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2007 IGF Finalists Announced

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the go-play-toblo-seriously dept.

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Gamasutra has the listing of the finalists for the 2007 Independent Games Festival. The 9th year of the event saw a strong turnout for contenders, with 141 entries into the field. From the article: "Nominations are led by Bit Blot's dreamlike, innovatively controlled 2D underwater adventure title Aquaria , which garnered 4 nominations, including one for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. According to a statement: 'Other Grand Prize nominees included Queasy Games' cleverly designed abstract shoot-em-up, Everyday Shooter , which grabbed 3 nominations in total — nominees for the top prize were rounded out by Peter Stock's intelligently complex physics puzzle game Armadillo Run /a>, Three Rings' Wild West indie strategy MMO Bang! Howdy , and Naked Sky's Xbox Live Arcade action-puzzler RoboBlitz ." In the interests of full disclosure, I was a judge for the first round of voting this year.

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Hidden Gameplay (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178526)

That's 141 examples of gameplay that slashdotters will never purchase because they're too busy here complainingg about gameplay.

Derek & Alec (1)

Shabadage (1037824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178700)

Everyone over at TIGSource is rooting for Aquaria (If we don't, Derek will hurt us).

I have an entry in the Student Showcase (3, Interesting)

JNighthawk (769575) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178784)

I was the Technical Lead (a.k.a. Guy-Who-Codes-Whatever-Needs-Coding) for Ultimate Fairy Battle. I did the networking and rendering code for it. For those that are wondering (doubt there are any), we used UDP for the networking and OpenGL with Corona for rendering. UFB is an entry in the IGF Student Showcase this year, go check it out! It's a multiplayer arena combat game where you play as a spellcasting fairy trying to rack up the most kills during a round. Full online/LAN support along with built-in bots. It's pretty fun.

And because I'm a huge proponent of data-driven design and logic, all of our spell logic is written in Lua and the spell data (damage, mana cost, etc.) is written in XML, so it allows whoever wants to run a server the ability to change the spells however they want.

uhm. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178858)

these games just /suck/, people only play them because they feel sorry for the developers or don't know there are tons of better games.

Re:uhm. (0, Troll)

Shabadage (1037824) | more than 7 years ago | (#17178876)

Wow, talk about speaking from your asshole.....

Re:uhm. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17179354)

people buy these games because they are *fun*. If all you play is the high budget buggy derivatve shovelware that passes for 'triple a' games, you might not have encountered the phenomena before.

unfinished games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17178972)

Whats the point in accepting games that arent released? all games are looking like the greatest thing ever during development. How can you possibly compare something half finished with a final, playable and on-sale game?

good indy RPGs? (1)

GrumpySimon (707671) | more than 7 years ago | (#17179630)

Hmm.. I had a quick look over, but can't see any good indy RPGs - anyone know of any?

Re:good indy RPGs? (1)

robaal (1019298) | more than 7 years ago | (#17181032)

Check out Mount and Blade: [] it's a work-in-progress and last time I checked there wasn't any story but the combat system was fun.

Re:good indy RPGs? (1)

GrumpySimon (707671) | more than 7 years ago | (#17182232)

Cool - I'll check it out, thanks :)

Re:good indy RPGs? (1)

ynnaD (700908) | more than 7 years ago | (#17186996)

The Underdogs runs a pretty exhaustive list of indie games, here [] is their list of RPGs. Unfortunately, there are a hell of a lot of rogue clones (which is great if that's what you're into) but not so much graphically pleasing stuff.

Re:good indy RPGs? (1)

camomilk (1038262) | more than 7 years ago | (#17190840)

I recommend Aveyond [] . Fun old-school RPG with a 10 hour free trial.

Only Student Game (2, Interesting)

rizzuh (594786) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180258)

One game not mentioned in the post is the student project I worked on last year, Toblo [] . Being a student project, it's totally free and is available for download right now. We're honored to be the only student project nominated in the main competition.

Re:Only Student Game (1)

JNighthawk (769575) | more than 7 years ago | (#17182978)

Congrats, rizzuh. As I said in my above post, I also have an entry in the Student Showcase. Have AIM?

Re:Only Student Game (1)

rohlfinator (888775) | more than 7 years ago | (#17188824)

Congrats on the nomination!

I just downloaded Toblo, and it's a blast. I need to convince some of my friends to get a LAN game going.
I have to ask, though: is there any chance of a map editor being released? Some community-created maps could give this game a ton of longevity.

Re:Only Student Game (2, Informative)

chiavelli (681142) | more than 7 years ago | (#17189778)

Our map editor was Photoshop believe it or not. It's fairly simple to make Toblo maps as long as you know how. We'll keep bothering Zach to whip up a tutorial for you =)

Re:Only Student Game (1)

rohlfinator (888775) | more than 7 years ago | (#17191404)

Hm, interesting... I'll be sure to keep an eye on it. Thanks!

Armadillo Run (2, Interesting)

tabacco (145317) | more than 7 years ago | (#17180434)

If you haven't tried Armadillo Run [] , I highly recommend it. Especially if you were ever a fan of The Incredible Machine.

Bah, not crossplatform (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17180530)

Any of the IGF games run on Linux and/or OS X?

For now I'm still happy with the IGF 2004 finalist Savage [] .

Re:Bah, not crossplatform (1)

Stefanwulf (1032430) | more than 7 years ago | (#17187032)

Bang!Howdy seems to be cross-platform, with MS Windows, OSX, and Linux supported.

Re:Armadillo Run (1)

kerecsen (807268) | more than 7 years ago | (#17186056)

I agree, Armadillo Run is totally awesome. My other favorite IGF game is Tribal Trouble ( It's for the Settlers crowd, and for those who think Java is too slow to do games :)

"Independent" games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17184978)

One of those titles is using Unreal Engine 3 on XBox360. What exactly does "indie" mean at this point?

Slightly odd... (2, Interesting)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 7 years ago | (#17186148)

It's too bad that Aquaria doesn't have a demo or a playable game. If the game is finished, then they should release it. If it's not finished, what did the judges judge?

I also have to point out that if Bang! Hopwdy is anything like Three Ring's previous MMO, Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates it's going to be a lot of fun. It seems to be on the same economic model as the earlier game: free to play indefinitely, online and pay to get more features and do more stuff.

Finally, RoboBlitz is on the Xbox Live Arcade, but it's also on PC. The trial is available here [] . The full game costs as much on the PC as it does on the Xbox: $15. I've played a couple of hours of it and it's a fun combination of an FPS, a platformer, and a physics-based puzzler.

It's nice to see these types of games get coverage on here.

Re:Slightly odd... (1)

xzanthar (543209) | more than 7 years ago | (#17200678)

you can get RoboBlitz off of Steam. Played it through, well done game.


EvilStickMan (684609) | more than 7 years ago | (#17210666)

What the hell expertise, as a moronic editor at a site going slowly down the tubes, do you have to lend to the independent gaming realm?!?!?!?!?!?!
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