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IGF finalists named

IGF finalists named

Tue 07 Jan 2014 9:25pm GMT / 4:25pm EST / 1:25pm PST
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Field of 656 entrants whittled down to dozens as DEVICE 6, Papers, Please, and Dominique Pamplemousse garner four nods each

The Independent Games Festival today named its finalists for the 2014 IGF Main Competition awards, along with honorable mentions who just missed the final cut for each category.

Three games tied for most nominations with four each: Simogo's surreal iOS thriller DEVICE 6, Lucas Pope's "dystopian document thriller" Papers, Please, and Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!", which developer Deirdra Kiai describes as "an offbeat musical detective game." DEVICE 6 even garnered honorable mentions in the only two categories for which it wasn't a finalist.

As might be expected, all three of the quadruple nominated games are up for The Seumas McNally Grand Prize. They will be competing for that honor against Galactic Café's experimental first-person exploration game The Stanley Parable, Klei Entertainment's wilderness survival game Don't Starve, and Necrophone Games' adventure comedy Jazzpunk.

All told, 656 games were submitted for consideration in this year's IGF Awards. The winners will be named March 19. As in previous years, the awards will be doled out in a ceremony at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, immediately preceding the Game Developers Choice Awards. A full list of categories, nominees, and honorable mentions follows below.

Excellence In Visual Art

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

The Banner Saga (Stoic)

Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids)

Samorost3 (Amanita Design)

Drei (Etter)

Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); Galak-Z (17-BIT); The Swapper (Facepalm Games); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll); Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Excellence In Narrative

The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

Paralect (Paralect Team)

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Honorable mentions: Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts); Redshirt (The Tiniest Shark); Detective Grimoire (SFB Games); Monster Loves You (Radial Games Corp. & Dejobaan Games, LLC.)

Excellence In Design

TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson)

868-HACK (Michael Brough)

Mushroom 11 (Untame)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Honorable mentions: The Banner Saga (Stoic); Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids); Threes (Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend & Jimmy Hinson); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

Excellence In Audio

Samorost3 (Amanita Design)

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

Honorable mentions: Sokobond (Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee & Ryan Roth); The Banner Saga (Stoic); Potatoman Seeks the Troof (Pixeljam); Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games); Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Nuovo Award

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

Luxuria Superbia (Tale of Tales)

Extrasolar (Lazy 8 Studios)

Perfect Woman (Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder)

SoundSelf (Robin Arnott)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Save the Date (Paper Dino Software)

Corrypt (Michael Brough)

Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Elegy for a Dead World (Dejobaan Games with Popcannibal); SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team); 18 Cadence (Aaron A. Reed)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Don't Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

Honorable mentions: Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games); TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson); Kerbal Space Program (Squad); 868-HACK (Michael Brough); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

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