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2010 Independent Games Festival Winners:
 
 
 
 
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Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

  • Monaco, by Pocketwatch Games

Excellence in Visual Art:

Excellence in Audio:

Excellence in Design:

  • Monaco, by Pocketwatch Games

Nuovo Award:

Technical Excellence:

Audience Award:

D2D Vision Award:

2010 IGF Student Showcase Winners:


 
   
 
2010 Independent Games Festival Finalists:
 
 
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Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

 
    
 

Excellence in Visual Art:

 
   
 

Excellence in Audio:

 
   
 

Excellence in Design:

 
   
 

Nuovo Award:

 
   
 

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2010 IGF Student Showcase Winners:

 
   
 
2010 IGF Main Competition Games:
 
   
 
AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! -- A Reckless Disregard for Gravity
Dejobaan Games, LLC (Windows PC)

The jumps you make off buildings floating above Boston, Massachusetts are all about style and timing. You perform stunts, weaving around the bustling City for points, making split-second decisions: do you snake around those girders to earn a dozen "kisses," or glide along the side of that steel super-skyscraper for massive "hugs"?

Aaaaa! then throws in the spectators -- as you fall, give fans the thumbs-up and protesters the finger. And if you're hungry for a bit of civil disobedience, you can even ready the spraypaint and tag government buildings for points.

The game will also teach you how to debristle a pig.

Nominations:
Excellence in Design

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (demo, full paid version) available.


A Slow Year
Ian Bogost (Atari VCS, PC, and Mac)

A Slow Year is a collection of four games, one for each season, about the expereince of observing things. Played on the Atari Video Computer System (aka Atari 2600), the game invites sedate observation and methodical action.

A Slow Year is a kind of videogame chapbook, a set of "game poems" that attempt to embrace maximum expressive constraint and representational condensation. The game will be available for PC and Mac in a custom Atari emulator, and for Atari as a limited edition cartridge and poetry set.

Nominations:
Nuovo Award

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


Closure
Closure Team (Windows PC and Mac)

Closure is a puzzle platformer in which the parts of the world in blackness don't exist physically. Everything in light exists and everything in darkness is the void. You can carry around orbs of light which both brighten the world, and define it.

Part of the charm in the game is discovering it's mechanics for yourself, so I won't say much more here.

Nominations:
Excellence in Audio
Technical Excellence
Nuovo Award

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online (free Flash alpha version).


Cogs
Lazy 8 Studios (PC, iPhone)

Cogs is a 3D puzzle game where players build machines from sliding tiles. Players can choose from 50 levels and 3 gameplay modes. New puzzles are unlocked by building contraptions quickly and efficiently.

Nominations:
Excellence in Design

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (demo, full paid version) available.


Enviro-Bear 2000
Justin Smith (Windows PC)

Who is driving the car? A bear is driving the car! How can that be?!

Nominations:
Nuovo Award

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (full free version) available.


Heroes of Newerth
S2 Games (Windows PC, Linux, and Mac)

Heroes of Newerth (HoN), a session-based, multiplayer, Action-RPG, is heavily inspired by the popular Warcraft 3 mod, Defense of the Ancients (DotA), but with vast improvements in graphics and gameplay.

In Heroes of Newerth, two teams of up to five players each take on the role of special Hero units. With the assistance of AI-controlled armies, each team sets out with the sole objective of destroying the other team’s base. As a match progresses, players can earn experience and gold which can be used to upgrade skills or purchase items to make their character more powerful. The team-oriented design of HoN coupled with unprecedented in-game Voice-Over-IP controls and Clan Support allow for an incredibly deep, tactical team-based experience.

Nominations:
Technical Excellence

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Closed beta version available.


Joe Danger
Hello Games (TBA)

Joe Danger aims to recreate the childish joy of the first time you took a toy motorbike, doused it in lighter fluid, lit it, and launched it at high speed over your carefully constructed ramp out a second story window, while all the kids in the neighbourhood cheered below.

You are Joe Danger, the world’s most determined stuntman. You live to thrill the crowd and break World Records. Take on your friends or race against your rivals – the reckless “Team Nasty”. You laugh in the face of danger, and it laughs back, as you bounce from boulder to boulder, on fire, towards that pile of mousetraps. Freeze the game at any point and edit your level however you want it. Once you are finished, share the joy.

Nominations:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Technical Excellence

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots/video available.


Limbo
PLAYDEAD (TBA)

Uncertain of his sister's destiny, a boy enters Limbo ...

Nominations:
Excellence in Visual Art
Technical Excellence

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots/video available.


Miegakure
Marc ten Bosch (Windows PC)

Miegakure is a platform game where you explore the fourth dimension to solve puzzles.

Nominations:
Excellence in Design

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


Monaco
Pocketwatch Games (TBA)

Steal from the rich, keep it for yourself! Monaco is a 4-player co-op crime caper inspired by classic French heist movies and set in modern day Monte Carlo.

