While the Independent Games Festival doesn’t kick off until the second week in March, mobile developers have been eagerly anticipating the release of the nominees list for IGF Mobile 2010. Now in it’s third year, IGF Mobile celebrates the best in independent game design for mobile platforms. A wide variety of games have made the list this year, with Gamezebo iPhone favourites Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor, Doodle Jump and Minigore all getting a well deserved acknowledgement.

The nominations are divided into five categories, with each category receiving three nominations and three honourable mentions. A winner will be selected for each category on February 8th, 2010, with the five winning games being showcased alongside the traditional IGF finalists at the 12th annual Independent Games Festival.

This year’s nominees are:

Best iPhone Game

  • Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
  • Drop7
  • Hook Champ
  • Honorable Mention: Minigore
  • Honorable Mention: Pocket God
  • Honorable Mention: Doodle Jump

Best Mobile Game Design

  • MiniSquadron (iPhone)
  • Glow Artisan (DSi)
  • Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Ancient Frog (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Globulos Party (DS)
  • Honorable Mention: Mind Wall (iPhone)

Achievement in Art

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery EP (iPhone)
  • Guerilla Bob (iPhone)
  • Zombie Pizza (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Tilt: An Adventure in 1.5 Dimensions (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Anicent Frog (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Minigore (iPhone)

Audio Achievement

  • Lilt Line (iPhone)
  • MuBlip (iPhone)
  • Zombie Pizza (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: MelodyBloxx (PSP Minis)
  • Honorable Mention: Earth Dragon (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: iBlast Moki (iPhone)

Technical Achievement

  • Stair Dismount (iPhone)
  • SCVNGR (iPhone)
  • Tumbledrop (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: Dawn of Heroes (DS)
  • Honorable Mention: Aera (iPhone)
  • Honorable Mention: iPixel (iPhone)

Judging by the nominations it seems as though the iPhone is the mobile developer’s platform of choice. Of the 30 mentions, 26 were iPhone games. The remaining nominations comprised of 3 DS releases and one PSP title. With the rise of Android gaming and the reality of top iPhone developers being courted for more traditional platform work, we can’t help but wonder what this spread will look like next year.

Be sure to check back with Gamezebo on February 8th to find out which five developers will win the opportunity to showcase their game in the IGF Pavilion at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference.