A Day In The Woods, a charming Red Riding Hood-themed puzzle game that was developed right here in sunny South Africa, has been crowned the grand winner of the Unsung Heroes Competition. Developer RetroEpic walks away with a $50 000 (R700 000) publishing contract with Spil Games, which will be used to promote and publicise the game.

The competition had more than 300 entrants from around the world, and promised to increase the winning game’s profile by exposing it to Spil Games’ 130 million monthly users. The publishing contract prize will be used for marketing and support to help the game reach a wider audience.

Tung Nguyen-Khac, CEO of Spil Games and chair of the board of judges, remarked that this game won because “[it] deserves the chance of a larger audience”.

“The game is incredibly absorbing,” said Nguyen-Khac, “Which won it plaudits from the judges. But the look and feel of the game, and the attention to detail and atmosphere are what gives it that award-winning edge.”

The runner-up was Toy Rescue Story from Sugra Games, and it will also be getting a publishing contract.

We covered RetroEpic’s upcoming game, Ginjah, when we visited the Home Coded stand at rAge this year. Like A Day In The Woods, Ginjah takes a classic puzzle game and adds a new twist to it. The classic “Match Two” memory game is turned up in difficulty by a rather rude ginger cat that will move the pieces around, block the board and just generally be the little cartoon bad guy all cats secretly are.

Ginjah isn’t available to play yet, but you can purchase and play A Day In The Woods right now by following the links below:

Well done, RetroEpic! We can’t wait to see what A Day in the Woods is going to do with the much-deserved publicity that is sure to follow the win.