2015 Independent Games Festival Finalists Announced

on January 7, 2015 7:30 PM

The Independent Game Festival announced its list of finalists for their 2015 awards today, narrowing down the competition to just 33 games.

This year’s event looks like it has some very stiff competition, with incredible games ranging from the excellent puzzle game The Talos Principle all the way to Bounden – a mobile game that teaches you how to dance with a partner. Every category has at least two games that I’m finding it tough to choose between for who I’d like to see take home the prize, which speaks well of how strong the current indie game scene has become.

Awards will be received during this year’s GDC in San Francisco March 2nd through the 6th, with the winners joining prestigious past winners such as Papers, Please; Fez; Minecraft and Monaco. The full list of award categories and nominees can be found below:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

  • 80 DAYS
  • Invisible, Inc.
  • Metamorphabet
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Talos Principle
  • This War of Mine

Excellence in Visual Arts:

  • Donut County
  • else Heart.Break()
  • Lumino City
  • Memory of a Broken Dimension
  • Metamorphabet
  • Oquonie

Excellence in Design:

  • 80 DAYS
  • Invisible, Inc.
  • Killer Queen
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Talos Principle

Excellence in Audio:

  • Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure
  • Phonopath
  • Shovel Knight
  • The Sailor’s Dream
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Thumper

Excellence in Narrative:

  • 80 DAYS
  • Coming Out Simulator 2014
  • Ice-Bound: A Novel of Reconfiguration
  • PRY
  • This War of Mine
  • Three Fourths Home

Nuovo Award:

  • Bounden
  • Desert Golfing
  • Elegy for a Dead World
  • how do you Do It?
  • Plug & Play
  • Rooftop Cop
  • Tetrageddon Games
Andrew was enraptured by video games at a young age by series such as Pokémon and The Legend of Zelda. A self-proclaimed recovered Dota 2 addict, you can find him enjoying the best games that the PC has to offer. Outside of writing about video games, Andrew enjoys binging Netflix, reading a good book and throwing money at anything and everything Star Wars related. He probably finds your lack of faith disturbing.