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2012 Independent Games Festival Winners
 
 
 
 


Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

  • Fez, by Polytron

Nuovo Award:

Excellence in Visual Arts:

Excellence in Audio:

Excellence in Design:

Best Student Game:

  • Way, by CoCo & Co.

Technical Excellence:

Best Mobile Game:

Audience Award:

Microsoft XBLA Award:

 

 
   
 
 
 
2012 Independent Games Festival Finalists:
 
 
 
 


Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

Honorable mentions: Antichamber (Demruth); FTL (Justin Ma & Matthew Davis); Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga); SpaceChem (Zachtronics Industries); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)
 
    
 

Excellence In Visual Art

Honorable mentions: Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo); Dustforce (Hitbox Team); Fader (Chris Makris); Proun (Joost van Dongen); Toren (Swordtales)
 
    
 

Technical Excellence

Honorable mentions: Frozen Synapse (Mode 7 Games); Nitronic Rush (DigiPen Institute of Technology); Reflow (Xymatic); Super T.I.M.E Force (Capy); Tiny and Big - Grandpa's Leftovers (Black Pants)
 
    
 

Excellence In Design:

Honorable mentions: Faraway (Steph Thirion); FTL (Justin Ma & Matthew Davis); Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik); SpaceChem (Zachtronics Industries); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)
 
    
 

Excellence in Audio:

Honorable mentions: Beatbuddy (THREAKS); Beat Sneak Bandit (Simogo); Fez (Polytron); Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga); Where Is My Heart (Die Gute Fabrik)
 
    
 

Best Mobile Game:

Honorable mentions: Fingle (Game Oven Studios); Hundreds (SemiSecret and aeiowu); iBlast Moki 2 (Godzilab); Temple Run (Imangi Studios); Tentacles (Press Play ApS)
 
    
 

Nuovo Award Finalists:

Honorable mentions: Deep Sea (WRAUGHK); Four Letter Word (Terry Cavanagh); GlitchHiker (Aardbever); Hundreds (SemiSecret and aeiowu); POP (Rob Lach)
 
    
 

Student Showcase Finalists:

Honorable mentions: Be Good (DigiPen Institute of Technology); Liliths Pet (University of Kassel); Nitronic Rush (DigiPen Institute of Technology); Once Upon A Spacetime (RMIT); Tink (Mediadesign Highschool of Applied Sciencesh)
 
   
 
2012 IGF Main Competition
Finalist Descriptions:
 
   
 
Antichamber
Demruth (TBA)

Antichamber is a game about discovery, set inside a vibrant, minimal, Escher-like world, where geometry and space follow unfamiliar rules, and obstacles are a matter of perception.

Journey through the depths of a non-Euclidean labyrinth, as you create, destroy and manipulate matter, and uncover new ways to overcome your surroundings in this mind-bending psychological exploration game.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.

ASYNC Corp.
Powerhead Games (iOS)

Do you want to help make a difference in the world? If so, then ASYNC Corp. is the place for you. Join us and help make the world a better place! There's no work. It's all play with ASYNC Corp.

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


At a Distance
Terry Cavanagh (Windows PC and Mac)

At a Distance is a game about solitude in shared experiences.

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


Atom Zombie Smasher
Blendo Games (Windows PC, Mac, and Linux)

Take tactical command of your mercenary forces in Atom Zombie Smasher. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and it's up to you to evacuate everyone before they fall prey to the undead.

Conduct massive rescue operations with a helping hand from snipers, artillery crews, orbital bombardments, and more. Experience the tactical richness of fully-destructible environments and procedurally-generated campaigns.

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


Beat Sneak Bandit
Simogo (iOS)

Every level is a rhythmical puzzle loop that repeats itself. All actions in the game is performed to the beat - automatic doors open and close to the beat, security lights turn on and off rhythmically and guard patrol routes are choreographed like dance routines!

Conduct massive rescue operations with a helping hand from snipers, artillery crews, orbital bombardments, and more. Experience the tactical richness of fully-destructible environments and procedurally-generated campaigns.

It takes both cunning and rhythmical timing to solve the puzzles. Listen and watch the rhythms to learn the patterns, then tap to the beat to sneak and figure out how to get every clock on the level by timing your steps correctly. But be careful - if your taps are off beat, clocks will self-destroy!

Official Website
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Screenshots/video available.


Botanicula
Amanita Design (Windows PC and Mac)

Botanicula is point'n'click exploration game created by Jara Plachy and Amanita Design. It's about a bunch of five friends - little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites. The original soundtrack and sound effects are created by Czech alternative band DVA. Release of Botanicula is planned for early 2012.

