Results are in!

1st Place: Will You Ever Return? by jackspinoza
2nd Place: Wine & Roses by Craze
3rd Place: Dead Moon Night by Fomar0153 and Indra

Judges' comments forthcoming.

First and foremost, thanks to Archeia_Nessiah for the wonderful event page CSS!

October's already here! It sure did sneak up on us like a creepy crawly black widow spider, fangs poised for a nasty, venomous bite! Like all arachnaphobes, we sprang to our feet, panicked, and tripped over the night stand decided that we're overdue for another month-long game development contest!

The Theme? Anything related to Halloween! Horror, trick-or-treating, zombie attacks,'s your call!

This is a very broad theme: as long as the game is in the spirit of Halloween, you'll be fine. Feel free to ask if you don't think your game applies to the theme. You may use any game development engine. Additional rules are listed below.

The deadline is 12pm UTC on Halloween4pm UTC on November 3rd. A panel of judges will play each game and rank the top three entries. Users may vote for their favorite game once the contest is over; voting will be handled through this page. Results will be announced via podcast. It's the All Hallows' Event...or, I guess you could say, the Nightmare Before Halloween!

Step 1: Sign up for the contest in the "Registration" section below this event description. You can enter this event solo or as a team. Additionally, you may submit as many games or join as many teams as you'd like.
Step 2: Create your game page. Normal submission rules apply.
Step 3: Post your download to the game page once it's approved.
Step 4: Submit your game download to the contest by using the commands on the upper-right corner of this page.

Winner: Patron Spirit of Halloween Achievement (worth 100 makerscore), an LP from one of the judges, a review from one of the judges, and a free copy of RPG Maker VX Ace.
2nd place: Ragdoll Love Interest Achievement (worth 75 makerscore), an LP from one of the judges, and a review from one of the judges.
3rd place: Duckbilled Evil Scientist Achievement (worth 60 makerscore) and a review from one of the judges.
Voters' choice: Two-Faced Mayor Achievement (worth 100 makerscore).
Participation (including judges): Sadistic Sack's Shadow Achievement (worth 50 makerscore).

(Feel free to nag the judges until you get your review.)

  • The game must be related to Halloween. Unsure if you game meets the theme? Just ask!
  • You may use any game development engine.
  • Only completed games are allowed! No demos!
  • Preexisting resources may be used, but no games that were started before the beginning of the event are allowed.
  • No late submissions; the deadline is strictly 12pm UTC on Halloween (October 31, 2012). Exceptions may be made if judges find a game-breaking bug.
  • There is no limit on team size; you may also work alone.
  • You may submit as many games and join as many teams as you'd like.
  • Judges' entries will not be ranked, but they will still quality for the voters' choice achievement.
  • All necessary files must be included in the download.
  • Only one VX Ace copy is available - please take this into account if you're on a team.
  • If the winner does not want VX Ace, s/he will pass it to the 2nd place winner, and so on, until we find a person who wants it.
  • All of RMN's normal policies apply.
  • If you have any questions, ask in the comments section or PM Deckiller.




You must be logged in to sign up for All Hallows' Event.

Teams Members Entry Votes
Mario's Mansion II
  • 1
Spirit Yumm
  • 1
Forest Map Madness
  • 3
She Who Likes Achievements
  • 0
Bludgeon of Inspiration
  • 0
Blue Pumpkin Games
  • 3
Demented Jester
  • 1
candies omg candies everywhere
  • 1
Resident Evil
  • 1
Wine & Roses
  • 5
dragons_fire games
  • 2
Haunted House Here, Ha Ha
  • 1
Team Me
  • 3
  • 0
Jack Spinoza
  • 3
  • 0
Flying Jester
  • 2
Slenderman's Army
  • 0
The Horrorterrors of Candy Cane Mountain: A Choose Your Own Adventure
Headless Eldritch Horror with a Sphincter for a Face with a Walker
Crayons and Papers
Arguably the perfect man
Will probably finish something this time
(Trick || Treat)
Let's Carve a Gourd
Samhain Sassy Soiree
Just in case I do anything
jomarcenter games
Onward! Defrosted Tuna Team
Xp hunters
Lord of CC will CC you... TO DEATH
Just Jude
Team Of One
Generic horror game.
Spooky Specters
It's Acezon
Deadly Dimention
Lucifer's Worshipper
Demonfly Studios
1 Person, 1 Game, 1 Month
Night Of The Terror
Evil Pyro: Killing by Mario Game
Memoirs of a Grimoire
Bump in the Night
Haunted Moors
Cthulhu Rises Over The City of Arkham
Insideous Horrors
Gold Team
Blue Rooms
Home Alone
Mansion of Doom


Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
Nope. It's from the book 'The Areas of my Expertise'. I recited it correctly.

...but it's from a section of the book called 'jokes that have never produced laughter'.
Now that's funny!
*Edit* While showing the game to my parents I noticed a mistake I'd missed- a phrase is cut off. It's now fixed.
Nope. It's from the book 'The Areas of my Expertise'. I recited it correctly.

...but it's from a section of the book called 'jokes that have never produced laughter'.
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
Just showed my parents Veil of Darkness. They enjoyed it.

I think you fudged a pun, FJ, and the joke got lost. Did you mean this?

A duck went to a pharmacy. "Help me," he wheezed, "I have a sore throat and can barely honk."
"I'm sorry," said the pharmacist, "but we don't carry quack medicine."
No, the duck isn't kinky or duck.

