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Atari Lynx turns 30 this year and we here at Atari Gamer are set on making this a birthday to remember. As part of the celebration we've created the best Lynx games voting page and are now introducing the Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition! 🎉

If you think you have the skills and talent to win then submit your expression of interest so you can be registered as a participant. Once we have confirmed enough participants are interested, the competition will be formally started. This is an online contest and you have right until the cut off dates to submit your entries.

Entry Categories
This competition will have two entry categories...
  • Original Demo
  • Original Game
The Rules

Lets set out some rules...

  • You can enter by yourself or as a team (2 or more people)
  • Your demo/game must be original, ports will not be allowed
  • Your demo/game must not have been released in the past
  • Your demo/game must be complete to be judged, unfinished/partial submissions will be disqualified
  • You can use any tools you wish and can code in C or Assembly
  • Source code does not need to be submitted but sharing of your code is encouraged
  • All submissions must be in the form of a Lynx LNX ROM file
  • You can enter the competition in both categories, but you're limited to 1 entry per team per category
  • You give Atari Gamer and competitions sponsors permission to publish your demo/game on their website and make use of screenshots, story and other content for promotional purposes (this is not automatically extended to making physical copies of your demo/game)
  • Competition sponsors will be judging all entries
  • Registrations will not be accepted after the 20th of July 2019
  • Final submissions close on the 11th August 2019
  • Winners will be announced on the 1st of September 2019
  • Prizes are awarded per team, you decide how the price is split
  • Sponsors/judges are not allowed to enter the competition as competitors
  • Atari Gamer reserves the rights to change these rules at any moment


There will be prizes! We're in the process of finalising the exact details but so far we have prizes including...

Runner ups will be given the opportunity to have their game released as one of the default ROMs on the Lynx SD cartridge.

We're also in the process of working out sponsorship details with BennVenn and may get a couple more sponsors on board too.

Register to Enter

To register your interest to enter the competition, please email Atari Gamer on with the subject "Lynx Programming Competition 2019". Please provide the following details:

  • Team name and names and email addresses of all team members. If entering as a team, please nominate a team representative too.
  • Entry category
  • Game/Demo name
All entrants will be listed here once confirmed and will be notified by email once the competition officially begins.

Check out the Atari Lynx Programming Resources if you need help with getting started with Lynx programming.

Registered Participants
Team: White Lynx Productions
Members: Karri KAKSONEN
Entry: Original Game - "Find a way to my heart"
Already submitted!

Team: KrakenDev
Members: LordKraken (Alexandre Genoud)
Entry: Original Game - "Another"

Team: Yastuna
Members: Fadest (Frédéric Descharmes)
Entry : Original Game - "TBD-30"
Team: OCEO
Members: Martial DAVIAUD (lead and graphics), Karri KAKSONEN (coding and sounds), Leo KAKSONEN (playability and game rules), Walter LAUER (testing)
Entry: Original Game - "On Duty"

Team: Team Jum
Members: James Higgs
Entry: Original Game - "Chopper Z" - Simple procedurally generated vertical shooter (think "River Raid")

More registrations to come, have you registered yet?

Big Thanks to Wasabim for helping with the artwork!

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