Pirate Dog Wins Australia’s Best Indie Game Award

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Pirate Dog Wins Australia’s Best Indie Game Award

Jolly Rover, a pirate-themed adventure game from Melbourne developer Brawsome, won the Best Australian Game award at the Freeplay Independent Games Festival last night.

“This is a huge honour for me and the team that worked very hard to make my dream a reality!” says Andrew Goulding, head of Jolly Rover developer Brawsome.

“Since Jolly Rover just won the award for best game I decided I could do what I liked for the rest of the night, so I decided to go home and spend time with my family who have been so supportive over this long project. I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, but reading my two year old daughter a story before she goes to bed is more important to me than any after party.”

The Freeplay Awards are all about honouring creativity, artistry, and innovation in the local indie development community.

“When we first decided to introduce awards, we could never have predicted the range and quality of the games we’d receive,” says Eve Penford-Dennis, co-director of Freeplay. “The winning projects demonstrate the personal drive and outlook of their developers – which is exactly what we want to encourage through the Freeplay event and the awards. We look forward to seeing what people can do between now and 2011.”

You can check out Jolly Rover on Steam. The other award winners are:

Best Australian Game
Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready
Brawsome – Jolly Rover
Finn Morgan – Colourbind

Winner: Brawsome – Jolly Rover

Best International Game
Mahdi Bahrami (Iran) – Bo
Anders Højsted (Denmark) – TryFail
Yellow Jam (Brazil) – Last Hope

Winner: 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

Winner: Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready

Best On-Paper Design
Tobye Ryan – Epic Adventure
Timothy Ryan – iCrazy Man
Katie Murphy – Galaqua

Winner: Timothy Ryan – iCrazy Man

Best Art in a Game
Farbs – Captain Forever (series)
Alexander Bruce – Hazard: The Journey Of Life
KlickTock – Doodle Find

Winner: Farbs – Captain Forever (series)

Best Concept Art
Fiasco Studios – Exodus
Evan Raynor – City Ruins
CatBus Interactive – Speed Demon

Winner: Fiasco Studios – Exodus

Best Technical Innovation
Farbs – Captain Forever (series)
Finn Morgan – Colourbind
Sword Lady & The Viking – Up Down Ready

Winner: Finn Morgan – Colourbind

Best Game Writing
Farbs – Captain Forever (series)
Alexander Bruce – Hazard: The Journey Of Life
PVI Collective – Transumer

Winner: PVI Collective – Transumer

Best Audio
The Voxel Agents – Train Conductor
Tin Man Games – Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes
Brawsome – Jolly Rover

Winner: The Voxel Agents – Train Conductor

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