Official Level Design Contests of 2008

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This is the only year to have a NiGHTS level in every contest. Levels in gray are rule-breaking levels and have been disqualified.

January/February

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

This was the first contest to have two NiGHTS levels entered into the same division: Endless Mine Zone and Wacky Track Zone. Physics Lab Zone won its division by a margin of 4.93 points since the other submissions all received very low scores. Spring Passage Zone had been released before the contest started, but this was not found out until months after the contest had ended, so it was not disqualified.

DimenGlabSpecial was an attempt to emulate the Special Stages of Jazz Jackrabbit in SRB2. It was uniformly agreed to be terrible and fell only one vote shy of a 0.00, making it the lowest-rated Single Player map ever released to the OLDC. Forever Forest Zone placed a strong focus on scenery and exploration instead of traditional platforming. While several voters commented that they got lost, the map was well-received. It would have received an 8.00 had two people not voted 0 because the original submission was broken. Most voters played and rated a fixed version instead.

Single Player division

Forever Forest Zone
  • Emerald Valley Zone by I'll Begin - 6.55
  • Ivy Caverns Zone by Azure Hawk - 3.00
  • Lavender Lagoon Zone by Azure Hawk - 4.20
  • Coastal Caves Zone Act 1 by Arrisork - 3.38
  • Daimondus[sic] Zone Act 2 by Glaber - 5.11
  • DimenGlabSpecial by Glaber - 0.13
  • Forever Forest Zone by BlueZero4 - 7.00

Match division

Physics Lab Zone
  • MAPA1 - Arial[sic] Match Zone by Cheese - 2.57
  • MAPA2 - Last Stand Zone by ST218 - 2.00
  • MAPA3 - Sand Fish Zone by ST218 - 2.50
  • MAPA4 - Physics Lab Zone by Jazz - 7.50

Capture the Flag division

Season's Greetings Zone
  • MAPA5 - Spring Passage Zone by Hyperknux - 3.60
  • MAPA6 - Season's Greetings Zone by RedEnchilada - 6.33

Circuit division

Wacky Track Zone
  • MAPA7 - Freezing Flare Zone by Simsmagic - 5.20
  • MAPA8 - Tslxruf Village by RedEnchilada - 5.20
  • MAPA9 - Endless Mine Zone by Glaber - 1.83
  • MAPAA - Wacky Track Zone by SonicMaster - 7.00

Links


March/April

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

This contest was the first to have an empty Capture the Flag division. Voiced Concern Zone, a joke level that was made to criticize the addition of Chaos Emeralds in Match for the next version of SRB2, won its division, the first joke level to ever do so. Undersea Palace Zone was inspired by the then-unreleased Deep Sea Zone, which had been featured in a preview video released in March, and made extensive use of waterslides. Voting for it was controversial, with votes spanning from 0 to 9. Triopolis Town was disqualified because it had been released before the contest.

Single Player division

Flooded Mine Zone
  • Poison Prison Zone by SonicMaster - 5.54
  • Triopolis Town by GemEarthBrandon - 2.45
  • Metal Mechanism Zone Act 1 by Hyperknux - 5.17
  • Flooded Mine Zone by Boinciel - 6.00
  • Green Hill Zone Act 2 (Game Gear) by Glaber - 3.07
  • Undersea Palace Zone Act 1 by Callum - 5.86

Match division

Voiced Concern Zone
  • MAPA1 - Carnage Palace Zone by Zanyhead - 3.40
  • MAPA2 - Metal Spire Zone by SonicMaster - 3.40
  • MAPA3 - Voiced Concern Zone by Glaber - 5.40

Capture the Flag division

No maps were submitted for this category.

