The 2022 Playdate Community Awards

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Community Awards 2022
Game of the Year 2022
Date: December 8 2022
Time: 3PM PST
Hosts: GantProdux
VOD: YouTube

The 2022 Playdate Community Awards was a game of the year show hosted live on the Tiny Yellow Machine Twitch channel.
The VOD is now on YouTube.

The show is a swanky affair with the hosts GantProdux & Guv_Bubbs dressing up for the show.

The show has...

  • 18 awards to hand out to developers
  • Exciting game reveals
  • Special guests popping in and presenting awards
  • Shout outs to Community heroes
  • New Catalog information presented by Cabel Sasser


All games released before Nov 4th are eligible to win. (Season One & Community Games)


Best Soundtrack
πŸ† Tapeworm Disco Puzzle πŸ… Casual Birder πŸ… B360 πŸ… Demon Quest β€˜85

Best Sound Design
πŸ† Echoic Memory πŸ… A Joke That's Worth $0.99 πŸ… Saturday Edition πŸ… Questy Chess

Artistic Visual Achievement Award in a Pulp Game
πŸ† EYELAND πŸ… Along Came a Spider πŸ… ART7 πŸ… Castle Helios

Artistic Visual Achievement Award in an SDK Game
πŸ† Spellcorked πŸ… Zipper πŸ… Stars of the Screen πŸ… Necrocrisis

Best Launch Experience
πŸ† Rocket Bytes πŸ… Crankin's Time Travel Adventure πŸ… Bloom πŸ… Sparrow Solitaire

Best Puzzle Game
πŸ† Omaze πŸ… Pick Pack Pup πŸ… Shift πŸ… Skwish

Best Action Game
πŸ† A Balanced Brew πŸ… Star Sled πŸ… Inventory Hero πŸ… Crankin's Time Travel Adventure

Best Adventure Game
πŸ† Ratcheteer πŸ… EYELAND πŸ… Casual Birder πŸ… Saturday Edition

Best Arcade Game
πŸ† Hyper Meteor πŸ… Flipper Lifter πŸ… Whitewater Wipeout πŸ… Fish'n Feathers

Best Sim/Strategy Game
πŸ† Zipper πŸ… Sasquatchers πŸ… Conquest of Helios πŸ… Questy Chess

Best Narrative Game
πŸ† Saturday Edition πŸ… Casual Birder πŸ… Demon Quest '85 πŸ… Bloom

Best App or Nicknack
πŸ† A Joke That's Worth $0.99 πŸ… Boogie Loops πŸ… France Horn πŸ… Stars of the Screen

Most Anticipated Game
πŸ† Wastebraver: A Tiny Survival Tale πŸ… Comet πŸ… Mars after midnight πŸ… P-Racing

The CRANKY Award (AKA outstanding use of crank)
πŸ† Crankin's Time Travel Adventure πŸ… A Balanced Brew πŸ… A Joke That's Worth $0.99 πŸ… Flipper Lifter

Outstanding Technical Achievement in a Pulp Game
πŸ† Castle Helios πŸ… Along Came a Spider πŸ… ART7 πŸ… EYELAND

Outstanding Technical Achievement in an SDK Game
πŸ† Daily Driver πŸ… Crankin's Time Travel Adventure πŸ… Legend of Etad πŸ… Ratcheteer

Outstanding Pulp Game of the Year
πŸ† EYELAND πŸ… Along Came a Spider πŸ… ART7 πŸ… Castle Helios

2022 Playdate Game of the Year
πŸ† Ratcheteer πŸ… A Balanced Brew πŸ… Bloom πŸ… Saturday Edition

Award Badges

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Winner Badge
Nominee Badge
Cranky Badge
Game of the Year Badge
Community Hero Badge

Applied to your Playdate Squad Discord Account and to place proudly on your winning game’s store or page thumbnail. There will be 4 nominees total in each category. One nominee will be the winner.
Art by the wonderful Alastair Low of Lowtek Games. Badge Placement Mockup Badge Placement Mockup

Community Heroes

We recognized 5 sets of community heroes this year.

