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The Independent Games Festival has announced this year’s finalists. The elite judges have chosen the 30 game titles released in the past year from more than 650 IGF entrants. Winner will receive over $60 000 of prizes with the prestigious $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize awarded to the winner.

Nominees for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

Available on Steam for PC and Mac for £9.99. Free Demo on Steam.

“The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end. Contradiction follows contradiction, the rules of how games should work are broken, then broken again. This world was not made for you to understand.

But as you explore, slowly, meaning begins to arise, the paradoxes might start to make sense, perhaps you are powerful after all. The game is not here to fight you; it is inviting you to dance.” – Galactic Cafe

Don’t Starve (Klei Entertainment)

Available on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux for £11.99 or DRM-free at the developer’s site for $14.99. It has also just been released on the PlayStation store for PS4 in North America and Europe. It is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers or buy it for $14.99

“Don’t Starve is an uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. While there are many unique characters to discover and unlock along the way, you’ll start as the gentleman scientist, Wilson. After being lured with infinite knowledge by a demon named Maxwell, Wilson finds himself trapped in a mysterious and unforgiving world. Wilson must learn to exploit his environment and its inhabitants if he ever hopes to escape and find his way back home.” – Corey Rollins from Klei Entertainment on the official PlayStation Blog

 Jazzpunk (Necrophone Games)

Available for pre-order on the official site for $15 (DRM-free) and it will be available via Steam in February 2014. Released for Windows, Mac and Linux.

“Jazzpunk is First-person comedy adventure game set in an alternate-reality Cold War World, plagued with Corporate Espionage, CyberCrime™, and Sentient Martinis. Gameplay is inspired by spoof comedy films and cartoons of yester-year (eg: Naked Gun, Airplane!, Hot Shots, etc), with a focus on weird gadgets, exotic locales and open-world style exploration.” – Necrophone Games

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

Available on Steam, GOG.com and the Humble Store for £7.99, Windows and Mac.

“A Dystopian Document Thriller.

The communist state of Arstotzka has ended a 6-year war with neighboring Kolechia and reclaimed its rightful half of the border town, Grestin.

Your job as immigration inspector is to control the flow of people entering the Arstotzkan side of Grestin from Kolechia. Among the throngs of immigrants and visitors looking for work are hidden smugglers, spies, and terrorists. Using only the documents provided by travelers and the Ministry of Admission’s primitive inspect, search, and fingerprint systems you must decide who can enter Arstotzka and who will be turned away or arrested.” – Lucas Pope

DEVICE 6 (Simogo)

Available on the App Store for both iPad and iPhone for £2.99 ($3.99)

“A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map, as well as your narrator.

DEVICE 6 plays with the conventions of games and literature, entwines story with geography and blends puzzle and novella, to draw players into an intriguing mystery of technology and neuroscience.

Anna wakes up in a castle on a remote island, with little recollection of how she got there. All she remembers is an unusually unpleasant doll…

Why are there two identical castles on the island? Who is the mysterious man in the bowler hat? And above all, what is the purpose of the tests Anna is put through?

Read, listen and peek into three-dimensional photographs to solve the bizarre mysteries of DEVICE 6.” – Simogo

Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!” (Deirdra Kiai Productions)

Free browser based Demo available. Available PC, Mac (on the official site) and iPad (via the App store) for $4.99

“Dominique Pamplemousse in “It’s All Over Once The Fat Lady Sings!” is a unique and offbeat stop motion animated detective adventure game about gender and the economy. Also, all the characters frequently burst into song.” – Deirdra Kiai Productions

Honorable mentions include: Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games); TowerFall Ascension (Matt Thorson); Kerbal Space Program (Squad); 868-HACK (Michael Brough); The Yawhg (Damian Sommer & Emily Carroll)

Source: Independent Games Festival

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