Independent Games Festival 2015 Grand Finalists Announced

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The weird time between finishing off games from 2014 and anticipating upcoming 2015 releases is here, and that time is probably better known as awards season. We’ve shared our own list of games that we felt flew under the radar amid all the hubbub of AAA releases, but now it’s time for the International Games Festival 2015 to offer the spotlight to the smaller, weirder indie games that made their mark last year.

Last year’s winners included Richard Hofmeier’s retail simulator Cart Life, Subset Games’ sci-fi spaceship simulator FTL: Faster Than Light and Cardboard Computer’s dreamlike narrative game Kentucky Route Zero. Generally the IGF Awards are worth checking out to find some of the hidden gems that didn’t get as much coverage as major titles, but are worth catching up on during the early months of the year, and this year’s finalists are no exception.

The leading nominee is around the world adventure 80 Days, based on the novel by Jules Verne, in which players take on the role of Phileas Fogg and compete with others to be the fastest to make it around the world using limited resources and various modes of transportation. Gritty survival game This War of Mine scored two finalist positions, as did puzzle game The Talos Principle, exploration game Outer Wilds, anthropomorphized alphabet game Metamorphabet and tactical stealth title Invisible, Inc. Here’s the full list of finalists.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

80 Days
Invisible, Inc.
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

Excellence in Design:

80 Days
Invisible, Inc.
Killer Queen
Outer Wilds
The Talos Principle

This War of Mine Most Played Games 2014

Excellence in Audio:

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

Excellence in Narrative:

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

Nuovo Award:

Become a Great Artist in Just 10 Seconds
Desert Golfing
Elegy for a Dead World
how do you Do It?
Plug & Play
Rooftop Cop
Tetrageddon Games

The winners will be announced during this year’s Independent Games Festival, which takes place from March 2nd to March 6th, 2015. Some of the games are currently playable for free online with no downloads, so we’ve provided links to those games above for readers who have a spare few minutes to try them out.

While some of the games have been available for a while (This War of Mine and Shovel Knight are definitely among the must-play games of 2014), many others are still in development or early access.

All the same, the IGF Awards are an interesting insight into some of the creative oddities that passionate indie developers are working on right now.

Source: IGF