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It’s an exciting time of the year, as two major gaming awards ceremonies are about to take place! The Independent Games Festival and the Game Developers Choice Awards are scheduled for July 21.

Festivities start at 4:30 PM PT, with the Independent Games Festival (IGF) leading the charge, followed by the Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA). Each awards ceremony features many categories, including Best Narrative, Best Design, Best Debut, and much more.

We invite you to join us on this amazing journey on our dedicated partner page, where you can watch both awards shows and check some of the games available on GOG.COM that either are Finalists or received Honorable Mentions this year.



Independent Games Festival
Ancient Enemy - With an honorable mention for Excellence in Design, Ancient Enemy is an RPG card battler where you must fight an enemy that has already won.

Biped - If you are looking for an amazing co-op platformer, look no further than this game from NExT Studios

Boomerang X - Another title that received an honorable mention for its design, Boomerang X combines elements from games like Doom and movies like The Matrix.

BPM: BULLETS PER MINUTE - This stellar title combines rhythm-action and FPS rogue-like elements into an unforgettable experience. Being a rhythm-based game, you know it also has an awesome soundtrack!

Carto - Carto is not only up for an award in the Excellence in Visual Art category, but also received an honorable mention in the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Creaks - Another game being highlighted for its audio, Creaks is a platform adventure game developed by Amanita Design.

Disc Room - In this action-puzzle game what kills you only makes you stronger and for that, it's up for an award in the Excellence in Design category!

Dorfromantik - If you like peaceful strategy games, this Best Student Game nominee is definitely worth checking out.



Genesis Noir - This adventure game from Feral Cat Den is nominated for a stellar four awards! Its Cosmic Collection includes all of the available DLC for the game and is definitely worth checking out if you want to experience everything the game has to offer.

Ikenfell - If you love classic RPGs, Ikenfell received an honorable mention in the Excellence in Audio category!

In Other Waters - Play as an AI in this adventure game that tasks players with helping a xenobiologist explore an alien planet.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page - This atmospheric narrative adventure lives up to its name, as it is nominated for an Excellence in Narrative award.

Olija - Highlighted for its amazing audio as an honorable mention in the Audio category, you’ll need to use your harpoon to escape the mysterious country of Terraphage.

Paradise Killer - This open-world exploration game is nominated for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize and received an honorable mention in the Narrative category. We especially recommend The Perfect 25 Edition which contains both the full game and the amazing soundtrack!

Signs of the Sojourner - This narrative card game about relationships is nominated for an Excellence in Design award.



Spiritfarer - It’s a cozy management game where you’re playing as a ferry master to the deceased. It holds two nominations for the IGF awards as well as honorable mentions from both IGF and GDCA.

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension - If you love puzzle adventure games with a unique style, look no further than this title that received an honorable mention in the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Game Developers Choice Awards
Alba: A Wildlife Adventure - This open-world adventure game from Ustwo Games is also available on mobile, where it has received a nomination in the Best Mobile Game category.



Call of the Sea - With an honorable mention in the Best Debut category, this game is perfect for puzzle game fans looking for a little extra adventure. In the Deluxe Edition, you also get both the OST and the gorgeous digital art book.

CARRION - Nominated for a Best Debut award, CARRION is a side-scrolling reverse horror game where you are the big, bad creature.

Cyberpunk 2077 - This highly-anticipated title received an honorable mention in the Best Narrative category for its gritty story revolving around Night City.

Kentucky Route Zero: PC Edition - This point-and-click adventure game from Cardboard Computer revolves around a secret highway in Kentucky and is up for a Best Narrative award.

Raji: An Ancient Epic - Experience the war between demons and gods in this action-adventure game that is nominated for a Best Debut award from Indian studio, Nodding Heads Games.

Röki - With an honorable mention in the Best Debut category, Röki is an adventure title with a unique art style.

