Each year the Independent Games Festival awards recognise what are often the most interesting, most innovative games of the year. This year was no different.
One is a zen-like game about creating a tree. One is a beautiful, abstract fencing game. Another sees its players fighting physically to win. In another of 2011’s Independent Game Festival Nuovo Award nominees, you play as a dictator’s cat.
Indie games are important. No, not because they’re sometimes “art“, but because of the innovations, the stirring of the pot they sometimes lead to.