IGF Mobile Winners Announced at GDC 2009

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.

Best Mobile Game winners Jamie Gotch and Sergei Gourski

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.