THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE - ONLINE - VIRTUAL - DIGITAL - HUMAN.
THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY AND AMAZING DIGITAL EXPERIENCE IN THE YEAR 2020.
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A MAZE. / Berlin is an International Festival focusing on arthouse games and playful media. For the day experience A MAZE. / Berlin invites globally spread and diverse experimental game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives from around different countries who share in an inspiring 3 days programme of talks and workshops, idea market places and knowledge bazaar the art of video games making.

The entire festival will take place online - virtual - digital - human The most revolutionary and amazing digital experience in the year 2020.

NOMINEES

Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. We extended and changed awards in the many years since, our categories are now: “Most Amazing Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Long Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award”, “Explorer Award” and “Audience Award”.

MOST AMAZING AWARD

The grand prize of the A MAZE. awards goes to the most relevant, forward-thinking interactive and playful content. We premiere the best work overall - in terms of art, innovation, music, story and interaction. the prize is dedicated to the masterpiece of the award selection that shows us a path we never walked before.

Body Open Source

Body Open Source

M. Nawrot, J. Wójtowicz & K. Brych 🇵🇱

PC, vive

Nightmare Temptation Academy

Nightmare Temptation Academy

Lena NW & Costcodreamgurl 🇺🇸

Mac, PC

The Under Presents

The Under Presents

Tender Claws 🇺🇸

Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift.

Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks

Finifugu Games Ltd. 🇭🇰

iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet, iPad


HUMAN MACHINE AWARD

This award goes to the best game that can be played by two or more people in the same room (local multiplayer), and includes some digital element – fully analog games won’t be accepted.

Brave Mouse Cartographer I

Brave Mouse Cartographer I

common opera 🇺🇸

PC, Mac

Grave Call

Grave Call

Totally not a game studio 🇸🇪

PC, Android Phone

Marble Run

Marble Run

No Time 🇩🇪

PC, Mac, Linux

Secret Shuffle

Secret Shuffle

Adriaan de Jongh & Buds 🇳🇱

iPhone, Android Phone

Uncurtainty

Uncurtainty

M. Wirth & L. Coquoz 🇨🇭

Android Phone


LONG FEATURE AWARD

This is the award for complex games and developing virtual reality worlds. Those are the ones, who challenge your life by offering immersive storytelling and much more than 2hrs gameplay.

Book of travels

Book of travels

Might and Delight 🇸🇪

PC

Knife Sisters

Knife Sisters

Transcenders Media 🇸🇪

PC, Mac

Mutazione

Mutazione

Die Gute Fabrik 🇩🇰

Mac, PC, PS4

Nuts

Nuts

Joon, Pol, Muutsch & Char 🇮🇸

PC

Tales from Off-Peak City vol.1

Tales from Off-Peak City vol.1

Cosmo D Studios 🇺🇸

PC, Mac, Linux


DIGITAL MOMENT AWARD

Poems, statements, experiments, short experiences – expressions of socio-critical messages, personal or comedic life situations and feelings through an interactive medium. Maybe a sensual mechanic, a toy that gives the player a surprising twist in their experience.

Dustnet

Dustnet

Neilson Koerner-Safrata 🇨🇦

PC, Oculus, Mac, Vive, Android, iOS

Kristallijn

Kristallijn

Gaël Bourhis 🇫🇷

PC, Mac

Overseas

Overseas

Y. Kozhemyako & M. Skomorokh 🇷🇺

PC

Promesa

Promesa

Julian Palacios 🇮🇹

PC

Ynglet

Ynglet

Nifflas & Triple Topping 🇩🇰

PC


EXPLORER AWARD

Go, where nobody has gone before! This is the award for all forms of experiences beyond the boundaries of contemporary ways to play or develop games. Here, we are exploring alternative controllers, interactive installations, creative coding experiments, robotics and tech performances, as well as interdisciplinary teams, collaborations with science, makers, engineers, researchers, theater and writers.

