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2011 Independent Games Festival Winners:
 
 
 
 


 
 


Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

Nuovo Award:

Excellence in Visual Arts:

Excellence in Audio:

Excellence in Design:

Best Student Game:

  • FRACT, by University of Montreal

Technical Excellence:

Best Mobile Game:

Audience Award:

Direct2Drive Visions Award:

 

 
    
 
 
 
2011 Independent Games Festival Finalists:
 
 
 
 


Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

Honorable mentions: Neptune's Pride (Iron Helmet Games); Super Crate Box (Vlambeer); Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (Carpe Fulgur); Bit.Trip Runner (Gaijin Games); Retro City Rampage (Vblank Entertainment)
 
    
 

Excellence In Visual Art

Honorable mentions: Retro City Rampage (Vblank Entertainment); Cobalt (Oxeye Game Studio); Faraway (Steph Thirion); Helsing's Fire (Ratloop); Flotilla (Blendo Games).
 
    
 

Technical Excellence

Honorable mentions: Cobalt (Oxeye Game Studio); Achron (Hazardous Software); Hazard: The Journey Of Life (Demruth); Overgrowth (Wolfire Games); Swimming Under Clouds (Piece Of Pie Studios)
 
    
 

Excellence In Design:

Honorable mentions: Helsing's Fire (Ratloop); Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (Carpe Fulgur); Flotilla (Blendo Games); Bo (Mahdi Bahrami); Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now [B.U.T.T.O.N.] (Copenhagen Game Collective)
 
    
 

Excellence in Audio:

Honorable mentions: Bit.Trip Runner (Gaijin Games); Cave Story (2010 Edition) (Nicalis); Jamestown (Final Form Games); NightSky (Nicalis); Planck (Shadegrown Games)
 
    
 

Best Mobile Game:

Honorable mentions: Flick Kick Football (PikPok); Shibuya (Nevercenter); Spirits (Spaces Of Play); Tentacles (Press Play); Trainyard (Matt Rix)
 
    
 

Nuovo Award Finalists:

Honorable Mentions: Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games); Choice Of Broadsides (Choice Of Games); Faraway (Steph Thirion); Feign (Ian Snyder); Spy Party (Chris Hecker)
 
    
 

Student Showcase Finalists:

Honorable Mentions: About Love, Hate, and the Other Ones (School of Fine Arts and Design Kassel); EXP (NHTV); Paul and Percy (IT University Copenhagen); Senseless (University of Advancing Technology); StarTwine (Carleton University); Ute (Kunsthochschule Kassel)
 
   
 
2011 IGF Main Competition
Finalist Descriptions:
 
   
 
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Frictional Games (Windows PC, Mac, and Linux)

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person horror game with focus on immersion. It is a game where atmosphere and story comes first.

Daniel awakens in a desolate Prussian castle without any memories to explain his situation. A letter written by himself reveals that the amnesia is actually self-inflicted. The mysterious message urges him to seek out and kill Alexander, a man residing deep below the castle. Hunted by a dark shadow, Daniel can see no other way out. If he is to save his life and mind, he needs to find out what it is all really about. It is his only hope for salvation. A dark descent awaits.

The game enables real-world physics, making interaction truly intuitive, and allows you to step inside the world of Amnesia. Pick up and manipulate almost any object, study them, and find a way to use them to your advantage. Feel the excitement of being an ordinary person trapped inside a fantastic and dangerous setting.

Forget about cutscenes and other breathers. Everything that happens, happens to you first hand. Become Daniel and uncover your past in a maze of forgotten memories.

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


Bastion
Supergiant Games (TBA)

Featuring a unique interactive narrative style and imaginative hand-painted environments in dazzling full-HD, Bastion challenges players to build a new world from the broken remnants of the past. The goal of the game is to construct a safe haven in the wake of the Calamity, a cataclysmic event that shattered the world. As players journey into the wild unknown in search of survivors and supplies, they will confront strange beasts, forge an array of customizable weapons, and gain new powers from specially-brewed spirits. The entire play experience of Bastion is dynamically narrated, gradually revealing a rich backstory as the narrator reacts to the player's actions in real time, giving context and deeper meaning to their interactions. Gameplay is designed to reward finesse and experimentation through a crisp and responsive feel, while the suspenseful story unfolds at the player's own pace. Bastion is the debut title from Supergiant Games, an independent start-up studio founded by ex-designers of the Command & Conquer series.

