GCAP: Top Aussie games for '07 named

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords named top Aussie-made game at industry awards.

Infinite Interactive's puzzle/RPG hybrid Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords has dominated Australia's peak industry games awards. It won five categories at the Game Development Association of Australia's (GDAA) annual awards.

At the GDAA Awards held in Melbourne overnight, Puzzle Quest was named Best Australian Game for 2007. The innovative game and its various formats also won for Best Gameplay, Best PC Game, Best Handheld Game, and Best Console Game. The GDAA Awards--which aim to recognise the best games made in Australia and New Zealand every year--were held to coincide with Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP), the Aussie industry's annual developer conference. Judging for the awards is performed by an independent panel of industry representatives*.

The full list of award winners is listed below:

Best Audio
Viva Piñata Party Animals; Krome Studios

Best Gameplay
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords; Infinite Interactive

Best Handheld Game
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords; Infinite Interactive

Best Mobile Game
Fast and the Furious: Fugitive 3D; Firemint

Best PC Game
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords; Infinite Interactive
Special Commendation: Fury; Auran

Best Graphics
Viva Piñata Party Animals; Krome Studios

Best Console Game
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords; Infinite Interactive

The Adam Lancman Award for Best New Startup
Red Tribe

Best Game 2007
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords; Infinite Interactive

* GameSpot AU editor Randolph Ramsay was a judge at the GDAA Awards for 2007.

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Discussion

28 comments
jordanian4eva
jordanian4eva

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puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Thought Bioshock would of been on there, wasn't that co made by 2k Australia?

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

Alright! Go australia, Puzzle Quest was such a great game! Keep developing for XBLA Australia!

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Puzzle Quest is a good game, no doubt. But really...???

PMatt722
PMatt722

what the heck is "fury"?

RedKnight13
RedKnight13

actually the australian games industry has dozens of very good studios that work on large projects and employ thousands of people. many of the studios have staff numbers between 100-350. they do churn out a lot of low-quality movie license titles though, so the higher quality studios like infinite, krome & tantalus generally tend to sweep the awards every year.

MaximSagan
MaximSagan

Clearly there are only four development houses in the whole country.

paperdollparade
paperdollparade

Wow, Puzzle Quest. . .Really? i mean i have the game and think it's great but that many awards?

Lumenadducere
Lumenadducere

That's good, hopefully this'll spur them on to create more stuff.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Wait, what were the nominees? This list doesn't look like it was just for puzzle games. EDIT: Guess it was just for Australian made games.

Reetesh
Reetesh

No Ty the tasmanian tiger this year :P

soccerdrew17
soccerdrew17

Easily the best puzzle game i have ever played. yes, it beats tetris. game won every award possible (audio was decent so it really couldn't have won that). everyone everywhere should play it.

raghraghragh
raghraghragh

Special commendation: Fury? Are they insane?

RedKnight13
RedKnight13

i agree completely - puzzle quest is the best game ive played all year. im really looking forward to their next title too, galactrix - which seems to be puzzle quest in space.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

I don't believe that Bioshock got nominated because a lot of it's work was done overseas, and it was also bankrolled by a foreign publisher. Also, why didn't Fury make the cut? In any case, congrats must be lavished upon Puzzle Quest, it is an incredibly addictive game. I'm amazed to learn it's an Aussie title. Perhaps this shows just why Australian developers need to be given the same tax breaks other entertainment industries receive.

lamprey263
lamprey263

Australian developers worked on BioShock and that didn't make any award; WTF?!

gcps2master
gcps2master

woah, a puzzle game won, must have been good. I thought Ty 3 might have got something...

ColdGen
ColdGen

BioShock should have won for best audio - an Aussie, Emily, from Irrational in Canberra (now 2K Australia) was largely responsible. Was it even nominated?

St_muscat
St_muscat

I never played it but by the look of it Puzzle Quest must be a really good game.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

As expected and deserved, Puzzle Quest dominated. Puzzle game of 2007 without a doubt.

SaL_92
SaL_92

very addictive game