Get it? He needs something for his bill, but the pharmacy doesn't have anything for ducks? Because Pharmacies don't have duck medicine? See what I did there?
Hm i Wonder if i can pul somethi goff here/
Good. *thinks he may have got Flyingjester's joke* That must be some kinky duck. Or is he drunk?
Ah well, the wonders of Celtic nationality. lol.

Pff, I apologise for nothing!

But I do congratulate everyone who won stuff! I haven't gotten around to playing most of the games yet, but I will soon. Maybe then I can actually do some reviews and stuff.

I also love delicious achievement. :3
Hey, no worries there.

My English side balances my Irish tendancy to apologise for everything... but only barely. lol. I do have the insaitable need to explain myself constantly though.

Ah well, the wonders of Celtic nationality. lol.
maybe he's canadian

Hahaha, worse... Scottish.
I am tired of Earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.
maybe he's canadian
Circumstance penalty for being the bard.
Man it is bumming me out to see jackspinoza feel like he has to apologize for winning.
Dear me no, I do congradulate you. That you won just means that I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, and that there is likely a great little game there.

I will admit to being quite biased when it comes to games, and that is just me. Your style reminded me of the Evil Dead films (at least I think that's what they were called) and that may have influenced me somewhat as I cringed my way through those films when I was shown them.

But seriously, congrats on winning everyone who did.
Thanks for the congratulations Craze, FlyingJester and Jonnie91. I feel very honoured to say the least. I really enjoyed this contest and - to be honest - it has perhaps been seminal in my practice. I really enjoyed all of the games and I'm sorry that some people feel underwhelmed by my efforts.

edit: thanks to dragons_fire too (sorry for missing you, I feel ashamed)
I gathered my notes from each game and went for a top ten approach. Wine&Roses and Dead Moon Night were definitely my favorites. However, Will You Ever Return was the game that really peaked my interest. While I couldn't personally keep it has my top 1, I definitely support the game for its graphics and premise. Kumada was right when he said the game had a rough start. But after awhile of playing, WyeR starts to grow on you. The game is very memorable in its own weird way.

Other games that stood out for me were Where End Times Saddest Song for how well the maps come together, and emotional flare from the graveyard scene. Console Hunt 2 for how much it improved on its predecessor. Jack's Eve for the dialogue, theme, and ending. House of Horrors for the well executed premise of a real hunted house. And let's not forget about Not a chance of a ghost, Candy Fangs, RE Halloween, and They Come for the general gameplay and gimmicks.

I had a bit of a tough time judging The Unwelcome Guest and Mario's Mansion II, due to them being out of my element. But I will say that The Unwelcome Guest is pretty nifty once you get used to the controls, and Mario's Mansion had some great level design... when I wasn't dying in horrible, noobish ways.

i bet she's a diva with a potion popping problem
I got all of my achievements. Thank you all ~ <3
I'm a dog pirate
Okay I finished dishing out achievements. Let me know if I forgot you.
Okay, I had a slightly different style than Shinan. I have eight pages of detailed notes on the games, which will probably be turned into several reviews at a later date. I'd also like to let everyone know that the three of us judges all came to the conclusion that Will You Ever Return took first and Wine and Roses took second independently of each other. Honestly, I think we were all surprised that we agreed on it.

There were a lot of other games that I loved. Console hunt was phenomenal to play. Resident Evil: In Primul Rand was probably one of the best-designed contest games I've ever seen--it was all content, bug-free, and seriously impressive. Festival of Souls had a good plot on it, and They Come built some really excellent atmosphere through use of lighting and monster size. I'm not usually a fan of Rhyme games, but Candy Fangs was adorable, challenging, and easy to play. Where End Times Saddest Songs managed some real poignancy, and Mario's Mansion was a great (if frustrating) platforming experience.

Will You Ever Return got off to a rough start. The first half of the intro felt like a joke game. Entertaining enough, but not the sort of thing that would place in a contest. As a result, everything after that kind of took me by surprise. Nearly all of the visuals and sound were custom. There were no bugs, no places where the game got hung up, and the world was quirky enough that even backtracking through it was fun. There were no places during gameplay where the experience seemed to drag. The central plot was flimsy, but it was really carried by the varied NPCs scattered around hell. I cared not a whit for the protagonist, but all the other clay figures bobbling about the landscape were quite charming. At no point did I feel like I was only playing the game to get through it so that I could rank it for a contest.

That's really what carried it for me. The game never dragged. With the exception of Resident Evil, everything else in the contest had little spots where they were slightly less fun to play. From start to finish, Will You Ever Return was a quirky, irreverent, custom-heavy treat.

All judging is inherently subjective. I did my best to rein that in by taking copious notes and bullet-pointing the places where I thought a game's design succeeded or failed, but I still ended up having the most fun playing Will You Ever Return. It would've felt weird to vote for a game that I didn't enjoy as much for first place.
Congratulations to all Winners. Unexpected first place :) I will agree with. but congratulations just the same :)
Guardian of the Description Thread
I must admit, I didn't expect Will You Ever Return? to win, but there it is, in black-and-orange.
To be honest (and no offense intended) the graphics of WYER actually put me off playing it.

Where's Saddest Songs on that list (I was rooting for you Liberty, even though I never got to vote)? I rather thought that one was going to get in.

At any rate, congrats the winners.
I agree that it'd be nice to see whatever comments you already have on the games. If anyone here is nearly as needy as me, they'd love to hear anything about the game they made.