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Finalists revealed for 12th Independent Games Festival

Hello Games and Closure Team among those short-listed

Following a record number of submissions, the finalists have been chosen for this year's Independent Games Festival awards due to take place in March.

A total of 301 indie games were submitted to the 12th annual competition - a 35 per cent increase on last year. Finalists chosen by the 150-strong judging panel include light-centric puzzle platformer Closure by Closure Team (nominated in three categories), Krystian Majewski's gestural photographic adventure game Trauma, motorbike title Joe Danger from Hello Games and Team Meat's 2D cartoon action game Super Meat Boy!

Award categories will honour excellence in visual art, design, audio and technical excellence, and one overall winner will be awarded a prize of USD 20,000.

"We're happy to report that the IGF has seen another record-breaking year in volume and diversity of entries, another symptom of the continuing explosion of high-quality titles from smaller development teams and emerging creators," said Simon Carless, IGF Chairman. "Congratulations to this year's outstanding finalists - we're looking forward to playing their games and honouring the overall IGF winners at Game Developers Conference this March."

Previous winners of the competition have included Darwinia and World of Goo. The awards will take place on March 11.

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