These are the best student-made games of 2013, according to IGF

Independent Games Festival organizers announce the eight winners of 12th annual Student Showcase; one will go on to win Best Student Game during awards show in March.

Independent Games Festival (IGF) organizers have announced the winners of the 12th annual Student Showcase, highlighting the eight best student-produced games of 2013.

The winners include pattern-puzzle game Engare from students at NHTV University of Applied Science, as well as Museum of Simulation Technology, a first-person game that makes use of forced perspective techniques from a Carnegie Mellon student.

Past winners have included The Unfinished Swan, Cloud, and Narbacular Drop, which would later evolve in Valve's popular Portal series. The full list of 2013 winners and honorable mentions is below.

This year's Student Competition featured 346 total game entries across PC, console, and mobile created by students from around the country. Winners were chosen by "leading" independent and mainstream developers, as well as academics and journalists.

All Student Showcase winners will be playable on the show floor at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in March. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize and two passes to the show. In addition, the eight Student Showcase winners are now finalists for the Best Student Game award and an additional $2,000 prize as part of the IGF Awards on March 19.

Student Showcase winners for the 2014 Independent Games Festival:

  • Museum of Simulation Technology (Albert Shih - Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center)
  • Engare (Mahdi Bahrami & Moslem Rasouli - NHTV University of Applied Science)
  • Risk of Rain (Hopoo Games - University of Washington)
  • Symmetrain (Philipp Beau & Daniel Goffin - University of Amsterdam / University Kassel)
  • Westerado (Ostrich Banditos - HKU)
  • Rhythm Doctor (Hafiz Azman& Winston Lee - University of Cambridge)
  • Foiled (Unblanched Peanuts - NYU)
  • Cyber Heist (Hack n' Hide - University of Utah)

Honorable mentions:

  • Ladylike (Nina Freeman, Emmett Butler, David Coss & Winnie Song - NYU, NYU Poly)
  • UN EP (Ian Snyder - Kansas City Art Institute)
  • Rabbit Rush (Caterpillar Lane - RMIT)
  • Flying Fish (The Grey Room - The Academy of Interactive Entertainment)
  • Bokida (Rice Cooker Republic - Institut de Création et d'Animation Numériques)
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Eddie Makuch

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I really do like to see this kind of work get the recognition it deserves - forward thinking people using old school tech in a new way - sure it all looks a bit retro but that's not necessarily a bad thing and they don't have multi million dollar budgets - what they do have is creativity and a passion for great gameplay.

Great stuff.


I remember that in the "Special Thanks" of Risk of Rain's credits, there's one final message where they thank "you", for "playing [their] game" - then they state that they "still can't believe where [they] are" currently.

Games are indeed magical, especially when one can see these creative minds being compensated by their sleepless nights and hard work in order to bring the world a new - possibly unforgettable - experience.


A couple of them look pretty fun. 

I want to try Westerado :D


Congratulations to everyone involved. These contests are just awesome.  

Isn't this basically how we got Portal?


Making games is a magical thing.


Where's Anodyne?

Now that's a good student made game


They can play the hell out of Gone Home


@stevothegaymer Just real gamers who actually care about games, no matter if its being made by a student or the biggest scumbag company out there.