Eurogamer writes: "The Independent Games Festival awards in 2008 made it seem like the sky was the limit for indie gaming, and so this year's IGF contenders face impossibly high expectations. They are competing with our rather recent recollections of Audiosurf, World of Goo, and Crayon Physics. All brilliant concepts that made fantastic games. How can they hope to match up to that?
Well, by being completely independent. If anything is missing in this latest Grand Prize line-up, it's the obvious contender for commercial success, like Audiosurf or World of Goo, but that doesn't matter. (And should not matter.) What we have here are brave, brilliant experiments. There's a couple of things in the wider IGF that we've already seen plenty of, such as PixelJunk Eden in the technical excellence and audio categories. But what is most intriguing are the five titles nominated for the Seumas McNally Grand Prize itself: Blueberry Garden, CarneyVale Showtime, Dyson, Night Game and Osmos. There is no clear winner, and these five games could not be more diverse. Let's take a look at each one."