Last week, a group of professionals from all sectors of the mobile gaming world gathered around a conference table in Marseille, France to select the nominees for the eighth annual International Mobile Gaming Awards. Slide To Play was on the panel, along with journalists from other mobile gaming sites, game developers, and representatives from the hardware side of mobile gaming. Read on to find out more about the IMGAs, and the full list of nominees.
This year, the judges looked at nearly 500 games in order to come up with 30 nominees in a variety of categories. The winners in each category will be announced on March 1 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The winners will receive about $130,000 of free publicity from ProSieben Sat1 Games, one of the IMGA’s Platinum sponsors, and the overall winner will receive about $525,000 of free publicity.
Maarten Noyons, the CEO and founder of the IMGA, said, ‘We have had an unprecedented response for this year’s awards. We see a trend of very high quality, big productions coming to the mobile platform, and on the other hand a lot of fresh, innovative casual games… I would like to congratulate each of the developers that have games nominated and thank everyone who submitted games to the awards.’
Slide To Play will be there when the winners are announced in March, and we’ll be sure to let you know who wins. So without further ado, here are the nominees for the 2012 IMGAs (note that not all of them are iOS games).
Best Casual Game
CreaVures – Muse Games
Hector Episodes 1 – 3 – Telltale Games
Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick
Sprinkle – Mediocre AB
The Blocks Cometh – Halfbot
Best Real World Game
CityRace – Cityrace.me
Flatmates – Flaregames
Meatspace Invasion – C4MProd
NBA: King of the Court – Ogmento
Shadow Cities – Grey Area
Best Sports Game
Bike Baron – Mountain Sheep Inc/Qwiboo
Flick Tennis: College Wars – Rolocule Games
Sports Car Challenge – Fish Labs
Touchgrind BMX – Illusion Labs AB
Trial Xtreme 2 – Deemedya M.S. Ltd.
Best Mobile Social Game
Charadium II – On5
Funpark Friends – Tagplay
Poker Pals – Aspyr Media, Inc.
Spellcraft School of Magic – Appy Entertainment
The Pirate King – Bulkypix
Excellence in Gameplay
Battleheart – Mika Mobile
Contre Jour HD – Mokus Games LLP
Death Rally – Remedy Entertainment
Drawrace 2 HD – RedLynx
Infinity Blade II – Chair Entertainment
Most Innovative Game
Forever Drive – Tak Fung
Kodo – Fabrication Games Europe AB
KuraKuraMaze – Yoshimi Kurihara
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP – Capybara Games
WildChords – Ovelin