Fez wins IGF 2012 Grand Prize

The movers and shakers of the indie scene came together at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last night for the 2012 Independent Games Festival awards ceremony, where prizes aplenty were handed out to this year's winners and future stars. Polytron's eternally in-development puzzle-platformer Fez lifted the Grand Prize and $30,000, four years after it won an IGF award for Excellence In Visual Art. Other notable winners include Dear Esther, Frozen Synapse, and Spelunky. The majority of the winners were decided by the hundreds of IGF judges and jurors, while the Audience Award was chosen by a vote on IGN, and the XBLA Prize was decided by a separate jury with Microsoft. Over $60,000 was awarded as prize money in total. GameSpot recorded the ceremony if you want to see it unfold, speeches and all, but here are your 2012 IGF winners. Best Student Game - $3,000 Winner:
  • Way (Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center)
  • The Bridge (Case Western Reserve University)
  • Dust (Art Institute of Phoenix)
  • The Floor Is Jelly (Kansas City Art Institute)
  • Nous (DigiPen Institute of Technology)
  • One and One Story (Liceo Scientifico G.B. Morgagni)
  • Pixi (DigiPen Institute of Technology - Singapore)
  • The Snowfield (Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab)


Technical Excellence - $3,000 Winner: Runners-up:
  • Fez by Polytron
  • Prom Week by Expressive Intelligence Studio, UC Santa Cruz
  • Realm of the Mad God by Wild Shadow Studios & Spry Fox
  • Spelunky by Mossmouth


Excellence In Design - $3,000 Winner: Runners-up:


Best Mobile Game - $3,000 Winner: Runners-up:
  • ASYNC Corp by Powerhead Games
  • Faraway by Steph Thirion
  • Ridiculous Fishing by Vlambeer
  • Waking Mars by Tiger Style

Beat Sneak Bandit

Excellence In Visual Art - $3,000 Winner: Runners-up:
  • Botanicula by Amanita Design
  • Lume by State Of Play Games
  • Mirage by Mario von Rickenbach
  • Wonderputt by Damp Gnat

Dear Esther

Excellence In Audio - $3,000 Winner: Runners-up:
  • Dear Esther by thechineseroom
  • Pugs Luv Beats by Lucky Frame
  • To The Moon by Freebird Games
  • Waking Mars by Tiger Style


Audience Award - $3,000 Winner:

Frozen Synapse

XBLA Award The winner picks up an XBLA publishing deal and funding from Microsoft. Winner:

Super T.I.M.E. Force

Nuovo Award - $5,000 Winner: Runners-up:


Seumas McNally Grand Prize - $30,000 Winner:
  • Fez by Polytron