Kotaku's Indie/Downloadable Game Of The Year -- The Results Are In!

Two weeks ago we asked for nominations, A week ago we asked you to vote. Now, we're revealing the winners. [Begins drum roll...]

Readers Choice

And the winner is... Bastion!

Bastion was a clear winner in this category, garnering 15% of the votes. While I wasn't the biggest fan of the game's core mechanics, I agree with most folks that the integration of the dynamic voice over was sheer genius. Great pick by everyone, and thanks to everyone who voted.

Winner: Bastion Runner Up: Terraria

Editor's Choice

Being perfectly honest, I felt as though this year didn't have any brilliant stand out titles like 2010. In 2010 we had Super Meat Boy and Limbo -- incredible titles. This year Bastion was arguably the biggest hitter on console, but there were a couple of games on PC that I enjoyed -- Frozen Synapse and Renegade Ops being the standouts.

I also put a fair amount of time into Outland, but felt as though the design wasn't quite as Metroid-y as I would have liked. The mechanics were fun, but it didn't hold together in the way I wanted it to.

For that reason I'm going to go with From Dust. I understand it's a game that divided many, but I liked the concept, and enjoyed the way it was put together. So, in a year where nothing really leapt out and grabbed me like it did in 2010, From Dust is my favourite Indie/Downloadable game of the year.

Winner: From Dust Runner Up: Frozen Synapse


    Wait, so the editor's choice is literally one editor's choice? That's kind of weird.

      Lo, and on the first day of awards, Serrels did decree From Dust to be "Best".

        Just put a few rocks in his path outside his house, and he'll get confused and never make it to work again.

      Well if it were more than one editor, it would be editors' choice then.

    Terraria all the way!
    Seen the 1.10 preview? http://www.terrariaonline.com/threads/terraria-1-1-trailer.63722/

    Can't wait for Dec 1st.... 2nd for us tho.

    Hooray for Bastion, although after voting I couldn't get out of my head how awesome the art direction for Stacking was.

    Hooray for Bastion! Easily the best of the year. It may not have had the challenge of Super Meat Boy, but it easily had the charm and the soundtrack. Most touching finish for an XBLA game ever too!

    I did like From Dust, but it was a little too inconsistent for my taste. Cue shameless plug for my Reader Reviews:

    From Dust - http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/08/reader-review-from-dust/

    Bastion - http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/07/reader-review-bastion/

    I liked From Dust... but I felt it would have worked better had it included a map editor. It was just crying out for one.

    That said, I tied between Bastion and From Dust this year... so,

    Runner-runner-runner-runner-runner-up, Egress!

    After some thought, I'd like to change my vote to The Binding of Issac. Too late, but that game is awesomely addictive.

      Another game that kind of just magically appeared in my Steam account. (Voxatron bundle maybe?) Hmmm, I should give it a try.

    From Dust was completely soured for me because of the utterly detestable way they treated PC purchasers re: DRM and their outright lies about it.

      This is the only reason I haven't bothered with From Dust.

        You're not missing much. Bastion, Frozen Synapse and The Binding of Issac are all streets ahead.

    Heh heh, I just realised.

    The title says "downladable". Is that like, where a soup is really really thick so that it can be served from an upside-down pot?


      [hangs head in typo shame]

        I did my best to deflect attention by making a really bad pun.

    Can we see the % votes for all the nominations?

    Actually I just want to know if I'm the only puzzle fanatic that voted for Blocks That Matter.

      II also voted for blocks that matter. There would be at least 2 of us then XD

    Yay Bastion.

    (I want to try Frozen Synapse but the demo kept crashing my PC)

    Bastion did have that awesome voice over but I voted for From Dust.

    Bastion! \o/ Man, that soundtrack. And narration. So good.

    I'm so surprised that this wasn't Minecraft.

    I think if you look at these games - you can instantly see why sales are down on Xbox live - what a dull year.

      Much as I don't want to agree to such negativity, I think you might be right.

      There certainly isn't any Shadow Complex or Limbo in this list.

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