2009 Aggie Award nominees page 2

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Best Port/Enhanced Re-release

More and more games are being adapted for different platforms and re-released these days, and the best of them go beyond simply recycling the exact same content for a whole new audience. Whether by adding extra features or making clever use of unique control opportunities, some updates are so good, they’ll make even the rest of us consider buying it again. Of course, there’s no separating the quality of the adaptation from the quality of the game itself, so the winner of this category should be shining examples of both.

Beneath a Steel Sky – Remastered (iPhone/iPod Touch)

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – Director’s Cut (Wii, DS)

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC, Xbox 360)

Best Casual Adventure

To some they’re not “real” adventures, to others they’re lite, adventurey diversions worthy of the label. But whatever else they are, casual games are here, and they’re growing fast in number. Like snack food is to fine dining, casual games may not be a full course meal, but when done well, they sure can hit the spot in between. Our eligible options only included games we believe include significant adventure game elements. Even so, the list is not comprehensive, but represent only those titles that Adventure Gamers staff have had the chance to experience personally.

3 Cards to Midnight

Drawn: The Painted Tower

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

Best Independent Adventure

Some independent studios release their games commercially, but with no external publisher backing or secure distribution channels (at least at first). These self-published titles rarely get the attention (or sales) they often deserve, and the best of them merit a closer look from anyone who’s overlooked them to date. This category does not include games from companies fully established as publishers, even if they develop games internally.

Blackwell Convergence

Machinarium

Time Gentlemen, Please!

Best Console/Handheld Adventure (Exclusive)

The home console and handheld platforms haven’t quite championed a genre resurgence like we once hoped they might, but there were still several quality titles released in the past year. To avoid duplication, this category includes only those games exclusive to non-PC platforms. Ports are not deemed to be original releases, and are therefore ineligible.

Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

Best First-Person PC Adventure

For many adventure fans, the visual perspective is a crucial criterion for enjoying a game. Though both first-and third-person are perfectly legitimate design options, some prefer the immersiveness of viewing the world through the player character’s eyes. The best of these games succeed in making players feel like they’re experiencing the adventure themselves.

Dark Fall: Lost Souls

Return to Mysterious Island 2

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper

Best Third-Person PC Adventure

Contrasting first-person perspective is the ability to control a playable avatar onscreen. Often used in story- and character-driven adventures, this allows the game’s protagonist to play a more active role in the narrative. The top examples draw players out of themselves to focus attention on the visible participants.

Emerald City Confidential

Machinarium

Runaway: A Twist of Fate

Tales of Monkey Island

Best Adventure of 2009

Ohhhhh, no you don’t! No sneak peeks. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to find out which games competed for our Game of the Year Aggie award.


Rules and Regulations

All staff nominations were submitted privately, seen and verified only by two awards administrators. Final voting follows the same procedure.

To ensure total impartiality, no staff member was permitted to nominate any game in which they were involved in any way outside of official Adventure Gamers press coverage. For the purpose of final voting, no staff member is permitted to vote in any category that includes a game they were involved in.

To be considered, a game must have had its first release in a major English language market in the calendar year 2009. Major markets include North America and the United Kingdom. Alternatively, any game first made available through digital distribution or self-published online during the year is also eligible.

For the sake of administrative simplicity, Tales of Monkey Island and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures have been listed as a single entity.


Complete list of eligible games

Traditional PC Adventures (includes multi-platform releases)

Adam's Venture: Episode 1 - The Search for the Lost Garden

Ankh: Battle of the Gods

Art of Murder: Hunt for the Puppeteer

Black Circle: A Carol Reed Mystery

Blackwell Convergence

Casebook: Episode II – The Watcher

Casebook: Episode III - Snake in the Grass

Ceville

Chronicles of Mystery: The Tree of Life

CSI: Deadly Intent (PC, Wii, Xbox 360)

Dark Fall: Lost Souls

Diabolik: The Original Sin (PC, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, DS)

Diamon Jones: Amulet of the World

Diamon Jones: Eye of the Dragon

Divine Comedy, The

Downfall

Emerald City Confidential

Fenimore Fillmore’s Revenge

Gobliiins 4

Heaven

Last Half of Darkness: Tomb of Zojir

Legend of Crystal Valley, The

Les Misérables: The Game of the Book

Machinarium

Mata Hari

Memento Mori

Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships

Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy

Pizza Morgana: Episode 1

Return to Mysterious Island 2

Runaway: A Twist of Fate

Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis (PC, DS)

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper (PC, Xbox 360)

Static: Investigator Training

Still Life 2

Tales of Monkey Island (PC, Wii)

Time Gentlemen, Please!

