IMGAs Announce Nominees for the Best Mobile Games of 2013

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      After several days of intense play-testing, discussion, and debate, the International Mobile Gaming Awards have announced their picks for the best mobile games of 2013. These categories represent a wide range of achievements in gaming, including technology, sound design, storytelling, multiplayer, education, and more.

      I was in the jury room in Marseille, representing Slide To Play and the mobile gaming press along with 148 Apps, Pocketgamer, Touch Arcade, Geek Bomb, and Mashable. Industry executives from DeNA, Telltale, Rockfish Games, Playground, and more were also on the jury, but they abstained from voting on their own company’s games.

      Here’s the full list of nominees, plus links to our reviews of the games. The winners will be selected during GDC in San Francisco next month, and they’ll receive a media package to help market and advertise their award-winning games.

      Be sure to let us know in the comments which nominees you think are most deserving of the top prizes, and we’ll take that into consideration when picking the winners at GDC.

      Excellence in Art Design

      Icycle: On Thin Ice

      Badland

      Limbo

      The Wolf Among Us

      Year Walk

      Incredipede

      Sine Mora

       

      Excellence in Sound Design

      Papa Sangre II

      Republique

      Device 6

      Detective Grimoire

      Limbo

      The Room Two

      Dropchord

      Poker Night 2

       

      Excellence in Gameplay

      Oceanhorn

      Rymdkapsel

      Ridiculous Fishing

      XCOM: Enemy Unknown

      Limbo

      Plants vs. Zombies 2

      Tiny Thief

       

      Excellence in Storytelling

      The Wolf Among Us

      Republique 

      Device 6

      Walking Dead: The Game – Season 2

      Year Walk

      Detective Grimoire

      Blackbar

       

      Excellence in Innovation

      Republique

      Device 6

      Blek

      Blackbar

      Luxuria Superbia

      Clumsy Ninja

      Crabitron: Giant Space Crab Simulation

       

      Best Shared Experience

      Haunted Hollow

      QuizUp

      Heads Up

      Sushi Scramble

      Fates Forever

      Gentlemen!

      You Don’t Know Jack Party

       

      Best Technical Achievement

      Infinity Blade III

      Real Racing 3

      Republique

      Dead Trigger 2

      Clumsy Ninja

      Call of Duty: Strike Team

      Deux Ex: The Fall

       

      Best Serious Game

      Type: Rider

      Artistico – The Game for Art Lovers

      Cosmic Reactor Math

      Sushi Scramble

      Toca Builders

       

      Best Quickplay Game

      Mr. Crab

      Dots: A Game About Connecting

      Fish out of Water

      Temple Run 2

      Cut the Rope 2

      Pivvot 

      Joe Danger Infinity 

      Strata

      Zorbie

      Colossatron

       

      Best Upcoming Game

      Framed

      Royal Revolt II

      First Strike

      Robonauts

      Roll Back Home

      Prismatica

      Find the Line

      Tako’s Japanese