Inscryption and Unpacking lead the nominations at this year's Independent Games Festival. Established in 1998 - that's 24 years ago and yes, thanks, that does make me feel very, very old - the Independent Games Festival was established to "encourage innovation in game development and to recognise the best independent game developers", kind of like a Sundance for indie games. As well as a heavy presence from Unpacking and the excellent - and surprising - card game Inscryption, there are also nominations for Loop Hero, Overboard, and Sable. Here's the full list, including the honourable mentions: Best Student Game Cai Cai Balão (Look Up Games) Abriss - build to destroy (Randwerk Games) Letter Lattice (Ethan Zarov) Smalllife (Yueqi Wu) Nainai's Recipe (Fan Fang and Mai Hou) Live Adventure (Live Adventure Team) Honourable Mentions: Astreia's Gift (Femy Nassirou and Hervé Blanchot), There You Are (Funky Dango), The Bleeding Tree (No Input Interactive), Dumpling Love … [Read more...] about Inscryption and Unpacking lead the nominations in this year’s Independent Games Festival
The Independent Games Festival Awards nominees for 2022 have been revealed, representing a vibrant and eclectic selection of games from developers around the world. With the full slate of nominees revealed across seven categories , Unpacking and Inscryption lead the pack with four nominations each. The former is about exploring a life through unpacking boxes and the latter is about struggling to survive a horrifying presence's unpredictable card games; the fact that two share all of their nominations across the grand prize, audio, design, and narrative categories speak to just how diverse even hit indie titles can be. Here are all the nominees for this year's Independent Games Festival Awards, with the winners set to be revealed at the GDC 2022 awards ceremony. Seumas McNally Grand Prize Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games) Unpacking (Witch Beam) Loop Hero (Four Quarters) The Eternal Cylinder (ACE Team) Cruelty Squad (Consumer Softproducts) … [Read more...] about IGF Awards 2022 nominees revealed with Unpacking and Inscryption in the lead
I don't know what I expected going into Inscryption , a bizarre new deckbuilder from Pony Island creator Daniel Mullins, but it wasn't a talking stoat. Inscryption is a roguelike card game designed to be cleared several times, and after beating it once (which is not actually beating it), I have to see it through. There are so many unanswered questions, most of which sound brilliantly absurd out of context. What's this ancient knife for? Can I get immortal squirrels again? What's the deal with the magic camera? Who is this scraggly madman that's locked me in a cabin to begin with? And we haven't even gotten to the found-footage horror. Inscryption is the kind of dream you'd have after playing Slay the Spire for 10 hours and then watching The Blair Witch Project right before bed. Purely as a card game, it's fairly simple but incredibly cutthroat. Your deck is filled with animals that cost blood to play; the tougher the animal, the more blood you'll need to play it, from one-blood … [Read more...] about Have you tried… building an animal army fueled by dead squirrels in the madhouse deckbuilder Inscryption?
The 24th annual Independent Games Festival is just around the corner and after a year filled with countless critically acclaimed indie games , the competition is pretty fierce. However, after sifting through a catalog of over 400 entries, the organizers behind the 2022 Game Developers Conference have revealed which independent titles are up for some of the festival's most prestigious awards. Leading the pack in award nominations are Daniel Mullins Games' eerie deck-builder Inscryption and Witch Beam's heartfelt puzzle game Unpacking , two games very different in content but both celebrated for their unique mechanics and interesting narrative. Both titles have four nomination each in the same categories: excellence in audio, excellence in design, excellence in narrative, and, last but not least, the Seumas McNally grand prize. In addition to Inscryption and Unpacking, Overboard! , Jett: The Far Shore , and The Eternal Cylinder all have multiple nomination across award … [Read more...] about Inscryption And Unpacking Lead In Independent Games Festival Award Nominations
Inscryption has just passed one million sales, and there's a brief message from the very angry Stoat to celebrate. Well, perhaps "angry" is a little too harsh for our faithful furry companion. Just last week, publisher Devolver Digital announced Inscryption had totalled one million sales, less than a month after it went on sale exclusively for PC. This was 'celebrated' by the ever-present Stoat in the video just below. The stoat wants you to know that Inscryption has crossed one million copies sold.Thanks to all of you, the brave squirrels, and the brilliant @DMullinsGames! pic.twitter.com/gC8TQi2Ol6 January 5, 2022 See more Look, the Stoat's a good boy, in truth, he's just got a lot going on right now. Hell, he spends most of the time in my games of Inscryption being sacrificed along with the abysmally useless Squirrel to summon someone who can actually deal a decent amount of damage, so we'll excuse his grievances here. If you're wondering what all the … [Read more...] about Inscryption celebrates one million copies sold with a message from its very angry stoat
With just over two months until the 22nd annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the conference organizers have announced the nominees across each of the award show's nine categories. Leading the pack in nominations is Arkane Studio's Deathloop , the hit immersive-sim-meets-first-person shooter GameSpot lauded as our Game of the Year last month. Deathloop's six nominations are followed closely by Hazelight's It Takes Two , which received five, and Forza Horizon 5 with four. Among the categories Deathloop has been nominated for are best audio, best design, best narrative, best visual art, the innovation award, and, last but not least, Game of the Year. The vibrant and cheeky multiplayer platforming title It Takes Two received its nominations for best design, best narrative, the social impact award, the innovation award, and Game of the Year, while Forza Horizon 5--the latest entry in the hit racing sim series--earned them for best audio, best technology, best visual art, and … [Read more...] about Deathloop, It Takes Two, And Forza Horizon 5 Lead Game Developers Conference Award Nominations
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has racked up nine nominations in this year's Annual DICE Awards, whilst Arcane's Deathloop has been shortlisted in eight categories. Also in the running are Inscryption and It Takes Two with six nominations, Returnal has made it to five shortlists, whilst Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Resident Evil Village each secure four. Up for the most coveted award, Game of the Year, are Deathloop, Inscription, It Takes Two, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal, although all are further nominated in sub-Game of the Year categories, such as Action Game of the Year or Adventure Game of the Year. "From all of us at the Academy, we want to thank our peer panelists who continue to dedicate their energy, expertise, and time in evaluating and selecting 2021's best games," said Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "And to all our finalists, congratulations! You continue to amaze us with how you push the boundaries of … [Read more...] about Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart secures nine nominations in this year’s Annual DICE Awards
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced its nominees for the 25th annual DICE Awards--the video game industry's equivalent of The Oscars--which are currently slated for February 24 in Las Vegas. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart leads all games in nominations with nine, followed by Deathloop with eight and Inscryption and It Takes Two with six each. Each of those games, along with Returnal, make up the nominees for Game of the Year for this year's ceremony. The full list of nominees is below. "From all of us at the Academy, we want to thank our peer panelists who continue to dedicate their energy, expertise, and time in evaluating and selecting 2021's best games," Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, said in the official release. "And to all our finalists, congratulations! You continue to amaze us with how you push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation, and storytelling." Last year's DICE Awards ceremony was held … [Read more...] about Ratchet & Clank Leads 2022 DICE Awards With 9 Nominations