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The Aggie Awards – The Best Adventure Games of 2018

Aggies: Complete Results
Aggies: Complete Results

Article updated Friday, February 22nd. Already read about Day One and Day TwoSkip straight ahead to the final day's presentation!

Adventure games are dying… Only 137 of them launched last year!

Okay, not only isn’t the genre remotely dead (as always), there’s more life in it than ever. We may not have the same number of AAA-budget, technology-pushing epics of the Golden Era, but bigger isn’t always better, and it’s amazing what small indie teams can do with a little ingenuity, freedom from publisher constraints, and of course some elbow grease and a willingness to work practically for free.

Image #1The result of so many titles being released these days is that it’s hard to know which ones are the best, and that’s where the Aggie Awards come in! Yes, it’s time once again to acknowledge the top games of the past calendar year, as decided by both the AG staff and Patreon supporters and our readers. (You DID vote in the reader poll, right?)

With so many accomplished games to choose from, there may be some disappointment as well as elation, but really this isn’t a competition so much as a celebration of gaming goodness all around! Congrats to every developer eligible, for making our choices far harder than they had any right to be.

The three-part Aggie event will run daily from Wednesday through Friday, so stay tuned each day to see who will take home the coveted hardware. Remember this is all in good fun, so enjoy the show! And we do mean "show" this time, as for the first time ever, along with our complete written presentation we are pleased to introduce our first-ever video unveiling of the winners, hosted by the talented Ivy Dupler (Lamplight City, Unavowed) and produced by Gamewalker. 

And now, the 2018 Aggie Awards...


Day One


Day Two


Day Three




Table of Contents

Day One

Page 1: You are here
Page 2: Best Story
Page 3: Best Writing – Comedy
Page 4: Best Writing – Drama
Page 5: Best Character
Page 6: Best Gameplay
Page 7: Best Concept


Day Two 

Page 8: Best Setting


Day Three

Page 14: The Silver Aggies
Page 15: Best Non-Traditional Adventure
Page 16: Best Traditional Adventure
Page 17: Best Adventure of 2018
Page 18: Final Notes

First up: Best Story... the envelope, please!

Continued on the next page...


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Community Comments

We just felt it was ultimately more of an interactive story game than an adventure game proper. Certainly close enough to cover here at AG, but we try to reserve the Aggies for games that meet our full genre criteria.
Mar 5, 2019
Great Aggie Awards! Really enjoyed them. Great videos, superbly voiced by Ivy Dupler But i have one questions: Why was The Red Strings Club not considered for the awards? I just started to play it and i noticed that it was released in 2018
Mar 5, 2019
Great game indeed :-)
Feb 27, 2019
Bravo, Unavowed made me come back to this genre after years of pretty much only MOBA'ing. What a f***** good game.
Feb 25, 2019
We're working on a sub-category on the site in which you can find an easy overview of Aggie Award winners, per category, per year.
Feb 25, 2019
Fantastic to see Larry back and getting some mentions :)
Feb 25, 2019
It is so inconvinient without the summary. I want to see all winers for all categories with all nomenees in one page. It is annoying to go to different pages so often just to see the whole picture. I mean this awards can be a reason to play such games. I want to see a list of them not a sheet.
Feb 23, 2019
I don’t know WHAT possessed me when I wrote that. :P
Feb 22, 2019
(Also: there was never a game called The Blackwell Conspiracy) (sorry)
Feb 22, 2019
D'oh! Well, that's quite the achievement in its own right! But I'll correct. (And congrats!)
Feb 21, 2019
I don't often comment on these things for obvious reasons, but I just wanted to make one small correction. "Violet Young deserves a special shout-out for convincingly providing several young girl voices – a notoriously difficult role for adults to get right." Violet Young was able to convincingly play a child because she is a child herself. She is 12 years old. :) Either way, thanks so much! Back to hiding. /swooshes away
Feb 21, 2019
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