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2018 Independent Games Festival announces award finalists, winners to be revealed at GDC

With over 600 entries, the organizers for the 20th Independent Games Festival (IGF) have announced the 35 independent games nominated for the IGF Awards. The finalists for these categories will all be playable at the Game Developers Conference from March 21st to March 23rd, 2018 at the IGF Pavilion. The full list of categories and nominees including honorable mentions are:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy)

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)

West of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications)

Into the Breach (Subset Games)

Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments)

Baba is You (Hempuli)

Honorable Mentions: 

Tacoma (Fullbright)

Rain World (VIDEOCULT)

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (Game Grumps)

Cosmic Top Secret (klassefilm)

Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)

Everything Is Going to Be OK (Nathalie Lawhead)

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)

Excellence in Visual Art

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)

Echo (ULTRA ULTRA)

Luna (Funomena)

The Gardens Between (The Voxel Agents)

Chuchel (Amanita Design)

Honorable Mentions:

Jettomero: Hero of the Universe (Ghost Time Games)

Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

AER – Memories of Old (Forgotten Key)

Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)

Rain World (VIDEOCULT)

Shape of the World (Hollow Tree Games)

Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)

Excellence in Audio

Tormentor X Punisher (e-studio)

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)

Vignettes (Skeleton Business)

Rain World (VIDEOCULT)

Uurnog Uurnlimited (Nifflas Games)

Celeste (Matt Makes Games)

Honorable Mentions:

Tumbleseed (Benedict Fritz, Greg Wohlwend, Joel Corelitz, David Laskey and Jenna Blazevich)

Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)

Tacoma (Fullbright)

Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)

Million Onion Hotel (Onion Games)

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)

Tacoma (Fullbright)

Excellence in Design

Into the Breach (Subset Games)

Shenzhen I/O (Zachtronics)

Wilmot’s Warehouse (Richard Hogg, Ricky Haggett, Eli Rainsberry)

Baba Is You (Hempuli)

Uurnog Uurnlimited (Nifflas Games)

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy)

Honorable Mentions:

Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments)

Dead Cells (Motion Twin)

Factorio (Wube Software)

Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions)

Battle Chef Brigade (Trinket Studios)

Heat Signature (Suspicious Developments)

Excellence in Narrative

Tacoma (Fullbright)

Attentat 1942 (Charles University and Czech Academy of Sciences)

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (Dim Bulb Games)

Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)

Butterfly Soup (Brianna Lei)

Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)

Honorable Mentions:

A Mortician’s Tale (Laundry Bear Games)

Lost Memories Dot Net (Star Maid Games)

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (Game Grumps)

Bury me, my Love (The Pixel Hunt, Figs and ARTE France)

Cosmic Top Secret (klassefilm)

West of Loathing (Asymmetric Publications)

Rakuen (Laura Shigihara)

Where the Water Tastes like Wine (Dim Bulb Games)

Nuovo Award

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (Bennett Foddy)

Tarotica Voo Doo (TPM.CO SOFT WORKS)

10 Mississippi (Karina Popp)

A Mortician’s Tale (Laundry Bear Games)

Cosmic Top Secret (klassefilm)

Everything Is Going to Be OK (Nathalie Lawhead)

Baba Is You (Hempuli)

Kids (Playables)

Honorable Mentions:

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine (Dim Bulb Games)

IO Interloper (DANG!)

The Norwood Suite (Cosmo D Studios)

Cheap Golf (Pixeljam)

Witchball (S.L.Clark)

Million Onion Hotel (Onion Games)

Don’t Make Love (Maggese)

Best Student Game

IO Interloper (DANG!)

Don’t Make Love (Maggese)

Penny Blue Finds a Clue (DigiPen Team Cactus Curse)

We Were Here (Total Mayhem Games)

Baba Is You (Hempuli)

Guardian of the Gears (DigiPen Team Studio 76)

Honorable Mentions:

Crewsaders (Titan Squad)

A.L.F.R.E.D. (Hugo Lefevre, Joseph Reichenbach, Romain Jaohar-Gaillard, Garance Royere Lebigre, Nicolas Tham, Marion Speiser, Delphine Migeot de Baran, Song Huang)

MOLOCH (Seemingly Pointless)

Kyklo’s Code (Cube Factory)

Membrane (Perfect Hat / Seth S. Scott)

That Blooming Feeling (The Tots Team)

Tell Me What You See (Pesky Bees)

Guardians of the Gears (DigiPen Team Studio 76)

The IGF Awards will take place on March 21st, 2018 during the Game Developers Conference. For more information on these awards or the nominees, visit the official IGF website.

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