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Her Story, Undertale, Darkest Dungeon lead with the most IGF Award nominations

by Ron Duwell | January 7, 2016January 7, 2016 6:45 am PDT

San Francisco’s annual Independent Games Festival has nominated its finalists for the 2016 award ceremony, and the three most represented games should come as no surprise. Hey Story leads the nominations with four, and trailing behind it are Undertale and Darkest Dungeon with three each. All three have proven to be high profile indie hits over the last year, and their dominance should come as no shock for those who followed them.

What is shocking is the obvious lack of Rocket League. I’m not so sure of the IGF’s rules on selecting games, but that was a bigger indie hit this past year than all the others combined. It’s not a really artsy game, but then again, why should that matter?

Two other lower profile games also did well in the categories with Mini Metro scoring four nominations and PANORAMICAL vying for three as well. See a full list of nominations below.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT
  • UNDERTALE

Excellence in Visual Art

  • Armello
  • Darkest Dungeon
  • GNOG
  • Mini Metro
  • OXENFREE
  • PANORAMICAL

Excellence in Design

  • Her Story
  • Infinifactory
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Kingdom
  • Mini Metro
  • SUPERHOT

Excellence in Audio

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Lumini
  • Mini Metro
  • PANORAMICAL
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • UNDERTALE

Excellence in Narrative

  • Black Closet
  • Her Story
  • That Dragon, Cancer
  • The Beginner’s Guide
  • The Magic Circle
  • UNDERTALE

Nuovo Award

  • Cibele
  • Fantastic Contraption
  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • orchids to dusk
  • PANORAMICAL
  • Progress
  • The Beginner’s Guide

Best Student Game

  • Ape Out
  • Beglitched
  • Chambara
  • Circa Infinity
  • orchids to dusk
  • Pitfall Planet
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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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