In 2014 Leap Motion launched a videogame development competition in the Leap Motion 3D Jam. Developers from across the globe were tasked with creating experiences that used the company’s hand-tracking controller which was, in many cases, fitted to the front of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The jam saw well over 100 entrants, 20 of which were selected as finalists last December for judging. Today Leap Motion has announced the three winners of the competition, all of which are VR compatible.
First place goes to Aboard the Lookinglass, a unique first-person experience from indie developer Henry Hoffman. This is puzzle-based title allows players to look into the past by raising one hand in front of them and looking through it, while staring at the future by doing the same with the other. Using this trick players can use previously-broken objects or speed up the effects of other actions they put in place. The title secures $5,000 USD and a spot at IndieCade East for its victory.
Second place was awarded to Weightless, the intriguing zero gravity experience from Martin Schubert. Set aboard a space station players can interact with a number of different objects that float through the air, using the hand-tracking to push them around. A piano soundtrack by Chris Zabriskie can be heard in the background as players experiment. VRFocus spoke to Schubert about his entry last year, revealing that he wishes to turn it into a full release later down the line.
Finally, Tomáš “Frooxius” Marian?ík’s World of Comenius took third place. The developer describes this platform as an ‘educational infoverse that utilizes modern technology to change the way we learn and communicate.’ The piece is just a small preview of what Marian?ík plans to turn into a much wider platform in the future. All three of these winners are available to download and sample to anyone with the necessary equipment.
Due to the 3D Jam’s popularity Leap Motion has announced that it will be handing out cash prizes to the other 17 semi-finalists along with three other projects that the company has dubbed as ‘Honorable Mentions’. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all VR projects, reporting back with any further updates.