Here Are all The Winners In The 2024 Freeplay Awards

Well-deserving winners and nominees all 'round!

Update 01/03: The winners among all of the Aussie and NZ games nominated in the 2024 Freeplay Awards were revealed at last night’s event. Scroll past the original story below to find the full list of nominees with winners highlighted in bold.

Congrats to all of the games and creators that were recognised, and to the winners!


Original Story 23/01: The Freeplay Awards is back for 2024 after an extended break, returning on February 29th to recognise excellence in independent games in Australia and New Zealand, and the nominees for this year’s accolades have been revealed.

It’s a diverse and exciting list of experiences in games and play from some of the best local talent, including nods for Witch Beam’s Unpacking, Fuzzy Ghost’s Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg, the sadly-shuttered Samurai Punk’s fantastic KILLBUG and of course our very own Summerfall Studios’ Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical.

This year’s nominees also include some great experimental and non-digital projects like the live action playable performance, TRADE, and micro-games like Search for the Golden Crown Plant from The Drifter developer Dave Lloyd and his seven-year-old son.

“The response to this year’s Awards round went beyond all our expectations, and it’s been a pleasure to see people from all sorts of backgrounds in games and play put their hat in the ring,” says Creatrix Tiara, Freeplay’s first ever Awards Lead, in an accompanying press release.

“I am especially heartened by the entries from people working in other art forms such as immersive performance – as a theatre-maker myself, I see a lot of potential in the ways that games and other art forms such as performance art can intertwine, and the 2024 Freeplay Awards can serve as an important precedent.”

You can see the full list of nominees across each category below:

2024 Freeplay Awards Nominees And Winners

Across the Ditch

  • Arcane Crimes Division (Imaginary Empire)
  • Idyll (Demi Schänzel) – WINNER
  • Seedlings (Bardsley Creative)

Design

  • Dap (Melting Parrot)
  • Wayward Strand (ghost pattern)
  • Unpacking (Witch Beam Games)
  • Spin Rhythm XD (Super Spin Digital)
  • Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive) – WINNER
  • KILLBUG (Samurai Punk)
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Visual Art

  • Wayward Strand (ghost pattern)
  • Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive)
  • Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost)
  • Dap (Melting Parrot)
  • You Will (Not) Remain (Bad Eldritches)
  • Unpacking (Witch Beam Games) – WINNER

Audio

  • Heavenly Bodies (2pt Interactive) – WINNER
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical (Summerfall Studios)
  • Dap (Melting Parrot)
  • Wayward Strand (ghost pattern)
  • You Will (Not) Remain (Bad Eldritches)
  • Unpacking (Witch Beam Games)

Narrative

  • Wayward Strand (ghost pattern) – WINNER
  • Unpacking (Witch Beam Games)
  • Trail of the Wretched (Xavier Bell, Jason Reagen, Khoa Ho)
  • Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost)
  • Amarantus (ub4q)
  • Final Profit: A Shop RPG (Brent Arnold)

Non-Digital

  • Owlbear Omelette (Caradoc Games)
  • Rainbow Paths (Helen Kwok & Chad Toprak)
  • Mesozoic Mayhem (Craig Somerton)
  • TRADE (Barking Spider Creative)
  • Fragged Empire 2 (Wade Dyer)
  • The Score (Tin Star Games) – WINNER

Micro-Game

  • The Search for the Golden Crown Plant (Tom and Dad Games)
  • Seethe and Scab (Max Myers)
  • Bin Chicken Has A Go! (T-Dog eXtreme) – WINNER
  • In Search of Lost Scroll (Vidya Rajan)
  • Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Sure! (Toot Games)
  • Sometimes (Elliot Cox)

Experimental

  • Grasping (Duncan Corrigan) – WINNER
  • THE SOUL OF TOO BIRDS (Nonsense Machine)
  • In Search of Lost Scroll (Vidya Rajan)
  • Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost)
  • The Hotline (Kasey Gambling)
  • Quite Contrary (Helen Kwok & Chad Toprak)

Emerging Developers

  • Dial In (Julian Lia)
  • Florrae (Perlinators)
  • Final Profit: A Shop RPG (Brent Arnold)
  • You Will (Not) Remain (Bad Eldritches) – WINNER
  • In Search of Lost Scroll (Vidya Rajan)
  • Dap (Melting Parrot)

Wildcard Award

  • Final Profit: A Shop RPG (Brent Arnold) – WINNER

Freeplay Award

  • Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg (Fuzzy Ghost – WINNER

The 2024 Freeplay Awards ceremony was at the Fringe Common Rooms in Trades Hall, Melbourne on 29th February 2024. More information can be found on Freeplay’s website at freeplay.net.au