The finalists have been revealed for the second annual Independent Games Festival China, naming 12 of the most awesome indie games from throughout Asia, from studios as well as students. This year, the competition drew entrants from all over the place: China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Iran, India, Australia and New Zealand – not bad for something that’s been around for such a short time!
Considered a sister event to the Independent Games Festival held each year in San Francisco, each game submitted to the competition was carefully considered and chosen by local judges, including reps from IGDA Shanghai, TipCat Interactive, Tencent and Shanda Games.
The finalists (including two Aussies!) have been invited to Shanghai for the Game Developers Conference China event in December, where they can show off their games to anybody who wants to have a look.
There’s a bunch of awards up for grabs – including All Access Passes to GDC in San Francisco – not to mention up to RMB61,000 ($9,100) in cash.
So – who’s in it to win it? The Main Competition finalists for the 2010 Independent Games Festival China are:
- Hazard: The Journey Of Life (Alexander Bruce, Australia)
- Train Conductor 2 (The Voxel Agents, Australia)
- Sugar Cube (Turtle Cream, South Korea)
- Cut & Paste (Turtle Cream, South Korea)
- Skillz: The DJ Game (Playpen Studios, Hong Kong)
- ButaVX: Justice Fighter (Nekomura Games, Singapore)
- Crossout (Coconut Island Studio, China)
The Student Competition finalists are:
- Zonelink (Huazhong University Of Science And Technology, China)
- Dead Steel (Media Design School, Auckland, New Zealand)
- Afterland (Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, Singapore)
- The White Laboratory (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China)
- Ponlai (National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan)
Categories up for consideration include Art Direction, Visual Arts, Technical Excellence, Best Game, and Mobile Best Game as well as the Student category – and all will be announced as part of the 2010 Game Developers Conference China in a special IGF Awards ceremony!
Want to know more? Head over to the official website and soak it up like a sponge. If you’re looking for something else to do, why not check out a few of the games while you’re at it?