Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

2008 Aggie Awards

Best Setting: The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure

 

 

Designing the setting for a horror story is a challenging task. It has to be not only eerie and daunting, but also coherent and realistic. It must be ordinary enough for the player to feel at home and yet subtly harrowing and open to the influence of the inexplicable. As Stephen King once said, “The good horror tale will dance its way to the center of your life and find the secret door to the room you believed no one but you knew of.” Jonathan Boakes’ The Lost Crown succeeds in powerfully opening that secret door and releasing the horrors behind.

This stylish adventure is frighteningly atmospheric, mainly thanks to one of the most intriguing sets ever seen on PC monitors. A seemingly peaceful village in Eastern England appears at first to be a rural paradise, but a closer look reveals the dark secrets hidden by the white walls of its houses. Pestilent marshes, abandoned and dusty mansions, underground crypts and ghastly cemeteries are just a few examples of the uneasy locales Nigel Danvers has to explore to unearth the mystery of the Lost Crown of Anglia. Adding to this haunting ambience, each and every one of these locations is depicted in black and white, with just a few brushes of color to make them even more frightening. There’s a real sense of danger while walking around in Saxton; the perception of something wicked happening in the village. Without ever resorting to gore or cheap scare tactics, the setting is so disturbing that sometimes you will feel the urge to turn on the light, which is surely the greatest possible achievement for any horror story.

Runners-Up: Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Sam & Max: Season Two

 



Readers’ Choice: The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure


What is it about frightening ourselves that we find so irresistible? Are we masochists? Well, we do love adventures, so maybe that's true. In any case, it seems we aren't alone in favouring the haunting environs of Cornwall in The Lost Crown, though the equally haunted locations of A Vampyre Story and Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst made a strong case for themselves.
 



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Comments

Fantasysci5 Fantasysci5
Feb 18, 2009

Yay!!! At least “The Lost Crown” got honorble mentions. Wink It HAS to win “Best Sound”, though!!! Wink

Mikane Zaprick
Feb 18, 2009

Tragic.

That last one of day one will not do anything to stem the tide of mind-numbing inanity taking over as a “concept” appreciated by adventure gamers.

It’s not true, developers! Please, disregard! Heed not the death knell!

Jonathan Boakes! Matthew Clark! Arberth! Save Us!

Fien Fien
Feb 19, 2009

Heh… apparently I’m a “traditionalist” because I share your sentiment.
I take back everything I said about being able to predict the Award results. It now seems to me (and of course I may be way off)  that the people who voted are not the same crowd populating the forums… for instance, Overclocked was severely criticised on the adventure forum.

Ascovel Ascovel
Feb 19, 2009

Actually, Overclocked is the only game I’m happy about that it won.

Askobar
Feb 19, 2009

Funny. My votes and all the awards are a perfect match so far. The jury has a good taste. Smile

Fienepien. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that people who voted are not the same crowd populating the forums. By that crowd you probably meant the active members of the forums. But then again there are a lot of “lurkers” like me, who read the forum very often but participate rarely. And yet I feel that I’m part of the AG community and part of the forum population. One more thing.

 

Overclocked was criticized but that’s no surprise. People give negative feedback much more often than positive one. IMO a game has to be of a superb quality before you start to see a lot of positive feedback.

Fien Fien
Feb 19, 2009

Ascovel, I’m also happy Overclocked got an Award, I thought it was a great game. Correct me if I’m wrong, I still feel that the game was received much better in Germany.

Askobar, yes, I meant the active members. Btw, I do remember your nickname from the forums. Smile Of course silent lurkers are also part of the AG community, so did we just hear them vote for the Awards in large numbers or did the active forum members change their minds?

Jackal Jackal
Feb 19, 2009

Bear in mind this wasn’t simply a forum poll. Whether silent or active, forum members represent only a small part of AG’s overall reader-base, so these poll results include plenty of other people out there we don’t generally hear from. Not everyone who casts a ballot attends the rallies. Grin

DEMON
Feb 19, 2009

Critised by some, praised by others. Yey Overclocked! Tongue Way to go! Smile *screams O-V-E-R-C-L-O-C-K-E-D with the funny stuff cheerleaders have in their hands*

Fantasysci5 Fantasysci5
Feb 19, 2009

I was surprised “The Lost Crown” didn’t win the Best Sound design, which Jonathan Boakes’ is known for. But Iw as so ecstatic that “The Lost Crown” won the best setting!! I thought it had it and it did!!! Wink

GhaleonQ
Feb 19, 2009

The most obvious question presents itself: how many PC adventure gamers own DS-es?

DEMON
Feb 20, 2009

I´ve got to say I´m quite satisfied with the results. Not all the games I voted for got to the list, some aren´t even runner-ups, but all in all, I believe the results are fair, from the overall point of view.

Martin Gantefoehr Martin Gantefoehr
Feb 20, 2009

Hey, AG staff and readers,

now that the the final results are in, I’d like to take the opportunity and say ‘Thank You’ to the staffers and readers who voted for (and awarded) Overclocked. The team here at the HoT WHQ is happy that the game was amongst the nominees in four categories, and recieved recognition.

Personally, I’d like to thank you all for the ‘Best Writing - Drama’ Award. It’s a meaningful thing to a writer to see work recognised and appreciated (by both staff and readers). I’m pleased that some of what I’ve tried to put into this difficult project has found its way to you, our audience.

Congratulations to all winners!

DEMON
Feb 20, 2009

MG - I thank you and whole production team for the opportunity to play a game I thoroughly enjoyed, despite some minor drawbacks. For me, Overclocked was one of the most enjoyable experiences (in AGs) in 2008.

mszv
Feb 22, 2009

Ok - you’ve done it Adventure Gamers!  Aside from waiting for Momento Mori and Sill Life 2, I’m going to buy Overclocked tonight (Oh god, thank you, a download from your site, no blasted DVD to find and install) and Time Hollow.  I can play Time Hollow on the plane when I go visit my parents.  I can play Overclocked at my parents.

I like the whole award thing - clever and informative.  Nicely done. It gives me ideas.

jaap jaap
Feb 22, 2009

Great feature!
I missed though:
1) The best puzzle
2) The coolest easter egg

wildcat
Feb 25, 2009

Enjoy both Time Hollow and Overclocked mszv, they are truly little adventure gems Smile

Fantasysci5 Fantasysci5
Feb 25, 2009

Best puzzle would be awesome!!! And best easter egg, except I would be thinking a game from the past. Wink

Melanie68 Melanie68
Feb 25, 2009

Best puzzle was in the original set of awards, but the nominators didn’t come to a consensus on those to put up for a vote after all the nominations were tallied, so it got scrapped.  We thought of it, though! Smile

Lee in Limbo Lee in Limbo
Mar 2, 2009

Some fantastic games. Wonderful write-ups, too. Games I hadn’t heard of before sounded utterly brilliant. It gives a guy some small hope that things aren’t as bad as they’ve seemed lately.

Thanks to the AG Staff for all of the time and work that went into this presentation. And I like the clever use of the name ‘Aggie’ for the award. Fantastic picture, too.

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