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Indie of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Original Art

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2010 had many inspiring and graphically stunning releases throughout the year. To be nominated for an award in Best Original Art, a fresh and unique look was key. High-res textures and detailed models while great, was not our focus, instead this award is all about artistic originality. Here are the IndieDB editor's and our judges top selection of 2010.



LimboLimbo
is a 2D sidescroller, incorporating a physics system that governs environmental objects and the player character. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps while searching for the boy's sister. The developer built the game's puzzles expecting the player to fail before finding the correct solution.

Jolly RoverJolly Rover
is a traditional 2D point and click adventure, including casual elements, such as an integrated hint system, and task bar. Bonus elements include unlockable Captain Bio's, music, concept art and developer commentary!

LoveLove
is different. It's a little bit FPS, it's a little bit MMO, it's a little bit RTS, it's a little bit adventure game. The basic deal is as follows: it's an online cooperative game, based around the notion of building and defending player-run settlements and rewards exploration, teamwork and creative problem-solving. So here's the kicker: the game world is procedurally-generated. It's highly ambitious, and also incredibly beautiful

VVVVVVVVVVVV
is a 2D puzzle platform video game, built using Adobe Flash for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Featuring a gravity flipping game mechanic, the game was developed by Terry Cavanagh and was released in 2010 alongside an online demo.

The BallThe Ball
is an Unreal Engine 3 singleplayer action/puzzle game. You play as an archaeologist working on the slopes of a dormant volcano somewhere in Mexico, and a technical malfunction gets you stuck in a cavern. It doesn't take long before you realize this is more than just a cave. You reveal ancient ruins that have been hidden from outsiders for centuries and discover a mysterious artifact, a gold and metal shelled Ball.

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Dremth
Dremth

I've never played Limbo but I've always loved the art style, so that's what I'm rooting for.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

if LIMBO _WON'T_ win, i'll never ever visit moddb again ;D.

truly amazing artstyle, very original and of course i finished it on my _black_ xbox. :)

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Centaur1um
Centaur1um

Yay VVVVVV :D

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Maruhai
Maruhai

I'm pretty sure Limbo will win, but who know ? VVVVVV was pretty cool too.

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madcybi
madcybi

Guys, the link to Love is not working...

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Henley Author
Henley

Fixed.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

Both Limbo and Love really stand out from the rest in this category.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

I love limbo's art style. And seriously, The Ball again? If I don't see Amnesia: The Dark Descent nominated for anything than this whole awards show is a sham. It's one of the best games i've ever played.

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Henley Author
Henley

I don't see how it would be a sham if it was not nominated for anything, keep in mind this is the editors of the site and the judges selections. Not your own.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

It's not "my opinion," it's the general consensus. Amnesia is a highly acclaimed indie game with a meta score of 85 and a user score of 9.3 whereas The Ball has a measly 68 with a user score of 7.3 yet it has been nominated 3 times.

If an event has the goal of recognizing excellence in the indie scene totally ignores a highly rated game and instead praises a mediocre one, I would say it failed.

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Dodomaster
Dodomaster

Troubled, you are! There have only been two editor's choice awards so far and Amnesia doesn't fit both of them. It doesn't have original art or is that innovative.
Then again this is an oppinion like henley said. Metascores have nothing to do with these awards and are very unrepresentative.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

Can you name one similar game to Amnesia?

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

I can - Penumbra: Overture, Penumbra: Black Plague, Penumbra: Requiem. Again - this is the editors choice, what people always remember in the end is MOTY which is players choice.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

Those are all from the same dev, they don't count.

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

@matthew:
I totally agree with what you said, putting out mediocre games such as The Ball, compared to Amnesia is simply unfair. I know, there can only be so much nominies, but The Ball is the worst mod port that went commercial. No one, included myself in my Steam friend list had any fun with this game. They may have done a good job with mapping, and graphics, but the gameplay is horrid. Amnesia on the other side, is mind blowing atmospheric horror adventure that I had a blast playing thorough.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

YEAH. good choice and congrats! :)
you will have me further on, moddb. thank god. ;D

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

Well deserved. I wants me more Limbo!

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altercuca
altercuca

i'll play this when it comes on pc! good job thou. congrats!

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

Yeh, not buying till it releases for PC. But a beautiful looking game either way.

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Psycho_Sam
Psycho_Sam

Deserving winner, well done to all at Playdead. :)

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Zetsaika
Zetsaika

Playdead made Limbo a lively dead world.
Well deserved.

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ANtY93
ANtY93

wasnt smb original art?

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cW#Ravenblood

Thats deffenetly awesome (again)!
Love your choice, and yes, Limbo has a fantastic graphic and look!
I love the black/white style.
I never saw this game before, now I ask myself:
What have you done and looked for this year?

I dont repeat what I've said in the post before, but I'm really interested where you get the quotes, can you give us the links?
Would be nice!

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Henley Author
Henley

The quotes are from the judges who picked the winner...

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

That was one tough category this year, well chosen winner imo, looks awesome - I really hope there'll be a xbla sale with Limbo soon.

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP!

eehm, it's out since July 21st this year on xbla. :D go get it if you haven't yet.

Limbogame.org

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

I know that - I'm just a little short on money right now, so I'll probably wait for a sale of some sort.

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geokes
geokes

Why is VVVVVV in this category? It looks like a good game but it's not exactly the best looking one.

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Henley Author
Henley

Its not about the best looking game, its about games with original art directions.

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keiya
keiya

Why is The Ball in this category. It looks like UT3. Bland, uninspired, not all that pretty, but very hard on your graphics card.

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TheGameSquid
TheGameSquid

There were a LOT of great games to nominate in this category this year, but Limbo absolutely comes out on top. I think it's one of the best looking games I've ever played, and it's definitely the one with the best sound. Well deserved!

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