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About The IGF is presented by the UBM TechWeb Game Network, which runs the Independent Games Festival & Summit every year at Game Developers Conference. The company (producer of the Game Developers Conference series, and Game Developer magazine) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers.

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Archive For March, 2008

Feature: You Just Won IGF! (Kotaku)

March 31, 2008 8:37 PM | Tim W.

A special Kotaku feature, in which Brian Ashcraft attempts to find out how life is treating IGF winners and finalists. Big questions such as distribution deals and future plans are asked; we discover what the developers of Crayon Physics Deluxe, Synaesthete, Fez, Iron Dukes and World of Goo have in the works.

A couple of excerpts from said article:

"The first commercial game I worked on was an urban Sims game at EA, and we learned that putting 3D versions of the Black Eyed Peas into a game might not necessarily increase the funk," says World of Goo creator Kyle Gabler. "On the other hand, it has recently been discovered that putting dinosaurs into a game will increase the funk every time."

"I was a little surprised that actually winning an award didn't help us much on the business end of things," says Carmel. "But overall, the IGF really helped us get the word out. In my opinion there's nothing else out there that is doing as much good for the indie game scene as the IGF."

Kotaku Feature: You Just Won IGF! That Means?

Feature: Indie Games Round-up

March 31, 2008 8:07 PM | Tim W.

Articles on some of the best indie games available on the net today, courtesy of, GameTunnel and Thank You For Playing. (source: GameSetWatch) - Indie and Experimental Games Round-up

Game Tunnel - What's New in Indie (March Edition)
The Indie Gaming Primer

Interviews: Nifflas, Jay Barnson, Kim Swift and Erik Wolpaw

March 31, 2008 7:52 PM | Tim W.

Nifflas interviewed by Thank You For Playing, Jay Barnson (of Rampant Games) talks to RPGWatch; Kim Swift and Erik Wolpaw interviewed by Brandon Sheffield for a Gamasutra article.

Interview with Nifflas - Creator of Knytt Stories
RPGWatch - Frayed Knights Interview
Gamasutra - Valve's Wolpaw, Swift Talk Portal

Freeware Game Pick: Lab 14 (CaseySoft)

March 31, 2008 7:48 PM | Tim W.

Lab 14 is a freeware platformer with puzzle elements, in which players have to figure out the correct method of revealing and reaching the exit with the help of cryptic clues written on the white walls.

Use the cursor keys to move, and press the up arrow key to jump. The game isn't as clever as the author seems to suggest though. Twenty stages only.

Name: Lab 14
Developer: CaseySoft
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Walkthrough: Available
Direct download link: Click here

Flash Game Pick: Mekuri Master (Nigoro)

March 31, 2008 4:27 PM | Tim W.

Mekuri Master is a new flash game by Nigoro in which players have to lift schoolgirls' skirts by moving the mouse cursor in an upwards motion repeatedly. Grades will be awarded based on the placement of your cursor, and the Mekuri meter shown at the top left of the screen will rise accordingly.

The game has five normal stages and two bonus levels. (instructional video in the extended)

Name: Mekuri Master
Developer: Nigoro
Category: Action
Type: Browser

Freeware Game Pick: Dire Haven (Radnom)

March 31, 2008 4:59 AM | Tim W.

Dire Haven is a platformer created by Radnom over the period of one weekend, in which players get to control naked people as they attempt to escape from an unidentified location filled with deadly traps and obstacles.

Use the cursor keys to move. Press the Z or up arrow key to jump. The game has a proper ending.

Name: Dire Haven
Developer: Radnom
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 2MB
Direct download link: Click here (mirror)

Video: Blast Works Level Editor

March 31, 2008 4:58 AM | Tim W.

Demonstration of a stage created using Blast Works' Level Editor. Blast Works (Wii port of Kenta Cho's Tumiki Fighters) will be released on May 1st of 2008. Unlockable goodies include rRootage, Gunroar, Torus Trooper and the original Tumiki Fighters.

Interview: Penumbra - Black Plague (Frictional Games)

March 31, 2008 4:57 AM | Tim W.

Thomas Grip and Jens Nilsson interviewed about their latest release, Penumbra: Black Plague.

Penumbra Black Plague - Developer Interview

Indie Game Pick: Noitu Love 2 (Konjak)

March 28, 2008 11:10 AM | Tim W.

Note: Trial version updated with 2x and 3x video modes.

A demo for Joakim Sandberg's much-awaited 2D action game is now available for download from the official site. This pre-release version contains stage one in it's entirety, and a third of the second level. (trailer in the extended)

Name: Noitu Love 2
Developer: Joakim Sandberg
Category: Action
Type: Demo
Size: 10MB
Direct download link: Click here

Browser Game Pick: Nano (Adam Atomic)

March 28, 2008 3:34 AM | Tim W.

Nano is a simple arcade shooter which took Adam Saltsman less than seven days to make, featuring a screen size of ninety pixels in both width and height. Use the cursor keys to move, and tap the Z key rapidly to shoot.

The game comes with an online high score table.

Name: Nano
Developer: Adam Atomic
Category: Shooter
Type: Browser

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