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Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an anti-adventure game about picking up trash in an alien bazaar. Play as the Janitor, an Alaensee girlbeast with a municipally-subsidized trash incineration job and dreams of leaving the planet of Xabran's Rock far behind her.

Explore the Spaceport! Navigate the maze of alleyways, side streets, plazas, and bridges as you search for discarded items to burn. Investigate one of various entrances to the mysterious subterranean sewerdungeon, or climb the ominously symmetrical Ziggurat to get a better view of the urban landscape! If you pay attention and keep track of landmarks, you won't get lost... probably.

Embrace routine! Spend your days cleaning up litter, finding food, and testing your luck at lottoshrines scattered throughout the area. Daily tasks form the backbone of your life as the Janitor, providing structure and monotonous security in an uncertain world! Do not deviate from your routine. Pray, work, eat, sleep. Do not deviate from your routine.

Suffer the Curse! Stick your scentflaps where you shouldn't, and you may just walk away with an ancient cranial entity haunting your every waking moment! Consult local Necresses, pray to the Nine Goddesses, purchase ritual objects, and rub the giant sword to balance your personal luck favorably! Maybe that will make the whispering stop!

Embark on an anti-adventure! Find a middle ground between your life of menial drudgery and a culture of exciting quests and powerful heroes, and you might finally find a way off Xabran's Rock!

mild content warning for: gender dysphoria, catcalling, poverty, drug use

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Earlier this week, the Independent Games Festival announced the finalists for the 19th annual award show. This year, over 650 entries were narrowed down to the 30 finalists below, covering categories such as Best Student Game, Best Audio, Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, Excellence in Visual Art, the Nuovo Award, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

The IGF awards will take place on the evening March 1 this year, during GDC. The prize pool totals US$50,000, with the winner of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize receiving US$30,000. So, without further ado, we’d like to congratulate each of the finalists and wish them the best of luck in March. Here are the games that made the cut.



Best Student Game

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Sundae Month


Lily, Colors of Santa Luz

Isart Digital


Un Pas Fragile

PAF Team


FAR: Lone Sails

Mr Whale's Game Service


Frog Climbers

TeamCrew


Bamboo Heart

Sokpop Collective




Excellence in Audio


The Flame in the Flood

The Molasses Flood


GoNNER

Art in Heart


Virginia

Variable State


Hyper Light Drifter

Heart Machine


Everything

David O’Reilly


Inside

Playdead



Excellence in Design


Imbroglio

Michael Brough


Ultimate Chicken Horse

Clever Endeavour Games


Duskers

Misfits Attic


Overcooked

Ghost Town Games


Event[0]

Ocelot Society


Quadrilateral Cowboy

Blendo Games



Excellence in Narrative


Ladykiller in a Bind

Love Conquers All Games


1979 Revolution: Black Friday

iNK Stories


Virginia

Variable State


Orwell

Osmotic Studios


Event[0]

Ocelot Society


One Night Stand

Kinmoku



Excellence in Visual Art


The Flame in the Flood

The Molasses Flood


Inside

Playdead


Virginia

Variable State


Old Man's Journey

Broken Rules

Image 3


Hyper Light Drifter

Heart Machine


She Remembered Caterpillars

Jumpsuit Entertainment



Nuovo Award


Islands: Non-Places

Carl Burton


Close

Tobias Zarges

Image 3


Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Sundae Month


Oiκοςpiel

David Kanaga

Image 4


Everything

David O’Reilly


Virginia

Variable State


Mu Cartographer

Titouan Millet


Lieve Oma

Florian Veltman



Seumas McNally Grand Prize


Inside

Playdead


Stardew Valley

ConcernedApe


Quadrilateral Cowboy

Blendo Games


Event[0]

Ocelot Society


Hyper Light Drifter

Heart Machine


Overcooked

Ghost Town Games

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