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IGF Finalists Announced

Max Michael / January 8, 2015 at 1:38 PM / Gaming, Gaming News

The Independent Games Festival recently announced the finalists for its 2015 competition. The complete list of IGF finalists are at the bottom.

Of particular interest is the game 80 DAYS a game developed by Inkle, which was nominated in multiple categories, including Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, and the Seumas Mcnally Grand Prize. 80 DAYS is essentially a choose your own adventure game set in a steampunk re-imagining of the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in 80 days” where the player must make tough decisions to reach the goal in time.

Invisible, Inc., another Grand Prize nominee is also nominated for Excellence in Design. It is a turn based tactical stealth game, developed by Klei Entertainment, about spies infiltrating corporations for financial gain. This game incorporates elements of roguelikes, including procedurally generated levels and permadeath.

The Talos Principle, by Croteam, bills itself as a philosophical first person puzzle game. The player takes the role of a newly awakened robot, with a human-like consciousness. The robot must solve increasingly difficult puzzles at the request of its creators while learning about its own origins. This game is nominated for Excellence in design, as well as the Grand Prize.

Perhaps the most talked about title on the list is This War of Mine, by 11 bit studios. This game puts you in the role of a small group of civilians in a war-torn city. Every day you struggle to survive by scavenging resources such as food and medicine. This game conveys the horrors of war, and the toll it takes on civilian populations, an aspect often overlooked in mainstream FPSs. This game is nominated for Excellence in Narrative and the Grand Prize.

Seumas Mcnally Grand Prize

  • 80 DAYS
  • Invisible, Inc.
  • Metamorphabet
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Talos Principle
  • This War of Mine

Excellence in Visual Arts

  • Donut County
  • else Heart.Break()
  • Lumino City
  • Memory of a Broken Dimension
  • Metamorphabet
  • Oquonie

Excellence in Design

  • 80 DAYS
  • FRAMED
  • Invisible, Inc.
  • Killer Queen
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Talos Principle

Excellence in Audio

  • Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure
  • Phonopath
  • Shovel Knight
  • The Sailor’s Dream
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Thumper

Excellence in Narrative

  • 80 DAYS
  • Coming Out Simulator 2014
  • Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration
  • PRY
  • This War of Mine
  • Three Fourths Home

Nuovo Award

  • BECOME A GREAT ARTIST IN JUST 10 SECONDS
  • Bounden
  • Desert Golfing
  • Elegy for a Dead World
  • how do you Do It?
  • Plug & Play
  • Rooftop Cop
  • Tetrageddon Games

Max Michael

Senior Writer

I’m a technology reporter located near the Innovation District of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.



  • Mark Samenfink

    No offense to Vanishing of Ethan Carter, but Ephemerid better fucking win the audio category. That game is a bloody triumph.

  • kek

    >IGF
    I’m not touching any of these games
    just imagine how many dicks were sucked just to get them there

    Coming Out Simulator 2014? fuck this shit m9

  • SevTheBear

    Some of these games are okay I bet. But I can fully understand why people are skeptical.

  • André Murgo

    How were these games judged? Public vote? Or were there a judging board? Who were the judges?

  • Typical

    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter should have been in the Narrative and visual category as well. Great game.

  • anon

    just because the IGF is a load of shit doesn’t mean the games here are shit. Shovel Knight for example is damn good and the music is awesome. excellence in audio indeed.

  • under_score

    There are some good games on this list. There’s some crap. But being nominated or winning an IGF award is pretty much the last criteria anyone should use for determining whether or not to buy any of these.

  • rpsgc

    Bunch of ‘anonymous’ judges: half of them were directly or indirectly involved in the creation of some of the nominated games; the other half have a vested financial interest in some of the games that were nominated.

    Sounds like satire, right? Sadly, the truth isn’t that far off.

    It’s also pretty much a SJW-infested cesspool.

  • Brad Sherard

    “Independent, adjective:

    not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct,etc.; thinking or acting for oneself”

    Do I even need to point out the obvious doublespeak in IGF’s own name? Everything about this nepotistic club and their oh so dependent connected applicants is the opposite of independent.

  • Alex Three

    It really is discouraging to see a game given this mark of Cain. Though I’m sure most of the games are legitimately good, for example This War of Mine is very good. But yea, whenever I see IGF awards or “Polygon recommended” or whatever I always take a closer look and make sure to read the player reviews.

  • Alex Three

    Does that game actually get good? I played for 30 minutes and was bored out of my mind. The graphics were pretty but it felt like Myst minus the puzzles.

  • Jess

    INB4 Framed is lauded as “teh best gaem evur!”

    Good luck guys. Unless you’re horrible racists or pals with the judges you’re gonna have a bad time.

    http://zombieneith.tumblr.com/post/104713181103/attention-independent-game-developers-the-igf

  • MonsterGogo

    So… which company has the most IGF judges amongst their shareholders? Easy way to predict the winner!

  • Typical

    Well, no, it doesn’t get different, I suppose it’s how you approach the game. I expected to be going through an interactive Lovecraft story, and for that, it was fantastic. Expecting it to be a twitch game, or even a heavy puzzle game might disappoint, but it was the story I played for, and I think the music and visuals perfectly set the atmosphere.

  • Some of these games from what I hear are actually good but with the entire GG affair going on and relationships it revealed how can anyone take this seriously. Does anyone actually expect these judges to be fair and unbiased?