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IGF 2015 Main Competition Finalists at a Glance

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It’s been a while since IGF 2015 opened its doors for submissions. Quite a while. Too long? Nah, although for participants, I’m sure the wait has been rather stressful to say the least. No less for the rest of us though, but hey – we finally have the list of main competition finalists, and boy does is it ever feature some funky greatness!

Before we get to that however, one thing has been on my mind ever since the announcement regarding 2014’s finalists getting a free pass through Greenlight: will we be seeing something similar this year? Chances are we won’t, because as far as I can tell, very few – if any – of the games this time are trying to push through the system and on to Steam.

But enough of that as the full list, which can be found below, has so many interesting and unique titles; in fact, far too many to go through here, so instead I’m just gonna point out a few personal favorites and let loose.

First up, we have the lovely choose-your-own-adventure 80 Days from Inkle Studios, which is nominated for both Excellence In Narrative, Excellence In Design and Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Too much? Hardly. Darn fine game! And then there’s Loveshack’s comic panel puzzler Framed, which I have yet to play, but am itching to get started on – quite a rarity this one. Last but not least, is Simogo’s more-narrative-than-game, The Sailor’s Dream, which has already enchanted quite a few fans, by the look of things.

Now, those interested in taking the lot for a spin may want to consider attending IGF 2015, which is set to take place during GDC 2015 (March 4th-6th), at the San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Alternatively, you could just bust out that fancy credit card and purchase a copy. Might be cheaper than making the trip for some, based on locale and whatnot, ya know?


Excellence In Visual Art

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

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

Excellence In Audio

Nuovo Award

Seumas McNally Grand Prize