February 3, 2023

If the Unbiased Video games Competition awards are the Oscars of video gaming, then that certainly makes Rock Paper Shotgun’s yearly Creation Calendar the BAFTAs. I am justifying this spurious comparability as a result of the video games we picked as our favourites of 2022 have confirmed a powerful indicator of what you will discover on this yr’s checklist of IGF finalists. Among the many selectees are Tunic, Betrayal At Membership Low, Norco, Neon White and The Case Of The Golden Idol.

The IGF has been working for years and does higher than most videogame awards at highlighting fascinating, distinctive work. As all the time, this yr’s final winners will likely be chosen by a jury of recreation builders and introduced in the course of the Sport Builders Convention, which runs March Twentieth-Twenty fourth. The awards ceremony is on Wednesday, March twenty second and also will be broadcast on Twitch.

This is the complete checklist of nominees:

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Betrayal at Membership Low (Cosmo D Studios)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Staff)
  • The Case of the Golden Idol (Colour Grey Video games)
  • IMMORTALITY (Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix)
  • Not For Broadcast (NotGames)

Honorable Mentions:

Tinykin (Splashteam), Terra Nil (Free Lives), RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (DeskWorks Inc.), Roadwarden (Ethical Anxiousness Studio), Hardspace: Shipbreaker (Blackbird Interactive), Citizen Sleeper (Bounce Over the Age)

Finest Pupil Sport

  • Gevaudan (Nicolas Bernard)
  • Thoughts Diver (Indoor Sun shades)
  • Presenter Slides (Mathias Schifter & Brin Žvan)
  • Shutter (ARTFX 2022)
  • Skala (Gustav Almström)
  • Slider (randomerz)

Honorable Mentions:

A Mallard’s Music (Ducky Elford), Error143 (Jenny Vi Pham), Paper Planet (Doodlegames), The Longest Stroll (Alexander Tarvet), zenosyne (Ezra Szanton)

Excellence in Audio

  • Dome Keeper (Bippinbits)
  • Paradise Marsh (LazyEti)
  • South of the Circle (State of Play)
  • The Forest Quartet (Mads & Pals)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Staff)
  • We’re OFK (Staff OFK)

Honorable Mentions:

Betrayal at Membership Low (Cosmo D Studios), Cult of the Lamb (Large Monster), IMMORTALITY (Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid), Melatonin (Half Asleep), Neon White (Angel Matrix), Tinykin (Splashteam)

Excellence in Design

  • In opposition to the Storm (Eremite Video games)
  • Betrayal at Membership Low (Cosmo D Studios)
  • Mr. Solar’s Hatbox (Kenny Solar)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix)
  • Stacklands (Sokpop Collective)
  • The Case of the Golden Idol (Colour Grey Video games)

Honorable Mentions:

Citizen Sleeper (Bounce Over the Age), Cursed to Golf (Chuhai Labs), Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator (niceplay video games), Swordship (Digital Kingdom), Terra Nil (Free Lives), Tinykin (Splashteam)

Excellence in Narrative

  • Butterfly Soup 2 (Brianna Lei)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Bounce Over the Age)
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Video games)
  • IMMORTALITY (Sam Barlow, Half Mermaid)
  • NORCO (Geography of Robots)
  • South of the Circle (State of Play)

Honorable Mentions:

Everlasting Threads (Cosmonaut Studios), Queer Man Peering Right into a Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost), Roadwarden (Ethical Anxiousness Studio), The Case of the Golden Idol (Colour Grey Video games), The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow (Cloak and Dagger Video games), The Wreck (The Pixel Hunt)

Excellence in Visible Arts

  • Afterglitch (Vladimir Kudelka)
  • How Deep Is the Darkish Water? (Rhett Tsai)
  • Potionomics (Voracious Video games)
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (DeskWorks Inc.)
  • To Hell With the Ugly (La Poule Noire, ARTE France)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Staff)

Honorable Mentions

I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Video games), Melatonin (Half Asleep), NAIAD (HiWarp), Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator (niceplay video games), Return to Monkey Island (Horrible Toybox), Swordship (Digital Kingdom), Terra Nil (Free Lives), Voodoo Detective (Brief Sleeve Studio LLC)

Nuovo Award

  • Afterglitch (Vladimir Kudelka)
  • An Outcry (Quinn Ok.)
  • Betrayal at Membership Low (Cosmo D Studios)
  • He Fucked The Woman Out Of Me (Taylor McCue)
  • Queer Man Peering Right into a Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost)
  • Sylvie Lime (Love♥️Sport)
  • Time Bandit (Joel Jordon)
  • Titanic II: Orchestra for Dying At Sea (Flan Falacci)

Honorable Mentions:

Atuel (Matajuegos), Ib (kouri), Not For Broadcast (NotGames), Of Moons and Mania (Absurd Partitions), RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (DeskWorks Inc.)

The plain absentee from this checklist is, after all, Vampire Survivors. It was arguably 2022’s greatest indie hit and it was our most favouritest recreation of final yr. Possibly its builders did not submit it for consideration? That is the one legitimate excuse for it not that includes among the many finalists or honourable mentions.

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