The 2009 Independent Games Festival (IGF) has revealed the finalists for this year's ninth installment of the pre-eminent indie game competition.
From a record field of 226 entries, 30% over last year's totals, a number of notable games scored multiple nominations this year.
These include orbital osmosis sim Osmos
(3 nominations), abstract PSN action-er PixelJunk Eden
(3 nominations), time-reversing guitar-compatible antishooter Retro/Grade
(2 nominations), and atmospheric ball-ambulator Night Game
Other examples of the finalists, which are viewable on the official IGF website
, include charming exploration-game Blueberry Garden
and music-based block puzzler Musaic Box
, both double nominees, and several of the finalists for the new Innovation award, including Ratloop's Mightier
, Jason Rohrer's Between
and Tale Of Tales' The Graveyard
Finalists were decided by a panel made up of over 40 industry-leading game creators and journalists, including the makers of previous IGF honorees World Of Goo, Braid, Aquaria
; industry veterans from studios including Maxis, Big Huge Games, and SuperVillain Studios; and noted writers from Wired, Newsweek, and MTV.
In addition to the announcement, digital download store Direct2Drive has aligned with the Independent Games Festival to serve as the festival's official download partner this year.
This includes a new Direct2Drive Award given out at the IGF Awards this March, and the service has opened dedicated Direct2Drive indie game area
, including many previous IGF finalists and winners and other notable independent games.
The finalists for the 2009 Independent Games Festival are:
Seumas McNally Grand Prize:
(Singapore-MIT Gambit Game Lab)
(Rudolf Kremers/Alex May)
Excellence In Visual Art:
Excellence In Audio:
(24 Caret Games)
Excellence In Design:
(24 Caret Games)
(Tale Of Tales)
(From The Depths)
You Have To Burn The Rope
(Twisted Pixel Games)
Nominated games will available in playable form on the 2009 Game Developers Conference show floor, and will compete for nearly $50,000 in prizes, including awards for Innovation, Excellence in Design, and the coveted $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize, as well as the new Direct2Drive prize.
Winners will be announced on stage at the prestigious Independent Games Festival Awards on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The Independent Games Festival Awards are held along the Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC, which is run by Think Services (as is this website).
A separate set of finalists for the Student Showcase award, will be announced during the week of Jan. 19th, with the finalists for the IGF Mobile competition following in late January. Full festival information, including more details on these finalists and winners, is available at the official IGF website