Winners announced for Rookie Awards 2021

Rookie Awards 2020 | Game of the Year

Immersive Media

Team and individual games that have been designed to use the latest immersive media headsets and systems. Completed projects preferred, but game play examples and trailers accepted.

Immersive Media
Round of applause for our sponsors


On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.


Peter Lu - LightFarm


LightFarm is a game with physical elements where players are invited to take care of a farm. Explore the life of a farmer through a physically constructed diorama powered by projection mapping and computer vision technology. Learn about how your farming habits affect the sustainability of your farm!

Runner Up

Michael Neocleous - Aspen Lane:  VR Paranormal Investigation

Aspen Lane: VR Paranormal Investigation

You play as a Paranormal Investigator called to uncover evidence of a malicious haunting within a family home in North London. The family are relying on you. What mysteries will you uncover down Aspen Lane?

Highly Commended

Jiang Jinsheng - Upside Down: Struggling with Bipolar Disorder

Upside Down: Struggling with Bipolar Disorder

3.30 is a VR interactive experience with a duration of about 10 minutes. The project is intended to raise people’s awareness of artists who suffer from mental diseases. The title 3.30 refers to the World Bipolar Disorder Day, on which the story ends.

People's Choice

Lim Lin - 岁乐 · 跨乐 | Sui Yue · Kua Yue

岁乐 · 跨乐 | Sui Yue · Kua Yue

It is an interactive AR (augmented reality) book that comes with a set of miniature Chinese Orchestra instruments. It keeps a detailed record of the development of Chinese Orchestra in Malaysia that aims to increase access to cultural resources and engage teenagers in a fun and interactive way.

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

miller8430 (Draft Selection) View Entry
patrickwinkelholz (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
alvenlim (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
rasheeddot (Draft Selection) View Entry
incagram (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
miguelsegovia (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
yalanlanlan (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
yuerleong (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
twilights (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
lowpolyornopoly (Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
ihazart (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
naomique (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

The primary focus for this category is games designed to be played with headsets - VR, AR, MR. The judges are looking for completed games here. This is not a category for people to share parts of a game they contributed to. If you have not completed your game yet, please make sure to share a teaser trailer to pitch your work to the judges.

Important Notes

  • You must submit a completed game or teaser trailer. Single assets and clips will not be considered.
  • Please include supporting material with your finished game. The judges need to better understand the process, the challenges and how your game was created.
  • Team entries are allowed. Make sure that only one team member submits the project and adds additional team members as project collaborators.
  • Games must not have been released prior to June 2019.
  • Share your process with the judges so they fully understand your thought process.
  • Successful entries in previous years have included video footage of people playing the games. Other ideas have included screencasts where the team walk you through the platform.
  • If you have a link to your finished game that can be downloaded, please share it as part of your entry page using the Add Text widget when building your entry page.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry page that includes your completed game, a detailed breakdown and supporting material. Do not create multiple entries with single projects as you will be disqualified.
  • Put effort into your entry page by including text descriptions, titles, work-in-progress and any include supporting material that you feel will impress the judges.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists or teams that have created a game that is not only creatively and technically sound, but is also fun and immersive to play. They are looking for artists or teams with a passion for game design and development. The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential.

How to enter

  1. Read the Rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there. Quick Link.
  2. Create an Entry using the button below.

Need some help? Watch this video demonstration to help make sure you create the best entry possible.

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