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The Stanley Parable, Device 6, Papers Please among IGF finalist favourites

Tuesday, 7th January 2014 22:36 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Finalists for the IGF Awards have been announced, with a couple of favoured titles popping up again and again across categories.

In terms of straight nominations, three titles each managed four nominations each – Papers, Please; Device 6 (pictured); and Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!”, a stop motion adventure from Deirdra Kiai Productions which is far too generously named to fit in a headline, unfortunately.

The Stanley Parable wasn’t far behind with three nominations.

If you take in honourable mentions as well, it’s clear the panel faced some quality games this year and struggled to select between them; games like Samorost3 and Don’t Starve pop up repeatedly.

The IGF Awards will be held on March 19 as part of GDC, immediately before the GDC Awards. It attracted a record number of entrants this year, and has changed its format slightly.

Here’s the full list of nominations, courtesy of GamesIndustry.

  • Excellence In Visual Art
    - DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
    - Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)
    - The Banner Saga (Stoic)
    - Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids)
    - Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
    - Drei (Etter)
    Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); Galak-Z (17-BIT); The Swapper (Facepalm Games); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll); Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
  • Excellence In Narrative
    - The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)
    - Paralect (Paralect Team)
    - DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
    - Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
    - The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
    - Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
    Honorable mentions: Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts); Redshirt (The Tiniest Shark); Detective Grimoire (SFB Games); Monster Loves You (Radial Games Corp. & Dejobaan Games, LLC.)
  • Excellence In Design
    - TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson)
    - 868-HACK (Michael Brough)
    - Mushroom 11 (Untame)
    - Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
    - Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
    - Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)
    Honorable mentions: The Banner Saga (Stoic); Perfect Stride (Arcane Kids); Threes (Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend & Jimmy Hinson); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)
  • Excellence In Audio
    - Samorost3 (Amanita Design)
    - Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
    - The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
    - Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)
    - DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
    - The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)
    Honorable mentions: Sokobond (Alan Hazelden, Harry Lee & Ryan Roth); The Banner Saga (Stoic); Potatoman Seeks the Troof (Pixeljam); Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games); Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
  • Nuovo Award
    - Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
    - Luxuria Superbia (Tale of Tales)
    - Extrasolar (Lazy 8 Studios)
    - Perfect Woman (Peter Lu and Lea Schonfelder)
    - SoundSelf (Robin Arnott)
    - Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
    - Save the Date (Paper Dino Software)
    - Corrypt (Michael Brough)
    Honorable mentions: Shelter (Might & Delight); DEVICE 6 (Simogo); Elegy for a Dead World (Dejobaan Games with Popcannibal); SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team); 18 Cadence (Aaron A. Reed)
  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize
    - The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)
    - Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)
    - Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games)
    - Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)
    - DEVICE 6 (Simogo)
    - Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)
    Honorable mentions: Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games); TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson); Kerbal Space Program (Squad); 868-HACK (Michael Brough); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

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