Papers, Please dominates IGF Awards at GDC 2014

Many great indie games and AAA titles featured at GDC 2014 were collaborative efforts from highly talented individuals. But Papers, Please proves that there is still room in the gamers’ hearts for lone-wolf developers. With an usual narrative, Papers, Please captures the emotional toll of working as an immigration officer in a fictional dystopian country. Using detective skills and powers of observation, players can allow or deny refuge for immigrants trying to get into the nation of Arstotzka.

A dystopian document thriller

(Credit: Lucas Pope)

Lucas Pope drew from personal experience as an American living abroad and applied the skills he acquired at Naughty Dog working on the Uncharted series, creating a gem of a game unlike any that we’ve seen. The IGF judges agreed, awarding Pope with Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize (IGF’s highest honor). Check out the other winners below.

Solve puzzles in this lovingly hand-illustrated world

(Credit: Jason Roberts)

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

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giveaway / April 6, 2014 / Software
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