December 30, 2008 -- Towering over all other games, World of Goo was the 2008 winner of the Independent Game of the Year award. The award, the culminating event of Game Tunnel's 7th Annual Game of the Year awards, is given each year to the most outstanding Independent Video Game.
The GameTunnel Independent Game of the Year awards have been established to honor ingenuity, innovation and excellence in Independent Games. This year's awards began December 6th with the Sports Game of the Year award and have continued through 3 weeks and 13 categories finishing with the Top 10 Independent Games of the Year and World of Goo taking the top spot.
"World of Goo is one of those games that really shows what Indie is all about," said Russell Carroll, editor-In-Chief at GameTunnel. "It was created on a shoestring, fueled by the passion of two people who did whatever it took to make their game. Their passion is evident throughout the game. It's a fantastic game to play and it has been tremendous to see World of Goo getting so much mainstream awareness. It was an easy pick as our Independent Game of the Year winner this year."
While World of Goo was the winner, it was only one of 40 different games that were included in the 2008 awards.
"In covering something as unique as Indie games, it's always been our pleasure to highlight a large number of games in our awards. The fact is that many of these games are not as fortunate as World of Goo and are completely unknown to the gaming public. There are hundreds of Indie games released each year, and we're happy to be able to do these awards to make the public aware of a few gems that they might have otherwise missed."
An article of the Top 10 games that also provides reviews and links to all the award winners can be found at: http://www.gametunnel.com/article-705.htm. The list of all award categories and winners is as follows:
Independent Game of the Year - World of Goo
Action Game of the Year - Everyday Shooter
Puzzle Game of the Year - World of Goo
Adventure Game of the Year - Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
RPG Game of the Year - The Spirit Engine 2
Sim Game of the Year - Democracy 2
Sports Game of the Year - New Star Soccer 4
Strategy Game of the Year - Battle of Tiles
Game of the Year: Graphics - World of Goo
Game of the Year: Sound - Everyday Shooter
Game of the Year: Innovation - Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
Game of the Year: Multiplayer - Multiwinia
Arthouse Game of the Year - Gravitybone
GameTunnel ( www.gametunnel.com) was created in 2002 as a news and reviews website covering the Independent Gaming scene. Since its launch Game Tunnel has published over 1000 reviews of Independent (or Indie as it is commonly known as) games. Its most popular articles include a review panel of what's new in indie gaming called the Monthly Round-Up, and the yearly Independent Game of the Year Awards.