Now in the third year of the festival running, the 2018 awards are running to a new format that celebrates games based on deliverables and expression, as well as two awards for individuals within the NZ industry – check out the new awards here. See below for the finalists for the 2018 event!

The Play by Play Awards 2018 finalists and winners are:


39 Days to Mars by It’s Anecdotal (winner of That… What Even Is That and That Game That The Jury Liked)
Bumper Bears by Afterglow Games
Caves by New North Road
Dungeon, Inc. by PikPok (winner of That Game That We Couldn’t Put Down)
FireTrap by InGame
Flutter VR by Runaway Play (winner of That Game That Entranced)
Goblins of Elderstone by Lost Goblin
Into the Dead 2 by PikPok (winner of That Tall Glass of Juice)
NYKRA by ENDESGA (winner of That Audiovisual Smörgåsbord)
Reverie by Rainbite
Samsara by Marker (winner of That Game Like Clockwork)
That Boy is a Monstr by Sav Ferguson (winner of That World We Didn’t Want To Leave and That Game With The Message)


Florence by Mountains (winner of That Game From Across The Ditch)
Level Squared by Glitch Crab Studios
Rumu by Robot House
The Gardens Between by The Voxel Agents

2018 Individual Nominees

The Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Teina) – Rising Star award was taken home by Niamh Fitzgerald.

The Te Maunga Kai Kapua (Tuakana) – Industry Pillar award was taken home by Mario Wynands.