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


BIT.TRIP BEAT
Gaijin Games (WiiWare, iOS, Windows PC, and Mac)

BIT.TRIP BEAT marks the beginning of CommanderVideo's epic journey of the soul with:

Classic Paddle-Based Gameplay!
Crazy Boss Battles!
Ultra-Precise Sixense Controller Motion Controls!
A Crazy Chiptune-Inspired Soundtrack!
Special Chiptune Guest Star Bit Shifter!
Classic Gameplay With Brain-Melting Visuals!
Intriguing Cutscenes!

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


BIT.TRIP RUNNER
Gaijin Games (WiiWare)

RUNNER: The fastest, most exhilarating action-platformer to hit WiiWare!

Race across the Moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs! Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech! Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss together!

RUNNER is the fourth entry in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series.

* You control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides, kicks, and more!
* Extremely addictive "just one more time" gameplay!
* With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can run through more than 50 levels!
* Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance!

Join CommanderVideo in BIT.TRIP RUNNER on his most epic journey yet!

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


Bohm
Monobanda (TBA)

Bohm is the kind of game you want to play before you go to bed. A simple and pure experience. Bohm gives you control over the life of a tree. It's a game based on slow gameplay and the act of creation. A slow and zen-like experience without goals or a clear explanation.

As a player you will explore the level of control you have. Growing, creating branches, pushing your tree into strange shapes, and discovering how beautiful and rewarding these simple processes can be.

You generate and control the growth of the tree in real time. As the tree grows, so does the adaptive music. Both change and evolve over time, under the influence of buttons pressed and decisions made.

Bohm is not about winning, but about letting yourself get carried away in an aesthetic and auditory poetic experience. An interactive homage to the beauty, slowness and peace of nature.

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


Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.)
Copenhagen Game Collective (Windows PC, XBLIG)

B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now) is a one-button party game for 2-8 players. The game consists of short rounds. In each round, the game instructs players to put down their controllers and take several steps back away from the computer. Then, after displaying an additional direction designed to add some chaos (e.g. "Lie on the floor"), the game announces a micro-challenge (e.g. "Any player whose button is pressed loses"). In a race in physical space, players rush to the controllers to press the "right" button – be it their own or that of their opponents.

In B.U.T.T.O.N., what players are "allowed" to do will depend on the specific community of people playing. The computer, of course, cannot detect if players are taking a full six steps back, or if each player really completed five pushups, etc. This is not a shortcoming, but a feature. Rather than let the computer carry out all the rules, the players are themselves responsible for enforcing (or not enforcing) the rules. On this account we were inspired by old folk games and board games, which encourage improvisational play and "house rules."

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


The Cat and the Coup
Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad (Windows PC and Mac)

The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

Official Website
IGF Info Page

Video Trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Cave Story (2010 Edition)
Nicalis (WiiWare)

Arguably the most well-known indie game of all time, Cave Story features a completely original storyline wrapped with personality, mystery and classic 2D action! Overflowing with unmatched charm and character, Cave Story takes you into a rare world where a curious race of innocent rabbit-like creatures, called Mimiga, run free. Their only hope against a vile scheme rest squarely on the shoulders of a quiet, amnesiac boy who can't remember his own name. Take control and learn the origins of this world's power, stop a delusional villain and save the Mimiga!

Equally exploration and action-adventure Cave Story is from the critically acclaimed independent designer, Daisuke Amaya. Now, officially available for the first time on a console, Cave Story takes the addictive classic 2D gameplay formula and brings it up to speed with all-new audio-visuals and 10 highly potent and destructive weapons, each with three levels of power! Along with the higher-definition graphics and music, Cave Story for Wii includes five new and fresh play modes.

