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Best Writing – Drama: Blackwood Crossing


PaperSeven’s Blackwood Crossing starts out as a deceptively simple tale that becomes more and more surreal as it careens toward an eye-opening finish. Scarlett, the freckled, red-headed protagonist, wakes up on a train where she is both charmed and harried by her fidgety brother Finn. The siblings soon meet other passengers wearing cardboard masks that they begin to identify as family, friends and enemies. Why Finn and Scarlett are on this journey and what their ultimate destination will be are deeply-held mysteries. Just as you begin to get a handle on the character relationships, the train suddenly becomes carpeted with grass and flowers, a ladder leading up to even more dream-like locales. These new scenes provide glimpses into the past as Scarlett desperately seeks to resolve a tragedy that shadows them all – especially the engaging, impulsive Finn.

Rather than relying on lengthy exposition, dialogues here are succinct but relatable, concisely yet impressively touching on past conflicts and escalated events. As more is revealed, plot tidbits are fused into a narrative that continually teases, grips, and then confounds throughout the game’s tightly-focused four-hour play time. The bizarre situations and fanciful scenarios encountered begin to evoke emotions that become achingly real. Players must gradually come to terms with what the main characters can accomplish and are forced to accept – including when to hold on and when to let go. For keeping us guessing and then tugging at our heartstrings as the light of realization dawns, Blackwood Crossing poignantly snags our best dramatic writing Aggie for 2017.

Runners-Up:


The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

The St. Christopher’s School Lockdown

Bear With Me

Detention
 



Readers’ Choice: Life Is Strange: Before the Storm


Videogames haven’t historically been the purview of Young Adult fiction, but that changed in a big way in 2016 with Life Is Strange, an emotionally-charged episodic adventure that beautifully depicted the unlikely friendship of two teen girls against a surreal backdrop of paranormal events and impending disaster. For a follow-up, publisher Square Enix turned to a new developer, Deck Nine Games, for a three-part prequel telling the origin story of Chloe Price and her best friend Rachel Amber, whose mysterious disappearance was one of the original story’s central mysteries. Easing up significantly on the supernatural slant, Before the Storm focuses almost exclusively on the girls’ burgeoning relationship. At times sweetly moving, at times age-appropriately dramatic, the coming-of-age story didn’t quite reach the heights of its acclaimed predecessor, but the very personal, often authentic-sounding script was more than enough to easily take home the readers’ choice award.

Runners-Up:


Detention

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Bear With Me

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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