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The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2014

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

Article updated Friday, February 20th. Already read about Day One and Day Two? Skip straight ahead to the final day's presentation!

Now that most of the other poseurs have had their chance, it’s time for the only hardware presentation that REALLY matters: the Aggie Awards from Adventure Gamers!  Sure, there may be better-dressed celebrities at those other events, but they also have longer speeches and commercials. Most importantly, you’re actually invited to this ceremony! After all, these are your awards as much as ours.

We didn’t get all the comebacks we anticipated in 2014, but thanks largely to the crowdfunding phenomenon, a few of the genre’s titans made welcome returns to the fold. But just as the real Titans discovered, there are always younger (experientially speaking), hungrier up-and-comers eager to overthrow them. The result was a brutal battle of ballots to the last game standing.

For all this talk about triumph and defeat, however, really there are no losers here. We don’t mean in that “everyone gets a ribbon just for showing up” way either. Just reaching this stage is already a tremendous accomplishment for the developers involved. This is a chance to applaud all the fine work on display throughout 2014, with a special acknowledgement reserved for a final few. So check any (potential) outrage at the door, and join us for the fun and frivolity.

The awards presentation will run daily from Wednesday through Friday, so don’t wander off!

First up: a special music presentation from Tom Felbar.

And now, let us commence the 2014 Aggie Awards, dedicated to our dear friend and colleague, Astrid Beulink.

Table of Contents

Day One

Page 1: You’re looking at it
Page 2: Best Story
Page 3: Best Writing – Comedy
Page 7: Best Concept


Day Two

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


Day Three

Page 14: The Silver Aggies
Page 15: Best Console/ Handheld Adventure (Exclusive)
Page 16: Best Non-Traditional Adventure
Page 17: Best Traditional Adventure
Page 18: Best Adventure of 2014
Page 19: Final Notes

First up: Best Story... the envelope, please!

Continued on the next page...


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Community Comments

By the way, for the next year I would like to suggest a new category - for best make up: Grim Fandango will be up for voting, as well as maybe a new episode of the Journey Down... Maybe also a new category for worst jokes would be a good idea :)
Feb 24, 2015
Because the game described by its own developers as a "role-playing experience" is not considered an adventure at the only place that matters to the Aggies.
Feb 23, 2015
Why was CONSORTIUM not considered amongst all those games considered for awards in all those categories?! Seriously, how is this game THAT over-looked?? It is often referred to as an adventure game (among other genres), and has over 20 voice actors and 4000 lines of recorded dialog as part of it's fabric....
Feb 22, 2015
Ok, thanks!
Feb 22, 2015
Definitely less than 1000, and probably closer to 400 than 700. I never actually counted them all up together, and I don't have direct access to the data at the moment. Plenty to determine a consensus, anyway.
Feb 22, 2015
Ok, something around 400-700 votes, (less than 1000)?
Feb 22, 2015
Lobo pampeano, I forget the exact number but there were several hundred people who voted.
Feb 22, 2015
guess i am the only one that voted for the goat as best character...
Feb 22, 2015
I'm not at all surprised Tex won a lot of these awards.Tesla Effect was a huge surprise to me on many levels - it's hard to bring the adventure magic of yore back to life, especially on a shoestring Kickstarter budget, but Tesla Effect 100% pulled it off. It was a grand return of Tex - funny, atmospheric, clearly a labour of love. Puzzle-wise, the final acts of the game were weaker than the preceding one, agreed, but that's the only complaint I have. I kind of wish The Journey Down:Chapter 2 got more love however, it was absolutely amazing, yet seems to have flown under everyone's radar.
Feb 22, 2015
Hey Jackal, about my question... you know... how many voted???
Feb 22, 2015
Thanks for your work with Aggies. Once again, you somehow convinced me to check several games that I missed.
Feb 21, 2015
I`m just happy for the results. Epiphany and Tex Murphy totally deserved to be in top here. They were both great but Epiphany was especially epic top quality game! Thanks for the whole Blackwell series Dave! I`m happy to see that The Wolf Among Us and Broken Sword got prices at some categories too. In my books, they were 3. and 4. best games after Epiphany and Tex. I hope Big Finish Games guys check these results, we need more Tex :)
Feb 21, 2015
Odd to find so many votes for Tex Murphy when with the exception of this site and one other, the game reviewers gave it a meh 6-7 out of 10. I don't blame people for doubting the voting. I personally hate FMV so I'll miss out, happy everyone else enjoyed it so much.
Feb 21, 2015
I don't want to add much to this discussion for obvious reasons, but had to at least leave a message saying thanks. So... thanks! This made my week.
Feb 21, 2015
Majsan, the bloopers and deleted scene are accessed in-game (via icons) at the appropriate time if you have the developer commentary turned on (which you can do through the main menu "Options" screen). Thom-22, thanks very much. The Aggies are always a lot of work, but we hope people have fun with them.
Feb 20, 2015
I guess Blackwell Epiphany i s the right game for best adventure ( _guess_ has to do with me playing far from all of the competitors), especially if you consider it a price for the whole Blackwell series. Tesla Effect, altough a decent game -but far from as good as its predecessors - has a ring of fanboy choice to it.
Feb 20, 2015
A little question about the extras you write about for Blackwell. Is the bloopers and the deleted scene a part of every version of the game? I have the gog version and haven't found those two, and they only list wallpaper as extra material... Or maybe I just haven't been "clicking" around enough ;)
Feb 20, 2015
Excellent awards presentation! Your efforts are much appreciated -- both the decision-making and the fun and informative write-ups. I like the inclusion of the Silver Aggies. I thought it was a great year for our genre and this year holds great promise too.
Feb 20, 2015
From what I understand: "Setting" refers to the universe in which the game takes place, and how encapsulating it is in terms of story, relevancy and delivery. Graphic design is probably a more accurate category when talking about "background art", presentation or graphics, in which case Tesla was not even a runner up.
Feb 19, 2015
I feel the same DrFrankenstein. I liked Tesla Effect a bit, Tesla Effect probably deserves an award or two, but to give Tesla Effect the Best Setting award is almost ironic. The quality of Tesla Effect's background art is often shockingly poor.
Feb 19, 2015
And the one that really boggles me: best gameplay for tesla effect. Those puzzles... i dont know... and a large part of the game was dungeon crawling in a straight line... just eh...
Feb 19, 2015
haha.... For a change im agreeing with the site choices more than the reader. Tesla effect was not an awful game... i backed it, i had fun... but geez... not understanding the votes here.
Feb 19, 2015
So happy for Tesla Effect. Well deserved. Here's to hoping that wasn't the end for Tex.
Feb 19, 2015
Thanks for clarifying that, Jack. The list did look a little fishy. Guess I should try to get around to Tesla Effect at some point!
Feb 19, 2015
It's not a prank, and there's no sign of voter fraud of any kind. (We looked.) There are just a boatload of people who love Tex and Tesla Effect, it seems.
Feb 19, 2015
What's with the Tex Murphy domination of the reader awards? Feels like a prank of sorts.
Feb 19, 2015
Really loved the video! Wonderfully edited to some super-haunting music.
Feb 19, 2015
whoa, huge community love for Tex Muprhy! I must say I didn't expect it even if i loved the game :)
Feb 19, 2015
I totally agree with the Best Story choice. The Blackwell Epiphany is one of the few (only?) games this year to make me cry.
Feb 18, 2015
Can you please let us know how many readers voted? I'd like to have an idea how many active memebers we have. Thank you..
Feb 18, 2015
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