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Indie Running: IGF Final Nominees Announced

Jan 7 2014, 5:36pm CST | by

Indie Running: IGF Final Nominees Announced
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The Independent Games Festival has announced the nominees for its grand prizes, to be awarded at the end of the Independent Games Summit in San Francisco in March. With 650 applicants judged by 375 judges, the IGF awards represent one of the few opportunities indie developers get to a) luxuriate in the approval of their peers and b) dress up nice (optional).

Each of the categories being contested has a prize of $3,000, with the exception of $5,000 for the Nuovo award for innovation, and $30,000 for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

The nominees for the categories are:

(Links go to the home/download pages for games currently in existence, and the project pages of games in development.)

Excellence In Visual Art


DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)
The Banner Saga (Stoic)
Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids)
Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
Drei (Etter)





Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); Galak-Z (17-BIT); The Swapper(Facepalm Games); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll); Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Excellence In Narrative


The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)
Paralect (Paralect Team)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)





Honorable mentions: Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts);Redshirt (The Tiniest Shark); Detective Grimoire (SFB Games); Monster Loves You (Radial Games Corp. & Dejobaan Games, LLC.)

Excellence In Design
TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
868-HACK (Michael Brough)
Mushroom 11 (Untame)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)





Honorable mentions: The Banner Saga (Stoic); Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids); Threes(Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend & Jimmy Hinson); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

Excellence In Audio


Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)





Honorable mentions: Sokobond (Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee & Ryan Roth); The Banner Saga (Stoic); Potatoman Seeks the Troof (Pixeljam); Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games);Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Nuovo Award


Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
Luxuria Superbia (Tale of Tales)
Extrasolar (Lazy 8 Studios)
Perfect Woman (Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder)
SoundSelf (Robin Arnott)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
Save the Date (Paper Dino Software)
Corrypt (Michael Brough)







Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Elegy for a Dead World (Dejobaan Games with Popcannibal); SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team); 18 Cadence (Aaron A. Reed)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize


The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games)
Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)





Honorable mentions: Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games); TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson); Kerbal Space Program (Squad); 868-HACK (Michael Brough);The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

And the winner is…  

In a very real sense, of course, everyone’s a winner. That said, it would be a surprise to see Don’t Starve, Papers, Please or The Stanley Parable walk away without recognition. Simogo’s sinuously textual Device 6 is accomplished and intriguing, and the invention of Dominique Pamplemousse… is winning, whether or not it is winning.

Also, I am not sure why I am writing any of this when I could be playing 868-HACK.

Generally, although there is maybe a little too much concurrence in the runners and riders, this listing helps to confirm what we already knew: 2013 was a very strong year indeed for independent games, and 2014 has some very promising possibilities.

Meanwhile, I would suggest everyone download and play Save the Date as an amuse-bouche. It’s free, and it’s really rather wonderful, even if not a hot favorite for the Nuovo award.

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Source: Forbes

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