The 12th annual Independent Games Festival has announced its winners, and Monaco, the ‘stylish’ co-op game from Pocketwatch has come out on top with the main prize as well as the excellence in Design award. You can’t play this game yet, and unfortunately that’s true of many of this years winners.
However, there are three you can play from your browser, and they’re all favorites of mine. First is Closure, the dark, claustrophobic game I covered a year ago (you can play it there). Then there’s the absolutely great Continuity, winner of the Student Showcase Award. It has the same enigmatic cool that viral hit Canabalt has, but requires thought and more than one button to play! The third you can play is Max and the Magic Marker. This is a cute platformer, where you aid hero Max with your Magic Marker, which can draw platforms and more in his cartoon world. That requires plugin Unity, whereas the others use Flash.
I’m looking forward to playing Monaco soon, and especially the IGF Nuevo Award winner Cactus’ Tuning.
Have a look at the full winners list over at Gamasutra .