igfm_logoThe Independent Games Festival Mobile awards ceremony has just drawn to a close at GDC 2009 and Touch Arcade was in attendance.

Back in January, IGF released its list of finalists competing for awards in seven categories and $30,000 in prize money.  This year's competition included two new award categories: Next Great Mobile Game, in which developers take the stage in an attempt to best pitch their upcoming titles, and Best iPhone Game.

This year's finalists were:

IGF Mobile Best Game:

  • Cubic Republic (IKS Mobile) – Flash Lite
  • Smiles (Sykhronics Entertainment) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Edge (Mobigame) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Wardive (And-or) – Nintendo DS

Innovation in Mobile Game Design:

  • Wardive (And-or) – Nintendo DS
  • Galcon (Hassey Enterprises) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Eliss (Steph Thirion) – iPhone/iPod touch

Achievement in Art:

Technical Achievement:

Audio Achievement:

  • Radio Flare (Studio Radiolaris) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Zen Bound (Secret Exit) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Edge (Mobigame) – iPhone/iPod touch

Best iPhone Game -- Presented by ngmoco:

  • Edge (Mobigame) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Dizzy Bee (Igloo Games) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Zen Bound (Secret Exit) – iPhone/iPod touch
  • Frenzic (The Iconfactory) – iPhone/iPod touch

Of those finalists, the following took home the prize:

  • Next Great Mobile Game: Reflection (Team Reflection) - Nintendo DS
  • Mobile Audio Achievement Award: Zen Bound (Secret Exit) - iPhone
  • Technical Achievement: Real Racing (Firemint) - iPhone
  • Art: Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) - iPhone
  • Design: Galcon (Hassey Enterprises) - iPhone
  • Best iPhone Game: Zen Bound (Secret Exit) - iPhone
  • IGF Mobile Best Game: Fieldrunners (Subatomic Studios) - iPhone

Congratulations to the the winners!  It's hard to believe, looking at this impressive list, that iPhone gaming did not even exist at last year's Game Developers Conference.  It's exciting to picture what's in store for next year's event.

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Best Mobile Game winners Jamie Gotch and Sergei Gourski

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Secret Exit took the prize for Best iPhone Game

The IGF Mobile 2009 competition was supported by Platinum and Founding Sponsor NVidia as well as Gold Sponsor and Best iPhone Game prize sponsor ngmoco.

  • CastorKrieg

    Eliss lost to Galcon - IGF fails hard.

  • CastorKrieg

    Eliss lost to Galcon - IGF fails hard.

  • JoshC.

    Its crazy that the iphone took the majority of the mobile awards. Competeing against Nitendo DS and PSP to win all of the awards except one is amazing.

  • JoshC.

    Its crazy that the iphone took the majority of the mobile awards. Competeing against Nitendo DS and PSP to win all of the awards except one is amazing.

  • Sam

    HAHAHA! He has sweat patches!

    • Blix

      He also has more money than you'll ever have!

  • Sam

    HAHAHA! He has sweat patches!

    • Blix

      He also has more money than you'll ever have!

  • http://dougp.me dougp

    I still think it's crazy that Fieldrunners wins over 7 Cities - the art in 7 Cities is much better than Fieldrunners.

  • http://dougp.me dougp

    I still think it's crazy that Fieldrunners wins over 7 Cities - the art in 7 Cities is much better than Fieldrunners.

  • f e a r l e s s

    There are a lot better games for iPhone/iPod touch. I say this was fixed. Bore me with your details and crap, but these suck!

  • f e a r l e s s

    There are a lot better games for iPhone/iPod touch. I say this was fixed. Bore me with your details and crap, but these suck!

  • Spek

    I'm mad field runners gets so much hype. It's ok but art awards? They strait copied team fortress 2 character models and style. That game bores me to death and I'm a big TD fan

  • Spek

    I'm mad field runners gets so much hype. It's ok but art awards? They strait copied team fortress 2 character models and style. That game bores me to death and I'm a big TD fan

  • Greg

    I couldn't agree more with Spek, Fieldrunners is nice but ultimately mediocre tower D game, its mechanics are more like Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 but doesn't have nearly the strategy. The iPhone has a lot of Tower D games, to which a bulk I've bought but the best two are probably GeoDefense and Crystal Defenders (except the horrid port by Square).

