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Indie Game Festival Announces 2014 Finalists

We here at APGNation love indie games, but perhaps not as much as the people who run the Indie Game Festival: a yearly celebration of all things indie gaming related that culminates in an awards ceremony to honor the community’s best and brightest. Those who earn first place in each of several categories, including awards for things like visual arts, narrative, engineering, and audio, will win cash prizes assembled from a massive pot of $60,000. Check out who made it and who almost did on the list below:

Excellence In Visual Art

Donut County (Ben Esposito)

Lumino City (State of Play Games)

Else Heart.Break() (Niklas Akerblad, Erik Svedang, et al.)

Memory of a Broken Dimension (XRA)

Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith)

Oquonie (XXIIVV and Kokorobot)

Honorable mentions: Crawl (Powerhoof); Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play); Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine); Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club); The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo); The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts).

Excellence In Narrative

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Coming Out Simulator 2014 (Nicky Case)

Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration (Down to the Wire)

Pry (Tender Claws)

This War of Mine (11 Bit Studios)

Three Fourths Home ([Bracket]Games)

Honorable mentions: Curtain (Llaura, Dreamfeeel); Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (Upper One Games/E-Line Media); Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds); The Fall (Over The Moon); The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo); The Talos Principle (Croteam).

Excellence In Design

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Framed (Loveshack)

Invisible Inc. (Klei Entertainment)

Killer Queen (Joshua DeBonis & Nikita Mikros)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)

The Talos Principle (Croteam)

Honorable mentions: Desert Golfing (Captain Games); Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios); Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios); Helix (Michael Brough); Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games); Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club),

Excellence In Audio

Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure (SuperChop Games)

Phonopath (Kevin Regamey)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)

The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo Games)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Thumper (Drool)

Honorable mentions: Deep Under the Sky (Rich Edwards and Colin Northway); Fotonica (Santa Ragione); Goat Simulator (Coffee Stain Studios); Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton); Nuclear Throne (Vlambeer); Smash Hit (Mediocre).

Nuovo Award

Become A Great Artist In Just 10 Seconds (Michael Brough and Andi McClure)

Bounden (Game Oven)

Desert Golfing (Captain Games)

Elegy For A Dead World (Dejobaan Games & Popcannibal)

How Do You Do It? (Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, Jonathan Kittaka and Deckman Coss)

Plug & Play (Mario von Rickenbach and Michael Frei / Etter Studio)

Rooftop Cop (Stephen Lawrence Clark)

Tetrageddon Games (Nathalie Lawhead)

Honorable mentions: Curtain (Llaura, Dreamfeeel); Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration (Down to the Wire); International Jetpack Conference (Rob Dubbin and Allison Parrish); Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wiilds); Phonopath (Kevin Regamery); Push Me Pull You (House House).

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Invisible Inc. (Klei Entertainment)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)

The Talos Principle (Croteam)

Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith)

This War of Mine (11 Bit Studios)

Honorable mentions: Donut County (Ben Esposito); Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios); Killer Queen (Joshua DeBonis & Nikita Mikros); Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games); The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo Games); The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts).

Truly an impressive display of just what small game development teams can do with a little bit of money, manpower, and a dream. If you have a favorite indie game, let us know in the comments or on Twitter @APGNation! We’re always looking for new indie developers to feature in our Indie Game Monday Spotlight!

Source:

Indie Game Festival Website

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Nicole Seraphita
Nicole Seraphita
My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.