The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2017 page 11

Best Music: The Sexy Brutale


The Sexy Brutale is a game where an unbelievably crazy number of things happen over the course of just a single day. Multiple melodramatic murders take place, a ghost dripping blood is the closest thing you have to an ally, and the whole experience is enveloped by a feeling of despair and melancholy. And yet this bizarre, time-looping stealth adventure manages to combine its menace with wild carousing at a masquerade party and the occasional bout of lighthearted silliness. Such a wide array of moods and moments puts an unusually heavy burden on the soundtrack to set the appropriate atmosphere. And boy, does this music deliver!

Right off the bat there’s an old-timey title theme that's so catchy it's hard not to delay starting the game for at least a few extra bars just to listen a little longer. Playing in the titular casino mansion's bar is a gentle, relaxing piano score that practically invites you to sit down for a drink. A ticking clock keeps the beat for eerie ambience at times, and every murder scene features gripping background accompaniment that builds in tension as the dastardly scene unfolds. From full instrumental jazz pieces to stirring operatic vocal performances, the soundtrack composed by Matt Bonham and Tim Cotterell never lets up on quality. With well over an hour of original music, the OST is one of the very few collections of video game tunes that is worth listening to even on its own (and not surprisingly, is available for purchase as a DLC extra), nudging The Sexy Brutale to the top of an excellent group of competitors for this year's Best Music Aggie Award.

Runners-Up:


Thimbleweed Park

The Journey Down: Chapter Three

Bear With Me

Rakuen
 



Readers’ Choice: The Journey Down: Chapter Three


SkyGoblin’s The Journey Down is no stranger to the Best Music podium, having earned AG staff honours for its second installment back in 2014. Sadly, the series’ original composer Simon D’souza is no longer with us, but the quality of the music under Jamie Salisbury is every bit as good. The score is remarkably diverse, including whimsical strings and a muted trumpet straight from a backwater speakeasy; creepy horns with slinking, reptilian percussion; luscious flutes backed by marimba-like rhythms; a jazzy tune with a snappy beat that’s almost impossible not to dance to; and monumental orchestrations that would fit right into an Indiana Jones movie. For sending this lovely point-and-click trilogy out on a high note (pun fully intended), the finale earns our readers’ highest musical acclaim this year.

Runners-Up:


Thimbleweed Park

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

The Sexy Brutale

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
 



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Comments

smulan smulan
Feb 21, 2018

Must have missed a lot since I found Thimbleweed Park so boring I quit playing early.

NightShadowPT NightShadowPT
Feb 21, 2018

You did… Thimbleweed Park is amazing Smile

On par with some of the best from Lucasfilm.

smulan smulan
Feb 21, 2018

Well, maybe some day I give it another shot.

Houie
Feb 21, 2018

Congrats, everyone who won and the runner-ups!

Decypher Decypher
Feb 23, 2018

It’s always a pleasure to read your detailed comments about the award winners and this year wasn’t an exception. Thank you Adventure Gamers!

I’m especially glad to see Thimbleweed Park, The Sexy Brutale and Gorogoa received the praises they deserved and looking forward to see what does 2018 have in store for us.

angelus_04
Feb 23, 2018

Hmm 2018 it will be interesting to see what great adventure games will be released certain companies I automatically know the game will be awesome like Wadjet Eye games the creators of the Blackwell series of games. If the company that makes the Book of Unwritten Tales decides to create a part 3 that will be on my wishlist on both Steam and GOG. I heard there was a remake of Waxworks on the way not sure how I feel about it but the screenshots looked cool. Anyway enough rambling from me enjoyed the Aggies and hope to see them again next year

Karlok Karlok
Feb 26, 2018

Is there any info available about the number of people who voted?

Jackal Jackal
Feb 26, 2018

A total of 345 people participated.

Secanho
Sep 30, 2018

Haha, readers only played Thimbleweed?

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