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


Cobalt
Oxeye Game Studio (TBA)

The Seed, pride and joy of the Space Exploration Foundation was launched with pomp and circumstance only to be lost 30 minutes after its subspace jump to much dismay (and embarrassment) for the one million strong development team standing by the launch pad. 5 years later a team of bearded men and women received a cryptic transmission from the giant ship, now located in the vicinity of a class IX planet.

Agent Cobalt, a Neovascular Vessel, or Nessel, was sent out to investigate and if possible retrieve The Seed. 17 years after leaving earth, Cobalt arrived at planet x9cSec5.5b-blue, or as it is known by the locals: Trunkopia.

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


Colorbind
Nonverbal (iOS)

Colorbind is a simple and relaxing puzzle game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Join the dots by weaving color strips with your finger.

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


Confetti Carnival
SpikySnail Games (TBA)

Confetti Carnival is a completely original, physics based gameplay experience. It's instantly fun, part puzzle part stunt-em-up action game with twitch game-play elements.

In the game you control these semi-suicidal, liquid filled Gummy creatures that you slam against walls making their liquid burst out and ignite colourful confetti bombs.

You need to clear each stage of confetti bombs while doing as many stunts, combos and acrobatic maneuvers as possible.

As you perform stunt combos the game becomes more challenging and intense. It's a one-of-a-kind gaming experience that is fun to play and exciting to watch.

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


Desktop Dungeons
QFC Design (Windows PC)

Desktop Dungeons is a ten-minute "dungeon crawl" adventure that distills the roguelike genre to its most basic components, turning it into a single-screen puzzle adventure comparable to the likes of Oasis and Tower of the Sorcerer. Using absolutely every resource at their disposal, players need to balance dungeon exploration and treasure looting against frequent combat and divine requests.

The scarcity of resources promotes innovation and broad playing styles no matter which character you pick. Wizards can club enemies, rogues occasionally have to soak damage and even the most stalwart warrior will need to pick up the odd spell glyph. The level 10 boss at the end of every dungeon run also provides players with enough of a challenge to make them fight tooth and nail for victory.

The game features an extensive unlock hierarchy which gives players access to a wide variety of character classes, races and challenge dungeons. Layers of emergent complexity and gameplay tricks afford veterans an edge in the more grueling scenarios and reward thoughtful play. For the truly ambitious, score-based "ranked" runs and an online leaderboard are also available.

WARNING: May contain traces of goat.

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


Dinner Date
Stout Games (Windows PC)

You play as the subconsciousness of Julian Luxemburg, waiting for his date to arrive. You listen in on his thoughts while tapping the table, looking at the clock and eventually reluctantly starting to eat...

Dinner Date is the portrait of Julian: from his desires and doubts to reflections on his friends and his place in the world. You are not merely witnessing - by interacting with Julian and his world you gain a clear vantage point on his life.

The wait for the beautiful girl he invited over becomes longer and she becomes the dominant factor in his thoughts. And yet his true problems may not even begin with the girl: what of his work, of his boss, the headhunter, his fascination of Byron and his friendship with Jerry, who had been pushing Julian to take on this date?

In Dinner Date you will experience all this: with some drinks, some bread, some soup - and with a clock that slowly mocks the constant wait for when she comes, this elusive girl who will solve everything.

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


The Dream Machine
Cockroach (Online)

The Dream Machine is a point & click adventure game made out of clay and cardboard.

You play as Victor and Alicia, a couple who've just moved into a new apartment. While getting settled in, they find a hidden surveillance camera behind a painting in one of the rooms. But who put it there and why?

In order to differentiate it from most other games out there we decided to steer as far away from all things polygonal as possible, and are actually building all the environments, props and characters out of clay and cardboard.

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


Faraway
Steph Thirion (iOS)

Faraway is a one-button game where you swing your way through a procedurally generated, infinite outer space, searching for "clusters" and drawing constellations within them. The bigger the constellations constructed, the longer you will stay in the game, and the higher your score will get. Faraway's artistic aim is to connect a short set of simple rules and mechanics with an infinitely re-playable sense of travel and exploration.

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


Halcyon
Stfj (iOS)

Halcyon is named for the mythological bird of ancient Greece, said to charm the winds and seas into a calm during the Winter Solstice.

