IGF Mobile organizers have revealed record entries for the third annual handheld indie game contest, with 172 games entered in total, a 65% increase on last year's competition.
This follows a similarly all-time high number of submissions
for IGF's Main and Student competitions, and means over 650 entries in total for the leading independent game competition.
This year's competition -- the sister event to the main Independent Games Festival
-- is showcasing independently-developed handheld games for all mobile devices including Apple's iPhone, other cellphone and smartphone OSes, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, and other handheld devices.
The full list of 172 entries
for 2010's IGF Mobile, including a number of interesting and previously unannounced titles, is now available to view on the competition's official website
Previous successes for IGF games include Apple's App Store creating a special Store section just to highlight the IGF-nominated iPhone games from 2009's IGF Mobile competition, which included acclaimed titles such as Fieldrunners, Real Racing, Zen Bound
. In addition, last year's IGF Mobile 'Next Great Mobile Game' winner Reflection
has been signed by Konami for Nintendo DSi.
IGF Mobile finalists will be announced on January 22nd, 2010, and will each receive one All-Access pass to attend the 2010 Game Developers Conference
. Finalists will compete for $5,000 in prizes, including notable awards for design, art, and technology innovation in mobile game development.
This year, winners in each category (with the exception of 'Best Game') will be announced before the show, on February 8th, 2010. Each category winner will receive $500 in spending money to come to the 2010 Game Developers Conference in March 2010 and showcase their mobile game, alongside their GDC pass.
The five category winners will exhibit their games in a special area of the main IGF Pavilion, the winners will then compete for the coveted IGF Mobile Best Game award, worth $2,500. The prize is presented on stage during the main Independent Games Festival Awards, preceding the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony on March 11th, 2010.
For a complete list of IGF Mobile 2010 specifics and to check out this year's entrants, please visit IGFMobile.com