Nominees Announced for 2012 International Mobile Gaming Awards

    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

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