The nominees for the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGAs) were announced this week with 30 games in six categories being put forward for the final round of judging.
263 games from all over the world were submitted for review by the international panel of experts.
The 30 nominees are:
BEST CASUAL GAME
Bird Strike – Gold Edition PikPok New Zealand
Bulba The Cat C4M France
Fruit Ninja Halfbrick Australia
Jenga NaturalMotion UK
Plants vs. Zombies PopCap Games Ireland
BEST REAL WORLD GAME
AR Invaraders Soulbit7 Israel
Blaze A Different Game Sweden
Ghostwire A Different Game Sweden
Pocket Critter Jilin Animation Institute China
Tourality Creative Workline Germany
BEST SPORTS GAME
Billabong Surf Trip Biodroid Productions Portugal
Championship Manager 2011 Dynamo Games Ltd Scotland
Ice Breaker NaturalMotion UK
Let’s Golf 2 Gameloft United Kingdom
Snowboard Hero Fishlabs Germany
EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN
Galaxy on Fire 2 Fishlabs Germany
ilomilo Southend Interactive Sweden
Infinity Blade Chair Entertainment USA
Real Racing 2 Firemint Australia
Zen Bound 2 Secret Exit Ltd. Finland
EXCELLENCE IN GAMEPLAY
Beyond Ynth FDG Entertainment Germany
Guns’n’Glory Handy Games Germany
N.O.V.A. 2 Gameloft France
Perfect Cell Mobigame France
Pix’n Love Rush BulkyPix France
MOST INNOVATIVE GAME
Anomaly Warzone Earth 11 bit studios Poland
EpicWin Tak Fung UK
Finger Balance Coconut Island Studio China
Papa Sangre Somethin’ Else United Kingdom
The Line Ant Hive Games China
“We have had an unprecedented response for the year’s awards”, said Maarten Noyons, CEO and Founder of the IMGA. “We see a trend of very high quality, big productions coming to the mobile platform and on the other hand a lot of fresh innovative casual games. I think the jury has made a very interesting choice.
“The 7th IMGA shows a wealth of new ideas and ground-breaking quality coming from studios all over the world. I would like to congratulate each of the developers that have games nominated and thank everyone who submitted games to the awards.”
During the last six years the IMGA has reviewed more than 1,400 mobile games from more than 52 countries including the USA, Ukraine, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, China, the Czech Republic, Brazil and Belgium.
Participants include PhD students, researchers, artists, individual developers and the top ten mobile games publishers and developers in the world. The winners in each category for this year’s awards will be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February.
The IMGAs are sponsored by Orange.