The Winners of the Independent Games Festival 2014

The 16th Annual Independent Games Festival 2014 took place at the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco. As most of you probably know, the festival celebrates some of the best independent titles of the past year or so. Since I didn’t know some of the indie games that were nominated to this year’s festival, I decided to compile a list with all the nominees and winners in case you guys want to check them out. By the way, the winners are in bold. Alternatively, you can watch the entire award show above, courtesy of GameSpot.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

  • DEVICE 6
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
  • Don’t Starve
  • Jazzpunk
  • Papers, Please
  • The Stanley Parable

Honorable mentions: 868-HACK (Michael Brough); Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games); Kerbal Space Program (Squad); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll); and TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson).

Excellence in Visual Art:

  • DEVICE 6
  • Drei
  • Gorogoa
  • Perfect Stride
  • Samorost3
  • The Banner Saga

Honorable mentions: Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment); Galak-Z (17-BIT); Shelter (Might & Delight); The Swapper (Facepalm Games); and The Yawhg (Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll).

Excellence in Design:

  • 868-HACK
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Don’t Starve
  • Mushroom 11
  • Papers, Please
  • TowerFall Ascension

Honorable mentions: DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts); Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids); The Banner Saga (Stoic); and Threes (Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend, and Jimmy Hinson).

Excellence in Audio:

  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • DEVICE 6
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
  • Samorost3
  • The Stanley Parable
  • The Yawhg

Honorable mentions: Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment); Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games); Potatoman Seeks the Troof (Pixeljam); Sokobond (Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee, and Ryan Roth); and The Banner Saga (Stoic).

Excellence in Narrative:

  • DEVICE 6
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
  • Papers, Please
  • Paralect
  • The Stanley Parable
  • The Yawhg

Honorable mentions: Detective Grimoire (SFB Games); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts); Monster Loves You! (Radial Games Corp. & Dejobaan Games, LLC.); Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games); and Redshirt (The Tiniest Shark).

Nuovo Award:

  • Corrypt
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”
  • Extrasolar
  • Luxuria Superbia
  • Papers, Please
  • Perfect Woman
  • Save the Date
  • SoundSelf

Honorable mentions: 18 Cadence (Aaron A. Reed); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Elegy for a Dead World (Dejobaan Games with Popcannibal); Shelter (Might & Delight); and SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT team).

Student Showcase Finalists:

  • Cyber Heist
  • Engare
  • Foiled
  • Museum of Simulation Technology
  • Rhythm Doctor
  • Risk of Rain
  • Symmetrain
  • Westerado

Honorable mentions: Bokida (Institut de Création et d’Animation Numériques); Flying Fish (The Academy of Interactive Entertainment); Ladylike (NYU and NYU Poly); Rabbit Rush (RMIT); and UN EP (Kansas City Art Institute).

Source: IGF