Circuit division

Mine Maze Zone
  • MAPA4 - Frantic Factory Zone by Roy - 4.00
  • MAPA5 - Barren Ambition Zone by Glaber - 4.40
  • MAPA6 - Mine Maze Zone by Blade - 6.00

Links

May/June

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

Due to previous problems with one user submitting several sub-par maps, a new rule was implemented for this contest that prevented users from submitting more than one map per division. Elemental Mansion Zone Act 1 was a fairly large map divided into sections that each had a different theme. Voting for it was very controversial, with votes spanning from 1 to 10, which spawned a lot of discussion. Both Arid Oasis Zone and Limestone Ruin Zone were disqualified, as they had both been released before the contest. Magma Core Zone was intended for Blade's level pack Lost Worlds. A remake of the level which reused a small section would later win the September/October 2009 OLDC.

Single Player division

Magma Core Zone
  • Elemental Mansion Zone Act 1 by SonicMaster - 6.32
  • Arid Oasis Zone by Hyperknux - 4.24
  • Limestone Ruin Zone by Chaos - 3.57
  • Techno Meadows Zone by Verifiaman - 1.73
  • Limestone Lake Zone by Zanyhead - 4.70
  • Magma Core Zone by Blade - 7.65

Match division

Plumber's Tower Zone
  • MAPA1 - Grittzy[sic] Gultch[sic] Zone by Chrome - 6.14
  • MAPA2 - Hyrule Temple by Nightmare Cenz - 4.86
  • MAPA3 - Plumber's Tower Zone by SonicMaster - 6.56

Capture the Flag division

Scorching Ice Floe Zone
  • MAPA4 - Jagged Valley Zone by Roy - 3.00
  • MAPA5 - Scorching Ice Floe Zone by Oogaland - 6.50

Circuit division

Backwards Race Zone
  • MAPA6 - Backwards Race Zone by SonicMaster - 5.56
  • MAPA7 - Cosmic Caves Zone by Simsmagic - 3.57

Links


July/August

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

SonicMaster won three divisions. Had 39 Divided By 0, which was included by accident, not been disqualified, it would have won its division and made SonicMaster the sole winner of this contest.

Single Player division

Poison Palace Zone
  • Waterfall Town Zone Act 1 by Superusuario - 1.59
  • Poison Palace Zone by SonicMaster - 7.21
  • Scrap Brain Zone Act 3 by Glaber - 2.93

Match division

Sky Island Zone
  • MAPA1 - Combination Zone by Superusuario - 1.13
  • MAPA2 - 39 Divided By 0 by SonicMaster - 7.33
  • MAPA3 - Sky Island Zone by Roy - 6.50
  • MAPA4 - Moon Milkshake Zone by SonicMaster - 2.86
  • MAPA5 - Factory Zone by Chaos - 6.33
  • MAPA6 - Nightopian Casino by Kuja - 3.14
  • MAPA7 - Awesome Zone by Torgo - 5.40
  • MAPA8 - Hidden Palace Zone by CoatRack - 5.67
  • MAPA9 - HaiFF Zone by Rob - 4.43

Capture the Flag division

Cylindrical Mine Zone
  • MAPAA - Cylindrical Mine Zone by SonicMaster - 5.17
  • MAPAB - Tubelectric Zone by Glaber - 3.00

Circuit division

Los Pants Gehts Zone
  • MAPAC - Los Pants Gehts Zone by SonicMaster - 5.60
  • MAPAD - Medivo Circuit NiGHTS Zone by Glaber - 3.20

Links


September/October

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

This was the first contest of 2008 not to have a rule-breaking level. It was also the first contest since March/April 2007 to have over twenty submissions. Warped Woods Zone, which was added to the official Circuit rotation in v2.0, was controversial due to its unusually large amount of hazards, with votes spanning from 2 to 10.

Single Player division

Red Desert Zone
  • Freezing Flare Zone Act 2 by Simsmagic - 5.00
  • Skyline Paradise Zone by Fawfulfan - 3.06
  • Electric Dungeon Zone by Roy - 3.88
  • Red Desert Zone by SonicMaster - 8.00
  • Dimension Glaber Special Stage 2 by Glaber - 4.44
  • Frost Mountain Zone Act 1 by Hyperknux - 6.47
  • Water Ruins Zone by Donovan the hedgehog - 1.29
  • Snowpoint Land Zone Act 1 by Superusuario - 2.94
  • Geothermal Volcano Zone by Verifiaman - 1.53

