A Short Hike wins big at Independent Games Festival Awards 2020

Jess Lee
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From Digital Spy

A Short Hike has won the top prize at the Independent Games Festival Awards 2020.

Following a bird named Claire as she makes her way to the summit of a mountain, the adventure game secured the Seumas McNally Grand Prize – beating Mutazione, Slay the Spire, Eliza, Untitled Goose Game, and Anodyne 2: Turn to Dust.

A Short Hike also won the Audience Award.

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"Thank you so much," developer Adam Robinson-Yu said. "I'm really, really honoured to be selected among the amazing games here at IGF. I really want to thank everybody who helped me get here today."

Digital Spy featured A Short Hike in our top indie games of 2019 list, saying at the time that it was "one of the warmest and most charming experiences" of the year.

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Mutazione had the most nominations and didn't go away empty-handed, picking up Excellence in Audio. Die Gute Fabrik's game tells a heartfelt story that follows a teenager travelling to a hidden, close-knit island community to visit her grandfather.

Heaven's Vault – in which the player translates a fictional hieroglyphic language in order to uncover the history and truth about a lost civilisation – won Excellence in Narrative, while Patrick's Parabox took home Excellence in Design.

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Knights and Bikes (Excellence in Visual Art), The Space Between (Nuovo Award), and BORE DOME (Best Student Game) were the other winners.

This year's ceremony was live-streamed with winners pre-recording acceptance speeches from their homes, after GDC (Games Developers Conference) was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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