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Debug Indie Game Awards 2024

AWARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH

The mental health of gamers, and the people who make games, is a very important cause for Debug
We have teamed up with the charity Safe in our World to celebrate the games from 2023 which feature positive representations of mental health
Fall of Porcupine

Fall of Porcupine

The Last Worker

The Last Worker

A Space For The Unbound

A Space For The Unbound

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

VIDEOVERSE

VIDEOVERSE

The Wreck

The Wreck

AWARD FOR ACCESSIBILITY

Making gaming accessible for all is an important cause for Debug
In partnership with Everyone Can, we are celebrating how indie studios have made video games more accessible to more people in 2023
C-Smash VRS

C-Smash VRS

COCOON

COCOON

The Forest Cathedral

The Forest Cathedral

Stories of Blossom

Stories of Blossom

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

VIDEOVERSE

VIDEOVERSE

BEST SOUNDTRACK

This one is pretty self explanatory… We want to find the very best soundtrack to an indie game in 2023!
Alien Hominid Invasion

Alien Hominid Invasion

COCOON

COCOON

El Paso, Elsewhere

El Paso, Elsewhere

LODDLENAUT

Loddlenaut

Tchia

Tchia

Wildfrost

Wildfrost

BEST SOUND DESIGN

This category is all about sound design – we have a separate category for soundtrack. Here we aim to highlight indie games with fantastic sound effects, voice acting and/or atmospherics
Beyond the Long Night

Beyond The Long Night

COCOON

COCOON

EVERSPACE 2

EVERSPACE 2

Tchia

Tchia

TELEFORUM

TELEFORUM

Tin Hearts

Tin Hearts

BEST ART DIRECTION

There’s much more to a great looking game than high polygon counts…
Whether a game looks photo realistic, cel shaded, low-poly, pixel art, or even 1-bit, if the art direction is great we want to showcase it!
COCOON

COCOON

El Paso, Elsewhere

El Paso, Elsewhere

The Last Worker

The Last Worker

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical

Wildfrost

Wildfrost

WORLD OF HORROR

WORLD OF HORROR

BEST GAMEPLAY

If an indie game has a fun gameplay loop which engages the player, and was released in 2023, you might see it here!
C-Smash VRS

C-Smash VRS

Cassette Beasts

Cassette Beasts

COCOON

COCOON

El Paso, Elsewhere

El Paso, Elsewhere

EVERSPACE 2

EVERSPACE 2

Pizza Possum

Pizza Possum

BEST NARRATIVE

Narrative can mean a lot in a game, and an indie doesn’t have to be story-driven to weave a good narrative
American Arcadia

American Arcadia

Goodbye Volcano High

Goodbye Volcano High

The Last Worker

The Last Worker

TELEFORUM

TELEFORUM

THIS BED WE MADE

This Bed We Made

VIDEOVERSE

VIDEOVERSE

BEST VR GAME

Virtual reality is growing year on year, with the release of new headsets and the introduction of mixed reality
VR gives us brand new ways to enjoy existing games, but also a whole new language with which to create new ones
Indies, as ever, are at the forefront of writing this language, and we want to celebrate the best examples of indie VR titles here!
C-Smash VRS

C-Smash VRS

Colorway Antics

Colorway Antics

Elysium Trials

Elysium Trials

GAZZLERS

GAZZLERS

The Last Worker

The Last Worker

Noun Town: VR Language Learning

Noun Town: VR Language Learning

Innovation & Creativity Award

What makes something innovative or creative? Is it a new way to play games? Perhaps it’s cutting edge mechanics? Or maybe something way out the box graphically speaking? Whichever it is, you’ll find it here…
COCOON

COCOON

Death Unphased

Death Unphased

Direct Drive

Direct Drive

Make Way

Make Way

Noun Town: VR Language Learning

Noun Town: VR Language Learning

Slay the Princess

Slay the Princess

PHYSICAL RELEASE OF THE YEAR

We love physical games! We want to celebrate indies getting physical releases, so we’ll be highlighting the best ones committed to disc or cart in 2023
Cuphead

