Independent Games Festival award winners: some categories not won by Minecraft

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The IGF awards ceremony took place last night at GDC, recognising the best new and forthcoming indie games. Minecraft was the obvious favourite to win the overall prize, which it did, but it wasn't the clean sweep some expected. The Technical Excellence category was instead won by first-person horror Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and Design went to low-fi 2D Rogue-like game Desktop Dungeons.

Here's the full list of winners and nominees, along with where you can play them or at least see them played.

Student Showcase Award

Winner - FRACT
Demo | Trailer

Nominees:

  • e7
  • GLiD
  • OctoDad
  • PaperPlane
  • Solace
  • Tiny and Big
  • Toys

 

Technical Excellence

Winner - Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Demo | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Confetti Carnival
  • Miegakure
  • Minecraft
  • Neverdaunt:8Bit

 

Excellence In Design

Winner - Desktop Dungeons
Full game | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Faraway
  • Minecraft
  • Nidhogg
  • Super Crate Box

 

Best Mobile Game

Winner - Helsing’s Fire
Site | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Colorbind
  • Halcyon
  • Shot Shot Shoot
  • Solipskier

 

Excellence In Visual Art


Winner - Bit.Trip Runner
Site | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Bastion
  • Cave Story (2010 Edition)
  • The Dream Machine
  • Hohokum

 

Excellence In Audio

Winner - Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Demo | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Bastion
  • Bit.Trip Beat
  • Cobalt
  • Retro City Rampage

 

Audience Award

Winner - Minecraft
Minecraft Classic (free-to play) | Site | 10 incredible Minecraft creations

Direct2Drive Vision Award


Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Demo | Trailer

Nominees:

  • Flotilla
  • Confetti Carnival
  • Hazard: The Journey of Life
  • NightSky

 

Nuovo Award


 
Winner - Nidhogg
Site | Trailer | PC Gamer UK Indie Special podcast - in which Tom and Graham discuss their Nidhogg duels.

Nominees:

  • Bohm
  • Brutally Unfair Tactics Totally OK Now (B.U.T.T.O.N.)
  • The Cat and the Coup
  • Dinner Date
  • Hazard: The Journey Of Life
  • A House in California
  • Loop Raccord

 

Seamus McNally Grand Prize

Winner - Minecraft
Minecraft Classic (free-to play) | Site | 10 incredible Minecraft creations

Runners up:

  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Desktop Dungeons
  • Nidhogg
  • SpyParty

 

[thanks TIGsource]