Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

Tasked with imagining a world in which magical assistance and life-giving food can appear totally at random, our smart 'shoppers leveled up and found boosts, shells, and health lurking in all sorts of everyday occurrences. We have all the finalists for you inside, plus overall winner AllThatJuice!

Getting started, ykc (15) had the best interpretation, if a little simple, on a common theme many explored. Crazy Uncle Nic (16) was very industrious, with about half a dozen entries, but his first one was enough for me. HampstaSandwich (8) exploited the Fallout toilet joke to brutal effect with a real-life post-apocalyptic commode.

Racing was an easy target, as explored by Capt. Olimar (5) and sciteach (11). GiantBoyDetective (7) lifts a scene from Parks & Recreation for his masterpiece. arniejolt (3) also came very close to an overall win with this amazing 'shop of Jules and the Team Fortress 2 Sandvich. But AllThatJuice (3) was a clear crowd favorite, catching an F1 racer (I think) at the finish line with a well-timed shell.

Thanks to all who entered. We'll have another contest idea tomorrow.

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

AirCairo

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

AllThatJuice

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

arniejolt

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

AttorneyAtMusic

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

Capt. Olimar

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

Crazy Uncle Nic

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

GiantBoyDetective

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

HampstaSandwich

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

HylianHeroBigBoss

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

Pan_1da7

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

sciteach

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

toolsoldier

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

uinku

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

uscg_pa

Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Power-Ups in Real Life: The Winners

ykc