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Indie of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Indie

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2010 was the year that has had the most new profiles created to date, and many mods moving over to develop Indie titles! To be nominated for an award in Best Upcoming mod projects need to have been updated significantly during 2010 and have not released (obviously) anything more then a demo. Here are the Editors of IndieDB's and our judges top selection of 2010.



MonacoMonaco
is a heist game, like the movie Ocean’s 11. Play by yourself or with up to 4 people on the same screen or online!


Dustforce!Dustforce!
is an acrobatic puzzle platformer. Use your trusty broom to clear an area by sweeping things up as stylishly and as thoroughly as you can! There is also a level editor planned, so you can create and share your own levels.

BastionBastion
Your goal is create a safe haven in the wake of the Calamity, a cataclysmic event that shattered the world. The entire play experience is dynamically narrated, gradually revealing a rich backstory as a mysterious narrator recounts your journey in real time, giving deeper meaning to your every action.

FezFez
Gomez is a 2D man on a voyage of discovery into the mysterious 3rd dimension. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.

OvergrowthOvergrowth
takes place in the savage world of Lugaru where rabbits, wolves and other animals are forced to use paws, claws and medieval weaponry to engage each other in battle. Combining 3rd person adventure platforming with intricate melee combat, Overgrowth achieves a unique feel.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

I'm hoping for Overgrowth, or Bastion, that one gets me excited too.

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Zetsaika
Zetsaika

It's realy hard to choice. But i will hope for Monaco to win.

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MadMonkey119
MadMonkey119

Overgrowth all the way.

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architectts
architectts

I'm surprised it didn't win.

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56er
56er

it's just to good all the way >.<

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Yshaana
Yshaana

Bastion and Overgrowth all the way !

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Highmist
Highmist

They all look good, but my bet's are on Overgrowth.
But best wishes to all.

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Tatsur0
Tatsur0

Honestly surprised not to see Natural Selection 2 up there but then again I suppose it'll win in another category. That and would be more of a personal opinion. With this list I'd also bet on Overgrowth but I'm personally in favor of Bastion with it's unique narrative, old school tried and true gameplay, and art direction. Good luck to all :D

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wiiandthekid
wiiandthekid

fez, monaco, and bastion are looking good for me. 2011 should be a good year.

wiiandthekid.com

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R3ven
R3ven

Bastion or Overgrowth, are my hopes for winner.

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MatthewD
MatthewD

The Spire.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan

You can say that again :) But really - this year saw some pretty neat indies released and it looks that next year will be even better. Good times!

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ANtY93
ANtY93

OVERGROWTH

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Catalyst440
Catalyst440

Overgrowth. Take it out. Again :D

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk

Go go Overgrowth!!

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█Brunez█
█Brunez█

Overgrowth or Bastion

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motorsep
motorsep

meh, like anywhere in life - it's all about who you a friend with :/

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PytoX
PytoX

Overgrowth!! :)

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deathparadeNL
deathparadeNL

hoping for overgrowth :)

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figaroFI
figaroFI

NS2

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Lord_of_Sausage
Lord_of_Sausage

Ohergwoth!

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

Monaco seems to be promising, Good luck to it!

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Velox
Velox

Monaco looks great but is it better than overgrowth?

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Jashin
Jashin

I am impressed by the indie lineup

These blow the upcoming mods away by sheer style & gameplay (well overgrowth more for engine), especially Monaco.

I want these 5 in a bundle.

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LORDDEREX
LORDDEREX

Manaco seems nice :)

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supernorn2000
supernorn2000

No mention of NS2 but Overgrowth gets nominated yet again? come on guys.

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ANtY93
ANtY93

The Ball was nominated 3 times

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MiniHendrix
MiniHendrix

My inner fanboy is devastated at Overgrowth's loss. Anyways, Bastion looks cool and I'd be excited for Fez were it to be released on PC. Monaco looks... interesting. I'll have to watch it.

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Dodomaster
Dodomaster

Monaco, well deserved!

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Mkilbride
Mkilbride

Only one I've heard of is Overgrowth.

That's a good thing, though. Means indies getting more recognition.

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RunningJack
RunningJack

Monaco is just a poor remake of the game Der Clou!

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Rawket
Rawket

Never heard any of these games! Where's primal carnage or NS2?!

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altercuca
altercuca

Overgrowth does it for me! congrats guys eitherway!!!

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lukaluka94
lukaluka94

Guys, this is just Editors choice. And remember that these are Upcoming games.

P.S. I got my IOTY spoiled...

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TheGameSquid
TheGameSquid

All of these games look very cool obviously, but I'm also most excited about Monaco. It just looks so awesome. I used to be excited about Fez, but the lack of information or release date from the developers became quite frustrating after a while.

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Theon
Theon

WTF, moddb? -.-

Overgrowth should be the obvious win.

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XManXHunterX
XManXHunterX

monaco win and Overgrowth not??? wtf!!

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