Unpacking leads 2022 Independent Games Festival nominations

Unpacking and Inscryption have gathered the most nominations for IGF 2022.
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Unpacking, the beloved Australian-made moving simulator, is leading the charge for nominations at the 24th annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards alongside the spooky card game, Inscryption. Both Unpacking and Inscryption have garnered four nominations across audio, design and narrative categories, with the games going head-to-head in their respective awards.

From an entry list of over 400 titles, both Unpacking and Inscryption made a massive impact, becoming the most-nominated titles for 2022. Given the prestige of the IGF, it’s a massive achievement — and one that should be wildly celebrated.

While Unpacking has already made a huge impact on the Australian independent games scene, it’s great to see it recognised on a wider, global stage. Inscryption is another, similarly phenomenal game, and deserves every accolade it’s getting.

Read: The making of Unpacking: From bullet-hell to domestic heaven

Amongst the list of nominees for 2022, there are also worthy shoutouts for indie titles like Toem, Sable, Overboard! and Aussie-made gem, Webbed.

Here’s the full list of the nominees for the 2022 IGF Awards.

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Image: Webbed / Sbug Games

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Cruelty Squad
  • Inscryption
  • Loop Hero
  • The Eternal Cylinder
  • Unpacking
  • Unsighted

Honourable Mentions include: Toem, Norco, Overboard!, Saturnalia, Dodgeball Academia, Webbed, Fuzz Dungeon

Excellence in Audio

  • Toem
  • Unpacking
  • Jett: The Far Shore
  • Mini Motorways
  • Sable
  • Inscryption

Honourable Mentions include: Severed Steel, A Musical Story, Death’s Door, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Overboard!, The Wild at Heart

Excellence in Design

  • Inscryption
  • Unpacking
  • Overboard!
  • Strange Horticulture
  • Webbed
  • Midnight Protocol

Honourable Mentions include: Loop Hero, Unsighted, Mini Motorways, Card Shark, KeyWe, Sunshine Heavy Industries

Excellence in Narrative

  • Last Call
  • Neurocracy
  • Closed Hands
  • Overboard!
  • Inscryption
  • Unpacking

Honourable Mentions include: Card Shark, Norco, The Big Con, Tux and Fanny, Opus: Echo of Starsong, Sable, Blackhaven

Excellence in Visual Art

  • The Eternal Cylinder
  • Behind the Frame: The Finest Scenery
  • Papetura
  • Fuzz Dungeon
  • The Wild at Heart
  • Jett: The Far Shore

Honourable Mentions include: Inscryption, A Musical Story, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Saturnalia, Stonefly, Cris Tales

Best Student Game

  • Cai Cai Balão
  • Abriss – build to destroy
  • Letter Lattice
  • SmallLife
  • Nainai’s Recipe
  • Live Adventure

Honourable Mentions include: Astreia’s Gift, There You Are, The Bleeding Tree, dumpling,love, Lysfangha, Jivana, Hook Up, Come with Me

Nuovo Award

  • Memory Card
  • Okthryssia and Saturnia’s Bureaucratic Adventures
  • Space Hole 2020
  • Tux and Fanny
  • Cruelty Squad
  • Sparkles & Gems
  • Fuzz Dungeon
  • Cuccchi

Honourable Mentions include: Last Call, The Shape of Time, The Under Presents, ~Song of Homunculus~, Card Shark, The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

The 2022 Independent Games Festival Awards take place during this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), which will be held in-person and virtually from March 21 to March 25.

Leah J. Williams is a gaming and entertainment journalist who's spent years writing about the games industry, her love for The Sims 2 on Nintendo DS and every piece of weird history she knows. You can find her tweeting @legenette most days.