Cart Life wins IGF 2013 Grand Prize

Cart Life takes the 2013 Grand Prize at the Independent Game Festival Awards.

The movers and shakers of the indie scene came together at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco tonight for the 2013 Independent Games Festival awards ceremony, where prizes aplenty were handed out to this year's winners and future stars. Poverty simulator Cart Life took three awards: the Nuovo, narrative, and Grand Prize. FTL: Faster Than Light won two awards: the Audience, and design. Excellence in Visual Art Winner: Runners-up:
  • Guacamelee
  • Year Walk
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Incredipede

Kentucky Route Zero

Nuovo Winner:
  • Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
  • Vesper.5
  • Dys4ia
  • 7 Grand Steps
  • Little Inferno
  • Spaceteam
  • Bientot L'ete
  • Mirrormoon

Cart Life

Excellence In Audio Winner:
  • 140 (Jesper Carlsem)
  • Bad Hotel
  • PixelJunk 4am
  • Hotline Miami
  • Kentucky Route Zero


Excellence In Narrative Winner:
  • Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
  • Dys4ia
  • Thirty Flights of Loving
  • Kentucky Route Zero
  • Gone Home

Cart Life

Technical Excellence Winner: Runners-up:
  • Intrusion 2
  • Perspective
  • Starforge
  • Liquidsketch

Little Inferno

Student Showcase Winner:
  • Zineth (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Back to Bed
  • The Mindfulxp Volume
  • Blackwell's Asylum
  • Farsh
  • Pulse
  • Knights of Pen & Paper
  • Atum


Excellence in Design Winner:
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (Subset Games)
  • Super Hexagon
  • Samurai Gunn
  • Starseed Pilgrim
  • Super Space

FTL: Faster Than Light

Seumas McNally Grand Prize Winner:
  • Cart Life (Richard Hofmeier)
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Hotline Miami
  • Little Inferno
  • Kentucky Route Zero
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    March 27, 2013 7:12 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Cart Life wins IGF 2013 Grand Prize.

    Cart Life takes the 2013 Grand Prize at the Independent Game Festival Awards.

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      March 27, 2013 8:05 PM

      I tried, I REALLY tried with Cart Life after hearing about it on Weekend Confirmed. Just didn't grab me though.

      Good to see FTL getting a nod, amazing game.

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        March 27, 2013 9:41 PM

        Yeah I tried it. Definitely a unique game. Wasn't expecting the speed typing section.

        I don't remember what made me quit though.

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      March 27, 2013 9:06 PM

      Totally deserved it. Glad to see it and FTL win a bunch of money.

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      March 27, 2013 10:23 PM

      Zineth is really cool! You guys should try it if you haven't.
      It's sort of like Jet Set Radio Future meets Pokemon, but that doesn't really explain the game. (And meets in a literal sense, as your character has a cellphone that tracks your tasks, which happens to have a Pokemon like game, however, getting better at that game is required to complete the final objective, so it's a bit like two games in one. )
      Earlier on (3rd or 4th task you are given) is a task that seems really hard to do Get to the Moon - this is really the final task of the game, so if you can't figure it out, complete the other tasks that you have first. You can complete this earlier if you want (and know how) and doing so will make the other tasks easier because of the power-up that you get.

      Don't turn on the debug menu your first play through, doing so can cause you to skip the early tutorial part of the game, which can leave you rather confused and not knowing what to do (I watched one play through on youtube where the guy did this, and he basically had no idea what he was doing afterwards, and missed out on some of the cool parts of the game)

      If you know what you are doing, you can probably complete this game in 30 minutes, but a first play through is probably more like 2 hours. It has really great visuals, and a cool movement system. I look forward to what this team does in the future!

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      March 28, 2013 8:12 AM

      This was posted late last night, and people really need to see these great games!

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      March 28, 2013 8:21 AM

      it sure is a neat game.

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