2013 Manifest Game Challenge

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2013 Manifest Game Challenge

Each year the IAM department hosts a game jam that culminates on Manifest. Teams have 24 hours to produce a game - judges vote and prizes are given out!

Important Dates/Times

  • Team sign up deadline: Wednesday, May 7, noon - 3:00 pm (first 6 teams fulfilling requirements will be accepted)
  • The Big Meeting: Thursday, May 15, 4:00 pm (Challenge theme and guidelines announced. Build begins.)
  • Onsite Building: Friday, May 16, 10 AM – 4:00 PM (at least 2 members on site at all times)
  • Game Finished: Friday, May 16, 4:00 PM
  • Game Presentations: Friday, May 16, 4:00 – 4:30 PM:
  • Prizes Announced: Friday, May 16, 5:00 PM

The Basic assumptions

  • Programmers like to program
  • Creators (artists, sound designers, etc) like to create
  • Programmers and Creators like to collaborate
  • Programmers and Creators like to show off
  • It's possible to make a game in 24 hours (yes we changed it!)


Students form small teams (max 5 people) to build a game collaboratively in 24 consecutive hours. The game concept is revealed at 4:00 pm the day before Manifest, and the teams have until 4:00 pm the day of Manifest to complete their version of the game. Each team needs to have a team leader and at least one freshman or first year transfer student to be eligible for prizes.


General Rules & Regulations:

Failure to meet these rules will result in disqualification

  1. Teams have no more than 5 members.
  2. Teams must include at least 1 freshman or first-year transfer student (in any one of IAM's majors)
  3. Teams must have a designated Team Leader.
  4. No purchased assets may be used during the build.
  5. At least 2 team members must be present on Friday (Manifest) between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
  6. The Open Lab will not be available during development.
  7. All teams will present their game starting at 4:00 PM. The first-year student from each team must also be present and explain their contribution to their team’s game.
  8. All content must be developed by the team members. You may not use any unoriginal content. However, you may use previously built content (i.e., you can incorporate material created earlier as long as the people on the team are the sole creators).
  9. Team members must wear Game Challenge T-Shirts on Day of Manifest


The 2013 Game Challenge Judges:

  • Dr. Robin Whatley
  • Bill Guschwan
  • Tom Dowd
  • Matt Board
  • Andrew Hicks
  • Kyle Reden

Judging guidelines

Each game is judged on five criteria: theme, functionality, originality/creativity, completeness, and fun.


  • Grand Prize: $150 ea
  • Second Prize: $100 ea
  • Third Prize: $50 ea
  • Honorable Mention: $25 ea
  • All team members receive a custom designed t-shirt.


Wednesday, May 7

Registration: noon - 3pm

Thursday, May 15

4:00 PM: Challenge theme and guidelines announced. Build begins.

Friday, May 16

10 AM – 4:00 PM: Onsite build.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Game presentations.

5:00 PM: Judging and awards.


Q: How many machines can we work on?

A: As many as you need. However the department will only provide a maximum of two networked machines in the build challenge space. If you want to use more machines, you need to bring them. We encourage everyone on the teams to bring their own laptop to the event.

Q: Do we all have to work on site?

A: Not all of you do. However, at least two members of your team need to be onsite and working between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on Friday for your team to stay qualified for the prizes.

Q: What technologies can we use?

A: There is no restriction on technology, as long as everything created is original (created by the team members).


This annual event started in 2009. You can see the site from last year at 2012 Game Challenge Site

The Theme

Theme: Geological Strata

Definition: In geology and related fields, a stratum (plural: strata) is a layer of sedimentary rock or soil with internally consistent characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. The "stratum" is the fundamental unit in a stratigraphic column and forms the basis of the study of stratigraphy. [Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratum]

Secondary ideas: time, environment, formations and fossils - all based on stratigraphy


2013 Teams

Red Retribution

  • Tony Le (Lead)
  • Zach Rubenstein (Fr)
  • Jessica Borlovan
  • Desiree Lopez
  • Cameron Cintron


  • Dan Hernbrott (Lead)
  • Maxwell Sandler (Fr)
  • Joseph Hogwood
  • Quintin Puebla
  • Kyle Janssen

