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Independent Games Festival 2012 finalists revealed

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Posted by: David Sanchez

The Independent Games Festival is still a few months away, but the finalists have just been revealed. It's a stellar list of candidates, many of which you've probably heard of, many of which you probably haven't. Regardless of whether or not you know about all of these games, there are sure to be plenty that catch your interest if you give them the time.

Games such as Fez and Spelunky made the cut, and we're very proud to see Johann Sebastian Joust from our pals over at Die Gute Fabrik on the list. With finalists like these, you can bet it's going to be tough deciding on a winner.

IGF 2012 takes place this March. Watch out for it. In the meantime, check out the full list of finalists for the various categories below. And for more info on the developers behind these games, grand prize details, and honorable mentions, head over to the official IGF page.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize:

  • Dear Esther
  • FEZ
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Johann Sebastian Joust
  • Spelunky


Excellence In Visual Art

  • Botanicula
  • Dear Esther
  • Lume
  • MirageWonderputt


Technical Excellence

  • Antichamber
  • Fez
  • Prom Week
  • Realm of the Mad God
  • Spelunky


Excellence In Design:

  • Atom Zombie Smasher
  • English Country Tune
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Gunpoint
  • Spelunky


Excellence in Audio:

  • Botanicula
  • Dear Esther
  • Pugs Luv Beats
  • To the Moon
  • Waking Mars


Best Mobile Game:

  • ASYNC Corp.
  • Beat Sneak Bandit
  • Faraway
  • Ridiculous Fishing
  • Waking Mars


Nuovo Award Finalists:

  • At a Distance
  • Dear Esther
  • Fingle
  • GIRP
  • Johann Sebastian Joust
  • Proteus
  • Storyteller
  • WAY
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