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It’s a hazy Sunday morning on the corner of July Avenue and Yam Street. Caetano Grosso, a former saxophone player and longtime pizza-maker, is just getting his pizza oven warmed up. Orders are trickling in, and he needs someone to help with the deliveries. You sense an opportunity, but unbeknownst to him, what you’re really after is his old saxophone, and you’re going to get it one way or another. Your pursuit will set off a chain of events across the neighborhood, taking you deep into the hidden worlds and private lives of the people living there.

Tales From Off-Peak City is a first-person adventure game series, all set on, around, and under a single street corner. Filled with memorable characters and the spaces they inhabit, the game provides an open-ended world full of secrets and hidden agendas. Building on the gameplay foundations of Off-Peak and The Norwood Suite, players will explore the streets and its surroundings, make pizzas, take photos, push buttons, open drawers they’re not supposed to, and lose themselves inside the atmospheric musical score that integrates itself directly into the game world.

Volume 1: Caetano’s Slice is the first game of many in the anthology of Tales. While each ‘Volume’ is its own self-contained story and experience, taken together, they build towards the larger over-arching narrative of what’s really going on at the corner of July Avenue and Yam Street and what role you ultimately play in its fate.

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Mutazione is one of the stand out indie titles for the IGF nominations this year.


The finalists have been revealed for the 22nd annual awards ceremony of the Independent Games Festival, which honors the most innovative and acclaimed indie games from the past year as part of the Game Developers Conference, taking place in March in San Francisco.

The road to the IGF is long, involving an initial screening process overseen by more than 300 judges who pick finalists for several categories, from over 550 entries. Some of the indie games which stood out over the past year and to the judges, picking up several nominations, are Mutazione by developer Die Gute Fabrik and the social phenomenon Untitled Goose Game by Australian studio House House.

IGF winners will receive more than $20,000 in prizes across all categories, with the winner of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize taking home $10,000. Check out all the nominations below, for categories including Excellence in Narrative, Design, Visual Art and more. Follow and learn more about each game by visiting their profiles here on IndieDB.

On the note of awards, we recently revealed the Editor's Choice awards and who you decided to be the best upcoming indie games and overall best indie games for 2019 as part of the IndieDB Awards.


Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Eliza - by Zachtronics

A Short Hike - by adamgryu

Untitled Goose Game - by House House

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Slay the Spire - by Mega Crit Games

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust - by Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka

Excellence in Visual Art

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Knights And Bikes - by Foam Sword

Void Bastards - by Blue Manchu

Creature in the Well- by Flight School Studio

Eastward - by Pixpil

Stone Story RPG - by Martian Rex / Standardcombo

Excellence in Audio

Observation - by No Code

Vectronom - by Ludopium

Astrologaster - by Nyamyam

Knights And Bikes - by Foam Sword

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Untitled Goose Game - by House House

Excellence in Design

Katana ZERO - by Askiisoft

Lonely Mountains: Downhill - by Megagon Industries

Slay the Spire - by Mega Crit Games

A Short Hike - by adamgryu

Elsinore - by Golden Glitch

Patrick's Parabox - by Patrick Traynor

Excellence in Narrative

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Heaven's Vault - by inkle

Elsinore - by Golden Glitch

Wide Ocean Big Jacket - by Turnfollow

Eliza - by Zachtronics

Lionkiller - by Sisi Jiang

Nuovo Award

Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 - by Cosmo D Studios

Infini - by Barnaque

The Space Between - by Christoph Frey

Life Tastes Like Cardboard - by Demensa

Promesa - by Julián Palacios

Song of Bloom - by Philipp Stollenmayer

The Longing by Studio Seufz

Pagan: Autogeny - by Oleander Garden

Best Student Game

Orbital Bullet - by SmokeStab

A Juggler's Tale - Bergmann, Oberle, Probst, Schön Gbr

Forgotten - by Mutiny Games

Neon Beats - Okyo Games

Bore Dome - by Goblin Rage

Nothing In Sight - by Nothing In Sight Team


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Another stand-out title with several IGF nominations for 2020 is the hilarious Untitled Goose Game.


Check out the full list which includes all the honorable mentions and find out more about the Independent Games Festival on their website.

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