  • Greg

    I couldn't agree more with Spek, Fieldrunners is nice but ultimately mediocre tower D game, its mechanics are more like Desktop Tower Defense 1.5 but doesn't have nearly the strategy. The iPhone has a lot of Tower D games, to which a bulk I've bought but the best two are probably GeoDefense and Crystal Defenders (except the horrid port by Square).

  • http://www.transapp.com transapp

    CONGRATS to Zen Bound. They earned the two awards!
    And guys, don't take it too serious.
    I also don't like Fieldrunners and Calcon that much compared to other titles.
    But a contest is always subjective. And there is no common taste... ;)
    Congrats to all winners from my side.

  • http://www.transapp.com transapp

    CONGRATS to Zen Bound. They earned the two awards!
    And guys, don't take it too serious.
    I also don't like Fieldrunners and Calcon that much compared to other titles.
    But a contest is always subjective. And there is no common taste... ;)
    Congrats to all winners from my side.

  • QuebecRage

    Why is this that the Internet community is so hard on dev ? Fielrunners is being bashed for no reason at all. It's one of the most popular App of 2008 and it's been updated regulary. What I loved about FR is the fact that you have to build your own paths to prevent waves of enemies to invade you. Requires WAY MORE strategy than any other TD game. Plus, I love the animations. Gratz to Subatomic Studios. You can sell FD 2 at 9.99$ and I'll buy it for sure.

    • Spek

      Im not saying field runners is bad. I'm saying it doesn't deserve awards in art and its not as good as many people make it out to be. I don't think it is the best of anything.

  • QuebecRage

    Why is this that the Internet community is so hard on dev ? Fielrunners is being bashed for no reason at all. It's one of the most popular App of 2008 and it's been updated regulary. What I loved about FR is the fact that you have to build your own paths to prevent waves of enemies to invade you. Requires WAY MORE strategy than any other TD game. Plus, I love the animations. Gratz to Subatomic Studios. You can sell FD 2 at 9.99$ and I'll buy it for sure.

    • Spek

      Im not saying field runners is bad. I'm saying it doesn't deserve awards in art and its not as good as many people make it out to be. I don't think it is the best of anything.

  • almost__

    EDGE should of won something. Easily one of the best games on the iPhone. Honestly had more fun with it then most of the games in the App Store.

  • almost__

    EDGE should of won something. Easily one of the best games on the iPhone. Honestly had more fun with it then most of the games in the App Store.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Congratulations to Secret Exit! Two awards very, very well earned.

  • http://www.ringtail.com/ Porsupah

    Congratulations to Secret Exit! Two awards very, very well earned.

  • Schooze

    Congrats to all the winners sad to see that Dizzy Bee didn't take home any of its respective awards, of those nominated I feel it deserved best iPhone game. Just great to be nominated I guess, since there were so few nominations compared to the number of apps available. You can't please everyone though, no matter what everyone's favorite would've been left out anyway, those probably wouldn't be my first choices. Also not sure how Real Racing was nominated since its not even out yet.

  • Schooze

    Congrats to all the winners sad to see that Dizzy Bee didn't take home any of its respective awards, of those nominated I feel it deserved best iPhone game. Just great to be nominated I guess, since there were so few nominations compared to the number of apps available. You can't please everyone though, no matter what everyone's favorite would've been left out anyway, those probably wouldn't be my first choices. Also not sure how Real Racing was nominated since its not even out yet.

  • dunkee

    Great awards, all deserve it!!
    Congrats to Zen Bound, Fieldrunners, Dizzy Bee, Edge.. they're really great.

    7 Cities is overrated in these forums. Eliss should've won over Galcon.

  • dunkee

    Great awards, all deserve it!!
    Congrats to Zen Bound, Fieldrunners, Dizzy Bee, Edge.. they're really great.

