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Indie of the Year 2010 Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Indie

Posted by Henley on Dec 19th, 2010

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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Zetsaika Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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MadMonkey119 Dec 19 2010 says:

Overgrowth all the way.

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architectts Dec 19 2010 replied:

I'm surprised it didn't win.

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x56erx Dec 19 2010 replied:

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

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Yshaana Dec 19 2010 says:

Bastion and Overgrowth all the way !

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Highmist Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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Tatsur0 Dec 19 2010 says:

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 Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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R3ven Dec 19 2010 says:

Bastion or Overgrowth, are my hopes for winner.

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MatthewD Dec 19 2010 says:

The Spire.

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MrTambourineMan Dec 19 2010 replied:

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 Dec 19 2010 says:


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Catalyst440 Dec 19 2010 says:

Overgrowth. Take it out. Again :D

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Silverfisk Dec 19 2010 says:

Go go Overgrowth!!

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█Black/Brunez█ Dec 19 2010 says:

Overgrowth or Bastion

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motorsep Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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PytoX Dec 19 2010 says:

Overgrowth!! :)

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deathparadeNL Dec 19 2010 says:

hoping for overgrowth :)

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figaroFI Dec 19 2010 says:


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Lord_of_Sausage Dec 19 2010 says:


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xXMaNiAcXx Dec 19 2010 says:

Monaco seems to be promising, Good luck to it!

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Velox Dec 19 2010 says:

Monaco looks great but is it better than overgrowth?

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Jashin Dec 19 2010 says:

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 Dec 19 2010 says:

Manaco seems nice :)

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supernorn2000 Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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ANtY93 Dec 19 2010 replied:

The Ball was nominated 3 times

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MiniHendrix Dec 19 2010 says:

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 Dec 19 2010 says:

Monaco, well deserved!

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Mkilbride Dec 19 2010 says:

Only one I've heard of is Overgrowth.

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

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RunningJack Dec 19 2010 says:

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

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Rawket Dec 20 2010 says:

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

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altercuca Dec 20 2010 says:

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

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lukaluka94 Dec 20 2010 says:

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 Dec 20 2010 says:

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 Dec 20 2010 says:

WTF, moddb? -.-

Overgrowth should be the obvious win.

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XManXHunterX Dec 29 2010 says:

monaco win and Overgrowth not??? wtf!!

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