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Academic Program – Code Contest winners

Below are descriptions of each game submission that has been chosen, and a commentary from the judges on why they have been selected as winners. We had two great submissions that we couldn’t place for 3rd prize, so we have awarded two submissions 3rd prize.

First Place

A modernized Visual COBOL version of Snake, by Marco Cavanna (Italy)

This modernized Visual COBOL version of Snake, by Marco Cavanna, took the contest by storm and by unanimous decision is our runaway competition winner. Marco was able to take a classic gaming experience to the next level by going 3 dimensional! Marco created what is probably the world’s first 3-d graphics gaming engine in COBOL.

Staying true to the original game, Marco even incorporated effects in this modern revival. Just as addictive now as it was then, a fantastic twist on a retro gaming classic – we loved it!

First Place winner - Snake
Second Place

A modernized Visual COBOL version of Black Jack, by Ahmed Alamer (USA)

This modernized Visual COBOL version of Black Jack, by Ahmed Alamer, is a great game to help hone our skills on the Black Jack table and this digital version turns out to be just as addictive outside of the casino! A single player game against the computer, Ahmed used Visual Studio to create a slick looking game table and then overlayed playing cards onto the surface.

Thankfully, the game offers an endless supply of cash allowing us to play on and on without breaking the bank.

Second Place winner - Black Jack
Joint Third Place

A modernized Visual COBOL version of Minefield, by Antonio João (Brazil)

This modernized Visual COBOL version of Minefield, by Antonio João, brought back fond memories spent whiling away the time playing a classic Minesweeper game.

Antonio designed all the icons and graphics imagery by hand giving this game a real home grown feel while retaining all the addictive qualities found in the original.

Joint Third Place winner - Minefield
Joint Third Place

A modernized Visual COBOL version of Towers of Hanoi, by Braulio Fidellis (Brazil)

This modernized Visual COBOL version of Towers of Hanoi, by Braulio Fidellis, our second entrant from Brazil, is a mathematic puzzle you may well have played in your youth but now faithfully rendered for the digital age.

Braulio set himself apart from the other entries in the competition by writing this application and showing us just how versatile the COBOL language can be.

Joint Third Place winner - Towers of Hanoi

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