GDC: iPhone dominates IGF Mobile Games Awards

The Independent Games Festival’s Mobile Game Awards highlight the best in the past year’s mobile games released by independent developers. A few years ago, the mobile gaming community was too small to warrant much press, let alone an entire awards show.

But the idea of a mobile game has been redefined by the emergence of the iPhone on the scene last July. By all estimations, the mobile gaming community is booming. As this year’s awards indicate, the platform of choice for independent developers isn’t the Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable (PSP), but the iPhone. In their acceptance speeches, many award winners gave thanks to the vibrant iPhone community for provided much needed feedback and encouragement.

And now, without further ado: the award winners, their developers, and their platform of choice:

Next Great Mobile Game presented by Nvidia

Winner: Reflection

Developer: Team Reflection

Platform: Nintendo DS

Audio Achievement

Winner: Zen Bound

Developer: Secret Exit

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

Technical Achievement

Winner: Firemint: Real Racing

Developer: Firemint

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

Art

Winner: Fieldrunners

Developer: Subatomic Studios

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

Innovation in Mobile Game Design

Winner: Galcon

Developer: Hassey Enterrpises

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

Best iPhone Game presented by ngmoco (winner receives a $10,000 prize)

Winner: Zen Bound

Developer: Secret Exit

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

IGF Mobile Best Game

Winner: Fieldrunners

Developer: Subatomic Studios

Platform: iPhone/iPod touch

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