This lamb got the chops
Devolver Digital’s comically unnerving roguelike, Cult of the Lamb, has ironically become something of a cult hit itself, winning over fans with its creepy-cute visuals, anarchic attitude, and engaging gameplay — In fact, Massive Monster’s indie hit has already bagged its first Game of the Year award, courtesy of the Australian Game Developer Awards.
The event, which took place on the evening on October 4, recognized the best of interactive entertainment from 2022 to date, focusing mostly on the output of independent studios working within the region. Cult of the Lamb scuttled off with four well-deserved gongs, including Excellence in Art, Excellence in Music, Excellence in Gameplay, and the aforementioned Game of the Year award.
“After experiencing our success overseas, it was an amazing feeling to see our game really resonate with Australians as well,” said creative director Julian Wilton of the win. “We received such strong support locally and we love that it’s being enjoyed, not just for the gameplay, but also for the art and music.”
I’m not sure quite how many followers had to be sacrificed at the altar of “The One who Waits” to receive these awards, and I’m not sure I want to know.
In addition to Massive Monster’s success, the Australian Game Developer Awards committee — which consists of a panel of 70 industry specialists — also rewarded Studio Drydock with the prizes for Excellence in Narrative and Excellence in Mobile Games for its spellbinding farming title, Wylde Flowers. Gameloft, an industry veteran with a catalog packed full of mobile game success — was awarded Studio of the Year.
You can check out the full list of winners below.
Game of the Year: Cult of the Lamb
Excellence in Art: Cult of the Lamb
Excellence in Gameplay: Cult of the Lamb
Excellence in Narrative: Wylde Flowers
Excellence in Sound Design: Heavenly Bodies
Excellence in Music: Cult of the Lamb
Excellence in Technical Design: Age of Darkness: Final Stand
Excellence in Accessibility (Presented by VicScreen): Lost and Hound
Excellence in Mobile Games: Wylde Flowers
Excellence in AR/VR: Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown
Excellence in Serious Games (Applied/Impactful): Kinder World
Excellence in Emerging Games (Student or Early Career): Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg
Excellence in Ongoing Games (Games as a Service): The Oregon Trail
Rising Star Award: Raymond Corrigan
Ambition Award: Ryan McMahon
Adam Lancman Award: Clara Reeves
Studio of the Year: Gameloft