Independent Games Festival names 226 competitors

December 8, 2008

There will be 30 percent more games competing in the 2009 Independent Games Festival than in 2008.

Organizers revealed the names of 226 entries in the main competition on the festival’s Web site, up from 173 last year. Entries include games where players fight mutant ponies, fly via flatulence and simulate sex in the dark.

The festival’s student showcase will also contain more entries, up 15 percent to 145 from last year’s 125.

Lists of all competitors are available on the IGF website, many of which have free demos or are completely free to download and play. The festival awards almost $50,000 in prizes including the $20,000 Seumas McNally grand prize. Judges were announced in October and include developers and journalists like Braid designer Jonathan Blow and’s Brian Crecente.

The festival runs from March 23 to 27, 2009 in San Francisco.

Winners from last year’s festival included Crayon Physics Deluxe, World of Goo and Audiosurf.