Kentucky Route Zero leads 2013 IGF awards nominations

Cardboard Computers' adventure game receives four nods at 15th annual Independent Games Festival, including one for top prize.

Independent Games Festival organizers today announced the main competition finalists for its 15th annual awards, with Hotline Miami, FTL: FTL: Faster Than Light, Cart Life, Little Inferno, and Kentucky Route Zero receiving nominations for the Seumas McNally grand prize. The premier award comes with a $30,000 cash prize.

Finalists were chosen by a set of "expert juries" following playthroughs and recommendations of the more than 580 total entries from over 200 game experts.

Cardboard Computers' adventure game Kentucky Route Zero led all selections with four nominations, including nods for Excellence in Visual Art, Excellence in Narrative (a first-ever category), Excellence in Audio, and the Seumas McNally grand prize.

Though only one game will walk away with the Seumas McNally grand prize, Valve will offer a Steam distribution deal for all finalists for the seven main categories.

The 2013 Independent Games Festival takes place March 25-26 in San Francisco, California, as part of the annual Game Developers Conference. Recent IGF award-winning titles that have seen commercial releases include Minecraft, Limbo, Machinarium, and more.

Excellence in Visual Art
Incredipede (Northway Games and Thomas Shahan)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Guacalamelee! (Drinkbox Studios)
Loves in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base)
Year Walk (Simogo)

Honorable mentions: Fly'n (Ankama Play); Eleven (Christoffer Hedborg, Datahowler); The Bridge (Ty Taylor and Mario Castaneda); Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell, David Housden, and Danny Wallace); Hundreds (Semi Secret feat. aeiowu)

Excellence in Narrative
Thirty Flights of Loving (Blendo Games)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Dys4ia (Auntie Pixelante)
Gone Home (The Fullbright Company)

Honorable mentions: Goblet Grotto (thecatamites, j chastain, NEW VADERS);Analogue: A Hate Story (Christine Love); Papo & Yo (Minority Media); The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); 7 Grand Steps (Mousechief)

Technical Excellence
StarForge (CodeHatch)
Perspective (DigiPen Widdershins)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
Intrusion 2 (Aleksey Abramenko)
LiquidSketch (Tobias Neukom)

Honorable mentions: Mobiloid (Monty Melby); Skulls of the Shogun (17-BIT); Foldit (University of Washington); 140 (Jeppe Carlsen); Gateways (Smudged Cat Games)

Excellence In Design
Samurai Gunn (Beau Blyth)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen & Ryan Roth)
Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh)
Super Space (David Scamehorn & Alexander Baard/DigiPen)

Honorable mentions: Spaceteam (Henry Smith); Helix (Michael Brough); Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation); Rymdkapsel (Martin Jonasson, Grapefrukt Games);Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)

Excellence In Audio
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)
Bad Hotel (Lucky Frame)
140 (Jeppe Carlsen)
Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)
Pixeljunk 4AM (Q-Games)

Honorable mentions: Thomas Was Alone (Mike Bithell, David Housden and Danny Wallace); Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation); Gone Home (The Fullbright Company); Fract OSC (Phosfiend Systems); Dust: An Elysian Tale (Humble Hearts)

Nuovo Award
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Spaceteam (Henry Smith)
Dys4ia (Auntie Pixelante)
Bientot l'ete (Tale of Tales)
7 Grand Steps (Mousechief)
MirrorMoon (SantaRagione + BloodyMonkey)
VESPER.5 (Michael Brough)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)

Honorable mentions: Renga (wallFour); Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen & Ryan Roth); Frog Fractions (Twinbeard); Thirty Flights of Loving (Blendo Games); The Stanley Parable(Galactic Cafe)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Hotline Miami (Dennaton Games)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
Little Inferno (Tomorrow Corporation)
Kentucky Route Zero (Cardboard Computer)

Honorable mentions: Gone Home (The Fullbright Company); Thirty Flights of Loving(Blendo Games); The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); Super Hexagon (Terry Cavanagh); Starseed Pilgrim (Droqen & Ryan Roth)

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

9 comments
ScreamDream
ScreamDream

I can't even find some gameplay for Kentucky Route Zero on YouTube or the web. Just trailers. I would like to see some footage of that.

Fembot_Eulogy
Fembot_Eulogy

These indie games are great. I'm glad they're getting rewarded for their efforts.

macca366
macca366

I feel like Dust: An Elysian Tale deserves to be a finalist for something, that was a well made game, by one person too. Thirty Flights should win for narrative. FTL for design. I don't have any other opinions on it

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Oh and you should probably get on making a page for Kentucky Route Zero, Gamespot.

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

I'd go with Thirty Flights for narrative, Hotline Miami for audio and FTL for grand prize