  1. 6ATO, Talon & Gant for making amazingly good Playdate related content REALLY early on in the year.
  2. Eric Lewis for being a Playdate genius! Some of the things he made this year. Pseudo-3D first person shooter demo in Lua!, Tamagotchi P1 emulator, An sync manager, A library to make it easy to port arduboy games to the Playdate and much more!
  3. UnbelievableFlavour for creating a LOT of pages for the wiki and making tools like Pulp+ & Cotton
  4. Neven Mrgan for supporting the Playdate Squad discord server when we needed him most!
  5. SquidGodDev for all of the amazing high quality content he's made this year.

On top of these 5, I also want to share all of the comments from the community.

The Process

  1. Community nominates games for awards via the Community Nomination Form
  2. During this time Judges can optionally choose to add extra games into the into the Judging conversation.
    This is for games that may be missed or not be represented in a community popular vote.
  3. The top 6 community results + all judge results will give us the internal nominee list to be voted on by the judges.
  4. The internal nominee list and Judge Awards Form is sent to the judges
  5. At this time Judges are free to squabble, debate, and pull each others hair to make a case for who they think should win.
    Then they vote.
  6. In the case of tiebreaks (Winners or runner up), then judges will need to hash it out until they can decide on one winner and three unranked nominees.
    The results are handed over to the hosts.

The Judges

Don, Nick, and Ryan of Hello Playdate Podcast - Three friends that share their love of the Playdate game system on a weekly podcast. What we love about these three, is that their opinions of each Playdate game differ greatly, making each one of them unique in their views. They will be a great addition to a judging panel and have extensively played many released games while being very active community members as well.

AttackSlug of Destination Playdate - AttackSlug is a machine and has reviewed over 70 Playdate games while consistently uploading review videos of them to his YouTube channel since the beginning. He will be a stellar addition in selecting quality games that have been released.

Drew-lo and Orkn - Two unpublished developers that are active in the developer forum and in the community while they work on their games. We wanted to choose unpublished devs, as they won’t be biased towards their very own released games but can bring a technical eye to judging.
Drew has worked on many SDK codebases during his development of Mobware Minigames.
Orkn is a creative mind in the Pulp community having published many prototypes that broaden what you think can be achieved in the tool.

Christa Mrgan and Arisa Sudangnoi - Our two Panic superstars! We are so thankful to be adding two members of Panic to the judging panel. Not only are they both active in the community, they are also exposed to many of the developers and games in the Playdate Universe.

Additional Lore

An Ad for the playdate
Playdate Ad

In a video uploaded by Tiny Yellow Machine titled Playdate Community Awards - Extra Cabel Cameo Clip: Undiscovered Playdate Lore (Cut for Time) on the 12th of December 2022 after the awards it was revealed that there was an AD for the Playdate which had yet to be sighted. The ad was found in the comic Santos Sisters! (Issue 2) on Page 9 as shown in this YouTube Video by Art of Comics. The Ad reads as follows:

It's gaming with a twist! It's playdateΒ©

Are we for real? You bet. This is the world's first handheld gaming system with a crank controller, a whole new way to play. PlaydateΒ© also has a crisp black an white screen, and comes with loads of free games. The catch? There is no catch! We made PlaydateΒ© just for fun! Visit to learn more.

Screenshots of the games Crankin's Time Travel Adventure, Zipper, Hyper Meteor and Pick Pack Pup were shown alongside an illustration of 3 children enjoying the little handheld with a crank.


Why doesn't the community vote on everything?

At first, we asked ourselves β€œWhy can’t the community just vote on all the awards?” Well, after we thought about this, we realized that this would put some games and creators at a severe disadvantage and turn the awards show into more of a popularity/visibility contest if the community was able to decide everything. The community will still have a huge part in deciding the nominees, but we’ve created a diverse set of judges that will also offset any chance of games or creators winning due to their ability to market their game or obtain more visibility. Some developers simply do not have the resources other companies and games have, so it is possible that their game may not receive a popular vote. With our judging committee active, they will be able to bring these games and creators to the forefront that may be more deserving of the award than a game that could win due to high visibility or a popular vote.

Why didn't you do the process another way?

We feel the process above was the best way forward based on the time we and the judges have.
We are open to feedback next year.

How did you decide on the award categories?

The awards were iterated on over a two week period with input from members in the Playdate Squad Discord server.
For the most part, our Genre Categories have been modeled off of The Game Awards, but were tweaked to fit the current Playdate catalog.