Independent Games Festival finalists announced

The finalists for the 9th annual Independent Games Festival have been announced, with Bit Blot's Aquaria taking the lead with four nominations, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Interesting note: Aquaria co-creator Derek Yu's other games include the popular Metroidvania platformer Eternal Daughter and the Jack Thompson-provoking I'm OK!.

Other finalists include the beautiful browser game Samorost 2 (play it now!), Xbox Live Arcade titles like RoboBlitz and Castle Crashers, episodic early-birds like Bone: The Great Cow Race (that's episode 2), student projects like DigiPen's Toblo, and more! The winners in each category will be announced at the IGF awards ceremony Wednesday, March 7th at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco.

As a judge in this year's Festival, the only game in my allotted roster was Samorost 2 which (perhaps unsurprisingly) was the only game that I had previously played. Check out the full list of finalists (congratulations everyone!) after the break.


Seumas McNally Grand Prize:
Best Web Browser Game:
Design Innovation Award:
Excellence In Visual Art
Excellence In Audio
Technical Excellence

This article was originally published on Joystiq.