Nominations:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Excellence in Design

IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available


Owlboy
D-Pad Studio (Xbox Live Indie Games and Windows PC)

Take control of Otus the owl as you explore the islands in the sky. Travel through open settlements and forming allegiances with people on your way to help you overcome monster infested dungeons. Without the ability to talk, Otus must rely on his expressions to communicate with people he meets along the way. By helping them out, new Gunners will join your team, each with their own unique abilities. Help Otus discover the truth about the pirates threatening his home.

Nominations:
Excellence in Visual Art

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Rocketbirds : Revolution!
Ratloop Asia Pte. Ltd. (Flash)

Take control of HardBoiled Chicken, the original Cock of War, and lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis!

"Rocketbirds:Revolution!" is a cinematic 2D action/puzzler set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with angry and often violent birds...

Nominations:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Excellence in Visual Art
Excellence in Audio

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online (free trial, paid full version).


Shank
Klei Entertainment Inc. (TBA)

Shank is Klei’s perspective on what a 2D brawler can be.

The game tries to combine a great sense of control, graphic novel art direction, and high-quality animation to provide a cinematic experience.

Nominations:
Excellence in Visual Art

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Shatter
Sidhe (PlayStation Network)

Shatter is a retro-inspired brick breaking-game that merges familiar action with unique twists and a modern-crafted production approach. It incorporates innovative controls with physics effects, power-ups, special attacks, and boss battles which combine to provide a truly captivating interactive experience. Shatter has a vibrant 3D style presented across 10 distinct worlds, and along with a fully scored soundtrack featuring over 90 minutes of original electronica, they help draw the player into the universe of Shatter, allowing them to fully invest in the plight of Bat 11-38.

Nominations:
Excellence in Audio

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (demo, full paid version) available.


Star Guard
N/A (Windows PC and Mac)

Guide the spaceman through the castle and defeat the wizard.

Nominations:
Excellence in Design

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Super Meat Boy
Team Meat (Windows PC and WiiWare)

Super Meat Boy is a tough as nails platformer where you play as an animated cube of meat who's trying to save his girlfriend (who happens to be made of bandages) from an evil fetus in a jar wearing a tux. Just your standard everyday run of the mill video game.

Our meaty hero will leap from walls, over seas of buzz saws, through crumbling caves and pools of old needles, Sacrificing his own well being to save his damsel in distress. Super Meat Boy brings the old school difficulty of classic Hardcore retro titles, combines them with current generation graphics technology and stream lines them down to the essential no BS, straight forward, twitch reflex platforming.

Ramping up in difficulty from hard to soul crushing SMB will drag Meat boy though haunted hospitals, salt factories and even hell itself. And if 200+ single player levels weren't enough SMB also throws in multiplayer game modes, a level editor and tons of unlockable secrets, warp zones and popular indie characters like Gish, Alien Hominid and Tim from braid to play as.

Nominations:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Excellence in Audio

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Today I Die
Daniel Benmergui (Flash)

A game poem about the prison of worldviews, and salvation in playfulness.

Nominations:
Nuovo Award

Official Website
IGF Info Page

Video Trailer
Playable online (free full version).


Trauma
Krystian Majewski (Flash)

Trauma tells a story of a young woman who survives a car accident. Recovering at the hospital, she has dreams that shed light on different aspects of her identity - such as the way she deals with the loss of her parents. Trauma lets you experience those dreams in an interactive way, reminiscent of Point-and-Click Adventure Games. It builds upon this established formula by introducing a gesture-based interface, real-time 3D technology for dynamic level layouts, unique photographic visuals and a level design philosophy that focuses on creating a rich experience rather than an elaborate puzzle challenge. Combined with the unconventional story, it is aimed to be a compact and deep game for a literate and mature audience.

Nominations:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Excellence in Visual Art
Excellence in Audio

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Tuning
Cactus (Windows PC)

Tuning is a platformer, where the levels are gradually presented weirder and weirder, creating visual puzzles where the player has to figure out how what he sees relates to his own actions in the game.

Won an award at this year's IndieCade for being a "Sublime Experience", and has been shown in venues as part of several video game installations.

Nominations:
Nuovo Award

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Vessel
Strange Loop Games (Unannounced)

Arkwright, inventor of the world famous Fluro (mechanized-fluid automaton) is on a quest to finish his next great invention - The Device - that will alter existence in unfathomable ways.

Travel to different industrial sites that use Arkwright’s Fluro invention to run their machinery. The Fluros, thought to be lifeless machines, seem to be developing minds of their own, mutating into new forms and running amok. It is up to Arkwright to understand (and exploit) these strange evolutions, and apply what has emerged in the field back to his lab work at home. Gather these evolved Fluros and machinery and bring them back to Arkwright’s lab to finish his ‘Device’, pushing the frontiers of science in this steam-punk universe.

‘Vessel’ is built on a physics and fluid simulation engine featuring the unique ability to simulate characters composed entirely of fluid. Explore physically modeled worlds, solve puzzles by controlling fluid and machines, and harness the power of the mysterious ‘Fluro’ creatures that populate the land.

