PinkBurst by YellowAfterlife
PinkBurst is a small, well polished arena shmup with quasi-3D graphics and many different gameplay modes. Also, achievements were recently added, making the game much more enjoyable to play. The graphics were the best out of all the entries, and the game didn't seem as though it had been thrown together quickly. That said, the game does have some problems. While there are different gameplay modes, all the enemies are pretty much the same. I would have liked to see some powerups (okay, there's a burst powerup in most gameplay modes, but that's it), and maybe an occasional boss. The game takes a while to really get going, so people playing for the first time may get bored. Perhaps a faster room speed would improve the game? But overall, PinkBurst is a very enjoyable way to waste some time. I'd give it a shot.
Epic Symbols by krisl01(aka Krosgamer)
Epic Symbols was chosen by the faithful readers of my blog (of which there are about two). It's an interesting game, using the gravity-switching gimick most recently seen in VVVVVV, but allowing the player to switch directions in mid air. This lends itself to some interesting puzzles, featured in the game's ten short levels. As far as graphics go, the game was fairly appealing, although the limiting of the view got a bit annoying at times. Overall, it's a fun game, and I myself nearly chose it for first. The only thing that stopped me was the rather slow start and inconsistent and sometimes repetitive gameplay.
All this is not to say that there were no other good entries. I had a tough choice choosing a winner, and I enjoyed playing the various games. Thanks to everyone who entered and my congratulations to the winners.
Edit: Would people be interested in me occaisionally reviewing random games?