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Her Story receives highest honors at Indiecade 2015

The winner of the Indiecade Grand Jury award is a cold case simulator with one witness.

Indiecade weekend is still going strong, and the winners of the 2015 Indiecade awards have been announced. Taking the trophy for the Grand Jury award was Sam Barlow’s Her Story, a nonlinear detective game in which the player searches through a police database to solve a murder.

The game requires the player to search for keywords in a database of video interviews to solve a murder mystery. Literally every word in the interviews can be searched, though typing common words like "a" or "the" will only get you a handful of results in chronological order.

Creator Sam Barlow, of Silent Hills: Shattered Memories and Aisle fame, had this to say about the game mechanics:

If you can Google, you can play Her Story. The mechanic of searching for clips in the database is so simple that anyone can pick up and play. But it’s a mechanic that quickly reveals its richness and complexity. At times it can feel like you’re engaged in a genuine dialogue with this woman and her story.

In addition to Her Story, rewards were given out for eight other categories. Notably, Memory of a Broken Dimension received two awards:

 

  • Visual Design and Audio Design Awards: Memory of a Broken Dimension by XRA
  • Game Design Award: Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten
  • Story / World Design Award: Donut County by Ben Esposito
  • Technology Award: Fabulous Beasts by Sensible Object
  • Impact Award: Consentacle by Naomi Clark
  • Interaction Award: Tribal & Error by Grotman
  • Trailblazer Award: Brenda Laurel, VR pioneer and founder of Purple Moon games

 

One day remains before Indiecade’s wrap-up and closing party on Sunday evening. Over 70 games are featured at this year's event, making it the biggest Indiecade yet.

Image source: steamcommunity.com

Published Oct. 25th 2015

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