The 2021 Freeplay Awards

The 2021 Freeplay Awards are now open closed.

For submission, creators must be able to provide a copy of the game (via a private URL, access through the App Store, Play Store, Steam, Itch.io, Humble or the like, or physically get it to us within the submission period).

Submissions will close 11:59pm (AEST) on Sunday 25th April, 2021. Any games being submitted by post (see submission form for address) must be post-marked by 25th April, and received by Freeplay within two working days of the deadline.

Finalists will be announced five weeks after submissions close. The Awards Ceremony will take place on the final day of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival.

2021 Freeplay Award Categories:

  • The Freeplay Award (Best Game)
  • Excellence in Design
  • Excellence in Visual Art
  • Excellence in Audio
  • Excellence in Narrative
  • Non-Digital Game Award
  • Micro-Game Award
  • Experimental Game Award
  • Student Game Award
  • Across The Ditch Award

All games will be considered for The Freeplay Award (Best Game).

Short descriptions of each category may be found on the submission form.

Please read before applying:

Submission Rules & Guidelines

Submission deadline:

Sunday 25th April, 11:59pm (AEST)

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Previous Awards

2020

The Freeplay Award: A Hand With Many Fingers

Category Winners

Excellence in Design: A Hand with Many Fingers

Excellence in Visual Art: ENDLESS SCROLL

Excellence in Audio: Unfamiliar

Excellence in Narrative: Life Tastes Like Cardboard

Non-Digital Game Award: The Outer Whorls

Micro-Game Award: Something Looks Weird

Experimental Game Award: If We Were Allowed To Visit

Student Game Award: Ascent of Grob’s Domain

Across The Ditch Award: Leap of Leaf

2019

The Freeplay Award: New Ice York

Category Winners

Excellence in Design: JUMPGRID

Excellence in Visual Art: Necrobarista

Excellence in Audio: Skyward Journey

Excellence in Narrative: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game

Non-Digital Game Award: Edible Games Cookbook

Micro-Game Award: Novena

Experimental Game Award: The Common Campfire

Student Game Award: Pigeon Game

Across The Ditch Award: Toripon 鳥ポン

2018

The Freeplay Award: The Catacombs of Solaris

Category Winners

Excellence in Design: Dissembler

Excellence in Visual Art: Paperbark

Excellence in Audio: Florence

Excellence in Narrative: Bound By Blood

Non-Digital Game Award: {<>}

Micro-Game Award: Rise

Experimental Game Award: Thomas Bowker’s Draw

Student Game Award: Lacuna

Across The Ditch Award: Echo Grotto

2015

The Freeplay Award: Push Me Pull You

Category Winners

Best Design: Push Me Pull You

Best Visual Art: Movement Study 1

Best Audio: Submerged

Best Narrative: Project Ven

Best TechSpace Dust Racers

Best Non-Digital: Rise to Power

2013

Best Game: Framed

Category Winners

Design: Framed

Visual Art: The Paper Fox

Audio Design: Particulars

Narrative: Particulars

Technical Innovation: Turnover

Non-Digital: Outside These City Walls

People’s Choice: Turnover

2012

Best Australian Game: Stickets

Category Winners

Best Design in a Game: They Love You

Best International Game: Splice

Best Art in a Game: Toybox

Best Concept Art: Peleda

Best Audio in a Game: Lunar Flight

Best Technical Innovation: Automation

Best Writing in a Game: Flatland: Fallen Angle

2011

Best Australian Game: Antichamber

Category Winners

Best International Game: The Swapper

Best Design: Antichamber

Best On-Paper Design: Dead Eye

Best Art: Warco

Best Concept Art: Firo

Best Technical Innovation: Kingspray

Best Game Writing: MacGuffin’s Curse

Best Audio: Solar 2

2010

Best Australian Game: Jolly Rover

Category Winners

Best Design in a Game: Up Down Ready

Best On-Paper Design: iCrazy Man

Best Art in a Game: Captain Forever (Series)

Best Concept Art: Exodus

Best Technical Innovation: Colourbind

Best Game Writing: Transumer

Best Audio: Train Conductor

Best International Game: Last Hope