IndieCade, the International Festival of Independent Games, has just announced the winners of its yearly round of prizes. Free drone-pilot life sim Unmanned - it's more riveting than it sounds - bagged the Grand Jury Award top prize, while celebrated Half-Life 2 mod The Stanley Parable won the Special Recognition award, presumably while narrating its own acceptance speech. We've included the full list of winners below.
Writing a regular column about free games has been one of the most transformative jobs I've ever taken. Buried away in the depths of the internet are some remarkable things, and being able to unearth them, then share them with a huge number of like-minded people, is always an absolute pleasure.
It's also changed the way I think about games, changed the way I write about games, and even inspired me to make games. All this from spending one day a week playing mostly amateur creations then scrawling down some words about what I made of them.
This week's best free game, Unmanned, took me through a range of emotions. But the two prevailing ones - discomfort and regret - are feelings games usually struggle to hit. It's a fine example of interactive storytelling, engrossing and interesting, and you should play it immediately. Also on this week's list: a lengthy plod down some creepy stairs, a big Dwarf Fortress update, a tangle of limbs, and one kid's desire for five minutes of peace. Read on...