Papers, Please wins big at the 16th annual Independent Games Festival awards

Papers, Please, a game that has players taking on the role of an immigration inspector in the Kafkaesque communist state of Arstotzka, took home nearly half of the Independent Games Festival Awards at tonight's show.

The Windows and Mac game, developed by Lucas Pope, won the awards for excellence in design, excellence in narrative and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

After winning the final award of the night for the 16th annual Independent Games Festival Awards, held during the Game Developers Conference, Pope thanked his family and admired the prize.

"You're looking at the peak of my career," he said.

The full categories and rest of the winners are listed below.

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

  • Papers, Please
  • DEVICE 6
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"
  • Don't Starve
  • Jazzpunk
  • The Stanley Parable

Excellence in Visual Arts

  • Gorogoa
  • DEVICE 6
  • Drei
  • Perfect Stride
  • Samorost3
  • The Banner Saga!

Excellence in Design

  • Papers, Please
  • 868-HACK
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Don't Starve
  • Mushroom 11
  • TowerFall Ascension

Excellence in Audio

  • DEVICE 6
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"
  • Samorost3
  • The Stanley Parable
  • The Yawhg

Excellence in Narrative

  • Papers, Please
  • DEVICE 6
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"
  • Paralect
  • The Stanley Parable
  • The Yawhg

Nuovo Award

  • Luxuria Superbia
  • Corrypt
  • Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!"
  • Extrasolar
  • Papers, Please
  • Perfect Woman
  • Save the Date
  • SoundSelf

Best Student Game

  • Risk of Rain
  • Cyber Heist
  • Engare
  • Foiled
  • Museum of Simulation Technology
  • Rhythm Doctor
  • Symmetrain
  • Westerado

Audience Award

  • The Stanley Parable

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