The 20th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards Reveals 2018 Nominees

Night in the Woods, Cuphead, Tacoma, and more are among the nominees list for this year's 20th Annual Independent Games Festival Awards.

on January 4, 2018 4:11 PM

Taking place in the early part of the year, the annual Independent Games Festival (or “IGF” for short) presents its own awards ceremony to honor the brightest achievements in independent game design, with the 20th installment of the ceremony having announced its nominees for 2018.

Over on the official website for IGF, the awards group has revealed its nominees for this year’s awards ceremony, which will take place on March 21st, 2018 during the Game Developers Conference. Overall, over 35 games have been nominated for the awards’ groups honors, with several of the past year’s notable indies (such as Night in the WoodsTacomaCuphead, and more) finding their way into the nominees list, while several upcoming indie games were also selected for consideration, such as Baba is You.

The full list of nominees for this year’s IGF Awards for 2018 can be found below:


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)

Cuphead (StudioMDHR)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)Kyklos Code (Cube Factory)Membrane (Perfect Hat / Seth S. Scott)That Blooming Feeling (The Tots Team)Tell Me What You See (Pesky Bees)

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