Ultimate Chicken Horse was nominated for the Independent Games Festival "Excellence in Design" award this year! You can see the announcement and nominees here.
The IGF was established in 1998 as part of the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Francisco as a means to highlight the indie community and give some exposure to the smaller teams that didn't have the budget to compete with the massive presentations and expo booths of the big AAA studios. It includes the IGF game pavilion, the awards ceremony, and Indie Game Summit, which is a section of the conference which is open to holders of a special (cheaper) pass.
The IGF prize has gained quite a reputation and it seems that even being nominated is enough to put that information in promotional videos. This year, we're really happy to be nominated for the design prize, alongside some amazing games. Just being mentioned with games like Inside, Overcooked, Hyper Light Drifter, Event and others is a huge honour and we're really proud.
Last year, an amazing game called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes won the design prize, and it was masterfully done. The game is played by one player holding a real life, physical paper manual and another player (in VR or not, but better in VR) trying to navigate their way around defusing a bomb before time runs out. They give info to the person with the manual, who searches furiously for information and helps the in-game player defuse the bomb. Very cool!
Anyway, we're really grateful for the support we've had and the continuous feedback that what we're doing is somehow working, so we really appreciate it. Thank you world!