Indie games are big business, with hundreds of quality titles now produced each year over many different genres. Which is why it must have been hard for the staggering 200 judges to choose the shortlist for the forthcoming 15th IGF Awards, choosing seven award categories with five nominees apiece out of more than 580 entrants.
The contenders for the Grand Prize are as follows:
- Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)
- FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
- Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
- Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
- Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Meanwhile, honourable mentions went to Gone Home (The Fullbright Company); Thirty Flights of Loving (Blendo Games); The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh); Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen & Ryan Roth).
Head over to the IGF site to see the full list of nominees each of the categories – visual art, narrative, technical excellence, design, audio and the Nuovo award for “abstract and unconventional game development”. The winners will be announced as part of the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, on Wednesday 27 March.
You can read our review of Little Inferno, here.