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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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Freeware Pick: Get your competitive typing on with Typefighters

January 13, 2015 7:05 AM | Lena LeRay

mode-stream.gifTyping games come in many shapes and sizes. There are comical murder mysteries and rail shooter typing games, to name a couple of examples. But Typefighters does something I haven't seen before: it takes typing and makes it a weapon in head-to-head combat.

Technocrat and Wadjet Eye Games announce Technobabylon

January 12, 2015 5:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

technobabylon.pngSeasoned indie adventurers should have already played through the first, freeware and rather excellent cyberpunk Technobabylon adventures, though now both they and everyone else looking for some top quality point-and-clickable science fiction should prepare for the ultimate release of Technobabylon; sometime this Spring.

Trailer Roundup for January 12, 2015

January 12, 2015 5:21 AM | Lena LeRay

Driversed.jpgToday's trailer roundup covers a lot of platforms, though most of the games are or will be on multiple platforms.

Win keys for Sins of a Dark Age, KRUNCH, 1849

January 9, 2015 4:19 PM | Staff

FreekeyFridaysWeek74.jpgIndieGames and FreekeyFridays bring you another set of free indie games. Freekeyfridays was created as a way to garner exposure for indies through giving away a mix of well-known indie games and up-and-coming titles. This week's games are KRUNCH (Steam, Windows, Mac), 1849 (Steam, Windows, Mac, IOS, Anroid), and Sins of a Dark Age (Steam, Windows).

There are two ways to win:

iOS Pick: RPG/match-3 hybrid Hero Emblems

January 9, 2015 7:30 AM | Lena LeRay

heroemblems.pngHero Emblems is a match-3/RPG hybrid that's light on story. The basics of the matching system are pretty typical; any two adjacent emblems can be swapped as long as at least one of them will complete a row of three or more in its new position. But each type of emblem corresponds to a specific party member and that takes the focus away from just finding matches to strategizing about what is best to match and when.

iOS Pick: Drop Wizard (Neutronized)

January 9, 2015 2:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

DropWizard.pngWhen it comes to distilling the joys of classic arcade gaming and brilliantly porting them to touch-screen devices, nobody does it better than indie studio Neutronized and their freshly released Drop Wizard (iPhone, i Pad) should be more than enough to convince you.

An early alpha demo of Drift Stage is available now on

January 8, 2015 8:37 PM | Chloi Rad

Drift Stage is the latest in a growing trend of bright, stylish games inspired by the 80s, and it's probably one of the best looking.

You've probably been seeing screenshots of its glossy car models and glowing, purple cityscapes popping up on social media for the past couple months.

Now, you can finally test it out for yourself, free on

Early glimpses of the Sunset penthouse

January 8, 2015 3:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Sunset1.pngSunset, the Tale of Tales game that promises to let us live through a revolution while exploring a highly stylized penthouse, has decided to reveal a bit of itself; its first screenshots to be exact. Have a look, appreciate their style and wait a bit until the spring of 2015 and Sunset's release.

2015 Independent Games Festival announces Main Competition finalists

January 7, 2015 3:29 PM | Tim

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) juries have announced the Main Competition finalists for its prestigious 17th annual awards, honoring the most influential and outstanding development in independent video games. The IGF has nominated over 30 extraordinary game titles released in the past year.

Candidates for the 2015 IGF Awards were distributed to a group of esteemed evaluators from across the industry for evaluation. Expert juries specializing in distinct disciplines for each category then selected the IGF finalists following playthroughs and recommendations from the nearly 650 IGF Main Competition entrants.

This year's finalists are led by various standout titles nominated for multiple awards, including inkle's globe-trotting interactive fiction game 80 Days, Croteam's philosophical first-person puzzle game The Talos Principle and the brutally earnest wartime survival simulator This War Of Mine from 11 Bit Studios.

Steam Pick: The Blue Flamingo (Might and Delight)

January 7, 2015 4:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

blueflamingo.pngFrom Might and Delight, the team responsible for the wonderful Shelter and the forthcoming Shelter 2, comes something totally unexpected: The Blue Flamingo, a straightforward shmup for Windows.

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