It is a spacial action puzzle game and interactive stringed instrument designed specifically for the iPad. Colored currents are fated to travel the length of the strings inexorably toward each other. Strum the strings to manipulate the currents to their matching colors, creating both phonic and visual harmony. Take on the role of the Halcyon, conducting nature, and bringing calm to the wind, sea, land, and stars.

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


Hazard: The Journey of Life
Demruth (Windows PC)

Hazard: The Journey Of Life is a surreal exploration puzzle game, set within a non-Euclidean labyrinth of manipulable geometry. Explore a vibrant and deceptive world, where space can change and nothing is as it seems.

With a philosophical narrative, Hazard is about appreciating the simple things in life: experiencing the wonder of discovery, learning through curiosity, and the unexpected nature of a world that we do not fully understand.

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


Helsing's Fire
Ratloop (iOS)

Lead Dr. Helsing and his assistant Raffton on their quest to rid the world of Dracula's evil horde and cleanse the unholy blight that contains them!

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


Hohokum
Honeyslug & Richard Hogg (TBA)

Hohokum is a 2D action adventure game for one player. The aim is to provide that player with a wide range of experiences, from arcade-action, to ambient, toy-like puzzles. Along the way, the player will explore an initially alien world with in an interesting control mechanism, gradually learning to navigate it effectively.

The elevator pitch for Hohokum would be "Nokia Snake meets Oskar Schindler".

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


A House in California
Cardboard Computer (Online, Windows, Mac, and Linux)

A House in California is a surreal, narrative game about four characters who bring a house to life. These four characters are based on relatives of mine (two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers). Within the game, the player guides the four characters to engage with environments and activities drawn from a combination of memory, research, poetry, and fantasy.

Aesthetically, the game draws inspiration from 'Mystery House', developed in 1980 by Roberta and Ken Williams. 'Mystery House' is a murder mystery that drives its characters progressively deeper into the titular house by offering the player material verbs such as "go", "open", and "take". 'A House in California' inverts these qualities of materiality and violent murder into a peaceful but surreal character study which draws the player into the inner lives of its four characters.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online and game download (free full version) available.


Loop Raccord
Nicolai Troshinsky (Windows PC)
Manipulate a series of video clips in order to create a continuous movement.

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


Miegakure
Marc ten Bosch (TBA)

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

Our world is three-dimensional: width, depth, and height. But what if there was a fourth physical dimension that we cannot see, in addition to the other three?

This game is about exploring the consequences of being able to move in four spatial dimensions. It plays like a regular three-dimensional platformer, but at the press of a button one of the dimensions is exchanged with the fourth dimension, allowing for four-dimensional movement.

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


Minecraft
Mojang (Online, Windows PC, Mac, and Linux)

Minecraft is a sandbox game which allows players to build constructions with textured cubes in a 3D world. The game has two variants; Alpha and Classic, both with single- and multiplayer options. Classic includes only the building aspects of the game with unlimited blocks, while Alpha includes monsters and a much greater variety of crafting available, as well as requiring players to mine their own blocks.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online (demo version) and game download (demo, beta paid version) available.


Neverdaunt:8Bit
Robot Loves Kitty (Windows PC)

Sandbox MMO, Player built world. build in areas & protect it from others, earn tokens for powerups & bombs, fight monsters, program items with Tronics, APC's offer unique gameplay, and WAY more.

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


Nidhogg
Messhof (TBA)

Nidhogg is a 2 player fencing game with football & platforming elements.

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


Retro City Rampage
Vblank Entertainment (WiiWare, XBLA)

"The entire open-world is in danger.

THE PLAYER is out for a friendly frolic of CRIME CAPERS when suddenly ambushed by EVIL GOOD GUYS. They will stop at nothing to end his RAMPAGE OF DOOM threatening the citizens of Theftropolis City. Are YOU bad enough to defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS?

RETRO CITY RAMPAGE lets you play as THE PLAYER. Take the wheel with five-finger discounts on over 40 vehicles and wield over 20 weapons that will make you say "WHOA"! Run down innocent pedestrians to hear the magnificent monophonic modulated sounds. Order a pint of "SOUR MILK" from the barkeep to make yourself sick and avoid taking responsibility for your actions. At some point, defeat the EVIL GOOD GUYS then relax and go do it, when you want an ICED TEA."

