Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2014

Best Character: Tex Murphy (Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure)

Tex Murphy is one of the most beloved adventure game protagonists in genre history, who left us on a cliffhanger well over a decade ago, apparently forever. When Tesla Effect was successfully crowdfunded in 2012, devoted series fans were thrilled by the opportunity to renew acquaintances with the lovable PI from future New San Francisco who embodies a mix of Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and more than a touch of Jacques Clouseau. The series has always managed to walk the line between hard-boiled noir and comedy, peppering Tex’s mysteries with wry humour and even goofy slapstick. It’s hard not to root for a detective who spends one minute searching the apartment of a murdered man for clues, and the next scaring a hardened criminal with an animatronic clown.

But with the excitement of Tex’s long-overdue return came a little trepidation. As the star of his own live-action FMV series, could series creator Chris Jones successfully pick up where he left off? Fortunately, the years have been kind to Jones, and Tex proves just as charming and lovable as ever. Donning the familiar brown fedora and trench coat feels just as comfortable as ever, and we can’t help but agree with Tex’s friend Louie LaMintz that it sure is good to have the ol’ "Moiph" back. For bringing the magic one more time, even in the face of intense competition, the rough-around-the-edges but ever-endearing gumshoe with a heart of gold gets an Aggie to match as our pick for Best Character of 2014.


Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us)

Joey Mallone (The Blackwell Epiphany)

Clementine (The Walking Dead: Season Two)

George Stobbart (Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse)

Readers’ Choice: Tex Murphy (Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure)

Like there was any doubt! Tex would arguably be top-five on a best character of all time list, so he had no trouble taking the crown for 2014, even in a field of strong contenders. Smarter than Smart Alex. More charming than a sentry robot. Up on the rooftops using a zipline, down in the labyrinth sneaking past cloaked guards. We needed a stubborn hero, a wise-cracking lover. We needed a detective with a bullet hole in his fedora. For sixteen years we needed Tex Murphy. He finally returned, and nothing says “welcome back” quite like a unanimous Aggie Award.


Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us

Joey Mallone (The Blackwell Epiphany)

George Stobbart (Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse)

Rosangela Blackwell (The Blackwell Epiphany)

Next up: Best Gameplay... the envelope, please!

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lobo pampeano
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..

threerings threerings
Feb 18, 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.

Skywalker333 Skywalker333
Feb 19, 2015

whoa, huge community love for Tex Muprhy! I must say I didn’t expect it even if i loved the game Smile

gamrgrl gamrgrl
Feb 19, 2015

Really loved the video! Wonderfully edited to some super-haunting music.

DrFrankenstein DrFrankenstein
Feb 19, 2015

What’s with the Tex Murphy domination of the reader awards? Feels like a prank of sorts.

Jackal Jackal
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.

after a brisk nap
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

So happy for Tesla Effect.  Well deserved.  Here’s to hoping that wasn’t the end for Tex.

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

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…

Conditional Love Conditional Love
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.

ChronoWolf ChronoWolf
Feb 19, 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 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.

Majsan Majsan
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 Wink

smulan smulan
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.

Jackal Jackal
Feb 20, 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.

DaveGilbert DaveGilbert
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

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.

Ahenobarbus Ahenobarbus
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 Smile

Simon_ASA Simon_ASA
Feb 21, 2015

Thanks for your work with Aggies. Once again, you somehow convinced me to check several games that I missed.

lobo pampeano
Feb 22, 2015

Hey Jackal, about my question… you know…  how many voted???

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.

itseme itseme
Feb 22, 2015

guess i am the only one that voted for the goat as best character…

Jackal Jackal
Feb 22, 2015

Lobo pampeano, I forget the exact number but there were several hundred people who voted.

lobo pampeano
Feb 22, 2015

Ok, something around 400-700 votes, (less than 1000)?

Jackal Jackal
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.

lobo pampeano
Feb 22, 2015

Ok, thanks!

Feb 22, 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….

Jackal Jackal
Feb 23, 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.

rsommerer rsommerer
Feb 24, 2015

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 Smile

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