    7 Cities is overrated in these forums. Eliss should've won over Galcon.

  • Marc

    Yeah no offense to the devs of Real Racing, but how does an unreleased game win an award? Seriously, wtf?

    • http://www.hyperdevbox.com carlo

      Agree on that one...

  • Marc

    Yeah no offense to the devs of Real Racing, but how does an unreleased game win an award? Seriously, wtf?

    • http://www.hyperdevbox.com carlo

      Agree on that one...

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  • Super Larry

    Fieldrunners is miles ahead of any thing like 7 Cities i question the authenticity of all this 7 Citiy Love,,,,,

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      You rate animation over depth of the game :)
      Fieldrunners is sweet, but 7 cities is a challenge and a complex game.

      • Super Larry

        7 Cities is non Creative game... Its too simple,,, But im a chess player and things like 7 cities are like 4 year old math puzzle.... Good luck with your flat mind ...

  • Super Larry

    Fieldrunners is miles ahead of any thing like 7 Cities i question the authenticity of all this 7 Citiy Love,,,,,

    • http://www.transapp.com transapp

      You rate animation over depth of the game :)
      Fieldrunners is sweet, but 7 cities is a challenge and a complex game.

      • Super Larry

        7 Cities is non Creative game... Its too simple,,, But im a chess player and things like 7 cities are like 4 year old math puzzle.... Good luck with your flat mind ...

  • Chad

    I'm sorry but how does Fieldrunners lose to something like Zen Bound in the art department?

    • Chad

      Whoops I mean beat something like Zen Bound X_X

      • Spek

        No clue. Do a google image search of team fortress 2 and compare some of their character art to fieldrunners. Almost identical copies of soldier and heavy weapon guy.

  • Chad

    I'm sorry but how does Fieldrunners lose to something like Zen Bound in the art department?

    • Chad

      Whoops I mean beat something like Zen Bound X_X

      • Spek

        No clue. Do a google image search of team fortress 2 and compare some of their character art to fieldrunners. Almost identical copies of soldier and heavy weapon guy.

  • Dudehuge

    Get over it nerds, you're acting like gay people whining that their favorite actor/actress didn't win the Oscar. Be happy for the winners and just stfu.

  • Dudehuge

    Get over it nerds, you're acting like gay people whining that their favorite actor/actress didn't win the Oscar. Be happy for the winners and just stfu.

  • George

    you have to submit a game in advance to get nominated. Who knows if 7 cities or other TD games were even submitted...

    cheers,
    brof

  • George

    you have to submit a game in advance to get nominated. Who knows if 7 cities or other TD games were even submitted...

    cheers,
    brof

  • Terminal

    i think they should ban every concept that was out there before. is there any game in this "indie"-contest that is about mobile gaming? about gps or something?

    mobile gaming is here just "electronic gaming" on a small device but hey, is this all? is galcon an innovative concept? or fieldrunner? both are good polished but are they innovative? (tower defense is 12 years old)

    the only in some way innovative thing was the gps-football. the rest is just the same crap as usual (except zen bound - the designers make now a new game with ngmo... what a surprise an win in the iphone category!).

    this is no mobile gaming at all!

  • Terminal

    i think they should ban every concept that was out there before. is there any game in this "indie"-contest that is about mobile gaming? about gps or something?

    mobile gaming is here just "electronic gaming" on a small device but hey, is this all? is galcon an innovative concept? or fieldrunner? both are good polished but are they innovative? (tower defense is 12 years old)

    the only in some way innovative thing was the gps-football. the rest is just the same crap as usual (except zen bound - the designers make now a new game with ngmo... what a surprise an win in the iphone category!).

    this is no mobile gaming at all!

  • Michael

    Congrats to Fieldrunners(Subatomic Studios).
    It won best art and best game based on the opinion of the qualified judges.

    It's easy to look at a game and say it is tons better with no knowledge of the area your speaking about. I will take the opinions of the judges that Fieldrunners has the best art and is the best moblile game over those of some random people that disagree.

