Papers, Please dominates IGF Awards at GDC 2014

Papers, Please sweeps the Independent Gaming Festival Awards, winning top honors in design and narrative -- and the grand prize.

Many great indie games and AAA titles featured at GDC 2014 were collaborative efforts from highly talented individuals. But Papers, Please proves that there is still room in the gamers' hearts for lone-wolf developers. With an usual narrative, Papers, Please captures the emotional toll of working as an immigration officer in a fictional dystopian country. Using detective skills and powers of observation, players can allow or deny refuge for immigrants trying to get into the nation of Arstotzka.

Papers, Please
A dystopian document thriller (Credit: Lucas Pope)

Lucas Pope drew from personal experience as an American living abroad and applied the skills he acquired at Naughty Dog working on the Uncharted series, creating a gem of a game unlike any that we've seen. The IGF judges agreed, awarding Pope with Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize (IGF's highest honor). Check out the other winners below.

Solve puzzles in this lovingly hand-illustrated world (Credit: Jason Roberts)

Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)

Gorogoa (Jason Roberts)

Download the free demo (Windows, Mac)

Nuovo Award ($5,000)

Luxuria Superbia (Tale of Tales)

Download for iOS and Android , $3.99.

Device 6
A surreal thriller in which the written word is your map (Credit: Simogo)

Excellence in Audio ($3,000)

Device 6 (Simogo)

Download for iOS, $3.99

Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

$9.99 on Steam

Download the demo (Windows, Mac)

Best Student Game ($3,000)

Risk of Rain (Hopoo Games, University of Washington)

$9.99 on Steam

Demo for Windows

The Stanley Parable
An exploration of story, games, and choice (Credit: Galatic Cafe)

Audience Award ($3,000)

The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe)

$14.99 on Steam (with free PC demo)

Excellence in Design ($3,000)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

$9.99 on Steam

Download the demo (Windows, Mac)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)

Papers, Please (Lucas Pope)

$9.99 on Steam

Download the demo (Windows, Mac)

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