2012 Aggie Awards - Readers’ Choice poll

Aggie Awards Readers’ Choice
Aggie Awards Readers’ Choice

Note: Polling is now closed for the year. You can still submit answers, but they won't factor into the final tally.

You've seen the AG staff nominees for our 2012 Aggie Awards, but what do we know, right? Developers will tell you (though to us they say the opposite) that the public vote is the one that really counts. They'd probably prefer more people voted with their wallets, but here's your chance to put absolutely no money where your mouth is in our ever-popular Readers’ Choice poll.

Below is a complete list of categories open for voting. Only one vote per category is allowed. To make your choice, simply select the appropriate game from the drop-down list available for each question. If you wish to pass on certain categories, simply pick the "No answer" selection from the menu. There are two write-in votes for Best Character and Best Concept; if submitting an entry for these, please write the name of the character and/or brief description of the concept you’re nominating and the game in which each appears.

This poll works solely on the honour system, so we haven’t taken any precautions to avoid ballot-stuffing (although your IP address will be logged after submitting a survey). You do need to be logged in to vote, however, and we do ask that you limit yourselves to only one entry. One ballot per person is how voting works best, and we trust that no one will abuse the system. In the same way, we ask that you vote only for games you feel are deserving of victory. This is all just for fun, but spoiling votes just ruins the fun for everyone. In the unlikely event of suspicious voting activity, we’ll deal with that at the time, but we’re confident that won’t be necessary.

Voting will end on Monday, February 18th, and winners will be unveiled in our final Aggie Awards presentation over the course of three days, beginning February 20th. You don't have to participate, but some categories in the past have literally come down to a single vote making a difference, so the winners need your support! And we don't even ask for photo I.D. to enter. 


No applicable games have been excluded from the voting list to ensure full impartiality. Only titles that are ineligible for a specific criterion (non-console exclusive, voice acting, etc.) have been omitted from those categories.

For the sake of administrative simplicity, Deponia and Chaos on Deponia have been listed as a single entity.

Although the first episode debuted late in 2011, the complete season of Law & Order: Legacies was carried over to 2012.



inm8#2 inm8#2
Feb 11, 2013

One of my favorite things all year is the Aggies and the Readers’ Choice voting. Look forward to the results of both!

stika stika
Feb 11, 2013

I voted for Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller.

Love that game!

Miranna Miranna
Feb 11, 2013

I mostly voted for the Journey Down, an excellent surprise. but I haven’t played most of the games in the list, unfortunately

Feb 11, 2013

Ok, I decided to sign in to the site just for this Tongue
I wanted to add my grain of sand to support Chains of Satinav (which I thought was a rather excellent adventure game) even if competing against the impecable Journey.

gray pierce gray pierce
Feb 11, 2013

Wew this was pretty hard. Voted mostly for Chains of Satinav and The Critter Chronicles.

TerminusEst TerminusEst
Feb 11, 2013

Not sure I completely agree with the placement of The Sea Will Claim Everything under Comedy but I recognize that’s a hard call to make. Otherwise, it was an honor to cast my vote for the Readers’ Choice awards for the first time. Smile

Dag Dag
Feb 11, 2013

Though I was otherwise unimpressed by the game, The Critter Chronicles, like the original, had some of the best music I’ve ever heard in a game. Benny Oschmann is a genious.

Sefir Sefir
Feb 12, 2013

Voted for the first time. Mostly for Resonance, The Cat Lady, TWD and Botanicula. Very hard choices, since I consider 2012 one of the best in adventure games history.

Advie Advie
Feb 12, 2013

I was wondering if Harvey’s New Eyes is Not included within the Drama poll…... then How you guys do you define Drama !!?

Feb 12, 2013

I surprised myself by spreading out the love a bit.

I have a LOT of time for Resonance though. Wink

Feb 12, 2013

Best story should go to Yesterday. I wish they made a movie with the story of Henry White and John Yesterday!!!!

SamuelGordon SamuelGordon
Feb 12, 2013

The Walking Dead takes the cake, it was such a memorable experience. Everything about it was amazing, to play an adventure game and being immersed like that! Adventure of the Year no question about it. I really want to love The Cat Lady but sadly it just doesn’t deserve best indie. The Haunted was a surprise and my choice for best comedy.

I haven’t played Cognition because i don’t like to wait and prefer to play them all in one go.

Feb 12, 2013

2012 wasn’t the best year for me as I am great fan of traditional adventure games. I have voted mostly for Deponia then The Book of Unwritten Tales and Primordia. Hopefully 2013 will be better with some of the kickstarter adventure projects to be released this year.

