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The Weird, The Abstract, The Unique: The IGF Nuovo Awards

Paul Goodman | 27 Feb 2014 15:30
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The Games Developers Conference is right around the corner, and with it comes this year's 16th annual Independent Games Festival. The IGF highlights the best in independent gaming, giving away thousands of dollars in cash prizes to a whole host of indie and student game developers, as well as providing major exposure for many game makers.

The IGF is also host to the IGF Awards, a celebration of the best in independent gaming. We here at The Escapist had a chance to check out nominees for the Nuovo Award, a category created to recognize and honor games in the indie space that strive to be abstract, unconventional, and outlandish. This year's nominees are all incredibly unique titles, from the off-beat comedy musical Dominique Pamplemousse to the colorful SoundSelf to the bureaucratic nightmares of Papers, Please.

You can check out the 8 nominees below. Tell us which ones are your favorite!



Developed by Machael Brough, this challenging puzzler sends players to a unique world that starts off with you moving boxes to get past obstacles and open doors, but soon progresses to include new gameplay elements that warp the game world.

Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"

This musical comedy adventure game by Deirdra Kiai Productions has the titular protaganist (a very broke private detective in dire need of making rent) searching for a missing pop star. But what starts off as a straightforward missing persons case quickly turns into something more sinister when Dominique is framed for a murder.

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