hi-score summer is an online gaming competition for Canadian kids 12 and under from August 2, 2022 to August 29, 2022


Hi-Score Summer: An Online Gaming Contest From CBC Kids!

Got a gamer at home? A real button-masher?

Call them over! We've got a big announcement.

This summer, from August 2 to August 29, 2022, cbckids.ca is hosting Hi-Score Summer, its first-ever gaming tournament! Kids (12 and under) across Canada will compete for top honours on our leaderboard, and the five best scores from each round win an amazing prize pack! Sounds pretty elite to me!

Your kids are probably curious to know what the games are, right?

We've chosen two Sisler Create desktop games for the inaugural competition. Haven't heard of Sisler? Well, it's a super-cool entertainment arts program at Sisler High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The program gives kids the opportunity to build foundational skills with hardware and software while using a wide range of creative toolsets. This just means they make slick games, among many other cool projects.

Here's the schedule for our two rounds of game play:

  • Penguin Rush (created by student Gavin Van Hussen), August 2 - 15, 2022 
  • Roots on the Run (created by student Daniel Patacsil), August 16 - 29, 2022

Know someone who might be interested? It's super easy to participate!

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How to Enter

Step 1: Play free games at cbckids.ca!

From August 2 - 15, 2022, kids will play Penguin Rush. And from August 16 - 29, 2022, kids will play Roots on the Run. When players feel confident in their scores, they will need to take a screengrab of their best score for submission! Kids can enter once daily, so make that score count! IMPORTANT: Selected games are not currently available on mobile devices, so kids will need to play using a desktop computer or laptop.

An example of a screengrab from Penguin Rush showing a final score (distance). 

Step 2: Enter using the form below. 

Submissions are open for the duration of each round. This means kids can submit their Penguin Rush scores (with the help of a parent or legal guardian) beginning August 2, 2022, and they can be entered up until 11:59 a.m. ET on August 15, 2022. Similarly, Roots on the Run scores can be submitted (with the help of a parent or legal guardian) beginning August 16, 2022, and they can be entered up until 11:59 a.m. ET on August 29, 2022. No late entries will be accepted, and ties will be decided by random drawing. Bookmark or save this submission page.

Step 3: Try again!

Aim for the leaderboard! Every participating child can submit one high score a day, so make sure every submission is a top score! Games can be tricky, so it may take a few tries before players get into their stride. My advice? Don't submit your first score, but take screengrabs of every score just in case! And remember: anything is possible with practice! (For example, when I first started playing Roots on the Run, I was bad. Now I'm OK. Improvement!)

An example of a screengrab from Roots on the Run showing a final score (distance).

Step 4: Stay tuned!

Watch out for our leaderboards on Instagram and Facebook. These will show the top five scores from each round, and the winners of the first-ever Hi-Score Summer! We'll even be sharing the score to beat halfway through each round, so make sure you keep an eye out for that, too! Winners' parent or legal guardian will be contacted via email. 

What Kids Win

The five (5) top scores from each round will win:

  • One (1) $100 gift card from a choice of gift cards (Minecraft, Roblox, Nintendo, Microsoft, Playstation, Fortnite, Steam)
  • One (1) CBC Kids T-shirt 
  • One (1) Stainless steel CBC Kids water bottle 
  • One (1) CBC Kids mousepad

Submission Form


No purchase necessary. Round one of the contest period is Aug. 2, 2022, at 11:59 a.m. ET to Aug. 15, 2022, 2022, at 11:59 a.m. ET. Round two of the contest period is Aug. 16, 2022, at 11:59 a.m. ET to Aug. 29, 2022, 2022, at 11:59 a.m. ET. Open to kids across Canada who are 12 years of age and under. Please ensure that all screengrabs submitted contain no personal information. Limit of one entry per child per day. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Late submissions will not be accepted. Due to the high volume of submissions, only the contest winners will be contacted.

Click to read the contest rules, CBC’s Submission Guidelines and Terms of Use.

CBCKids.ca Hi-Score Summer Contest Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't I upload my photo?

We’re sorry to hear you’re experiencing difficulties uploading your photo. There are a couple of reasons why this may happen. Please ensure your photo is formatted correctly. We can accept .JPG and .PNG files. Please ensure your photo is of sufficiently high resolution and the file size is more than 500 KB but under 3 MB. If you’re still having difficulties, try uploading another photo. If that doesn’t work, please email us at cbcparents@cbc.ca and we’ll be happy to help you troubleshoot.

Can I submit a best score for my grandchild, niece, nephew, student, friend, etc.?

Only a parent or legal guardian may submit entries.

Can I submit more than one best score for my child?

We've heard that practice makes perfect. If your kid keeps playing and racks up a higher score, we're happy to accept it. There is a limit of one entry per child per day.

Will my child's score be posted anywhere?

The top five scores from each round will be shared on our leaderboards which will be posted to the CBC Kids Instagram and Facebook pages. 

Will all best scores be shown?

Due to the high volume of submissions, not all best scores will be shown.

Will you share any personal information?

The information that will be featured on the leaderboard includes your child’s best score and gamer name only. Any other information will only be used for the purposes of facilitating the cbckids.ca Hi-Score Summer contest.

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