Treasure Island

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures (PC, Xbox 360)

Yoomurjak’s Ring

Console/Handheld Exclusives

Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders (DS)

Another Code: R (Wii)

Axel & Pixel (Xbox 360)

Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple (DS)

CSI: Deadly Intent – The Hidden Cases (DS)

Hardy Boys: Treasure on the Tracks (DS)

Inkheart (DS)

Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past (DS)

Miami Law (DS)

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (Wii)

Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion (DS)

Casual Games

3 Cards to Midnight

Anka

Avenue Flo

Big Brain Wolf

Drawn: The Painted Tower

Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child

Fall Trilogy: Chapter 1 - Separation

Green Moon

Hidden Expedition: Devil's Triangle

Hidden Mysteries: Titanic (PC, Wii)

Iron Roses

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger

Pahelika: Secret Legends

Women’s Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey

Ports/Enhanced Re-releases

Beneath a Steel Sky - Remastered (iPhone/iPod Touch)

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - Director’s Cut (Wii, DS)

Labyrinth of Time (iPhone/iPod Touch)

Myst (iPhone/iPod Touch)

Sam & Max Save the World (Xbox 360)

Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space (Xbox 360)

Secret of the Lost Cavern (iPhone/iPod)

Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery of the Mummy (DS)

Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (PC, Xbox 360)


Comments

Sughly Sughly
Feb 5, 2010

I have to say, seeing the independant nominees really shows how good independant production is for the genre. To me, the three listed there are probably three of the best in the whole list of nominees.

Shany
Feb 6, 2010

Pretty interesting nomations. All the love for Machinarium reminds me that I still haven’t played it.
I feel Runaway 3 should’ve also been nominated for music, but that’s my only major complaint. I agree with most of the other nominations (the ones I played at least).

Fien Fien
Feb 6, 2010

I’m surprised and disappointed that The Path is not nominated in the category Best Concept. It definitely deserves to be, with its innovative and bold concept, no matter how people may feel about the game. It could be argued that it’s not one hundred percent an adventure, but the same goes for nominated hybrids like Silent Hill and 3 Cards to Midnight.

after a brisk nap
Feb 6, 2010

Yes, agreed. Time Gentlemen, Please! was the best game I played in 2009, and I really have to play Machinarium some time. Great showing for the indies in a strong field!

alkapel
Feb 6, 2010

The best game I played in 2009 is Tales of Monkey Island!!

dekaneas297 dekaneas297
Feb 6, 2010

Machinarium. Nothing more nothing less

wielandsmith
Feb 6, 2010

Wow.  I wish I understood why people like Machinarium… WHY?  And Emerald City Confidential?  Oh, well.  Different strokes I guess.  I’m glad Monkey Island’s in there though.

HaroldO
Feb 6, 2010

I plan on playing Machinarium this Week. I got it during Amanita’s x-mas sale along with Samorost 2. Anyway, I agree with Sughly opinion on the independent.

bico
Feb 6, 2010

the best adventure game i played in 2009 was still life 2 and sherlock holms vs jack the ripper

cathead
Feb 7, 2010

Don’t forget that Broken Sword was redone on the iPhone as well as the Wii and DS!

Jackal Jackal
Feb 7, 2010

We didn’t forget, but that version wasn’t released until 2010.

Tramboi Tramboi
Feb 9, 2010

Machinarium all the way!

Nikioko
Feb 12, 2010

There are a lot of really great games missing. What about The Book of Unwritten Tales and The Whispered World, which were the best adventure games in 2009? What about Black Mirror 2? Or Ghost Pirates of Vouju Island? The Lost Crown? The whole list of nominees is incomplete without those games.

Jackal Jackal
Feb 12, 2010

Only English languages releases are eligible, as noted in the Rules and Regs. Can’t really vote on games we haven’t played and can’t understand.

Ascovel Ascovel
Feb 12, 2010

The Lost Crown is from 2008 and already won an Aggie last year.

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