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


Dear Esther
The Chinese Room (Windows PC)

"A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer."

Dear Esther is a first-person ghost story. Rather than traditional game-play the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of a lonely island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly uncovered when exploring the various locations of the island, making every each journey a unique experience.

Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

Two years in the making, the commercial remake of the cult mod arrives on PC. Dear Esther features a stunning environment re-imagined in the Portal 2 engine, a re-orchestrated soundtrack and new scripted voice-overs, taking the experience to a whole new level.

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


English Country Tune
Stephen Lavelle (Windows PC, Mac, and iOS)

A traditional puzzle game.

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


Faraway
Steph Thirion (iOS)

You are a shooting star that refuses its fate of disappearing in the ether, to instead go travel space and draw constellations through its journey. Faraway is a one-button game, with a simple set of rules finely balanced to adapt to different playing levels, within an always renewed universe that is procedurally generated in real time - based on score -, resulting in an infinitely replayable game. Like Steph Thirion's first game Eliss, Faraway is set in a bizarre and lonely outer space, was 100% created - design, coding, music and sound - by one person, and all its graphics are drawn by code, resulting in a rarely personal sensory experience.

Official Website
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Video trailer
Screenshots/video available.


Fez
Polytron (XBLA)

Gomez is a 2D creature on a voyage of discovery into the mysterious 3rd dimension. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.

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


Fingle
Game Oven Studios (iOS)

Fingle is a cooperative two-player iPad game about the thrills of touching each other on a multi-touch device. It's a game where you playfully encounter the touch of another's fingers. Just you and a friend, getting to know one another. Awkward or thrilled, touch and see how you feel.

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


Frozen Synapse
Mode 7 Games (Windows PC and Mac)

Frozen Synapse is the ultimate tactical game.

It brings the simultaneous turn-based strategy genre bang up-to-date and lets you give detailed, accurate orders to your squad.

Features:

Five challenging multiplayer modes including the innovative bidding-based "Secure" and "Hostage Rescue"

55-mission single player campaign with dynamic dialogue and thrilling near-future narrative

Powerful Skirmish Generator

Random generation combined with hand-crafted content: levels and maps are different every time

Critically-acclaimed electronica soundtrack by musician nervous_testpilot

Two multiplayer ranking systems, tournament modes, instant YouTube export and more!

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


GIRP
Bennett Foddy (Online)

In this spiritual sequel to QWOP, you take the role of a shirtless Scotsman as he hauls himself up a cliff without the aid of ropes or even his legs. Your goal: to burgle the clifftop nest of a fierce and relentless seagull.

The cliff is dotted with iron rings, which are labeled with the letters of the alphabet. By holding the corresponding keys on your keyboard, you will reach for and grip the rings. But be careful! If you get confused and lift the wrong finger at the wrong time, you'll plummet to a watery death.

Try not to get your fingers tied in a knot.

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


Gunpoint
Tom Francis, John Roberts and Fabian van Dommelen (Windows PC)

Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle game that lets you rewire its levels to trick people.

You're a freelance spy, infiltrating high security buildings with subterfuge, face-punching, and an unusual type of electronic sabotage. You can cross-link things like light switches and doors so that the guards unwittingly take out their own security systems, their colleagues, and even themselves. It's pretty funny.

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


Johann Sebastian Joust
Die Gute Fabrik (Mac)

Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled folk game for 2 to 7 players, designed for the PlayStation Move controller. The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music plays in slow-motion, the controllers are extremely motion-sensitive. When the music speeds up, this threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you're out! Channel the power of J.S. Bach, and try to jostle your opponents' controllers while protecting your own.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video trailer
Video available.


Lume
State of Play Games (Windows PC and Mac)

Lume, an illuminating puzzle adventure! With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style and tactility unlike any other.

As Lumi, and inquisitive young girl, you discover that power to your grandad's house has failed. What's more, he's nowhere to be seen, but appears to have left you some intriguing clues.

Immerse yourself in Lume's photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power through ingenious eco-technology, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout.

Beautifully animated with handcrafted care, this illuminating puzzle adventure game will test your visual, aural and memory skills.

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


Mirage
Mario von Rickenbach (TBA)

A lonely subaquatic tophat found a human foot and managed to get it to work. With that newly achieved autonomy, the tophat starts to explore the world, always trying to imitate its human creator.

Mirage is an experimental game about a strange creature in a surreal world. The creature can be constructed out of various human body parts, which allow it to perceive the environment differently.

