The Aggie Awards - The Best Adventure Games of 2017 page 3

Aggie Awards
Aggie Awards

Best Writing – Comedy: The Darkside Detective


You can’t tell from a screenshot, a synopsis or even a trailer why Spooky Doorway’s The Darkside Detective works as well as it does. On the surface its elements seem modest enough: a retro point-and-click anthology adventure with blocky pixels and text-only subtitles. Even thematically it comes across as fairly familiar, with an under-appreciated detective and his goofy sidekick, self-referential humour, and occult elements mixed with a whimsical tone. It’s only when actually playing the game that the experience can truly be appreciated. In peppering players with always amusing, often hilarious dialogue, the end result is delightfully charming and witty, and thereby deserving of our 2017 Aggie Award for best comedic writing.

Experiencing this game’s six distinct tales is a wonderful refresher on why comedy adventure games can be so much fun. Every hotspot in the environment, every line of conversation promises a fresh pun, quip or gag, and rarely do they fall flat or feel mean-spirited. Partners in paranormal crime-fighting, the two protagonists play off each other to great effect: Officer Dooley is one of the most endearingly offbeat sidekicks in years for us, but often leaves Detective Francis McQueen thoroughly exasperated, creating a wonderfully light-hearted dynamic between them. We dare anyone NOT to laugh when Dooley follows McQueen into a small closet and shuts the door behind them. There’s plenty of other ridiculous characters to meet along the way, too, who both help and hinder your investigations, providing plenty of laughs along the way. Give it a chance, and you’ll find The Darkside Detective is a game that knows exactly what it wants to be, and delivers on that ambition in joyous, charismatic, and superbly entertaining style.

Runners-Up:


Paradigm

Thimbleweed Park

Four Last Things

Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way
 



Readers’ Choice: Thimbleweed Park


For a guy who calls himself “Grumpy Gamer,” Ron Gilbert sure does write a lot of funny things. He gave the adventure genre some of its most memorable laughs with Guybrush and LeChuck in the first two Monkey Islands, and now he’s back delivering more yuks in Thimbleweed Park (along with his co-writers David Fox and Lauren Davidson, not to be overlooked). So okay, we all agree the game overdid the in-jokes – including the developers themselves, as they’ve since made them optional! – but there are loads o’ laughs to be found, from grin-inducing zingers to thigh-slapping guffaws. The script is laced with dry little quips that are continually amusing, but isn’t afraid to go full-bore-zany as well, with brazen sight gags and over-the-top antics (a certain foul-mouthed clown knows who we mean). This was a solid year for comic adventures, but Thimbleweed Park is the only one laughing all the way to the readers’ podium.

Runners-Up:


Paradigm

The Darkside Detective

The Journey Down: Chapter Three

Four Last Things
 



Next up: Best Writing – Drama... 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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