January 2, 2008 -- Gliding ahead of the pack, Aquaria was the 2007 winner of the Independent Game of the Year award. The award, the culminating event of Game Tunnel's 6th Annual Game of the Year awards, is given each year to the most outstanding Independent Video Game.
The Independent Game of the Year awards have been established to honor ingenuity, innovation and excellence in Independent Games. This year's awards began December 11th with the Sports Game of the Year award and have continued through 3 weeks and 13 categories finishing with the Top 10 Independent Games of the Year and Aquaria taking the top spot.
Previously a winner at the Independent Games Festival, Aquaria's visual style captivated reviewers at Game Tunnel almost as much as the innovative gameplay. Featuring a spacious underwater world of striking beauty and haunting music, Aquaria is a unique experience that embodies all for which Independent Games are recognized.
"Independent Games are known for pushing theboundaries of gaming, providing an experience that is singular and different," said Russell Carroll, Editor-In-Chief at Game Tunnel. "We are excited every year for the opportunity to play these wonderfully original and inventive games and are happy to award winners in multiple categories to celebrate their achievements."
An article providing descriptions, links, and downloads to all the award winners can be found at: http://www.gametunnel.com/article-661.htm. The list of all award categories and winners is as follows:
2007 Independent Game of the Year - Aquaria
Game of the Year: Graphics - Aquaria
Game of the Year: Sound - Aquaria
Game of the Year: Innovation - Determinance
Game of the Year: Multiplayer - ThreadSpace: Hyperbol
Kid's Game of the Year - The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures
Player's Choice Award - Wonderland Adventures
Action Game of the Year - DarkSide
Casual Game of the Year - Snapshot Adventures: Secret of Bird Island
Adventure Game of the Year - Aquaria
RPG Game of the Year - Depths of Peril
Sim Game of the Year - Venture Arctic
Sports Game of the Year - Reach
Strategy Game of the Year - Immortal Defense
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GameTunnel was created in 2002 to provide news and reviews on the Independent Gaming scene. Since its launch Game Tunnel has published over 800 reviews of Independent (or Indie as it is commonly known as) games. It's most popular articles include the monthly round-up of what's new in indie gaming, and the yearly Independent Game of the Year Awards.