The winner is...

Pi Eye Games, DarkSide

The winner here was chosen for its playability, slick build and good use of graphics. As a web-based game it loaded quickly, the user interface was intuitive and the game play obvious. Within just a few levels it's easy to see the game's addictiveness, and the simplicity and style with which is has been built. An all-round great game showing you don't need huge teams and budgets to create something stylish and playable.

Game of the NorthDarkside

"For 200 years we have been mining our solar system's asteroid belt in peace. All that changed the day the Krainian Empire invaded our outer territories. Take the controls of the ArkLight X-52 and take the fight back to the enemy!

DarkSide is a sci-fi based shoot'em'up in which you pilot your way around 100's of massive asteroids. Fly in and out of their dark sides as you battle a host of alien hostiles. Watch out for orbiting chunks of rock, blast them into oblivion before they destroy the mining colonies. Try out the free demo today! "


This year's Big Chip International Award for Innovation and Game of the North awards are the first Big Chip awards to be open to entries from outside the North West region.

Working in cooperation with gaming sector organisations in other parts of the North, the special expert judging panel has accepted entries from across the North of England, including but not strictly limited to the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humberside regions.

Special Judging Panel


Judging Criteria

Submissions can be stand-alone electronic games working on any platform that demonstrate innovation, outstanding design or 'playability'.