Contest - Aah Games Character Design

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Competition Summary:

This competition is to draw a full character portrait that will be used in an upcoming small Xbox 360 game.

The portrait will be used as the 'narrator' for the game in order to give instructions to the player at key moments of the game, and should fit in with the pre-existing graphic style.

About the Game:

The game is "Aah Impossible Rescue" (AIR) and is a small reaction testing game, soon to be released on the Xbox 360 using the Indie Games channel.

The player is tasked with helping three kittens avoid all obstacles on their way to being rescued, after they have fallen into a river. It is developed by Aah Games Ltd

About Aah Games:

Aah Games is a newly formed independent game development company, involving mostly one developer, Robert Swan.

Robert has worked as a games programmer over the past 12 years covering a wide range of console platforms, team sizes and genres.

Aah Games has just started a Facebook fanpage to allow anyone to look at the game while it is a work in progress. Visit the Aah Games Facebook Page.
Download links can be found on the discussions page “AIR pc qa build 04”.

Competition Requirements:

  • The character should be of a calm, gentlemanly persuasion. This does not mean it has to be human or even male!
  • Ideally the character is wearing a top hat (this is because the kittens ride the river sitting in top hats, presumably from this character)
  • The character should be inoffensive to anyone as the game will be for all age ranges.
  • The game is of stylised and cute characters. There is no “proper” scale for either the character, the kittens or the world.
  • The character should consist of bright, clean colours.
  • NOTE: entries do not have to match the style of the placeholder graphics seen below!

  • The character should face left.
  • The image should ideally be supplied in .bmp or .png format (ie, lossless formats).
  • The Maximum dimensions are 250 x 250 pixels - i.e. only wide enough and tall enough to just contain the character.
    Note the full screen game resolution is 480 x 270 pixels.
  • The image should consist solely of the character, and not the background.
  • Any parts of the image that are not the character should be set as transparent (alpha channel) or have an RGB value of (255, 0, 255) - bright magenta

A) B)

A) Placeholder image with knockout alpha
B) Placeholder image with alpha channel (transparent areas set to white rgb values to aid blending)

Example of placeholder image with knockout alpha when used with game elements


Overall Winner:
The winning entry as selected by Robert Swan will be eligible for appearing in the final game due to be released on Xbox 360.
In addition:
  • They will receive five tokens, each of which allows one free download of the game AIR on Xbox 360.
  • The winning author will appear in the credits, along with any contact details they wish to share (email / webpage url) and a short personal message if desired.
  • A 3 month DeviantArt subscription

There will also be an anime-artists winner selected by the Group
  • Will recieve a 3 month DeviantArt subscription

Winning entries will be featured by the Group.

Competition Rules:


The final deadline for receiving entries is Tuesday 25th May 11:59pm GMT

Submissions must be submitted to the "AAH Games Contest" folder in the Group Collections by this date.
There is no limit to the number of entries per member, however entries will be judged on their quality.

Competition entries will be judged by Robert Swan and anime-artists based on the following criteria:
  • Similarity in style to the pre-existing game graphics (cartoon style, cute, playful).
  • Overall quality
  • Usage of the winning entry in the Final game is at the judge’s discretion
  • Results will be announced one week after the closing date

  • Copyright of a competition entry remains with the author of the entry.
  • The winning entry grants a non-exclusive license to Aah Games Ltd to use the image within the upcoming game "Aah Impossible Rescue" royalty free.
  • This license will also allow the entry to appear wherever screenshots of the game are used for review and/or publicity purposes.
  • All entries must be the property of the author. Any issues with the copyright will become the sole responsibility of the entrant, and not Aah Games Ltd.

Entry into the competition constitutes agreement to these terms.

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Can I still join or is this contest over?