Night in the Woods wins grand prize at the Independent Games Festival

Apart from winning an award for excellence in narrative, Night in the Woods has secured the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Baba is You won two prizes as well.

Developer Infinite Fall has a lot to be pleased about, as its debut game Night in the Woods secured the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Games Festival Awards last week. The prize is valued at $30,000. Apart from this, it also won Excellence in Narrative, which is valued at $3,000. A tidy sum. To win the grand prize, the game beat out such nominations as Into the Breach, Heat Signature, West of Loathing and Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy.

Another double-winner was Finnish developer Hempuli’s Baba is You, which won Excellence in Design and Best Student Game. The game is yet to be released, but you’ll find a Steam page for it here, an page here, and the official website here.

Amanita Design’s Chuchel won Excellence in Visual Art; Uurnog Uurnlimited won Excellence in Audio and Celeste won the Audience Award. The Nuovo Award, which is given to the most innovative games, was won by Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy.

Puppet Pandemonium won the alt.ctrl.GDC award, which is given to “the most engaging, intriguing, and well-executed game using unconventional, accessible or alternative physical controls“. Finally, UK-based charity SpecialEffect won the ID@Xbox Gaming for Everyone Award. Find out more about what SpecialEffect does by checking out our previous coverage of the charity here.

Night in the Woods released in February last year on PC, Mac, Linux and PS4. It later hit the Xbox One in December, and the Switch in February this year. You’ll find the official website for the game here.

If you think Night in the Woods would be up your alley, check out the next game from the devs of Oxenfree, Afterparty. For more narrative-heavy games, check out Disco Elysium.

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