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Independent Games Festival Awards 2016 finalists revealed

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The Independent Games Festival judges have announced the finalists that’ll go toe-to-toe in the Independent Games Festival Awards in March. All told, there’s 26 games vying for prizes – a number that was whittled down from over 750 by over 400 industry experts. As you might expect, the list is oozing with talent and great games.  

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Winners can look forward to cash prizes, including the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize – a category which houses Mini Metro, Darkest Dungeon, Her Story, Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes, Superhot, and Undertale. Where do you even begin to call that one?

The IGF site notes a list of honourable mentions relevant to each category, but here’s the list of finalists in full:

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • Gnog (KO_OP)
  • Armello (League of Geeks)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.)

Excellence in Narrative

  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
  • Black Closet (Hanako Games)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • The Magic Circle (Question)

Excellence in Design

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Kingdom (noio & Licorice)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Superhot (SUPERHOT)
  • Infinifactory (Zachtronics)

Excellence in Audio

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.)
  • Lumini (Speelbaars)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)

Nuovo Award

  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
  • Panoramical (Fernando Ramallo & David Kanaga)
  • Fantastic Contraption (Northway Games & Radial Games)
  • Orchids To Dusk (Pol Clarissou)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Cibele (Star Maid Games)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Progress (Tim Garbos, Martin Kvale and Joel Nyström)

Best Student Game

  • Pitfall Planet (Bonfire Games)
  • Ape Out (Gabe Cuzzillo)
  • Beglitched (Jenny Jiao Hsia & Alec Thomson)
  • Circa Infinity (Kenny Sun)
  • Orchids To Dusk (Pol Clarissou)
  • Chambara (team ok)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club)
  • Darkest Dungeon (Red Hook Studios Inc.)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Keep Talking & Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)
  • Superhot (SUPERHOT)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)

The Independent Games Festival Awards 2016 winners will be announced on March 16, during this year’s GDC that runs from March 14-18.

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