Johnny Crash

  • Tommy Kaltsas (Lead)
  • Helaina Searfoss (Fr)
  • Kenneth Daggs
  • Adam Napier
  • John Cassidy

The Grumpy Cats

  • Michael Shahen (Lead)
  • Jack Bransky (Fr)
  • Christina D'Attomo
  • Nathan Elrod
  • Cary Jasinski

Team S-Mart

  • Steven Roderick (Lead)
  • Ian Harris (Fr)
  • Kyran Esler
  • Sebastian Asturrizaga
  • Chris Prunotto

Water Aloft the Alamo

  • Kevin j Mackey (Lead)
  • Tyler Camp (Fr)
  • Bryan Becker
  • Mario Ramirez
  • Cameron Cooper

Team Frankie Knuckles

  • Grant Snyder (Lead)
  • Jordan Max (Fr)
  • Ben Kurdziel
  • Temeeka Glass
  • Colin McInerney

Psychic Fission

  • Drew Griffin (Lead)
  • Justin Terry (Fr)
  • Nate Crumpley
  • Brad Parkkonen

Previous Games

See some of the older challenge games

2011 Game Site

2011 winner


2010 Game Challenge Site

Teams AND WINNERS 2012



Team Leader: Shaun Shervino

Team Members:

  • Jesse Walsh
  • James Kocol
  • Karl Statz

Freshman: Dan Hernbrott (FIRST YEAR MVP AWARD)

Game Premise: Play through an immersive playground with giant musical keyboards, bells, and collecting teddy bears at your own pace.


The Awesome Initiative- (SECOND PRIZE)

Team Leader: Phillip Hogan

Team Members:

  • Adam Ormsby
  • Spencer Riedel
  • Alexander Cook

Freshman: Joseph Hogwood

Game Premise: Navigate on top of the playground pieces as the lava slowly rises. Collecting the candy scattered in the level will keep the lava down. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Lolwut (CONCEPT PRIZE - $125)

Team Leader: Andrew Griffin

Team Members:

  • Christina D'Attomo
  • Nathan Elrod
  • John Cassidy

Freshman: Kyle Jensen (FIRST YEAR MVP AWARD)

Game Premise: “Elderly Scroller” Explore as an elderly man in a park/playground collecting candy in this side scrolling adventure. _______________________________________________________________________________________

The Roustabouts (PATHFINDER ALUMNI AWARD - $250)

Team Leader: Billy "Don't you lose my Number" Eline

Team Members:

  • Brice "Tallasaurus" Puls
  • Kenneth "Ken Ken" Daggs
  • Jacob "Mad Swag" Mooney

Freshman: Quintin "Q-Bag" Puebla (FIRST YEAR MVP AWARD)

Game Premise: “Frisky Katana Conundrum” Ninja boy chasing after a fairy on a 2D side scroller action packed playground. _______________________________________________________________________________________

The Alluminati

Team Leader: Captain SexyTavi Scandiff-Pirvuvi

Team Members:

  • Tyler "Man in the Suit" Kendrick
  • Ryan "Ryceratops" George
  • Karl "Sailor" McNaught
  • Dan "The Shaman" Hoskins

Game Premise: “Thunk” 2D side scroller where you play as a kid throwing dodge balls at people and running from an angry crowd of kids that have been hit. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Mack + the Programmers

Team Leader: Ben Zohar

Team Members:

  • Trevor Hess
  • Jeremy "Return of the" Mack
  • Steve "Crumpy" Crump

Freshman: Alexander Sprigg

Game Premise: Capturing the social aspect of being in the park with friends playing a game of tag or playing on the obstacle course in a 3D environment. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Funky Monkey

Team Leader: Wayne "Weazy" Janik II

Team Members:

  • Patrick "Irish Milkman" Lewandowski

Freshman: Erica Hollic

Game Premise: Click to spin. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Team Leader: Kevin John "Susan" Mackey

Team Members:

  • Steven Roderick
  • Vincent LaSane
  • Sebastian Asturrizaga

Freshman: Mario Ramirez

Game Premise: “Fantastic Fun-land” A 3D hide-and-seek game while the floor is lava all in a playground setting. _______________________________________________________________________________________