The 2012 finalists for Microsoft's annual Dream Build Play game-making competition have been announced, and include Xbox 360 and Windows Phone favorites Apple Jack 2, Chompy Chomp Chomp, Dead Pixels and Pixel Blocked!
Survive the random zombie hordes in 'Dead Pixels'
Twenty games from the Xbox 360 side made it through, including some top titles already beloved by the Xbox Live Indie Game community (as above) and some well-anticipated names that are yet to receive a public release.
For instance, Qrth-phyl comes from the developer of symbolic shoot-em-up Leave Home, while Gateways is by the chap behind the acclaimed Adventures of Shuggy, and Imagine Earth has been turning heads as a supposedly casual global problem-solving sim, mixing up Civilization and Fate of the World.
The Dream Build Play competition runs every year and challenges entrants to create a masterpiece using the XNA programming language, with $40,000 and an Xbox LIVE Arcade publishing contract up for grabs.
This year, the winners are to be announced in September 2012, coinciding with the Xbox 360's developer-run Indie Uprising program which includes several of this year's DBP finalists, such as Qrth-phyl and Diehard Dungeon.
Collect fruit and escape giant pandas in 'Apple Jack 2'
Four player fun in 'Chompy Chomp Chomp'