The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2017 page 2

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

Best Story: Last Day of June


Like that proverbial tree falling in an empty forest, this year’s Best Story award winner sets up a curious paradox: can a wordless adventure game tell a compelling story? Ovosonico’s Last Day of June, a tender, heart-wrenching game about love and loss, proves that the answer is a resounding yes. Even with no spoken words and only a handful of written prompts, the game’s expressive character acting, rich music, clever structure, and nuanced imagery communicates a poignant and powerful message: even if fate can’t be changed and the dead can’t be spared, love lives on in the people left behind.

Loosely spun off from the music video for Steven Wilson’s Drive Home, Last Day of June follows a wheelchair-bound widower grieving the loss of his wife through his attempts to manipulate time and change the series of events leading up to her fatal car crash. Though sometimes tedious from a gameplay perspective, the repetitive time-loop premise perfectly complements the simultaneously hopeful and hopeless act of trying to cheat death, with each successful (but also failed) attempt to alter destiny raising the narrative stakes. An instrumental soundtrack adapted from Wilson’s progressive rock music and the oddball characters’ haunting gibberish vocalizations become critical to the emotional arc as the story runs its flexible yet ultimately unbreakable course. For a game about dying, Last Day of June has a lot to say about life. It does so wordlessly, emotionally, and beautifully, making it a surprising but eminently worthy choice for this year’s Best Story Aggie.

Runners-Up:


The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

Thimbleweed Park

Detention

Blackwood Crossing
 



Readers’ Choice: Thimbleweed Park


Nothing is what it seems in Thimbleweed Park. A man lies murdered under a bridge. A pair of detectives arrive separately to investigate, but neither seems to have been assigned to the case. A once-thriving town is now littered with boarded-up storefronts. The mayor and coroner seem eerily alike, yet oblivious to their similarities. A former circus clown has been cursed by a voodoo woman, and the brother of the recently-deceased pillow factory owner is a ghost. Just what is going on in this quirky little place? The mystery of Thimbleweed Park would do The X-Files or maybe even Twin Peaks proud, slowly doling out tantalizing new pieces of a narrative puzzle that doesn’t fully come together until a dramatically shocking end. To say more would be a spoiler, but then, we don’t need to tell you, since you voted this story as the best in its class for 2017.

Runners-Up:


The Journey Down: Chapter Three

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

A Normal Lost Phone

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
 



Next up: Best Writing – Comedy... the envelope, please!

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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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