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Independent Games Festival Names 2016 Award Finalists

by Mike Futter on Jan 06, 2016 at 06:47 AM

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) has announced the finalists for its 2016 awards. The ceremony that will name winners will be held at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this March.

More than 400 judges evaluated more than 750 entries. Each category’s nominees have been passed to different juries of experts responsible for making final decisions in a variety of categories.

Here are the nominees:

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • Gnog (KO_OP)
  • Armello (League of Geeks)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.) 
  • Honorable Mentions: Forkride Grilltime Sloth (Black Pants Game Studio [Sebastian Stamm]); Epistory - Typing Chronicles (Fishing Cactus); Kingdom (noio & Licorice); Alto's Adventure (Snowman); Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play); Astroneer (System Era Softworks)

Excellence in Narrative

  • The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
  • Black Closet (Hanako Games)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • The Magic Circle (Question)
  • Honorable Mentions: Oxenfree (Night School Studio); Orion Trail (Schell Games); Cibele (Star Maid Games); Contradiction  (Tim Follin / Baggy Cat Ltd); The Writer Will Do Something (Tom Bissell and Matthew S. Burns)

Excellence in Design

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Kingdom (noio & Licorice)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Superhot (SUPERHOT)
  • Infinifactory (Zachtronics)
  • Honorable Mentions: Gang Beasts (Boneloaf); Imbroglio (Michael Brough); Duskers (Misfits Attic); Chaos Reborn (Snapshot Games); TIS-100 (Zachtronics); Soft Body (Zeke Virant) 

Excellence in Audio

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.)
  • Lumini (Speelbaars)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Honorable Mentions: Heart Forth, Alicia (Alonso Martin); The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.); Gnog (KO_OP); Oxenfree (Night School Studio); Kingdom (noio & Licorice); Inside My Radio (Seaven Studio)

Nuovo Award

  • The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • Fantastic Contraption (Northway Games & Radial Games)
  • Orchids To Dusk (Pol Clarissou)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Cibele (Star Maid Games)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Progress (Tim Garbos, Martin Kvale and Joel Nyström)
  • Honorable Mentions: Enough (cabbibo); Sentree (Glitchnap); Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games and Nifflas' Games); Vignettes (Pol Clarissou, Armel Gibson); Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play); Sage Solitaire (Zach Gage); TIS-100 (Zachtronics)

Best Student Game

  • Pitfall Planet (Bonfire Games)
  • Ape Out (Gabe Cuzzillo)
  • Beglitched (Jenny Jiao Hsia & Alec Thomson)
  • Circa Infinity (Kenny Sun)
  • Orchids To Dusk (Pol Clarissou)
  • Chambara (team ok) 
  • Honorable Mentions: Anarcute (Anarteam); Gathering Sky (A Stranger Gravity); Not Everything is Flammable (DAM: David Shiyang Liu, Alex Hu and Mac Lotze); FAR (Mr. Whale's Game Service); Sumer (Studio Wumpus); Bad Blood (Winnie Song)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Superhot (SUPERHOT)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Honorable Mentions: The Beginner's Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.); Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga); Affordable Space Adventures (KnapNok Games and Nifflas' Games); Twelve Minutes (Luis Antonio); Oxenfree (Night School Studio); That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games); Cibele (Star Maid Games); Soft Body (Zeke Virant)

The IGF Awards will be hosted by Capy Games’ Nathan Vella and presented on March 16th. You can tune into the event here. http://www.twitch.tv/gdca