Cuphead: Collector's Edition

EVERSPACE 2

EVERSPACE 2: Stellar Edition

FULL VOID

FULL VOID: Special Edition

The Last Worker

The Last Worker: Jüngle Pronto Edition

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever

Sword and Fairy: Together Forever

Tchia

Tchia: Oléti Edition

Free Play Award

This category is exclusively for free-to-play games. If it costs nothing to play, and was released in 2023 for any platform, you’ll find it here…
An Arcade Full of Cats

An Arcade Full of Cats

BloodDome Classic

BloodDome Classic

IRON GUARD: Homecoming

IRON GUARD: Homecoming

The Mountain Is As It Always Was

The Mountain Is As It Always Was

TELEFORUM

TELEFORUM

Time Survivors: Chapter 0

Time Survivors: Chapter 0

RETRO WORLD AWARD

The Retro World Award celebrates a new game that released in 2023 for an older, unsupported platform. The game could have been ported from another system, or subsequently to another modern device, but if it’s playable on a legacy system this is where you’ll find it!
Chew Chew Mimic

Chew Chew Mimic

Doodle World Redrawn

Doodle World Redrawn

Driving Strikers

Driving Strikers

Mr Run and Jump 2600

Mr. Run and Jump 2600

SkateCat

SkateCat

Super Block'em Sock'em

Super Block'em Sock'em

ICYMI AWARD

We want to celebrate indie games that released prior to 2023, since there are so many amazing ones out there! This could be a hidden gem, or a well-regarded title, so long as it’s still worth playing today. We don’t want anyone to miss out on incredible indies!
Kombinera

Kombinera

Lucy Dreaming

Lucy Dreaming

Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds

Rain World

Rain World

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow

Xeno Crisis

Xeno Crisis

BEST NEW STUDIO

The Best New Studio category celebrates newcomers to the industry. It doesn’t matter if the studio was set up prior to 2023. If they released their first game in 2023, this is the category you’ll find them in…
Fall of Porcupine

Critical Rabbit

Station to Station

Galaxy Grove

COCOON

Geometric Interactive

TELEFORUM

Monumental Collab

Super Catboy

Pixelpogo

C-Smash VRS

RapidEyeMovers

SUBSCRIBERS CHOICE AWARD

If you’re a subscriber to Debug magazine (thank you!) then this category is just for you. Here you vote for your personal indie game of the year for 2023
Following a shortlisting process, the six nominees have now been put back to you for a final vote, meaning the winner of this award is decided by YOU!
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk

COCOON

COCOON

FULL VOID

FULL VOID

Pizza Tower

Pizza Tower

Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

MOST ANTICIPATED AWARD

A surprise bonus category, created with the intention of showcasing some of the best indie games scheduled for 2024 and beyond. For this reason the Most Anticipated category has a whopping 24 nominees!
Alaloth

Alaloth: Champions of the Four Kingdoms

ALOFT

ALOFT

Boss Fighters

Boss Fighters

Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles

Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles

Copycat

Copycat

darkwebSTREAMER

darkwebSTREAMER

Doggy Don't Care

Doggy Don't Care

FLEA!2

FLEA!2

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn

Foolish Mortals

Foolish Mortals

Heir of the Dog

Heir of the Dog

Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends

Little Nemo and the Nightmare Fiends

Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island

Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island

Nowhere Manor

Nowhere Manor

Parcel Corps

Parcel Corps

Please, Touch The Artwork 2

Please, Touch The Artwork 2

Sleepytime Village

Sleepytime Village

Space Boat

Space Boat

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions

Still Wakes The Deep

Still Wakes The Deep

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog

Stories from Sol: The Gun-Dog

The Wandering Village

The Wandering Village

World of Goo 2

World of Goo 2

Yes, Your Grace

Yes, Your Grace: Snowfall