1979 Revolution, Killing Time at Lightspeed among this year's IndieCade nominees

First wave of 57 titles include everything from intimate, personal works to VR and outdoor games.

IndieCade's 2016 festival of experimental and independent games is less than a month away. As organizers head into the final phase of prep before the event, IndieCade has released the first wave of this year's official nominees (as in, up for awards) and selections.

This initial list -- and like I said, initial, there are many more yet to be announced -- boasts a staggering 57 entries. IndieCade organizers are already calling it "our biggest festival ever."

The IndieCade Festival will be held from October 14th through the 16th. Unlike previous years, this year's event will be hosted at the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles.

The first 57 announced nominees and selections follow below!

2016 Official Nominees

2016 Official Selections: Digital Selects

  • Anamorphine by Artifact 5
  • TBA

2016 Official Selections: VR Selects

  • Cosmic Trip by Funktronic Labs
  • Giant Cop: Justice Above All by Other Ocean Interactive
  • SUPERHYPERCUBE by kokoromi
  • TBA

2016 Official Selections: eSports

  • TBA

2016 Official Selections: Night Games

  • C(ade) by Annie Lesser
  • Club House (Wise Guys)
  • Is - Was - Will Be by Diana Wyenn/Beyond the Usual
  • Kismet by Psyop
  • Magic Dance Mirror by Kinetic Magic
  • Mindshow by Visionary VR
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things by Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab
  • Six Ghosts and a Pie by Two Bit Circus
  • SPACE-SHIPPED by Wayward Games
  • The Key by The Speakeasy Society
  • The Rope by Screenshot Productions
  • TBA

2016 Official Selections: Big Games

  • Dance Together by Tobiah Zarlez
  • Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment by Ariel Rubin and Juliana Patel
  • Fire Tag by Mindful Mammoth
  • Ghost Court by Jason Morningstar
  • Group Date by Sara Williamson
  • Still Life by Wendy Gorman, David Hertz, and Heather Silsbee
  • Ten Games You Can Play With Business Cards by Physical Games
  • The Forger by Michelle Calabro and Jaehyun Kim
  • The Locker by The Locker Team
  • TBA

Disclosure: I have served as an IndieCade juror for past years' festivals and summer showcases. I was not involved in any capacity this year and have no part in this year's selection process.