Match division

Game Boy Valley Zone
  • MAPA1 - Game Boy Valley Zone by SonicMaster - 6.71
  • MAPA2 - Treehouse Sanctuary Zone by Ice - 5.67
  • MAPA3 - Grassy Pier Zone by A-star - 1.56
  • MAPA4 - Submerged Sanctuary Zone by ss47 - 4.50
  • MAPA5 - Dark Fort Zone by CoatRack - 5.88

Capture the Flag division

Lift Bridge Zone
  • MAPA6 - Opposition Zone by SonicMaster - 6.63
  • MAPA7 - Green Valley by Nightmare Cenz - 5.17
  • MAPA8 - Contaminated Gourge[sic] Zone by Shrike - 3.75
  • MAPA9 - Lift Bridge Zone by Ezer.Arch - 7.38
  • MAPAA - Zero Star Zone by ss47 - 3.50
  • MAPAB - Techno Base Zone by Blade - 6.00

Circuit division

Warped Woods Zone
  • MAPAC - Quicksand Forest Zone by SonicMaster - 5.43
  • MAPAD - No Name Forest Zone by Glaber - 4.50
  • MAPAE - Warped Woods Zone by Jazz - 6.57

Links

November/December

Then-current SRB2 version: v1.09.4

This contest was considered to have one of the highest-quality Single Player divisions for v1.09.4, with three levels getting an average above 8. The winner of the division, Aquatic Labyrinth Zone Act 1, was a remake of a level of the same name from Kuja's level pack The Emerald Isles, in which it is now included. At the time, it was one of the largest and most complex levels made for SRB2, featuring three concurrent paths in some areas. It was mostly very well-received, but it generated minor controversy due to the poor visibility of the air bubbles and intense lag for some players.

Blown Fuse Zone was a conscious attempt to work around the problems that 2D mode was considered to have at the time, such as a poor camera. It was generally considered successful in this attempt and remains the highest-rated 2D level ever submitted to the OLDC. Forever Forest Zone Act 2 expanded further on the scenery-based approach of Forever Forest Zone from the January/February OLDC, featuring no enemies and very little platforming. While it was generally well-received, several voters lamented the lack of conventional gameplay. Death Egg Zone Act 2 was intended for Blade's level pack Lost Worlds, while Greenery Pass Zone was an early version of Solstice Pass Zone Act 1 from CoatRack's level pack Chaos Domain.

Single Player division

Aquatic Labyrinth Zone Act 1
Water Plant Zone
  • Elven Peaks Zone by Chrome - 6.06
  • Adventure Island Zone by Fawfulfan - 2.41
  • Sand Valley by Nathan Speed - 4.75
  • Green Hill Zone by Koni - 5.33
  • Blown Fuse Zone by SonicMaster - 8.39
  • End Year of NiGHTS by Glaber - 5.60
  • Hydro Plant Zone by Verifiaman - 2.95
  • Sunset Strand Zone Act 1 by Azure Hawk - 6.15
  • Aquatic Labyrinth Zone Act 1 by Kuja - 8.47
  • Forever Forest Zone Act 2 by BlueZero4 - 7.29
  • Death Egg Zone Act 2 by Blade - 8.31
  • Greenery Pass Zone by CoatRack - 6.00

Match division

Autumn Breeze Zone
  • MAPA1 - Tainted Rainbow Zone by SonicMaster - 5.60
  • MAPA2 - Spring Peak Zone by Hyperknux - 6.67
  • MAPA3 - Elemental Arena by Nathan Speed - 5.40
  • MAPA4 - Water Plant Zone by Ezer.Arch - 8.33

Capture the Flag division

Assembly Line Zone
  • MAPA5 - Autumn Breeze Zone by SonicMaster - 6.00
  • MAPA6 - Desert Ruins Zone by Hyperknux - 5.00

Circuit division

  • MAPA7 - Furry Fox's Volcano Zone by SonicMaster - 4.67
  • MAPA8 - Assembly Line Zone by JJames19119 - 5.33

Links

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