Iznogood Iznogood
Feb 12, 2013

I had to make some pretty tough decisions here, but ended up voting mainly for Resonance and Chains of Satinav (and for Harvey’s New Eyes).

But there are also some games i haven’t played yet.

smulan smulan
Feb 12, 2013

for me among the independents Corrosion Cold Winter Waiting stands out and besides that title there is but the magnificent
Walking Dead

Niclas Niclas
Feb 12, 2013

My votes were divided between Resonance, Cognition, Primordia, and Lost Chronicles of Zerzura

driver8 driver8
Feb 12, 2013

Resonance, Deponia, and The Walking Dead got most of my votes. It was a good year to be an adventure gamer.

Feb 13, 2013

A lot of great stuff this year; even if I consider Deponia series the one that stands out, they were a lot of alternatives to fill the various categories: Resonance, The Walking Dead, Journey, Zero’s Last Virtue and a bunch more.

tsa tsa
Feb 13, 2013

I love the Aggies. Every year I spell those articles. Last year I played only two of the new AGs, however, so I will not vote this time. Hopefully next year I will again.

Feb 13, 2013

Zerzura and Satinav. Classic and well made adventure games.

Manni Manni
Feb 13, 2013

Good to know I’m not the only one voting for Deponia. It gets quite mixed reviews but IMHO it’s a brilliant series, can’t wait for the last part!

My other votes went to The Walking Dead, Journey, Botanicula and The Cat Lady. Such a good year for adventure games! Smile

Advie Advie
Feb 14, 2013

@Manni no i am sure you are not the only one .. i Voted for it on the Best Graphic Design, i guess the the Style that Deponia has at that point is with no doubt the strongest ,most Colorful and amazingly pretty graphical design i had seen this year if not for a long while as well ... such great backgrounds that kept me drawn and lost within its beauty from one screen to the other .. i wonder why other Deadalic Adventures did not have the same standard, maybe CoS & TWW was the nearest but not too close

-ma- -ma-
Feb 14, 2013

I’ve already voted but it seems I can vote again, is this the case? That would be quite a fail.. Well, The Cat lady for story and writing, otherwise Edna and Harvey and Resonance. (One on Testaments of Sherlock Holmes and Walking Dead, WD however is not a favorite of mine; awesome gameplay, voice-acting and graphics but kind of shallow.. (Like all of Telltales games as far as I know.. Oops yes I said it).

Jackal Jackal
Feb 14, 2013

As the artIcle says, we didn’t add any restrictions to prevent multiple votes, but we’ll know if it happens and act accordingly if it does.

CoyoteAG CoyoteAG
Feb 14, 2013

I definitely spread the love to a lot of games…Deponia, BoUT, Zerzura, and others but I voted more for The Walking Dead than any other game.

Axiom Axiom
Feb 15, 2013

Primordia, Cognition, Deponia and The Walking Dead got most of my votes.

Primate Ryan Primate Ryan
Feb 17, 2013

Well, I managed to finish the three adventures (Sherlock, Journey Down, Cat Lady) in that I still wanted to play ijn the last week or so since the voting was announced.

2012 was a really good year for adventures with such diverse and great games as Botanicula, The Cat Lady, Deponia, A Space Adventure (counted as a 2013 release here?), Resonance, The Last Testament of Sherlock Holmes, The Walking Dead, The Sea Will Claim Everything and The Fool and his Money. And there were of course quite a few adventures in the decent to good category as well.

In the end I went with:

The Cat Lady: story, music, best independent
Botanicula: setting, graphic design, sound effects
Resonance: concept, best traditional adventure
Walking Dead: drama, Lee, voice, best non-traditional and best adventure
Deponia: comedy, animation
The Last Testament of Sherlock Holmes: gameplay

Especially the best xxx adventure awards were really hard to decide on. As my favourite adventures of the year are all quite different and excel in different categories, a fair comparison was quite impossible, so I just had to settle on one, but on another day the others might have ended up there and I would have been equally (dis)satisfied.

But I don’t really mind as it shows how much I enjoyed adventure year 2012 and that’s the thing that really matters.

Feb 17, 2013

It took ALL of my restraint not to vote for Life in the Dorms (which I wrote and designed) for everything, including categories it wasn’t nominated for; I’m pretty proud of myself. This is Deponia’s year, all the way.

What time on Monday do the polls close?

Jackal Jackal
Feb 18, 2013

No particular time, but sooner rather than later. Got a lot of work to do between now and Wednesday!

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