  • Michael

    Congrats to Fieldrunners(Subatomic Studios).
    It won best art and best game based on the opinion of the qualified judges.

    It's easy to look at a game and say it is tons better with no knowledge of the area your speaking about. I will take the opinions of the judges that Fieldrunners has the best art and is the best moblile game over those of some random people that disagree.

  • http://www.neptune-studios.com Knight

    Congrats to all.

    As for those talking about 7 Cities, we never entered it into the IGF awards, and we probably wouldn't have won any of the categories. So don't worry about us being 'overrated'. We just made a game we love. As did all the others on here.

    Anyway, it is good to see independent devs getting recognition they deserve.

  • http://www.neptune-studios.com Knight

    Congrats to all.

    As for those talking about 7 Cities, we never entered it into the IGF awards, and we probably wouldn't have won any of the categories. So don't worry about us being 'overrated'. We just made a game we love. As did all the others on here.

    Anyway, it is good to see independent devs getting recognition they deserve.

  • Terminal

    the question is: what is mobile gaming?

    version a: gaming on a device
    for the most of the person, it seams: mobile gaming is just gaming on mobile devices and then the question is: would this be also a good computer/console-game and then the whole things starts:
    - what type of game is it?
    - are there predecessor?
    - how polished is the game?

    version b: mobile gaming is an area, a room
    what new concept are there? gps things etc. this would be innovation!

    jury:
    seams to vote just for the version a and not more. there is not one decision at the ende for something out of version b.

    this may be what the industry wants to have from the igf mobile. but sorry is this really all? as an outsider you can't see what happens beyond the door of the judgies it should be clearer what they judge for and how many points the ohter have.

    but so, it is simple, igf mobile acts like the little arm of the big industry. the same categories the same ideas and in the end the same end?

  • Terminal

    the question is: what is mobile gaming?

    version a: gaming on a device
    for the most of the person, it seams: mobile gaming is just gaming on mobile devices and then the question is: would this be also a good computer/console-game and then the whole things starts:
    - what type of game is it?
    - are there predecessor?
    - how polished is the game?

    version b: mobile gaming is an area, a room
    what new concept are there? gps things etc. this would be innovation!

    jury:
    seams to vote just for the version a and not more. there is not one decision at the ende for something out of version b.

    this may be what the industry wants to have from the igf mobile. but sorry is this really all? as an outsider you can't see what happens beyond the door of the judgies it should be clearer what they judge for and how many points the ohter have.

    but so, it is simple, igf mobile acts like the little arm of the big industry. the same categories the same ideas and in the end the same end?

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  • Jake Trak

    I love how people think the IGF Mobile competition was rigged. Galcon won! It was entirely developed by ONE man and as a result, is probably one of the most underrated games EVER to hit the App Store. Trust me, if Galcon won, IGFM was completely legit.

    Oh and I've played both Eliss and Galcon and Galcon wins hands down! Are you guys kidding me?? Galcon has a flawless online multiplayer system, which is insanely fun and infinitely replayable and always has between 30 and a 100 people playing online. Eliss is a good game, but it doesn't come close to Galcon.

    If you suck at a game, it doesn't mean the game sucks. It means you suck lol. You have either not invested a basic amount of time into reading the instructions or you don't have the sense to watch the good players and learn from them.

    Anyway, thanks for reporting on this, TouchArcade!

  • Jake Trak

    I love how people think the IGF Mobile competition was rigged. Galcon won! It was entirely developed by ONE man and as a result, is probably one of the most underrated games EVER to hit the App Store. Trust me, if Galcon won, IGFM was completely legit.

    Oh and I've played both Eliss and Galcon and Galcon wins hands down! Are you guys kidding me?? Galcon has a flawless online multiplayer system, which is insanely fun and infinitely replayable and always has between 30 and a 100 people playing online. Eliss is a good game, but it doesn't come close to Galcon.

    If you suck at a game, it doesn't mean the game sucks. It means you suck lol. You have either not invested a basic amount of time into reading the instructions or you don't have the sense to watch the good players and learn from them.

    Anyway, thanks for reporting on this, TouchArcade!

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