And yet it hurt

And yet it hurt

Sheepolution 🇳🇱

PC

Cook your way

Cook your way

Enric Granzotto Llagostera 🇨🇦

PC

Ordesa

Ordesa

Cinétévé / ARTE 🇫🇷

iPad, iPhone, Android Phone, Android Tablet

Painting of a Cliff

Painting of a Cliff

Jasper Oprel 🇳🇱

PC, Other

This, too, shall pass

This, too, shall pass

Marc Loths 🇳🇿

PC


HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sadly, we can just have 25 nominees, but some works still are absolutely worth checking out! Keep an eye out for the following honorable mentions:

30 Birds

30 Birds

Ram Ram 🇧🇪

PC

Evershift

Evershift

Evershift 🇩🇪

PC

Hidden Conflicts

Hidden Conflicts

Jona Kleinlein 🇳🇴

Mac, PC

If found...

If found...

Dreemfeel 🇮🇪

PC, Mac

Infini

Infini

Barnaque 🇨🇦

PC

Janga

Janga

Concrete Games 🇫🇷

PC

Manifold Garden

Manifold Garden

William Chyr Studio 🇺🇸

PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad

Mørkredd

Mørkredd

Hyper Games 🇳🇴

PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch

Pre-Shave

Pre-Shave

Saam Pahlavan 🇺🇸

PC

Stereophyta

Stereophyta

Kas Ghobadi 🇺🇸

PC

Suzerain

Suzerain

Torpor Games 🇩🇪

PC, Mac

Yedoma Globula

Yedoma Globula

Bananaft 🇷🇺

PC


HUMBLE NEW TALENT

The Humble New Talent Award highlights important new voices in the culture of games. Nominees are chosen by A Maze. and will not be awarded for one game, but their work and thoughts in general. Winners will be awarded with $15.000 to create a humble original.

Beyondthosehills

Andreas Diktyopoulos, Maria Aloupi 🇬🇷

Elizabeth Lapensée

Elizabeth Lapensée 🇺🇸

Happy Broccoli Games

Annika Maar, Joni Levinkind, Svyatoslav Petrov 🇩🇪

Mwaaba Alec Mugala

Mwaaba Alec Mugala 🇿🇲

Studio Oleomingus

Studio Oleomingus 🇮🇳

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22-25 JULY, 2020 Donate   Stream   Discord Channel   Code of conduct  
Jury

Our interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury has the honors to review all nominees. As every game could be the most amazing one, they also have the freedom to select the nominees’ categories, which will be revealed on April 23rd.

Nathalie Lawhead

Nathalie Lawhead

Nathalie Lawhead is a Net-Artist and Game Designer that has been creating experimental Digital Art since the late 90’s. Past works include titles such as the IGF winning Tetrageddon games, “everything is going to be ok”, and the Electric zine maker.

Owen Hindley

Owen Hindley

Part of last years most amazing award winner Huldufugl, Owen is creating immersive theatrical environments and works with software, sound and electronics to make experiences for VR, installations, games, performances, & the web. He is also a co-founder at Horizons Studio making music-centered VR experiences.

Rayzones

Rayzones

Rayzones is a Moscow-based artist and game designer. they are a part of Lowpolis, a two-member team that makes things like good morning drifter,a non-racing experience with pears, and gift-exchange-machine — a stork-powered postcard exchange service.

Sarah Rudolph

Sarah Rudolph

Sarah Rudolph is a video game and culture journalist from Germany. For the last decade they have been talking, writing and podcasting about games, gender, politics and their cultural implications. In 2018 they co-curated the queer video game history exhibition RAINBOW ARCADE at Schwules Museum in Berlin.

Simon Bachelier

Simon Bachelier

Simon works as a freelance producer for video games studios since several years. He is currently working at accidental queens after the release of three narrative games. Besides game development, he organises and produces events dedicated to the independent game developers and alternative scenes. Past and current events he did include the Notgames Fest, Zoomachines and Indiecade Europe.

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