Leading indie game publication, Game Tunnel, has announced their top picks for 2008. After a grueling 3 weeks and 13 categories of siphoning through loads of games to pick the best of the best, the industry's top independent game came down to a less-than startling surprise.

So what game took top honors for the year's best indie game? World of Goo. "World of Goo is one of those games that really shows what Indie is all about," said Russell Carroll, editor-In-Chief at Game Tunnel. "It was created on a shoestring, fueled by the passion of two people who did whatever it took to make their game. Their passion is evident throughout the game. It's a fantastic game to play and it has been tremendous to see World of Goo getting so much mainstream awareness. It was an easy pick as our Independent Game of the Year winner this year."

Out of 40 possible entries, World of Goo came out on top as the prestigious winner. So what does that mean? Lots of potential media coverage. Could you ask for anything more in today's cut-throat gaming industry?

Carroll added a couple of comments in the press statement, saying "The fact is that many of these games are not as fortunate as World of Goo and are completely unknown to the gaming public. There are hundreds of Indie games released each year, and we're happy to be able to do these awards to make the public aware of a few gems that they might have otherwise missed."

The complete list of winners and reviews of the winners are available at Game Tunnel's Official Website. You can check out the basic list of independent games that were awarded by Game Tunnel below. For more news and info on the latest happenings in the game industry be sure to stay tuned in with Blend Games.

Independent Game of the Year - World of Goo

Genre Winners:
Action Game of the Year - Everyday Shooter
Puzzle Game of the Year - World of Goo
Adventure Game of the Year - Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
RPG Game of the Year - The Spirit Engine 2
Sim Game of the Year - Democracy 2
Sports Game of the Year - New Star Soccer 4
Strategy Game of the Year - Battle of Tiles

Technical Categories:
Game of the Year: Graphics - World of Goo
Game of the Year: Sound - Everyday Shooter
Game of the Year: Innovation - Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
Game of the Year: Multiplayer - Multiwinia

Special Award:
Arthouse Game of the Year - Gravitybone

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