IGF Announces 2013 Finalists

Do you like indie games? Of course you do, indie games are, in the parlance of our time, the coolest. The beginning of each year is always the best time for people who love indie games, as it’s time for the Independent Games Festival to announce the finalists for the upcoming IGF. For those not in the know, the IGF is the most prestigious competition involving independent games, and many indie games and developers have gone from the competition to great commercial and critical success. Titles such as Super Meat Boy, Fez, Everyday Shooter, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Desktop Dungeons.

This year is no different, and the finalists are all good games. Two of Gamefront’s favorite indie games of 2012FTL and Hotline Miami – are in the running for the Grand Prize, and a number of smaller, more experimental titles pepper the list alongside big, obvious picks. My personal favorites include: Kentucky Route Zero, a magical realist adventure game; Thirty Flights Of Loving, a surrealist non-linear narrative; Starseed Garden, a platformer about tending to a musical garden; and Starforge, a first-person sci-fi crafting and construction game. You can check out the full list of finalists over at the IGF site.

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