were so many great games. I want to encourage every team, whether they made it to Sydney or not, to strongly consider finishing their games and publishing them for the world to enjoy (and yes, that really is one of the primary reasons we set it up so that you had to submit a game trailer – you’re already on your way to being able to advertise your games!).
So, without further ado, here are the ten teams headed to Sydney to compete for the title in the Game Design Xbox/Windows category of Imagine Cup.
 Just putting these links at the top so you can get to them easily:
Real Time Strategy (RTS) game about rebuilding a city after a natural disaster (tsunami) hits.
Isometric strategy game about health and environment.
Strategy/Puzzle game about influencing for change.
Action puzzler game about genetics and gene sequences.
Side-scrolling platformer about cleaning up the environment.
Third person action game featuring an animated machine aimed at cleaning up the environment.
Multiplayer action game about the environment.
3D puzzle game about the environment.
Strategy game about city planning.
Kinect-based Tai Ji game for health and well-being.
You can see all of these teams, and their competition in these YouTube playlist I’ve set up: