Our Holiday Challenge for 2021: The Christmas Contraption Catastrophe

The premise

Create the most unnecessarily complicated contraption for distributing presents.

This is a chance to stretch your creativity to the extremes (and extreme ridiculousness).

Imagine if Santa had lost his marbles and decided to automate the whole present-distribution apparatus. The elves have all been fired. It’s time to put the new Santa-o-Matic 3000 to work!

Unfortunately, Santa hasn’t vetted his contractor, so what he got was an unruly, bulky piece of garbage that barely does the job.

It’s up to you to design that bulky piece of garbage!

It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it’s better if it’s utterly imperfect. It just has to be automated, over-the-top, and completely ridiculous. 

The winner is the person who makes us laugh the most. 😊

How to

We have created a very basic template for you: It has a model of a house with a chimney and a Christmas present. Feel free to add more to the template in whatever manner you choose. The goal is to get the present (or multiple presents, if you feel ambitious) into the house’s chimney (or any other means of access – again, feel free to be creative about it).

Here’s Frost taking you through the template in all its splendor:

Basically, the more absurd and funny way you can deliver a present to the house – or even a street full of houses, go nuts – the better shot you have at winning.

Note: Because the challenge relies on physics, your contraption needs to be a single player experience. Multiplayer physics don’t sync properly between players, so do yourself a favor, save yourself a massive headache, and just do this as a single player thing.

Challenge duration

The challenge will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.

The challenge will end on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

That means you have 3 weeks (minus a day) to construct your contraption. You must publish your contraption on CREY by the end of Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 23:00 CET.

How do we pick a winner

The challenge winner will be determined during a live stream on CREY’s Twitch channel on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021.

The live stream will feature a judging panel comprised of eminently qualified CREY employees (just kidding, it’s really just whoever shows up). We will take a look at your creations one by one, and the one that makes us laugh the hardest wins.

Come on, come on, what’s the prize?

The prize is that we’ll pay for one of your Christmas presents. Buy your friends or loved ones something extra special (at a maximum of 1,000 DKK – don’t get insane). Or, if you’re one of those people, just get yourself something nice. Honestly, who are we to judge. It’s Christmas. Do what you like.

On top of that, we’ll also donate 1,000 DKK in your name to Julemærkefonden – a Danish charity that helps children overcome loneliness and bullying.

FAQ

Q: What’s the bare minimum requirement to be in this competition?
A: Present goes in house. As long as that happens, you’re in.

Q: Can I collab with another creator?
A: Yes, but you’ll have to split the prize if you win.

Q: Can it be a multiplayer “level/game/creation”?
A: We don’t recommend it. Physics in multiplayer don’t sync properly, so every time you affect a physics object, the outcome will be different for each player. Do yourself a favor, save yourself a headache, and just make this a single player experience.

Q: Do you have a terrifying barrage of lawyer-speak I can peruse?
A: Yes. Click here to read our Terms & Conditions.

All Around the World Winners Announced

All Around the World builder challenge has ended! Thank you for all of your amazing submissions! We are super happy to play your creative and fun games. As always, we hope you enjoyed the challenge and had fun! Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Recap of all submissions:

1st place and “CREY worldwide superstar” award goes to watamatahata with submission CREY Airport Congratulations! You have won Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 6.67!

2nd place and “Most realistic experience and outstanding design” award goes to… We couldn’t pick one, so this reward will go to two game-builders! “Most realistic experience” to Galtomasz with submission Hungary Tour! And “Outstanding design” goes to Squashi with submission Run Around the World. Well done! You have won CREY hoodie + 2000 CREY gold!

3rd place and “Most CREYZY experience” award goes to Wolfman74501 with submission Resource Idler and chasfallon with submission The Runaway Train! Congratulations! You have won CREY T-shirt + 1000 CREY gold!

Thank you all for participating!

Future Events And Challenges

If you have an idea for a new challenge, let us know by jumping on Discord and tell us! Thank you to everyone participating. Good luck next time!

CREY Games

Meet the Builder: L.gutarra

The game builder L.gutarra is a student who is currently pursuing a degree in systems engineering to become a video game designer. During his free time, he is building games in CREY. So far L.gutarra has made games like Zombie City, Escape from the Pit as well as Challenges Through Time, which was his submission for Challenge the Devs builder challenge, and won the “The most competitive game” award.

What inspired you to create your game for Challenge the Devs builder challenge?

“I wanted to create a game for the challenge to be recognized as a good video game designer in CREY. Also, the chance of winning Nintendo Switch was very tempting.”

Where and how did you get ideas for your project?

“I like time travel themes, so I decided to make my game within this theme. I was inspired by the Back to the Future movies, as well as the Obby games in CREY like Escape the Castle and Gangster Escape.”

What is your favorite game you have created in CREY? What type of games you like building the most?

“I like building adventure games. My favorite game that I have built so far is Zombie City.”

What are your favorite things about CREY and its community?

“I like having the opportunity to express my creativity through video games. I like that CREY is organizing a lot of builder and player challenges for the community to participate.”

Can you share a few tips and tricks with other game builders at CREY on how to get started?

“Before starting with designing your game, you have to think about its category. Then start putting some ideas on the paper. Once that is done, start building your ideas in the engine. Make sure that your game is exciting and challenging, but not impossible to complete. Include a good story behind it and ensure that the game is fun for the player.”

Are there any exciting new projects you are working on at the moment?

“At the moment I am not working on new games, since I am busy studying, but I am planning to create a game with the theme “floor is lava”.”

Now Announcing: Marko and Izzy

As we continue to roll out our new avatar style, we’re please to bring you both magnificent Marko and incredible Izzy. While not jamming out to beats on her earpods, Izzy can be seen stylishly setting traps in Deathrun and hopping around the Mega Obby.

Marko is a welcome addition to the CREY family, who when not practicing on his skateboard for the x-games, can be found climbing structures in Lava Legends and escaping zombies in Infected.

We hope you enjoy and would love to hear your feedback on our discord!



CREY All Around the World Builder Challenge

The new builder challenge is here – All Around the World! Since Covid-19 has affected everyone in the world and our traveling possibilities are very limited at the moment, we at CREY have decided to create a builder challenge focusing on travels and places all around the world! Take us with you and let your imagination and dreams speak for you. You could recreate an actual travel experience, your favorite or dream destination, or a fun trip in itself. Perhaps you can create an imitation, cinematic, or even a game? Give it the form you want, you are the guide, and we are the passengers!

How To Submit?

Prizes

All participants who submit a game will be part of an awesome recap video, which will be released across all our social media platforms, as well as their submitted games will be played on our Twitch livestream by multiple CREY team members.

In addition to that, we will give awards, CREY merch, and up to 2000 gold to 3 game builders with the best-submitted game. Last but not least, the top game among those will be recognized as a CREY worldwide superstar who will be rewarded with a brand new Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 6.67.

Award Categories:

  1. CREY worldwide superstar – overall the best submitted game and playful experience 
  2. Most realistic experience and outstanding design
  3. Most CREYZY experience – fun and exciting game

Prizes

  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro 6.67
  2. CREY hoodie + 2000 CREY gold
  3. CREY T-shirt + 1000 CREY gold

Bonus Prize

Anyone who shares screenshots or videos from their game with the hashtag #AllAroundTheWorldChallenge on either InstagramTwitter or TikTok will receive 100 bonus gold – the one who gets the most likes and interactions on their posts will receive 1000 CREY gold.

Rules

  1. Only one submitted game per person.
  2. You cannot use previously built games – it has to be freshly made.

When Will The Challenge End?

Submission of games ends on the 24th of May at 12 pm CEST and winners will be announced after one week of internal voting on the 31st of May. Good luck to everyone participating! We are looking forward to playing your games

Who Can Participate

The Contest is open worldwide to anyone aged 13 years or older who are registered with an account at CREY.  Eligible minors must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the Contest. Employees of CREY, its affiliates, contest supervisors and members of their immediate families, are not eligible to participate or win.

Terms & Conditions

Meet the Builder: Wolfman74501

Wolfman74501 is a 19-year-old artist and gamer, trying to hone his skills by doing artsy things and building new games in CREY. He is trying to expand the possibility of what can be done in CREY by experimenting with new game elements and prop configurations. He loves that it is possible to make almost anything you can dream of on this platform.

Wolfman has built plenty of games in CREY but his most successful creations are Gun & Run, Let’s Play, and Chaos Temple which was his submission for Challenge the Devs builder challenge.

Besides building games, Wolfman also has his own YouTube channel where he is posting game videos and CREY tutorials.

What inspired you to create your game for Challenge the Devs builder challenge?

“I can’t lie – the Nintendo switch was a good reason to participate. But to be honest, I thought that it was a great time to start a new project, and with the challenge being “build a hard game”, I set to work. I started writing up stories again, which was a good motivator. I wanted to build a game that had a story behind it and that was kind of hard on purpose.”

Where and how did you get ideas for your project?

“I was inspired by memories of watching and playing Indiana Jones; alongside the vast internet and YouTube videos of all the movies and games, my general knowledge of adventure stories was helpful as well.”

What is your favorite game you have created in CREY? What type of games you like building the most?

“I have been making games for the last year or so, and I would have to say my favorite game is Chaos Temple. It has the iconic traps from the movies and games, and I think it has a pretty good story behind it. I like to create games that the player remembers in some fashion or form, and that are fun to play, even when it is an older game.”

What are your favorite things about CREY and its community?

“My favorite part about CREY is how easy it is to get ideas to reality in a fairly quick manner. Also, the community is great, most of them are super helpful to get problems worked out, they are great at giving good feedback to make games better for the player. Last but not least, I love how devs get involved with the community, they create connection with the players and builders.”

Can you share a few tips and tricks with other game builders at CREY on how to get started?

“One of the biggest and slightly annoying tips is to just get started; create your first game, read the comments – good and bad, and see what could be improved in your future games. The community is a great way to get ideas and guided help on how to do things. Also, there are some great tutorials on Youtube from JimmyJules.”

Are there any exciting new projects you are working on at the moment?

“At the moment there is only one project I am currently developing. It is an adventure game full of mystery and quests you must complete to advance the story. I have started it, but it is a long process to get everything worked out. I hope to have it out soon!”

Meet the Builders: FlashLight Studios

Let’s get to know FlashLight Studios and the people behind it! FlashLight Studios is a team of two members, 11GG20 and Torr3sZIKA, who are making games together. Together they are capable of more, and in their opinion, the results are fantastic.

So far FlashLight Studios has built the CREYZY ARCADE game, which recently won Challenge the Devs builder challenge and received CREY superstar award.

What inspired you to create your game for Challenge the Devs builder challenge?

“We loved the theme, and we couldn’t leave this challenge blank. We started brainstorming, as soon as we could: what type of game it could be, what would be the goals, and who would do what. The feeling of darkness, loneliness, fear, and fun at the same time, was the main focus of our game. We were inspired by the famous Arcades, therefore, we decided to recreate some of the old games in CREY, like “1942 Fighter Assault“, “CUBE DODGE“, “Lumberjacks Legends” and “Super Miner“.”

Where and how did you get ideas for your project?

“We wanted to do something that could really challenge the Devs but doesn’t get tiring and includes several games. We had an idea of creating an Arcade, where there would be several machines with different games to choose from.”

What is your favorite game you have created in CREY? What type of games you like building the most?

“Our favorite game by FlashLight Studios is “The Last Thing Demo”. It is a game in a demo version that was released for an old challenge. It is also the first game by FlashLight Studios.”

What are your favorite things about CREY and its community?

“We consider CREY as a very innovative platform, although there are other engines with block programming, which are sometimes more developed than CREY, none of them can be as simple as CREY. Anyone can learn CREY very easily! In addition, CREY’s community is fantastic and very close and everyone is welcome.”

Can you share a few tips and tricks with other game builders at CREY on how to get started?

“In our opinion, the most important thing is to learn with commitment and willingness. Start with small and simple projects as tests. It helps to learn a lot! When you feel ready for something serious, we advise you to be organized. Drawing and writing can help with project planning. Use Trello board, to keep everything organized.”

Are there any exciting new projects you are working on at the moment?

“At the moment we are not working on any new projects, but we are planning to update and improve CREYZY ARCADE.”

Meet the Builder: Karbonium

Let’s meet one of the winners from Challenge the Devs builder challenge – Karbonium! Karbonium is a 26 years old guitar teacher and fan of video games from France. So far Karbonium has built games like Dust ‘N Blood, Our Shelter, The Cursed Swamp, Morphing Area, and Tales of Arcadia, which won The Outstanding design award in Challenge the Devs builder challenge.

What inspired you to create your game for Challenge the Devs builder challenge?

“I usually build challenging and difficult games, therefore, I wanted to challenge CREY devs as well and build my own MMORPG!”

Where and how do you get ideas for your projects?

“My games are mostly a mix of several AAA games. For example, Dust ‘N Blood was inspired by Borderlands. Tales of Arcadia was a strange mix with Rayman 3 and Dofus. Our Shelter was inspired by a browser game called “Hordes”, where you have to manage a town and survive with other players.”

What is your favorite game you have created in CREY? What type of games you like building the most?

“I like to build RPG, 3D platformers, and exploration games the most. In my opinion, Tales of Arcadia is my best game so far. It’s so awesome to see other players exploring the world and trying to complete quests and dungeons!”

What are your favorite things about CREY and its community?

“I love the fact that we can easily talk to the devs, and share what we have created with other players. The game builder tools are really fun and easy to understand.”

Can you share a few tips and tricks with other game builders at CREY on how to get started?

“Don’t forget to give an objective to the player, and give a reward for him when he completes something difficult. It’s very satisfying for gamers! For new players, explain all the options with a quick tutorial (UI is important). And the most important tip: Test and complete your game before sharing it!”

Are there any exciting new projects you are working on at the moment?

“I will add a new dungeon and several quests in Tales of Arcadia. Also, I will add new monsters and areas in Our Shelter. Last but not least, I have an idea for a new multiplayer project – hide and seek.”

#StuckintheSuez Winners Announced

#StuckintheSuez builder challenge has ended! Thank you for all of your amazing submissions! We are super happy to see you expressing your creativity in CREY. As always, we hope you enjoyed the challenge and had fun! Thanks again to everyone who participated!

Recap of all submissions:

1st place goes to Hades66 with submission Stuck in Suez canal! Congratulations! You have won XBOX Elite Gaming Controller!

2nd place and “Most LOL experience” award goes to Squashi with submission CREYship! Well done! You have won  Razer Kraken X Headset!

3rd place and “Most accurate” award goes to Nicolai9852 with submission Explore the Ever Given! Congratulations! You have won CREY swag!

Last but not least, we have to be honest – it was very hard to pick the winners, therefore, we want to reward everyone who submitting a game for this challenge with 200 CREY gold! Thank you all!

Future Events And Challenges

If you have an idea for a new challenge, let us know by jumping on Discord and tell us! Thank you to everyone participating. Good luck next time!

CREY Games