2016 Independent Games Festival nominees announced

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If there’s one positive thing in recent years that’s been a real mark on the world of games, it’s in how many people are playing fewer and fewer big-budgeted blockbusters, and instead getting their video gaming kicks from independently produced and published games.

As has been the case for ages, it’s in independent games where you’ll find the games willing to break new ground, be more creative and push a few boundaries. And indie games have their own awards and accolades, because smaller developers like pats on the back (and recognition of their hard work!) too. The finalists for this year’s Independent Games Festival haven been announced, and as has become usual, the awards themselves will be handed out during GDC 2016 which takes place in San Francisco from March 14-18.

The game that’s garnered the most nominations is the only one in the list I’ve played, Her Story – An unusual FMV game that’s probably the most superb Detective game I’ve played. I do, however, have plans to tackle UNDERTALE (which I’m told is wonderful) very, very soon.

Here’s the list of nominees:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT
  • UNDERTALE

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Armello
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • GNOG
  • Mini Metro
  • OXENFREE
  • PANORAMICAL

Excellence in Design

  • Her Story
  • Infinifactory
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kingdom
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT

Excellence in Audio

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Lumini
  • Mini Metro
  • PANORAMICAL
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • UNDERTALE

Excellence in Narrative

  • Black Closet
  • Her Story
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • The Beginner’s Guide
  • The Magic Circle
  • UNDERTALE

Nuovo Award

  • Cibele
  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • orchids to dusk
  • PANORAMICAL
  • Progress
  • The Beginner’s Guide

Best Student Game

  • Ape Out
  • Beglitched
  • Chambara
  • Circa Infinity
  • orchids to dusk
  • Pitfall Planet

Past winners of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize include the likes of Crayon Physics Deluxe, Darwinia, Minecraft, Fez and Papers Please.

Last Updated: January 7, 2016

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.