Freeplay is Australia’s annual independent games festival. For the first time this year they’re honouring the year’s best indie games through the Freeplay Awards. The Awards will be held on August 15.
“We were pleasantly surprised at the large number and high quality of the entries,” says Freeplay judge Mark Flanagan. “It meant a lot of work, and it was difficult to choose winners, but we didn’t mind at all because the games were so entertaining to play.”
The nominees have just been revealed. I’ve only played two of the finalists – Captain Forever, pictured, and Jolly Rover. Have you played any?
Best Australian Game Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready Brawsome – Jolly Rover Finn Morgan – Colourbind
Best International Game Mahdi Bahrami (Iran) – Bo Anders Højsted (Denmark) – TryFail Yellow Jam (Brazil) – Last Hope
Best Design in a Game Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready Alexander Bruce Hazard: The Journey Of Life The Voxel Agents Train Conductor
Best On-Paper Design Tobye Ryan – Epic Adventure Timothy Ryan – iCrazy Man Katie Murphy – Galaqua
Best Art in a Game Farbs – Captain Forever (series) Alexander Bruce – Hazard: The Journey Of Life KlickTock – Doodle Find
Best Concept Art Fiasco Studios – Exodus Evan Raynor – City Ruins CatBus Interactive – Speed Demon
Best Technical Innovation Farbs – Captain Forever (series) Finn Morgan – Colourbind Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready
Best Game Writing Farbs – Captain Forever (series) Alexander Bruce – Hazard: The Journey Of Life PVI Collective – Transumer
Best Audio The Voxel Agents – Train Conductor Tin Man Games – Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes Brawsome – Jolly Rover