Watch the ceremony on Twitch
Let us know in the comments if you played or plan on playing these amazing and unique games. And be sure to check which of the nominated games won awards during the Twitch live stream on 21st July 2021, at 4:30 PM PT, also available on our dedicated partner page of the event.
Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
❤️ Indies ❤️

While I have fun with the occasional big budget title, I've definitely gotten more and more enjoyment out of the indie scene over the years, particularly in the last decade or so. Keep on truckin', you lovely peeps! :)

It's interesting to note, that in many ways today's indies remind me more of the early/mid-'90s gaming scene - not the whole retro aspects too many chase - which was full of small teams being able to make some terrific games with not terribly big budgets without the bullshit cookie-cutter design.
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mqstout: Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
Or, you know, you could simply mosey on over to the 'dedicated partner page' that's linked at top and bottom. *shrug*
Post edited July 21, 2021 by Mr.Mumbles
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mqstout: Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
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Mr.Mumbles: Or, you know, you could simply mosey on over to the 'dedicated partner page' that's linked at top and bottom. *shrug*
Or to the promo page, which GOG also does not bother to link to and which at least for me is more useful than these "partner" pages.
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*some twitch thing*
*some patting each other on the back*
Moving on…
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mqstout: Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
I was thinking the same thing. Seemed really odd to me that none of those titles linked to the games.
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Gog hits a new low when both those groups have been fingered for being corrupt and the sjw attack on gamers.
Gog went broke so went woke but itchio has that market cornered.
I looked at the IGF website and out of the (not that many) ones that I've played (at least demos) the only one I hope wins is Rainy Season (wishlist) in best student game. Haven would be one for excellence in audio more than narrative IMO. Creaks would make more sense in the design category. It is rediculous that a game made by the largest game company in the world qualifies as "independent" (Biped, as the developer seems to be a studio of Tencent).
Post edited July 21, 2021 by joveian
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mqstout: Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
Yeah, no idea why they didn't. Here's a list:

IGF
- Ancient Enemy
- Biped
- Boomerang X
- BPM
- Carto
- Creaks
- Disc Room
- Dorfromantik
- Genesis Noir
- Ikenfell
- In Other Waters
- Lost Words
- Olija
- Paradise Killer
- Signs of the Sojourner
- Spiritfarer
- There Is No Game

GDCA
- Alba
- Call of the Sea
- CARRION
- CP2077
- Kentucky Route Zero
- Raji
- Roki
Post edited July 21, 2021 by MeowCanuck
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mqstout: Hey blues, that's a lot of links to game cards you could have made.
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MeowCanuck: Yeah, no idea why they didn't. Here's a list:
Yeah... They were on the sales page. But the links being close to what they were nominated for or won would have been the good feature there, rather than "here's the master list of all the games GOG has involved with IGF and GDCA this year".
Oh, cool.
A bunch a games I've never heard of, and two I've only heard in passing.

Aside from a pithy blurb, might it be too much to ask a more forthcoming description of the games and their raison d'être for being nominated?

And Cyberpunk 2077, which I feel honestly deserves no rewards.

I'll note: One of the titles has a 3.8 on GOG, but I won't say which.
I have no idea who "Independent Games Festival" is and I do not care what they think. Just more examples of self-proclaimed indie weirdos telling people what games are "good". And the games they always choose are the artsy games that have minimal actual gameplay.
Post edited July 22, 2021 by Crosmando
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• $7.49 • -50% • In Other Waters
• $8.24 • -45% • Biped
• $8.99 • -40% • Disc Room
• $8.99 • -55% • Rki
• $9.99 • -50% • Creaks
• $10.04 • -33% • Olija
• $10.49 • -30% • Genesis Noir
• $11.99 • -40% • BPM: BULLETS PER MINUTE
• $11.99 • -40% • Ikenfell
• $11.99 • -20% • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
• $12.49 • -50% • Creaks Collector's Edition
• $12.99 • -35% • CARRION
• $13.99 • -30% • Carto
• $13.99 • -30% • Paradise Killer
• $13.99 • -30% • Signs of the Sojourner
• $15.99 • -20% • Call of the Sea
• $17.82 • -30% • Paradise Killer: Perfect 25 Edition
• $19.59 • -30% • Genesis Noir Cosmic Collection
• $19.99 • -20% • Call of the Sea Deluxe Edition
Carrion! My goty 2020.
Its about indies, right in the OP. No need to be mean. ;)

*sees Cyberpunk listing sitting in the middle like an elephant in the monkey cage*


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