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2008 - The team behind IGF Student Showcase finalist Narbacular Drop is hired by Valve. The game is reworked into Portal and goes on to win the coveted Game Developer's Choice "Best Game" award for 2008, as well as numerous game of the year accolades.

2008 - Design Innovation winner Braid is slated for an early 2008 release on Microsoft's XBLA service.

2008 - Excellence in Audio winner Audiosurf launches on Valve's Steam distribution service and goes on to become the highest selling game of February, outselling even Valve's own Orange box (including Team Fortress 2 and Game Developer's Choice "Best Game" winner Portal.)

2007 - Design Innovation winner Everyday Shooter is signed by Sony for distribution on the PlayStation 3's PlayStation Network, after Sony's John Hight plays the game at the IGF Pavilion during GDC 2007 - Everyday Shooter's Jon Mak also appears at the inaugural Independent Games Summit.

2006 - Grand prize winner Darwinia gets both digital distribution via Valve's Steam system and U.S. retail distribution from new indie label Cinemaware Marquee.

2005 - Multi award-winner Alien Hominid receives publishing deals in the U.S. (via O3 Publishing) and Europe(via Zoo Digital), much critical acclaim, and even spawns a mobile version.

2005 - Fan favorite N wins the audience award. N+ is currently announced as in development for Xbox 360 Live Arcade, Nintendo DS, and Sony PSP.

2004 - Innovative casual strategy game Oasis wins the web/downloadable grand prize, going on to launch on major online portals the following year.

2003 - Super X Studios' Wild Earth, a photographic game based around a worldwide safari, takes multiple prizes and subsequently becomes a motion simulator ride.

2000 - Tread Marks, created by the late Seumas McNally, which the IGF's grand prize is now named after, wins 3 major awards.

1999 - Vicarious Visions, now a major handheld / console developer, honored for Terminus.

 
   
   
   
   
 
 
 
   
 
2009 Independent Games Festival Student Showcase Winners:
 
   
 
 
   
 
2009 Independent Games Festival Student Showcase Games:
 
   
 
City Rain - Building Sustainability
Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil (Windows PC)

Can you imagine a mix of Tetris and Sim City? We, from Mother Gaia Studio, have already done that, adding to this game a flavor of ecology too.

In this fun and exciting game, the player joins the unique experience of being a mayor of a city that, like all others, grows in an unpredictable way. As the mayor, the player will be challenged to take fast decisions that provide sustainable development and quality of life to its residents, scoring more and staying more time in the mayor’s seat.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (full free version) available.


The Color of Doom
The Guildhall at SMU, Texas (Half-Life 2: Episode One mod for Windows PC)

The Color of Doom is an exciting, humorous experience shooting hordes of enemies! It is a single player mod for Half-Life 2 that brings the excitement of a 3d action-platformer to a tongue-in-cheek superhero setting.

Blast through a super-villain’s evil robot lair, filled with aggressive red and blue robotic minions intent on your destruction. Only by using your color-switching gadgetry can you hope to survive the crazed contraptions left behind in Doctor Violet’s factory.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Game download (Half-Life 2: Episode One mod) available.


Dish Washington
The National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment, Denmark (Half-Life 2: Episode One mod for Windows PC)

Dish Washington is a funkalicious first person dish washing wonder! Enter the head of the funky crocodile Dish Washington and experience dish washing turn into a party. Get groovy to the beat, grab you brush and boogie those stains back to the Stone Age. No stain, no game!

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Game download (Half-Life 2: Episode One mod) available.


FEIST
Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland (Windows PC, Mac OSX)

FEIST takes you onto a journey over high mountains and through deep forests. The journey isn't told to be an easy one and besides the dirt tracks you have to take wait mad foes and vicious vegetation. Only with cunningness and by taking risks you might find the power to reach the end of your journey.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots available.


Kid The World Saver
University Of Southern California (Windows PC)

A "Playful Epic" where players help Kid save the world by playing with connectible blocks. The block types and configurations affect Kid's behavior.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Screenshots available.


Tag: The Power of Paint
DigiPen Institute Of Technology, Seattle (Windows PC)

Tag is a first-person puzzle game where every object in the game is paintable and different colors of paint give the player different powers. Using the different colors of paint, the player must paint their way to victory by using the different colors to solve the puzzles in each level.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Walkthrough Video
Game download (full free version) available.


The Unfinished Swan
University of Southern California (Windows PC)

The Unfinished Swan is a first-person painting game set in an entirely white world. Players can splatter paint to help them find their way through an unusual garden.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots available.


Where Is My Heart?
Universität Ulm, Germany (Windows PC, Mac OSX)

Where is My Heart? is a puzzle-platforming game that explores family relationships through its central metaphor. Players embody a family of monsters, whose interactions produce pink hearts of love which can lead the family home, and dark green hearts of bitterness, which damage the family and throw it off course.

Where is My Heart? is an engaging and touching exploration of familial relationships through the metaphors of exploration and collection. Developed by Bernhard Schulenburg.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Game download (full free version) available.


Winds of Orbis
Carnegie Mellon - Entertainment Technology Center, Pittsburgh (Windows PC using Wii Remote)

'Winds of Orbis' is the first action-adventure title to promote physically active play by combining Nintendo's motion sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk with a re-designed floor pad. The gamer can literally step into the shoes of a virtual hero to explore an immersive world, combat enemies, cast spells, and solve puzzles. A Hero's Journey-style story adds emotional investment to the revolutionary physical game mechanics.

Our vision is to take the adventure of 'The Legend of Zelda' with the active fun of 'Dance Dance Revolution' to create a new game genre: Active-Adventures.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots available.


Zeit²
Technische Universität Berlin, Germany (PC, Xbox 360 Community Games)

zeit² comes in the tradition of classic score-attack shoot 'em up games and adds a time traveling mechanic, which extends the game experience in surprising ways. You can assist yourself by traveling back in time and co-op with your prior playing, which will give you new exciting possibilities to improve your game play and reach a high score.

The simple two button controls make it easy for casual players to get started and get hooked on zeit², while its game play spoils hardcore players by giving them so many possibilities to improve their high score.

Official Website
IGF Info Page
Video Trailer
Screenshots available.


 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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