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2014 Independent Games Festival Games:
 
 
Main Competition Audience Award
 
   
 

Welcome to the Audience Award page for the 2014 Independent Games Festival! These fantastic Audience Award finalists - which span all Main Competition finalists for this year - have been picked out of over 650 games. Now it's time for you, the gamer, to weigh in and pick your favorite.

Each game that is currently available on any platform is linked below for you to try – download the ones you're interested in, and place your vote for your favorite among them here! Note that an email address is required in order to verify your vote.

Voting will close Saturday, March 1th at 11:59PM EST. Have fun and thanks for playing!

Voting is now closed!

 
   
 
Corrypt
Michael Brough (Windows, Mac, and iOS)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

Mysterious intricate puzzle.

Corrypt Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @smestorp
Game download (full paid version on iOS, full free version on PC) available

Crypt of the NecroDancer
Brace Yourself Games (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio and Excellence in Design
Honorable mention: Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm-based roguelike game. Can you survive this deadly dungeon of dance, slay the NecroDancer, and recapture your still beating heart? Or will you be a slave to the rhythm for all eternity? Players must move on the beat to navigate procedurally generated dungeons while battling dancing skeletons, zombies, dragons, and more! Groove with the game's epic DannyB soundtrack, or select songs from your own MP3 collection. You can even play with a DDR dance pad to really shake your bones!

Crypt of the NecroDancer Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @NecroDancerGame
Screenshots and video available

DEVICE 6
Simogo (iOS)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Visual Arts, and Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Honorable mention: Excellence in Design and Nuovo Award

A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator.

DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography, and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.

Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll.

Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through?

Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve the strange riddles of DEVICE 6.

DEVICE 6 Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @simogo
Game download (full paid version) available

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"
Deirdra Kiai Productions (Windows, Mac, and iOS)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Narrative, Nuovo Award, and Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Dominique Pamplemousse is an interactive musical comedy in stop motion, in which the titular protagonist is a down-on-their-luck private investigator of ambiguous gender only one rent payment away from homelessness. When the CEO of a major record company shows up asking Dominique to locate a missing pop star, taking the job appears to be the straightforward thing to do. However, as things are never quite as they seem in these kinds of stories, Dominique winds up framed for a crime they didn't commit, bringing to surface their mysterious past and the events that led them to take up shady detective work in the first place.

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @deirdrakiai
Game download (full paid version) available, playable online (demo)

Don't Starve
Klei Entertainment (Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4)

Finalist: Excellence in Design and Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Honorable mention: Excellence in Audio and Excellence in Visual Arts

Don't Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic.

You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.

Enter a strange and unexplored world full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. Gather resources to craft items and structures that match your survival style. Play your way as you unravel the mysteries of this strange land.

Don't Starve Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @klei
Game download (full paid version on PC) available

Drei
Etter (iOS)

Finalist: Excellence in Visual Arts

Three builders have to work together to build a tower. Drei is a game about skill, logic, and collaboration. It connects players across the world, to help each other in the battle against gravity.

Drei Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @EtterZurich
Game download (full paid version) available, playable online (demo)

Extrasolar
Lazy 8 Studios (Online)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

On its surface, Extrasolar looks like a legitimate scientific expedition -- the first to send rovers to a planet beyond our solar system. When you apply to the program, you're promised a chance to control one of the many rovers that the eXoplanetary Research Institute (XRI) has put down on the surface of an alien world. As a citizen scientist, you volunteer your time to help explore the planet one photo at a time. Before long, the story back on Earth becomes just as compelling as the startling discoveries on the planet as you find yourself wrapped up at the center of a conspiracy, not sure whom to trust.

Extrasolar is pioneering new gameplay and technology. Gorgeous images of the planet's surface are rendered in the cloud and delivered to the player every few hours, making each player's experience unique and raising the bar for the appearance and immersion of Web games.

