It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. After a year’s worth a of games and a week’s worth of suspense since the announcement of our nominee finalists, the 2012 Aggie Awards presentation is upon us! We don’t have any big name celebs on board, but on the plus side, there are no agonizing acceptance speeches to sit through either. Just a bunch of great games from the past year to celebrate.
You’d think after just deciding on the top 100 adventures of all-time that picking winners for a single year would be a snap, right? Wrong! It wasn’t so hard to narrow down the candidates, but choosing only ONE for each award wasn’t all fun and games... or, well, it was all games, but it wasn’t always fun.
Perhaps more than any other year to date (in this, the fourth annual Aggie Awards), there was intense competition in each and every field. From triple-A blockbusters to beloved film franchise adaptations to brilliant small-team indies emerging from nowhere, there was no shortage of games that blew us away. Sure, in a field of 67 games there were clunkers in the mix, but 2011 was a feast for the crème de la crème of adventure games.
While that means there are some eminently deserving winners, it also means that some oh-so-close-to-being-almost-as-deserving titles were left behind. Most categories came down to photo finishes, but remember, as always, there are no losers here, only runners-up. Fortunately, every game got TWO chances to win, as we’ve once again tallied up the votes from our public poll and presented the Readers’ Choice Aggie winners as well.
The awards presentation will run daily from Wednesday through Friday, so check back each day to find out which games took home the coveted golden statuettes.
And now, let the Aggies begin!
Table of Contents
Page 1: You are here
Page 2: Best Story
Page 3: Best Writing - Comedy
Page 4: Best Writing - Drama
Page 5: Best Character
Page 6: Best Gameplay
Page 7: Best Concept
Page 8: Best Setting
Page 9: Best Graphic Design
Page 10: Best Animation
Page 11: Best Music
Page 12: Best Voice Acting
Page 13: Best Sound Effects
Page 14: Honorary Aggies
Page 15: Best Independent Adventure
Page 17: Best Non-Traditional Adventure
Page 18: Best Traditional Adventure
Page 19: Best Adventure of 2011
Page 20: Final Notes
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First up: Best Story... the envelope, please!
Platform(s): iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, PCRetro-style cyberpunk sci-fi adventure published by Wadjet Eye Games.
Platform(s):First-person puzzler in which you traverse environments by placing dimensional portals on different surfaces
Platform(s): PC, Xbox 360An adventure game by Jane Jensen, creator of Gabriel Knight.
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Downloadable adventure by Double Fine, set in a 1930s world inhabited by Russian Matryoshka dolls.
Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox OneNoir detective thriller which has players solve cases in an open-world rendition of 1940's Los Angeles.
Platform(s): iPad, Mac, PCEco-thriller taking place in a post-apocalyptic world affected by climate change.
Platform(s): Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Playstation 4, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Platform(s): iPad, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Platform(s): DS, iPad, iPhone/iPod TouchTake the role of a dead spirit in this detective adventure by the creator of the Ace Attorney series.
Platform(s): PC, Linux