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IGF Finalists Announced

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