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2011 Independent Games Festival
Nuovo Award Finalists:
 
 
 
 


 
 

[Honorable Mentions: Amnesia: The Dark Descent (Frictional Games); Choice Of Broadsides (Choice Of Games); Faraway (Steph Thirion); Feign (Ian Snyder); Spy Party (Chris Hecker)]

 
   
 
Nuovo Award Finalist Descriptions:
 
   
 
Bohm
Monobanda (Windows PC)

Bohm is the kind of game you want to play before you go to bed. A simple and pure experience. Bohm gives you control over the life of a tree. It's a game based on slow gameplay and the act of creation. A slow and zen-like experience without goals or a clear explanation.

As a player you will explore the level of control you have. Growing, creating branches, pushing your tree into strange shapes, and discovering how beautiful and rewarding these simple processes can be.

You generate and control the growth of the tree in real time. As the tree grows, so does the adaptive music. Both change and evolve over time, under the influence of buttons pressed and decisions made.

Bohm is not about winning, but about letting yourself get carried away in an aesthetic and auditory poetic experience. An interactive homage to the beauty, slowness and peace of nature.

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Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.)
Copenhagen Game Collective (Windows PC)

B.U.T.T.O.N. (Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now) is a one-button party game for 2-8 players. The game consists of short rounds. In each round, the game instructs players to put down their controllers and take several steps back away from the computer. Then, after displaying an additional direction designed to add some chaos (e.g. "Lie on the floor"), the game announces a micro-challenge (e.g. "Any player whose button is pressed loses"). In a race in physical space, players rush to the controllers to press the "right" button – be it their own or that of their opponents.

In B.U.T.T.O.N., what players are "allowed" to do will depend on the specific community of people playing. The computer, of course, cannot detect if players are taking a full six steps back, or if each player really completed five pushups, etc. This is not a shortcoming, but a feature. Rather than let the computer carry out all the rules, the players are themselves responsible for enforcing (or not enforcing) the rules. On this account we were inspired by old folk games and board games, which encourage improvisational play and "house rules."

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The Cat and the Coup
Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad (Windows PC and Mac)

The Cat and the Coup is a documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. During the summer of 1953, the CIA engineered a coup to bring about his downfall. As a player, you coax Mossadegh back through significant events of his life by knocking objects off of shelves, scattering his papers, jumping on his lap and scratching him.

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Dinner Date
Stout Games (Windows PC)

You play as the subconsciousness of Julian Luxemburg, waiting for his date to arrive. You listen in on his thoughts while tapping the table, looking at the clock and eventually reluctantly starting to eat...

Dinner Date is the portrait of Julian: from his desires and doubts to reflections on his friends and his place in the world. You are not merely witnessing - by interacting with Julian and his world you gain a clear vantage point on his life.

The wait for the beautiful girl he invited over becomes longer and she becomes the dominant factor in his thoughts. And yet his true problems may not even begin with the girl: what of his work, of his boss, the headhunter, his fascination of Byron and his friendship with Jerry, who had been pushing Julian to take on this date?

In Dinner Date you will experience all this: with some drinks, some bread, some soup - and with a clock that slowly mocks the constant wait for when she comes, this elusive girl who will solve everything.

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Hazard: The Journey Of Life
Demruth (Windows PC)

Hazard: The Journey Of Life is a surreal exploration puzzle game, set within a non-Euclidean labyrinth of manipulable geometry. Explore a vibrant and deceptive world, where space can change and nothing is as it seems.

With a philosophical narrative, Hazard is about appreciating the simple things in life: experiencing the wonder of discovery, learning through curiosity, and the unexpected nature of a world that we do not fully understand.

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A House in California
Cardboard Computer (Online, Windows, Mac, & Linux)

A House in California is a surreal, narrative game about four characters who bring a house to life. These four characters are based on relatives of mine (two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers). Within the game, the player guides the four characters to engage with environments and activities drawn from a combination of memory, research, poetry, and fantasy.

Aesthetically, the game draws inspiration from 'Mystery House', developed in 1980 by Roberta and Ken Williams. 'Mystery House' is a murder mystery that drives its characters progressively deeper into the titular house by offering the player material verbs such as "go", "open", and "take". 'A House in California' inverts these qualities of materiality and violent murder into a peaceful but surreal character study which draws the player into the inner lives of its four characters.

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Playable online and game download (free full version) available.


Loop Raccord
Nicolai Troshinsky (Windows PC)

Manipulate a series of video clips in order to create a continuous movement.

Official Website
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Game download (free full version) available.


Nidhogg
Messhof (Windows PC)

Nidhogg is a 2 player fencing game with football & platforming elements.

Official Website
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