2019 marked the first time the awards ran under the banner of The Pavs, attracting over 80 entries from studios and indies across New Zealand and Australia. Celebrate 2019's winners with us below.

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Excellence in Representation

Guardian Maia Episode 1 by Metia Interactive

Guardian Maia Episode 1 is an interactive fiction gamebook that focuses on narrative strategy based on choice and consequence. This is a hybrid historical/science-fiction story that draws on the mythology of the Maori culture in New Zealand.

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Excellence in Game Feel

Toripon by Victoria Smith

Photograph cute birds and add unlock exciting new ones! There are over 50 types of birds to discover in a cute, colourful apartment. Take your time with relaxing, stress-free gameplay, and enjoy sharing the antics of your adorable feathered friends.

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Excellence in Narrative

ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree by Wildboy Studios

This 2D narrative adventure weaves a tale of fantasy and Norse mythology with stunning visuals and a compelling story. Spread over six chapters, follow Estra's story as she forges a path through this wild world on a journey to uncover the truth about her father's death.

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Excellence in Design

Furistas Cat Cafe by Runaway Play

Adopt and collect a wonderfully weird array of cats, based on real life furry friends, in Furistas Cat Cafe! With a gentle adoption narrative that runs throughout the game, each cat you adopt as you level up has a fascinating backstory and behaviours specific to their personality.

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Excellence in Visual Art

ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree by Wildboy Studios

This 2D narrative adventure weaves a tale of fantasy and Norse mythology with stunning visuals and a compelling story. Spread over six chapters, follow Estra's story as she forges a path through this wild world on a journey to uncover the truth about her father's death.

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Excellence in Audio

ATONE: Heart of the Elder Tree by Wildboy Studios

This 2D narrative adventure weaves a tale of fantasy and Norse mythology with stunning visuals and a compelling story. Spread over six chapters, follow Estra's story as she forges a path through this wild world on a journey to uncover the truth about her father's death.

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Australian Award

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective game by Worm Club

In this adventure, a small sloth has been haunted for weeks by a mysterious ghost that nobody can seem to track down. There's a mystery afoot, and the only one who can solve it is the renowned amphibian investigator known simply as The Detective.

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Grand Prize

Dr. Grordbort's Invaders by Weta Workshop and Magic Leap

Dr. Grordbort's Invaders is a Mixed-Reality Magic Leap video game set in the retro-science fiction universe of Dr. Grordbort - a world of rayguns, rocket ships and deadly robot miscreants. Through ML's amazing new tech, this rich sci-fi universe can finally co-exist with your own.

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Industry Rising Star

Cassandra Gray, Weta Workshop

The award for a rising star in the New Zealand game industry. This person has already made a mark early in their career, and their continuing work will sprout new life and opportunities in the local scene.

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Industry Pillar

Maru Nihoniho, Metia Interactive

This award goes to a stalwart industry pillar in the New Zealand community who has raised the profile and helped build the national industry into what it is today.