Monday, December 12, 2005

IGF Finalists

Here's the announcement of nominees for the 2006 Independent Games Festival Awards (from the IGF website at

Following an amazing set of entries for this year's IGF, we're pleased to announced that the judges have picked this year's Independent Games Festival finalists, and they are as follows:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Darwinia, Dofus, Professor Fizzwizzle, Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space, Wildlife Tycoon: Venture Africa.
Best Web Browser Game: Dodge That Anvil, Moleculous, Dad 'N Me.
Innovation In Game Design: Rumble Box, Strange Attractors, Braid, The Witch's Yarn, Darwinia.
Technical Excellence: Saints & Sinners Bowling, Tribal Trouble, Tube Twist, Darwinia, Crazy Ball.
Innovation In Visual Art: Dofus, Darwinia, Putt Nutz, Glow Worm, Thomas And The Magical Words
nnovation In Audio: Professor Fizzwizzle, Saints & Sinners Bowling, Dodge That Anvil, Glow Worm, Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space.

Those links will take you to details about each game, as well as links to each game's website.

The IGF awards are a wonderful way to find and reward new development talent each year, and one of my favorite things to do is to go check out these nominees (which I'll be doing over the next few days).

I can't say enough about how great it is that Darwinia is suddenly receiving so much attention. It's a unique, phenomenal game, one of the best PC games released this year, and for a while there it looked like it was going to disappear without a trace. In the last month, though, it was announced as being available on Steam, and now it's a nominee for the most prestigious award given to independent developers.

I'm going to look at as many of these games as I can in the next few days, and I'll write about what I find that I think you might like.

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