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


Prom Week
Expressive Intelligence Studio (Online)

Prom Week features the most sophisticated AI system for interactive narratives since its spiritual predecessor, Facade. Enabling new forms of storytelling with a playable model of social interaction and a cutting-edge AI system called Comme il Faut, Prom Week invites players to engage with the "social physics" of an emergent, dynamic world. The result is a unique fusion of rich social simulation (surpassing in complexity even AAA titles like The Sims 3) with the fully realized dialogue of story-centered games like Dragon Age 2.

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


Proteus
Ed Key and David Kanaga (TBA)

Proteus is a minimalist game of pure exploration and sublime discovery in a musical wilderness environment. There are no challenges and no goals other than those set by the player. A reactive audio mixing system allows the player to explore the environment as music.

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


Pugs Luv Beats
Lucky Frame (iOS)

Once the masters of a wondrous and highly advanced civilization, the Pugs are the victims of their own greed...they loved nothing more than to collect Beats, which they cultivated with boundless love. But an ill-advised scheme to grow the biggest Beat of all time spun wildly out of control, and their home planet was destroyed! Now you must help the Pugs to grow more Beats so they can rediscover new planets, build houses, and recover their lost technologies.

Pugs Luv Beats is a music composition game - all of the game audio is generated by the actions of the player. The object of the game is to help your pugs discover the beats they love so much, allowing them to expand to new planets and rebuild their galaxy. In doing so, you generate original music.

By sending the pugs around the planets, dressing them in new skins and hats, and harvesting beats, deeply complex rhythmic and melodic music can be produced. An endless array of planets is available to explore, each one with unique musical characteristics, and developed worlds can be shared with the world.

The pugs need your help, their galaxy depends on you!

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


Realm of the Mad God
Wild Shadow Studios & Spry Fox (Online)

* Action combat! No turn-based battles here, only skilled running and gunning.
* Epic boss battles. Navigate demented waves of bullets from nasty demons with dozens of other players in the same virtual space.
* True cooperative play. All experience is shared and you win by playing together
* Easy leveling. No mindless grinding. Get better by being becoming better.
* PermaDeath. Dying well means something in Realm. Earn fame if you survive for long enough and kill enough monsters.
* Sheep. The sheep say 'Baa'

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


Ridiculous Fishing
Vlambeer (iOS)

In the future, fish turn to money when pulverized with high velocity ammunition.

Hook 'em up and shoot 'em down. Hats sold separately.

Game by Vlambeer, art by Greg Wohlwend, development by Zach Gage, music by Eirik 'Phlogiston' Suhrke.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


Spelunky
Mossmouth (XBLA)

Spelunky is a challenging, arcade-style platformer where levels are randomly-generated, creating a new adventure for the player each time he or she plays.

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


Storyteller
Daniel Benmergui (Windows PC, Mac, and iOS)

A storytelling puzzle game based on the language of comics.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


To the Moon
Freebird Games (Windows PC)

To the Moon is an adventure game about two doctors traversing backwards through a dying man's memories, in order to fulfill his last wish.

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Dr. Rosalene and Dr. Watts have rather peculiar jobs:

They give people another chance to live, all in their head.

But due to the severity of the operation, the new life becomes the last thing the patients remember before drawing their last breath.

This story follows their attempt to fulfill the dream of an elderly man, Johnny. With each step back in time, a new fragment of Johnny's past is revealed. As the two doctors piece together the puzzled events that spanned a life time, they seek to find out just why the frail old man chose his dying wish to be what it is.

And Johnny's last wish is, of course... to go to the moon.

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


Waking Mars
Tiger Style (iOS)

In 2097, an expedition is sent into a cave on Mars to become the first humans to make contact with extraterrestrial life. They discover far more than they ever imagined and with time running out find they must make a crucial decision.

Waking Mars is an action-gardening adventure in which you cultivate an alien ecosystem and research mysterious lifeforms.

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


WAY
CoCo & Co. (Windows PC and Mac)

WAY is an online computer game played with an anonymous partner.

It is a game in which two players meet for the very first time, building their relationship as they expand their perceptions, learn to communicate, and ultimately construct meaning together.

WAY is a game with some big humanitarian goals, and it is the recipient of the IndieCade 2011 Developer's Choice Award - an honor for which we are infinitely grateful.

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


Wonderputt
Damp Gnat (Online)

Adventure golf... but with cows, toads, ski slopes, torpedos and a sprinkle of alien abduction for good measure.

