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IGF 2015 Finalists Led By Talos, Invisible Inc, War Of Mine

Finalists for the 2015 Independent Games Festival awards have been announced, and it’s a good-lookin’ list full of many-splendoured things. Croteam’s The Talos Principle, Klei’s Invisible Inc and 11 Bit’s This War Of Mine are the most recurrent PC games (that we’re all able to play already) in the list, but there are quite a few other splendid titles you might have seen on RPS over the last few months in there too. A whole bunch I really need to check out myself, too. I hear particularly good things about Grand Prize finalist Outer Wilds, which is perhaps the most outsiderish contender in there. Anyway: everything in the running is below. What do you make of the line-up this year?
Here’s the line-up of finalists, distilled from some 650 games entered in total:

Excellence In Visual Art

Donut County (Ben Esposito)

Lumino City (State of Play Games)

Else Heart.Break() (Niklas Akerblad, Erik Svedang, et al.)

Memory of a Broken Dimension (XRA)

Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith)

Oquonie (XXIIVV and Kokorobot)

Honorable mentions: Crawl (Powerhoof); Future Unfolding (Spaces of Play); Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine); Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club); The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo); The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts).

Excellence In Narrative

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Coming Out Simulator 2014 (Nicky Case)

Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration (Down to the Wire)

Pry (Tender Claws)

This War of Mine (11 Bit Studios)

Three Fourths Home ([Bracket]Games)

Honorable mentions: Curtain (Llaura, Dreamfeeel); Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) (Upper One Games/E-Line Media); Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds); The Fall (Over The Moon); The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo); The Talos Principle (Croteam).

Excellence In Design

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Framed (Loveshack)

Invisible Inc. (Klei Entertainment)

Killer Queen (Joshua DeBonis & Nikita Mikros)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)

The Talos Principle (Croteam)

Honorable mentions: Desert Golfing (Captain Games); Dungeon of the Endless (Amplitude Studios); Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios); Helix (Michael Brough); Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games); Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club),

 

Excellence In Audio

Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure (SuperChop Games)

Phonopath (Kevin Regamey)

Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)

The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo Games)

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts)

Thumper (Drool)

Honorable mentions: Deep Under the Sky (Rich Edwards and Colin Northway); Fotonica (Santa Ragione); Goat Simulator (Coffee Stain Studios); Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton); Nuclear Throne (Vlambeer); Smash Hit (Mediocre).

 

Nuovo Award

Become A Great Artist In Just 10 Seconds (Michael Brough and Andi McClure)

Bounden (Game Oven)

Desert Golfing (Captain Games)

Elegy For A Dead World (Dejobaan Games & Popcannibal)

How Do You Do It? (Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, Jonathan Kittaka and Deckman Coss)

Plug & Play (Mario von Rickenbach and Michael Frei / Etter Studio)

Rooftop Cop (Stephen Lawrence Clark)

Tetrageddon Games (Nathalie Lawhead)

Honorable mentions: Curtain (Llaura, Dreamfeeel); Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration (Down to the Wire); International Jetpack Conference (Rob Dubbin and Allison Parrish); Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wiilds); Phonopath (Kevin Regamery); Push Me Pull You (House House).

 

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

80 Days (Inkle Studios)

Invisible Inc. (Klei Entertainment)

Outer Wilds (Team Outer Wilds)

The Talos Principle (Croteam)

Metamorphabet (Patrick Smith)

This War of Mine (11 Bit Studios)

Honorable mentions: Donut County (Ben Esposito); Endless Legend (Amplitude Studios)Killer Queen (Joshua DeBonis & Nikita Mikros)Shovel Knight (Yacht Club Games)The Sailor’s Dream (Simogo Games); The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (The Astronauts).

Congrats and good luck to everyone. The 2015 IGF awards on happen Wednesday, March 4h at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center. We’ll be looking more closely at all the PC games in the running for prizes soon.

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