Honoring the developers
The Game Development World Championship is an association that recognizes all kinds of game developers, whether they be professional designers, hobbyists, or even students. The winners for all nine awards categories were announced today, and they include at least one big win for Nintendo Switch owners.
The award for 2021 Pro Console Game of the Year went to Kulebra and the Souls of Limbo, from game studio Galla. Kulebra is scheduled to hit the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2024, but there’s a demo available right now via Steam if you can’t wait that long. A brief synopsis of the game is as follows:
An adventure where you’ll meet the many good and not-so-good folks of Limbo. Use your wits and keen eye to gather clues from the residents and find items that will help uncover the mystery of Limbo and its curse that traps souls into repeating the same day on loop.
It’s always a treat to learn more about lesser known titles from awards organizations like GDWC. Check out the complete rundown of the winners below.
Pro PC Game of the Year: Lost Twins 2 by Playdew from Pakistan “Lost twins 2 is a mix of sliding and interactive puzzle elements to create a one-of-a-kind gaming experience.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=942611c2-f51d-49d7-a780-1335f090d40c
Pro Console Game of the Year: Kulebra and the Souls of Limbo by Galla, a small video game studio consisting of Pavel Lara, Paulo Lara, and Zach Striefel from the USA. “A dead snake with a heart of gold embarks on a journey to find his purpose in a world where the same day plays on loop.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=c3b4869c-7eb2-4b7d-9521-61df3c5349d8
Hobby Game of the Year: If On A Winter’s Night, Four Travelers by Dead Idle Games, the team consists of Laura Hunt & Thomas Möhring from Germany. “If On A Winter’s Night, Four Travelers is a narrative-driven point-and-click adventure with horror elements that explores the stories of four different characters in a masked ball taking place aboard a train in the late 1920s.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=d5ecd28d-ba33-4c7b-a06f-274368545a78
Mobile Game of the Year: Svoboda 1945: Liberation by Charles Games from the Czech Republic. A studio behind the award-winning game Attentat 1942. “Svoboda 1945: Liberation is a unique blend of adventure gameplay, full-motion video interviews with real actors, and historically accurate interactive memories of people who lived through the chaos of the aftermath of World War 2.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=81e978a5-639a-449c-9f31-3341384e3be2
Best VR Game: A Township Tale by Alta, an independent VR game development studio from Australia. “Band together with your friends and explore a long-forgotten world filled with adventure, danger, and ancient secrets. Tame the wilderness as a group and build your own town.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=4ed0137c-a03a-4613-822b-9e2453205533
Best VR Prototype: VR-Enhance by Modulus from Malta. “By using Artificial Intelligence to recognize both speech and dynamic hand gestures, players could now finally feel like they are a true magical wizard, by casting spells using their own voice and arm movements.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=d5e58aa2-15bb-478f-ad97-8b20338b3cee
Student Game Award: Incarnation by Idan Rooze a game developer from Israel. “Experience a divine entity’s descent from the heavens through a series of procedurally generated levels. After each level, you must lose one of your celestial powers until you are completely transformed into a human.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=9a8240eb-4270-442f-b0b8-1a7ab13177b6
Best Game Jam Game: Get Out! by Ralph Anna James, a team from the USA formed for the Historically Accurate Game Jam. “A point-and-click escape room with secrets and consequences. Comes with mysterious toilet jokes and historically accurate propaganda.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=7d0c32a4-1867-4ea5-a6dd-bac75a9c51b2
Fan Favorite: pureya by Majorariatto from Spain. “pureya is a collection of arcade minigames that play with just 2 buttons and switch randomly from one to the next every 10 seconds.”
Learn more: https://thegdwc.com/pages/game.php?game_guid=1febd60c-96d6-425d-b4e3-eb64f0984927