IGM Readers Choice: The Best Indie Games of the Year 2012

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Welcome to IGM’s 3rd Annual Game of the Year Awards. Last year we got an awesome response to our reader’s choice awards and polled over 1550 readers. This year the votes poured in and more than doubled. Over 4050 (unique) readers voted for their favorite indie games and helped decide the best indie games of 2012.  Percentages are of the entire vote so they do not always add up to 100% since people were only required to vote for the game of the year and most anticipated of 2013 categories. 

Here are the results of the Readers’ Choice:

Best PSN Game (72% of Voters):

  • Journey (30%)
  • Awesomenauts (21%)
  • Retro City Rampage (9%)
  • Shank 2 (6%)
  • Unfinished Swan (3%)
  • Closure (2%)
  • Dyad (1%)

Best XBLIG Game (57% of Voters):

  • Penny Arcade Ep 3 (15%)
  • Gateways (11%)
  • Diehard Dungeon (10%)
  • Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (8%)
  • qrth-phyl (5%)
  • Smooth Operators (5%)
  • Snops Attack (3%)

 

Best XBLA Game (76% of Voters):

  • Minecraft (23%)
  • Mark of the Ninja (14%)
  • Fez (11%)
  • Awesomenauts (11%)
  • Spelunky (9%)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale (8%)

Best Mobile Game (62% of Voters):

  • Super Crate Box (21%)
  • Waking Mars (14%)
  • Splice: Tree of Life (11%)
  • Dynamite Jack (10%)
  • Aqua Kitty (6%)

Best Free or F2P Game (61% of Voters):

  • Hawken (28%)
  • Starforge (20%)
  • Warsow (6%)
  • Reprisal Web (4%)
  • Zineth (3%)

Best Graphics (73% of Voters):
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  • Journey (27%)
  • Mark of the Ninja (15%)
  • Fez (13%)
  • Hotline Miami (9%)
  • Proteus (5%)
  • Unfinished Swan (4%)

Best Sound/Music (68% of Voters):

  • Botanicula (17%)
  • Fez (16%)
  • Lone Survivor (16%)
  • Splice (6%)
  • Zombies (5%)
  • Proteus (5%)
  • swipebomb (3%)

Best Computer Game (82% of the Vote):

  • FTL (41%)
  • Orcs Must Die 2 (12%)
  • Hotline Miami (10%)
  • Defender’s Quest (6%)
  • Retro City Rampage (5%)
  • Lone Survivor (5%)
  • A Virus Named TOM (3%)

Most Anticipated Game of 2013:

  • Starbound (46%)
  • Banner Saga (15%)
  • Project Zomboid (14%)
  • The Witness (8%)
  • Proteus (7%)
  • Kenshi (7%)
  • Gnomoria (4%)

Game of the Year:

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  • FTL (42%)
  • Mark of the Ninja (13%)
  • Fez (11%)
  • Hotline Miami (10%)
  • Spelunky (7%)
  • Lone Survivor (7%)
  • Retro City Rampage (6%)
  • Unfinished Swan (4%)



  • Jenraux

    Starforge isn’t Free2Play, so it shouldn’t really be in that category. :D

  • http://twitter.com/wolfbrother9393 Emerson Smith

    It used to be.