Nominations:
Technical Excellence

Official Website
IGF Info Page


 
   
 
2010 IGF Student Showcase Winners:
 
   
 
Boryokudan Rue
UCLA (Windows PC)

Boryokudan Rue is a tale of science-fiction mixed with film-noir, following two separate, while interweaving stories. First, you play as Azriel Odin, a regretful cop en route to planet Barracus to meet and extract a mysterious defector trying to escape from the notorious crime gruop, the Boryokudan. Second, you play as Delta-Six, an amnesiac patient in a sterilized facility, who must survive and escape in order to find out why he is there.

The game features a traditional 'verb box' point 'n click interface, an intuitive notes and names system for investigations, and a fine-tuned action system, fair to both action and non-action gamers. It is a full-length game spanning over 80 rooms with hand-painted backgrounds, dozens of characters with animation, a neo-noir soundtrack by Nathan Allen Pinard, and featuring 4-8 hours of gameplay. The game was developed over the course of nearly two years with the free engine, Adventure Game Studio, with additional help by Nathan Allen Pinard on music. It is set to be released in the near future.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


Continuity
Chalmers University of Technology & University of Gothenburg (Flash)

A platformer drawn onto cards and then shuffled. Players must navigate mazes by controlling the character and the structure of the world itself.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Playable online (free full version).


Devils Tuning Fork
DePaul University (Windows PC)

What if you saw the world with your ears? Inspired by M.C. Escher’s classic optical illusion and the echolocation of dolphins, The Devil’s Tuning Fork allows the player to explore a new mode of perception through sound visualization.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Dreamside Maroon Student Version
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Windows PC)

Dreamside Maroon is an exploration game that lets the player grow a vine to the moon. Along the way there are sights to see, lamps to light, and fireflies to collect. Experience freedom of movement and travel. Grow the vine in interesting shapes and colors.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Igneous
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Windows PC using Xbox 360 controller)

Igneous challenges you to conquer lava waves, crumbling bridges and a lost city to free yourself from the fiery depths of a volcano. Jump and roll
through each stage to survive the hellish inferno!

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Paper Cakes
Utrecht School of the Arts & University of Southern California (Windows PC and Mac)

A mind-boggling puzzle platformer on a virtual piece of paper. Find your way to the cake by folding the level itself! The game consists of 40 levels, gradually introducing new gameplay mechanics and slowly increasing difficulty.

This game is the result of a collaboration between students from the Utrecht School of the Arts and students from the University of Southern California. Part of the 4th year programme of Game Design and Development at the Utrecht School of the Arts is to work on a project for a real external client. In our case, the client is Wacom. The goal was to create several applications or games for Wacom's Bamboo Mini platform. This game is one of those.

Official Website
IGF Info Page

Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Puddle
ENJMIN (Windows PC)

Puddle is a platform game taking place everywhere in our world, coming from a human body to a space shuttle. In Puddle, the avatar is represented by a large amount of liquid particles, flowing from a part of a level to the other. The player isn't allowed to act directly on the avatar, he is only able to tilt the level to the right or the left.

Liquid properties and level design are always different, rejuvenating the fun at each level for the player. The slowness of the tilt and the lack of friction on the liquid require the player to anticipate the dangers. The player doesn't have to bring his entire puddle to the goal, but only to keep as much as he can, dodging fire, rifts, and other dangers.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Puzzle Bloom
The National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment (Unity)

Puzzle Bloom is the innovative action-puzzle game where you control the tree spirit Canotila in her quest to bring back life to her island. Canotila needs the assistance of the island's native creatures to get past the rigid machines of the world. She flies from creature to creature and uses her powers to guide them.

New life will bloom into the world for each time Canotila breaks a machine, bringing Canotila closer to her ultimate goal of a return to nature. No download needed: Solve puzzles in a full 3D environment that runs directly in your browser.
Bend the static rules of traditional puzzle games by moving between creatures. Enjoy the beautiful graphics of Canotila's rise of nature.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online (free full version, more levels available with donation).


Spectre
USC Interactive Media (Windows PC and Mac)

On a quiet winter night, Joseph Wheeler stares up into the snow and tries to recall the nine moments that shaped his life. In Spectre, you will travel through his memory and relive those nine moments, choosing through your actions how his life will be remembered.

Spectre is a recombinant narrative platformer, a game that tells a life story. The landscape before you is not a physical world, but 73 years' worth of Joseph's memory: moments of joy and fear, light and darkness. As you navigate through his specific recollections, related events will glow bright. If you succeed in these moments of play and follow a glowing path, you will find a theme uniting his experience, and uncover a little more of his fading memory. If not, your nightly story will end in confusion.

With over a hundred memories linked to fifty-two different ending themes, there are many possible narratives to discover in Spectre. Different stories will highlight different facets of his experience and personality, leaving the player with a compelling, if never entirely complete, impression of the man, his place in the world, and what he sees when he stares upwards into the endlessly falling snow.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (free full version) available.


Ulitsa Dimitrova
Kunsthochschule Kassel (Windows PC)

This game is about the seven year old Pjotre, a homeless child in St. Petersburg. Pjotr is a chainsmoker and has to get cigarettes all the time.

He spends his time robbing, begging, and visiting his mom, the prostitute, and one time he even falls in love with a girl.

His life will never change. And once the player gets bored and stops playing, Pjotr will lay down and freeze to death in the Russian winter.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Game download (free full version) available.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
     
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