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Welcome to the 3rd annual Indie of the Year awards, a celebration of the best independent games released in 2012 as well as the up and coming whom we hope edge towards release in 2013. For the next 30 days, it's time to recognize the dedication and creativty of so many developers who have given everything to their craft (which, in many cases amounts to years of development).

We expect the 2012 Indie of the Year to be our biggest yet - so make yourself count by finding your favorite indies and voting for them! Who will join Terraria and Minecraft previous winners who continue to be as popular as ever. Up until Jan 1st 2013 join us and help celebrate your community, culture and give thanks to the developers by voting for your favorite projects. Welcome to the 3rd Annual Indie of the Year Awards (also check out our App of the Year awards and Mod of the Year awards).

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Introducing the Genre Awards, a staff selected category to define our editors most memorable selections from five different genres including Action, Adventure, RPG, Strategy and Puzzle.

Posted by Henley on Dec 22nd, 2012

The Genre Awards is a brand new category this year especially designed for IndieDB to celebrate the diversity that Indie games have. A staff selected category to define our editors most memorable selections from five different genres including Action, Adventure, RPG, Strategy and Puzzle.

Without further ado here are your winners!

Adventure consists of the following sub genres: adventure, platformer, point n' click and visual novel.

Runners Up: Dustforce, Under the Ocean

And the winner is: Journey!

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Journey is as it sounds, players take on the role of a unnamed robed character who travels across a vast desert in search of a distant glowing light. You might run into another player who is temporarily connected to your world and with no spoken words or text in the game you can "attempt" to communicate by your actions and singing. It is a short but beautiful adventure and if you have access to a Playstation 3 we urge you to play this.

Action consists of the following sub genres: first person shooter, third person shooter, tactical shooter, fighting, arcade and stealth.

Runners Up: Natural Selection 2, Hotline Miami

And the winner is: Mark of the Ninja!

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Stealth games are normally quite tedious, with players spending a considerable amount of time sneaking around unsure of when to execute their plans. Mark of the Ninja does things a little differently. Being 2D everything is extremely precise, you can move with ease and silencing your opponents is very satisfying. Not to mention the game looks amazing in motion. If you want to feel like a badass you owe it to yourself to pick this game up.

RPG consists of the following sub genres: role playing, rougelike and hack n' slash.

Runners Up: Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten, Legend of Grimrock

And the winner is: Faster than Light!

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Faster than Light hits on everything that makes Indie gaming so special. Not only is it a game we would never see big developers risk working on but the controls and gameplay are designed to be stressful. All in all it was a very surprising release that had our staff playing for months after the beta. A fantastic game that deserves its place at the top.

Strategy consists of the following sub genres: real time strategy, real time strategy shooter, real time tactics, turn based strategy, turn based tactics, tower defense, grand strategy and 4x.

Runners Up: Reprisal, Xenonauts

And the winner is: Towns!

Panorama - by grmain Just a house

Every so often a game will come about that from day one captures the minds of thousands of players. Towns from the very beginning excelled in offering a deep town building experience that did not compromise on accessibility. Towns will only continue to get better over the coming year, it is a game to keep watching.

Puzzle consists of the following sub genres: cinematic, educational, family, party, rhythm and virtual life.

Runners Up: SpyLeaks, Offspring Fling!

And the winner is: Thomas was Alone!

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What makes Thomas was Alone so very special is that everything in the game works surprising well together. Who would have thought a game about different sized blocks would be so entertaining, a fine mix of minimalist art, amazing narration and charm set Thomas was Alone apart from the pack.

There are so many other games that did not make this list due to time constraints. If you like what you have seen out of the genre awards for 2012 let us know in the comments below. Any feedback we get helps out!

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medve Dec 22 2012 says:

natural selection getting owned by a 2d game...wat? anyways, nice work with the video. whos voice is it?

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cW#Ravenblood Dec 22 2012 replied:

Graphics, specially if it's 2D or 3D does not say a s**t about how great a game is.
The gameplay is important and it's still the key. Unfortunately todays AAA title developer forget this.

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TeamWolf Dec 22 2012 replied:

Yeah but NS2's gameplay is amazing, I get lost in that game for hours.

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Dragonlord Dec 22 2012 replied:

Not really. NS1 had been good. Then they started changed things and it began to suck. Never liked NS2 and the direction they choose even if the grpahics are nice they have the gameplay suffered.

Nevertheless a nice selection of games. Always more interesting than the players choice crap which is just about who has more brainless lemmings(botnets) he can summon.

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Guest Jan 6 2013 replied:

Well NS2 is not a big AAA title :D

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medve Dec 22 2012 replied:

i played quake live on low graf for 2.5 years, i dont really care about the graphics trust me, but i think ns2 has a lot more work in it, and a lot more "depth" (not only in the +1 dimension). i watched the ninja game too, looks really awsome, seems it has detailed cutscenes and interactive solutions to kill the enmys, but still...
ns2 is in the top10 in the steam store since the beginning, not too much indies can tell that from theirself. and im especially proud of them for starting az esl tournament, and supporting the esport side of the game/community.

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Roh Dec 22 2012 replied:

medve Terraria was top in steam for a good while. 2D too. I like natural selection myself. But you can't look down on the 2D. It certainly has its place in gaming.

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Tatsur0 Dec 22 2012 replied:

A fan of both games but I was happy with the runners up and winner in nearly every category. Mark of the Ninja is a blast but of course NS2 being a MP game has plenty of replay value as well once you've finished with your MotN unlocks.

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Ashkandi Dec 22 2012 says:

Haha, i like the header images. :D

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fightermedic Dec 22 2012 replied:

yea, they are quite awesome

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AirborneSn1p3r Dec 22 2012 says:

haha i have to laugh at how i reconise none of the winners, and i voted for lots and lots of other games :P but congrats to the winners :)

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Wolf0x Dec 22 2012 says:

Gutted NS2 didn't make it in the action genre but Mark of the Ninja is without question an awesome game

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LordIheanacho Dec 22 2012 says:

That voice in the video seems familiar.... Mike Hillard! :D

And at 6:00, Love the Stategy Scene and definitely love the music! I could feel the Alamo vibe...

Aside from that, Awesome games this year.

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lionguild Dec 22 2012 says:

What about the upcoming games? Why let us vote for them then not even mention them?

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Tatsur0 Dec 22 2012 replied:

Indiedb.com Upcoming is announced on the 24th. This is nothing new except DesuraNET seems to be a lot more organized this year. Cheers to the team and their hard work.

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Tascha Dec 22 2012 says:

Grats to all the deserving winners :)

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MrFidelmios Dec 27 2012 says:

ehh all these games are well known, it's not much of a competition when well known games win. I would think the idea is for less known games to win. Still congrats to everyone who won!

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