Extrasolar Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @Lazy8Studios
Screenshots and video available

Gorogoa
Jason Roberts (Windows, Mac, and Mobile)

Finalist: Excellence in Visual Arts
Honorable mention: Excellence in Design and Excellence in Narrative

Still a work in progress, Gorogoa is a lovingly hand-illustrated world suspended inside of a unique puzzle. To solve the puzzle, the player rearranges a few tiles on a simple grid, placing them next to or on top of one another. But each tile is also a window into a different part of the game world -- or perhaps into a different world -- and each window plays like its own little game. Even so, the key to progressing never lies within one tile, but in the connections between tiles.

Gorogoa Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @Gorogoa
Game download (demo on PC) available

Jazzpunk
Necrophone Games (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Finalist: Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Honorable mention: Excellence in Audio

Jazzpunk is a first-person comedy adventure game set in an alternate-reality Cold War World, plagued with Corporate Espionage, CyberCrime™, and Sentient Martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yester-year (eg: Naked Gun, Airplane!, Hot Shots, etc), with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales, and open-world style exploration.

Jazzpunk Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @beetlenaut
Screenshots and video available

Luxuria Superbia
Tale of Tales (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Ouya)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

A simple game of touch, pleasure, and joy. Luxuria Superbia is a musical journey through stylized flowers that react to your gestures. Exciting designs explode from your motions, from the realm of the senses on to the rational up to the spiritual.

Luxuria Superbia is a completely abstract game, without a story or characters. It's all about the experience, the interaction with the software. The game consists of twelve tunnels with different shapes inspired by flowers. It's reminiscent of a tunnel shooter game. But instead of destroying enemies, your task is to be nice to the tunnel, to make it feel good. When you touch the walls of the tunnel, the color changes. It starts white, and your goal is to make it as colorful as possible. The tunnel likes to be colored. You can sense this. The game is very responsive. The way you get a high score is by playing slowly and gently. Just pushing through as fast as you can will result in failure. The game wants you to take it easy and really play with it.

Created by Michaël Samyn & Auriea Harvey (Tale of Tales) with music by Walter Hus.

Luxuria Superbia Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @taleoftales
Game download (full paid version) available

Mushroom 11
Untame (Windows, Mac, and iOS)

Finalist: Excellence in Design

Mushroom 11 is a post-apocalyptic puzzle-platformer with unique control mechanics. Guide a mysterious amorphic organism across brain-twisting obstacles, overcome swarms of bizarre mutated creatures, and understand the true nature of the devastation from which you emerged.

Mushroom 11 Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @itayke
Screenshots and video available

Papers, Please
Lucas Pope (Windows and Mac)

Finalist: Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, Nuovo Award, and Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Congratulations.
The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled.
For immediate placement, report to the The Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint.
An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.
Glory to Arstotzka.

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The communist state of Arstotzka has just ended a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia and reclaimed its rightful half of the border town, Grestin. Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission's primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems, you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.

Papers, Please Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @dukope
Game download (full paid version) available

Paralect
Paralect Team (Windows and Mac)

Finalist: Excellence in Narrative

Paralect is a 2D platformer that uses gameplay, visuals, and narrative to tell a personal story of cultural unrooting. It explores the paradigm shifts caused by culture shock and adaptation, and investigates how those transformations affect one's vision of people, their environment, the place you initially came from, and, most importantly, the place you wish to call home.

The game is divided into a sequence of experiences. At first glance, the main world is a typical platformer, presenting the player with environmental obstacles and puzzles. However, the narrative delivery system allows the player to spatially explore the monologue of NPCs and discover clues about how these characters and their worlds work.

Paralect Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Game download (full free version) available

Perfect Stride
Arcane Kids (Windows and Mac)

Finalist: Excellence in Visual Arts
Honorable mention: Excellence in Design

A first-person maximalist skater. Literally a perfect game. State Of The Art computer graphics. Based on old school FPS movement exploits (Quake jumping, Tribes skiing, CS surfing). The controls are hella hard and we like it that way so shut up.

Perfect Stride Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @arcanekids
Screenshots and video available

Perfect Woman
Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder (Windows, Mac, and Xbox One)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

Perfect Woman is structured into progressive levels, each one representing a different stage in a woman's life. Starting at the child stage, players must post in front of a Kinect to mimic various poses that appear on screen. The better a player is able to hold the pose, the more "perfect" their rating for that level.

