Official Level Design Contests of 2012

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January/February

This contest was the first one to be held after the Circuit division was discontinued. It was generally considered a failure due to a lack of entries and a sub-par Match division which consisted mainly of rush jobs. Only the Single Player division was considered to be of high quality, with both maps scoring above 8. All maps with an average above 5 (including all winning entries) were made by developers, which resulted in no golden user titles being handed out for this contest.

The outcome of the Single Player division was very close, with Sapphire Coast Zone Act 2 winning by a margin of only 0.08. Eggmansion Zone Act 2 had been leading for most of the contest's duration due to a high number of perfect scores received at the beginning of the contest, but more critical votes in the latter half brought its average below that of SCZ2. Another Single Player map, Viridity Woodland Zone Act 1 by Metal Fighter, was initially included in the contest pack by accident but later withdrawn by the author's request.

Single Player division

Sapphire Coast Zone Act 2.
  • Sapphire Coast Zone Act 2 by Blade - 8.24
  • Eggmansion Zone Act 2 by CoatRack - 8.16

Match division

Techno Rush Zone.
  • MAPM0 - Pacman Zone Zone[sic] by EternallyAries Red X - 3.64
  • MAPM1 - Oiler Outpost Zone by Katmint - 2.22
  • MAPM2 - Generic Field Zone by csmgiw - 2.91
  • MAPM3 - Techno Rush Zone by CoatRack - 5.89

Capture the Flag division

Rush Flower CTF Zone.
  • MAPF0 - Jungle Ruins Zone by Kuba11 - 4.78
  • MAPF1 - Rush Flower CTF Zone by Spherallic/CoatRack - 6.86

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March/April

This contest had the lowest number of entries since February 2004, and had no Single Player entries. Only two of the five maps scored above average. Mystic announced at the start of the voting period that due to an ongoing overabundance of rush job entries and low-scoring maps, the OLDC would be suspended until Version 2.1's release unless the May/June contest improved the quantity and quality of the submissions.

Single Player division

No maps were submitted for this category.

Match division

Hexagon Heat Zone.
  • MAPM0 - Hexagon Heat Zone by Simsmagic - 3.80
  • MAPM1 - City Match Zone by Root - 1.00

Capture the Flag division

The Sacred Cradle.
  • MAPF0 - Adjective Noun Zone by Scizor300 - 6.22
  • MAPF1 - Icy Falls Zone by Kitoko - 4.63
  • MAPF2 - The Sacred Cradle by EternallyAries Red X - 6.89

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May/June

Because this contest was considered a significant improvement over the last few contests, the plans to suspend the OLDC until 2.1's release were dropped. In particular, the Single Player division, which featured several maps that made extensive use of custom content, was well-received, even though several maps, most notably Chemical Facility Zone Act 2 and Lightless Labyrinth Zone, were controversial and received highly divergent votes. Azure Temple Zone, which was expected by the authors to be controversial because it features extremely difficult underwater platforming, received surprisingly few negative votes and won the division with a very high score and a substantial lead. The only two entries in the CTF division tied, resulting in the first winning tie since March/April 2007.

After this contest, the voting system was changed from an absolute 0-10 scale to a relative scale in which the voter lists the maps in the order of preference. This was done as an attempt to fix several problems with the old voting system, most notably that outlying votes heavily skew the average score of a map.

Of some note, Azure Temple Zone and the boss from Lightless Labyrinth Zone would go on to be implemented into Version 2.1 proper.

Single Player division

Azure Temple Zone.
  • Industrial Valley Zone Act 1 by Zipper - 4.58
  • Azure Temple Zone by Mystic/Prime 2.0 - 8.50
  • Sonic's Schoolhouse by Boinciel - 5.27
  • Frozen Hillside Zone Act 2 by Blade - 7.02
  • Chemical Facility Zone Act 2 by CoatRack - 6.78
  • Lightless Labyrinth Zone by Shadow Hog - 6.12

Match division

Marble Zone.
  • MAPM0 - Green Match Zone by Root - 1.31
  • MAPM1 - Marble Zone by CoatRack - 8.27

Capture the Flag division

Glades of Serenity.
Fungus Forest.
  • MAPF0 - Glades of Serenity by Scizor300 - 6.55
  • MAPF1 - Fungus Forest by RedEnchilada - 6.55

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November/December

Due to a lack of entries, the July/August and September/October contests were canceled, and this contest was extended into January 2013. When voting finally started in February, Mystic placed the OLDC on hiatus until the release of 2.1. This was the first contest that utilized the new voting system.

Single Player division

Neo Canyon Zone
  1. Neo Canyon Zone by Chrome - 102
  2. Mad Gadget Zone by Simsmagic/Kyasarin - 94
  3. Gleaming Caverns Zone by 742mph - 71
  4. Fire Castle Zone by Profesor Oak - 39
  5. Eggslimer Battle Zone by Boinciel/Prime 2.0 - 20
  6. Thawing Icecap Zone by Scooby Doo - 19

Match division

Generic Canyon Zone
  1. MAPM2 - Generic Canyon Zone by Sryder13 - 42
  2. MAPM5 - Volcano Valley Zone by CoatRack - 37
  3. MAPM3 - Match Meadow Zone by Chrome - 36
  4. MAPM4 - Refrigerator Zone by Zipper - 13
  5. MAPM1 - Angel Lava Zone by Ariel/Eva - 2

Capture the Flag division

Mine Maze Zone
  1. MAPF1 - Mine Maze Zone by Spherallic/CoatRack - 20
  2. MAPF3 - Final Destination Zone by Scizor300/Kyasarin - 12
  3. MAPF2 - Mount Revolvius Zone by Eblo - 4

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