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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 January, 2009

Crayon Physics Deluxe Demo Now Available

January 8, 2009 9:20 PM | Tim W.

A demo for Kloonigames' Crayon Physics Deluxe is now available for download (Windows XP and Vista only). No announcements yet on other digital distribution channels or specific dates for Linux and Mac ports.

Only the first two islands (eighteen levels in total) are playable in the trial version.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Demo and FAQ (Kloonigames)

Round-Up: Gamasutra Network Jobs, Week Of January 9

January 8, 2009 12:00 AM | Simon Carless

In this round-up, Gamasutra highlights some of the notable jobs posted in its industry-leading game jobs section, including positions from Activision, True Games Interactive, EA Redwood Shores, and InWorld Studios.

Each position posted by employers will appear on the main Gamasutra job board, and appear in the site's daily and weekly newsletters, reaching our readers directly.

It will also be cross-posted for free across its network of submarket sites, which includes content sites focused on online worlds, cellphone games, 'serious games', independent games and more.

Some of the notable jobs posted in each market area this week include:

2009 Independent Games Festival Announces Finalists

January 7, 2009 3:14 PM | Simon Carless

[The Independent Games Festival finalists are now revealed, and there's a whole bunch of extremely interesting, innovative titles jockeying for contention again this year.]

The 2009 Independent Games Festival (IGF) has revealed the finalists for this year's ninth installment of the pre-eminent indie game competition, and from a record field of 226 entries, 30% over last year’s totals, a number of notable games scored multiple nominations this year.

These include orbital osmosis sim Osmos (3 nominations), abstract PSN action-er PixelJunk Eden (3 nominations), time-reversing guitar-compatible antishooter Retro/Grade (2 nominations), and atmospheric ball-ambulator Night Game (2 nominations).

Other examples of the finalists, which are viewable on the official IGF website, include charming exploration-game Blueberry Garden and music-based block puzzler Musaic Box, both double nominees, and several of the finalists for the new Innovation award, including Ratloop’s Mightier, Jason Rohrer’s Between and Tale Of Tales’ The Graveyard.

Finalists were decided by a panel made up of over 40 industry-leading game creators and journalists, including the makers of previous IGF honorees World Of Goo, Braid, Aquaria and N+; industry veterans from studios including Maxis, Big Huge Games, and SuperVillain Studios; and noted writers from Wired, Newsweek, and MTV.

Noitu Love 2 Now Only $10

January 7, 2009 11:34 AM | Tim W.

The price for Konjak's gorgeous 2D platformer, Noitu Love 2 has been reduced from $19.95 to $10. If you haven't played the full game (doubtful, I know) then here's the perfect chance to get a taste of what you've been missing out on. -- games, art and women

Trailer: Crayon Physics Deluxe (Kloonigames)

January 6, 2009 6:12 PM | Tim W.

Crayon Physics Deluxe will be widely available from Kloonigames' web site starting tomorrow (with digital distribution partners to be announced later), although customers who pre-ordered the game would have received the download link in their inboxes by now. (YouTube video)

Pocketwatch Games Announces Dinosauria

January 6, 2009 5:44 PM | Tim W.

It was announced today that Pocketwatch Games' next project will take us back to the age of dinosaurs, something that Andy had hinted about a couple of weeks ago. Titled Dinosauria, the game currently has no completion date set although fans of the Venture series can pretty much expect a release for both Windows and Mac when it is ready. You can help shape the game from its infancy by contributing suggestions and feedback in the official forums as well.

Announcing Dinosauria (Pocketwatch Games)

Freeware Game Pick: Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! (Oddbob)

January 6, 2009 10:33 AM | Tim W.

Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! is a new arena shooter from the author of War Tw... Bus and the Tempest-inspired G-Force. Alien robots from the planet Thwip are invading the home of a mutated radioactive squid, so you must assume control over this deadly creature and drive back the invasion with your patented beams of electro death.

You earn a point for every minute you survive in the game. The enemy assault last a whole eight minutes, and if you manage to make it past that point then the aliens will concede defeat and return to their homeworld, allowing you to have your cup of tea in peace and serenity once again. (forum thread)

Name: Squid Yes! Not So Octopus!
Developer: Oddbob
Category: Shooter
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here

Freeware Game Pick: The Manipulator (Virtanen Games)

January 6, 2009 10:09 AM | Tim W.

The Manipulator is a 2D puzzle platformer created by Virtanen Games, developer of Seven Minutes and Virtual Silence. In it, you play a psychic who has the ability to control the minds of others and influence them to carry out your orders. Use the cursor keys to move, press the Z key to jump, tap the X key to shoot, and hold the C key to read someone's thoughts.

There are multiple endings to discover in this game.

Name: The Manipulator
Developer: Virtanen Games
Category: Platformer
Type: Freeware
Size: 5MB
Direct download link: Click here (download mirror)

Free Indie Rapid Fire: Spelunky, The Manipulator, Kung Fu II

January 5, 2009 7:11 AM | Tim W.

Featured on this week's Free Indie Rapid Fire: Derek Yu's Spelunky, Virtanen Games' The Manipulator and KNPMaster's Kung Fu II. (YouTube video)

Free Indie Rapid Fire 01/05/2009
Interview: Daniel Remar, Iji (Bytejacker)

Design Tour Week 4: Aquaria (Bit Blot)

January 5, 2009 6:57 AM | Tim W.

This week on Wolfire Games' Design Tour series: Bit Blot's Aquaria is examined in detail, where David discusses about everything from Alec Holowka's technical proficiency and musical talent to Derek Yu's mastery of the (digital) painting brush.

Aquaria design tour

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