Last Friday in Marseille, France, I got together with some dudes from Pocket Gamer, Orange, ARM, and a few other outfits to wade through the 200+ submissions to the International Mobile Gaming Awards. It was an incredible experience, and beyond cool to be waxing video games with fellow mobile gamers from all over the world.

After hours and hours of deliberation, we nominated five games in each of the six categories. Keep in mind that not all of these games are for the iPhone, and some are still in development. If you don't see one of your favorite games in this list, chances are the developer either didn't submit it, or my single American vote wasn't strong enough to overcome the rest of the world.

Best Casual Game

Best Real World Game

Best Sports Game

Excellence in Design

Excellence in Game Play

Most innovative Game

From here, we meet in Barcelona, Spain in late February to discuss the nominees again and vote on the winners for each of the categories which will be announced on February 17th. The IMGA is also running a People's Choice Award poll, which requires registration to vote in. If you feel particularly strong about any of the announced nominees, make sure you stop by their site and vote.

  • Turkeydipking

    Really surprised angry birds isnt there.... but other then that pretty good list. Also dont really see NOVA2 with excellence in gameplay... but meh i am just a iphone gamer 😉

    • Eli Hodapp

      It wasn't submitted, and it was released in 2009.

      • Turkeydipking

        good point 😉 forgot that 😛

  • tripleD

    Can you review "AR Invaders"?
    looks like a cool game...

  • Adams Immersive

    Papa Sangre is at the top of my wish list!

    Years ago I made (and never sold) a 2D game that was all sound and a black screen. Nothing whatsoever like Papa Sangre but the concept of audio-gaming fascinates me.

    • Ben Ruddock

      Try "In The Pit" on Xbox Live Indie Games, I love it and it'll definitely be up your alley.

      • Adams Immersive

        Thanks! I’ll keep that one in mind.

    • Ben Ruddock

      Try "In The Pit" on Xbox Live Indie Games, I love it and it'll definitely be up your alley.

  • Yousef Alnemer

    Wait, ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 has already come out, so is there an iPhone version of the game that's still in development or what?

  • Anonymous

    Guys, ilomilo isn't in development. It's been released already. 🙂

    • Yousef Alnemer


      • Anonymous


  • john_man

    ilomilo is a Windows 7 Phone game, which counts as mobile. I don't think it's coming to the iOS

  • SoulShading

    The Line is in! I don't know if TA gave its vote for it or not but big Thanks none-the-less!

  • Ken

    Why are 'in development' games winning awards? I looked over the list and several seem to be no more than vaporware.

  • Cat Astrophy

    No Space Miner eh

  • Wen Chen

    Thanks if you gave your vote to Finger Balance 🙂

    • SoulShading

      Congrats Wen Chen 🙂 Looks like we'll be fighting for the most innovative award. Good luck and see you in Barcelona! 🙂

  • Brett Archibald

    Beyond Ynth FTW! 🙂