A parody of the open-world action genre, Retro City Rampage mashes modern game mechanics into an authentic 8-bit experience.

Equal parts fast paced arcade action and mission based story mode, it's all the driving and shooting you'd expect and a whole lot more! Jump on pedestrians like a plumber. Throw 'em, shoot 'em or run 'em over. Use your spread shot! Light gun! bionic arm! ...and POWER-UPS!

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


Shot Shot Shoot
Erik Svedang (iOS)

Shot Shot Shoot is a minimalistic dueling game for the iPad. The goal is simple: destroy the five squares on the opponent's side of the board. Maneuver single shots with high precision or overwhelm the other player with massive attack waves -- a great mixture of fast-paced gameplay and deep strategy.

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


Solipskier
Mikengreg (Online, iOS)

Ski yourself to death.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online (full free version) and game download (full paid version) available.


SpyParty
Chris Hecker (TBA)

SpyParty is an intense player-skill espionage game about subtle human behavior, perception, deception, performance, information asymmetry, and managing one's attention as a resource. In the 1v1 version submitted to IGF, one player is the Spy at a fancy cocktail party, trying to blend into the crowd of NPCs, while accomplishing missions, like "Bug the Ambassador" or "Contact the Double Agent". Meanwhile, the other player is the Sniper, looking in from outside the room, trying to determine which partygoer is the Spy and stop him or her before it's too late.

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


Super Crate Box
Vlambeer (Windows PC and Mac)

Super Crate Box is coming to bring back the glory of the golden arcade age, when all that really mattered was getting on that high score list. Grab your baseball cap and loosen your pants, it's time to fight endless hordes of enemies and collect every weapon crate you can!

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

   
 
2011 IGF Student Showcase
Finalist Descriptions:
 
 
 
 
e7
Gymnasium Koniz Lerbermatt (Windows PC and Online)

e7's minimalistic presentation accents its simple and engaging gameplay as you pilot a little probe on an alien planet in an effort to deactivate a bomb threatening to destroy Earth. Fling yourself from the surface of the Jello-like crust on the planet's surface and battle laser-wielding robot alien defenses using only your kinetic energy.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Playable online and game download (free full version) available.


FRACT
University of Montreal (Windows PC and Mac)

FRACT is a first person puzzle game -- very much in the vein of the classic Myst titles. The player is let loose into an abstract world built on sound and structures inspired by electronic music. It's up to the player to resurrect and revive the long forgotten machinery of this musical world, in order to unlock its inner workings!

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


GLiD
Bournemouth University (TBA)

GLiD is a single player ambient exploration game. You play as a small robot tasked with exploring and restoring an abandoned world. Traverse the environment skillfully using your spider web and wings in order to collect enough fuel seeds to power up and fix the broken machines.

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


Octodad
DePaul University (Windows PC)

Octodad is a third person adventure game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family.

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


PaperPlane
ENJMIN (Windows PC)

PaperPlane lets you relive your childhood. You control a paper airplane and give back life to figments of memories.

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


Solace
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Windows PC)

Solace is an interactive aesthetic experience utilizing dynamic audio and bullet hell overtones to provide a unique perspective on the five stages of grief. Developed by One Man Down, a sophomore game team from the DigiPen Institute of Technology.

Official Website
IGF Info Page

Video Trailer
Game download (beta free version) available.


Tiny and Big
School of Arts and Design Kassel / University Kassel (Windows PC, Mac, and Linux)

You control Tiny, a little technophile, who desperately tries to get his beloved grandpa's underpants back. You are equipped with fine laser and grappling hook technology.

In Tiny and Big, the player has the unique ability to slice and form his surrounding environment to overcome obstacles and reach the end of the level.

To finally reclaim those underpants ...

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (demo) available.


Toys
Future Games Academy (Online)

Toys is a puzzle game which only uses the mouse movement as input.

Solve the all of the toys by moving them around and trying to restore all parts to their original positions.

Official Website
IGF Info Page

Video Trailer
Playable online (full free version) available.