Perfect Woman features a branching decision tree which serves to create a narrative of the character's life. Past choices may make future choices more difficult. Perfect Woman suggests that it isn't possible to be perfect at every stage in life, and that's perfectly fine.

Perfect Woman Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @LeaSchonfelder and @_kitchen
Screenshots and video available

Samorost3
Amanita Design (Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio and Excellence in Visual Arts

Samorost3 is a sequel to small adventure games Samorost and Samorost2. This time it's a much bigger and more ambitious project. One day, the little space gnome will find a strange flute (magical, of course) that fell down from the sky, and with its help he'll be able to build a new spaceship, explore 5 different planets and 4 moons, solve many mysteries, and also find out where the flute came from.

The game is being developed by the same team that created Machinarium, and the soundtrack is again composed by Tomas 'Floex' Dvorak.

The release is planned for early 2015.

Samorost3 Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @Amanita_Design
Screenshots and video available

Save the Date
Paper Dino Software (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

It's a perfectly normal evening, and you have a quiet dinner planned with a friend. Over the course of playing Save the Date, you and your friend will touch on many timeless themes: Friendship. Stories. Hope. Destiny. And above all else, what to order for dinner.

Save the Date Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @PaperDino
Game download (full free version) available

SoundSelf
Robin Arnott (Windows, Mac, and Linux)

Finalist: Nuovo Award

SoundSelf is the chanting game of sensory exploration. Use your voice to fall through strobing tunnels-of-light, impossible shapes, and deep into a meditative trance. It's an elegant symmetry of image, sound, and body that takes advantage of loopholes in the way you perceive to facilitate a new experience of your self and your world. Each play-through is unique to you, and lasts one extremely intense hour.

SoundSelf Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @videodreaming
Screenshots and video available

The Banner Saga
Stoic (Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

Finalist: Excellence in Visual Arts
Honorable mention: Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Design

The Banner Saga is a turn-based strategy RPG. It's a single-player experience built on travel, conversation, and combat. As players travel across beautiful environments, they have to deal with events that arise and keep their caravan of hundreds safe. In combat, take over 20 characters into turn-based battles and earn renown to upgrade them. In conversation, make decisions that decide the outcome of your story.

The Banner Saga Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @StoicStudio
Screenshots and video available

The Stanley Parable
Galactic Cafe (Windows and Mac)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio, Excellence in Narrative, and Seumas McNally Grand Prize

The Stanley Parable is a first-person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

But as you explore, slowly, meaning begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all. The game is not here to fight you; it is inviting you to dance.

The Stanley Parable Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @HelloCakebread
Game download (full paid version, demo) available

The Yawhg
Damian Sommer and Emily Carroll (Windows)

Finalist: Excellence in Audio and Excellence in Narrative
Honorable mention: Excellence in Visual Arts and Seumas McNally Grand Prize

The Yawhg is a one- to four-player choose-your-own-adventure game that randomizes a unique story every time you play. The evil Yawhg is returning. How will the town's locals lead their lives in the meanwhile, and what will they do when the dreaded Yawhg finally arrives? The fate of a community hinges on the characters' actions, and the decisions of their players.

The Yawhg Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @DamianSommer
Game download (full paid version) available

TowerFall Ascension
Matt Thorson (Windows, PlayStation 4, and Ouya)

Finalist: Excellence in Design
Honorable mention: Seumas McNally Grand Prize

TowerFall is an archery combat platformer for up to 4 players. It's a local party game centering around hilarious, intense versus matches. The core mechanics are simple and accessible, but combat is fast and fierce. It's best played competitively with friends, cross-legged on the floor within punching distance of each other.

TowerFall Ascension Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @MattThorson
Game download (full paid version on Ouya, demo on Ouya) available

868-HACK
Michael Brough (Windows and iOS)

Finalist: Excellence in Design
Honorable mention: Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Cyberspace roguelike.

868-HACK Website
IGF Info Page
YouTube Video
Twitter @smestorp
Game download (full paid version on iOS, demo on PC) available