Independent Games Festival 2019 Finalists Announced, Return Of The Obra Dinn Leads The Pack

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The Independent Games Festival, known as the IGF, has announced its finalists for 2019's awards show, which will be held at the Game Developers’ Conference on March 20.

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Sweeping the nominations this year is piratical murder-mystery-and-insurance-inspection adventure game, Return of the Obra Dinn, the newest game from Papers Please developer, Lucas Pope. With five nominations in total, it seems likely that Pope will be going home with at least one trophy, and if you haven’t played the game that made it, last-minute, to everyone’s GOTY lists, then do yourself a favor and grab it now.

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Also topping the list of most-nominated games is Noita, an unreleased action roguelite with pixel physics that might destroy your computer, but in the most beautiful way possible. With a release date of “when it’s done” on Steam, we can’t say when it’ll be available, but if it’s already garnering nominations, then we’ve got our fingers crossed for 2019. We can hope.

Hypnospace Outlaw, Do Not Feed The Monkeys, Wandersong, and Mirror Drop all have a handful of nominations each, with the first two up for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, which is named after the developer of IGF-award winning Tread Marks who died of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma shortly after receiving the award. The prize comes with $30,000, and past winners include Minecraft, Fez and Night In The Woods.

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The six nominees for the Grand Prize range from cute, 60-seconds-at-a-time adventure-puzzle Minit, to the intricate brain-bending machinery of Opus Magnum, so it’ll be exciting to see who the winner is this year.

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You can check out the full list of nominees over at the IGF website. The award ceremony will be streamed live over on the GDC Twitch page on March 20.

Kate Gray is a British games writer based in Montreal. She has worked for Xbox, GameSpot, and Official Nintendo Magazine, before it went to that big newsagents in the sky. RIP.

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Belichick Wilfork Your Mom

No Dead Cells love?

I was late the the genre, but I was obsessed with Risk of Rain, when it first hit Ps4. And after finally besting it, I get to do all of that in a completely different style with someone else?! (also, the soundtrack, especially the percussion, is fantastic)

I’ve put as many hours into these kinds of games, now, as I did as a kid, with Final Fantasy 1-3 (American)... Dead Cells’ one fault might be that it is pretty obvious/advantageous to go all arrows/”purple”, but it’s pretty impressive when you see someone great with red or green(!)

Also, the main character's art is "ok"....