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

   
 
2012 IGF Student Showcase
Finalist Descriptions:
 
 
 
 
The Bridge
Case Western Reserve University (Windows PC and XBLIG)

The Bridge is a 2-D logic-based puzzle game that forces the player to reevaluate their preconceptions of physics and perspective. Manipulate gravity to redefine the ceiling as the floor, and venture through impossible architectures. Explore increasingly difficult worlds, each uniquely detailed and guaranteed to leave the player with a pronounced sense of accomplishment, while immersing the player into a captivating story. The Bridge exemplifies games as an art form, with beautifully hand-drawn art in the style of a black-and-white lithograph. This game will bring into question the boundaries of reality.

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


Dust
Art Institute of Phoenix (Online and Windows PC)

Dust was a 6 month project about a magic moth with the power of light. In this sidescroller adventure game, the moth must use his power to collect a small army of mini moths that will be powerful enough to break out of a dusty, old attic that they have all been trapped in. However, the moth's power comes from light, and can't linger in the shadows for too long without being consumed. Guided by shining dust particles, the moth must light his way and scour the attic for his army. Only then will he be free in the moonlight.

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


The Floor is Jelly
Kansas City Art Institute (Online, Windows PC, and Mac)

What if everything you touched was made of jello?

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


Nous
DigiPen Institute of Technology (Windows PC)

Nous was built to bridge the gap between the traditional games and the art projects - a holistic experience, satisfying to *both* sides of the player. Our goal is to bring a meaning to those who would never try what's thought of as an art-game.

Nous is an action game, or maybe a chase game, or maybe an experiential game. What it always is - what it really is - is a game about identity.

Nous isn't sure if it's supposed to be a psychological evaluator, a boot camp instructor, or even just malware.

When playing, you can act anywhere between two poles of aggression and passivity - as an action game, you're chaining between the spawners, cutting through hordes of enemy goo, and racking up massive combos. Played passively, you're ducking and dodging, manipulating the crowds to draw them into converters and change them to life-giving allies.

At the end it comes clean - what Nous is.

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


One and One Story
Liceo scientifico G. B. (Online)

One and One Story is a narrative driven puzzle platformer: this means that the graphic style and the gameplay are going to change according to the narration.

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


Pixi
DigiPen Institute of Technology - Singapore (Windows PC)

Guide the adorable Pixi to defend their stars from the evil Boxi. Pixi is a 2D action game filled with bright colours and flashy explosions. Players command flocks of happy little Pixi by drawing arrows on the background that tell the Pixi where to go. The game features a normal mode, a survival mode and even a sandbox mode where players are free to play with the Pixi.

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


The Snowfield
Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab (Online)

In The Snowfield you are a lone soldier wandering the aftermath of a great battle. It is the dead of winter and you won't last long in the cold. But you are not alone.

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


Super T.I.M.E. Force
Capy Games

THE YEAR: 198X

LOCATION: OUTER-SPACE

THE PROBLEM: EVERYTHING'S GONE TO SHIT

THE MISSION: ERASE HISTORY'S DUMB MISTAKES

THE GOAL: MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR YOU AND ME

THE TEAM: T.I.M.E (TEMPORAL INEVITABILITY MANIPULATION EXPERTS), AN ELITE SQUAD OF TIME-TRAVELING BADASSES

QUALIFICATIONS: MAXIMUM BADASSERY

ALSO: THEY HOLD PATENTS ON TIME TRAVEL GEAR THAT NO ONE HAS

THE PLAN: JUMP THROUGH TIME AND KILL STUFF THAT NEVER SHOULD'VE HAPPENED

FOR INSTANCE: COVERT ALIEN INVASIONS, NAZIS, BOY BANDS, ETC.

THE CATCH: ALTERING PRE-EXISTING EVENTS IN SPACE-TIME COULD HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES

THE CONSEQUENCES:
- PISSING OFF GOD
- TOTAL ANNIHILATION OF ALL MATTER OF EXISTENCE
- ACCIDENTALLY DATING YOUR MOTHER

PROBABILITY OF SUCCESS: UNCERTAIN

THE RISK: WORTH IT

WHEN DO THEY START: NOW!

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer


WAY
Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center (Windows PC and Mac)

WAY is an online computer game played with an anonymous partner.

It is a game in which two players meet for the very first time, building their relationship as they expand their perceptions, learn to communicate, and ultimately construct meaning together.

WAY is a game with some big humanitarian goals, and it is the recipient of the IndieCade 2011 Developer's Choice Award - an honor for which we are infinitely grateful.

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

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
     
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