2013 Independent Games Festival finalists announced

The Independent Games Festival has announced the full list of finalists for its 2013 awards – the 15th annual ceremony. Nearly 30 games are in the running, selected by discipline-specific juries from the more than 580 entries.

Five of those games are up for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize: Dennaton Games’ brutal neon shooter Hotline Miami; FTL: Faster Than Light, the space-combat simulation from Subset Games; Richard Hofmeier’s greyscale exploration of humanism, Cart Life; Tomorrow Corporation’s pyromaniacal physics toy Little Inferno; and Kentucky Route Zero, the beautifully drawn adventure from Cardboard Computer.

2013 also see the debut of a brand new award for Excellence in Narrative, with Kentucky Route Zero and Cart Life joining Blendo Games’ Thirty Flights Of Loving among the finalists.

All the games will be playable at the IGF Pavillion at this year’s 2013 Game Developers Conference, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from March 27 to 29. The actual awards will take place on the first night, with a prize fund of nearly $60,000 up for grabs. This year’s finalists will also benefit from Steam distribution.

The full list of finalists is below – click the links for more information on each game, and a video of it in action.

Excellence In Visual Art

Incredipede (Northway Games and Thomas Shahan)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Guacamelee! (Drinkbox Studios)
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)
Year Walk (Simogo)

Excellence In Narrative

Thirty Flights of Loving (Blendo Games)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Dys4ia (Auntie Pixelante)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

Technical Excellence

StarForge (CodeHatch)
Perspective (DigiPen Widdershins)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
Intrusion 2 (Aleksey Abramenko)
LiquidSketch (Tobias Neukom)

Excellence In Design

Samurai Gunn (Beau Blyth)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen and Ryan Roth)
Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)
Super Space ______ (David Scamehorn and Alexander Baard/DigiPen)

Excellence In Audio

Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Bad Hotel (Lucky Frame)
140 (Jeppe Carlsen)
Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)
Pixeljunk 4AM (Q-Games)

Nuovo Award

(Honouring “abstract… and unconventional game development”)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Spaceteam (Henry Smith)
Dys4ia (Auntie Pixelante)
Bientot l’ete (Tale of Tales)
7 Grand Steps (Mousechief)
MirrorMoon (SantaRagione + BloodyMonkey)
VESPER.5 (Michael Brough)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)