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The Aggie Awards – The Best Adventure Games of 2018 page 10

Aggies: Complete Results
Aggies: Complete Results
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Best Animation: CHUCHEL

In Amanita’s charming CHUCHEL, the eponymous fuzzball with an acorn hat spends most of his time in manic pursuit of his favourite fruit, a ripe red cherry – and then working himself out of the jams he invariably lands himself in. His shenanigans are a riot, whether cracking a giant egg with an oversized spoon too heavy to balance, brawling with punch-up robots, playing whack-a-pinkish-bean-shaped-critter, being dangled upside down by a Kong-sized hand, or trying to free his tongue stuck to ice. The zany cartoon world in which he lives can be hazardous, but whether Chuchel gets squashed, blown up, stretched or morphed into something else entirely, cartoon rules apply, and he eventually returns to his original shape – usually.

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Equally animated is Chuchel’s wide range of emotions when reacting to the crazy characters he meets. He might throw a temper tantrum, display frustration, cower in fear, approach calmly and politely, or jump for joy. It’s anything but subtle, so there’s never any doubt about how he feels at any given moment, which is crucial in a game with no (intelligible) words. What makes this array of activity all the more impressive is that it’s all gloriously and painstakingly hand-animated. None of that fancy 3D stuff here! CHUCHEL looks surprisingly simple in still screenshots, but in motion it’s continually a delight. Realism plays no part in this world, allowing its visual gags to draw us in and make us laugh. Call it poetry in commotion: for successfully making us care about this ever-so-human clump of fluff, the indie Czech developer claims another 2018 Aggie for Best Animation.


Detroit: Become Human

Illusion: A Tale of the Mind

The Gardens Between

Forgotton Anne

Readers’ Choice: Detroit: Become Human

Image #20If there’s one thing that looks better than Detroit: Become Human, it’s seeing Detroit in motion. Sometimes that newfangled “3D” thing IS all it’s cracked up to be! The game’s many stunning cutscenes are breathtaking, its characters’ gestures and emotive facial expressions incredibly lifelike, and its Quick Time Events deliciously cinematic. With the high point arguably being a daring escape across a busy freeway, often the action moves at such breakneck speeds that you’ll need to replay certain segments multiple times just to properly enjoy them in all their eye-catching glory. Hand-crafted animation put up a commendable fight even among our readers, but in the end you found that nothing could match the slick moving presentation of Quantic Dream’s latest opus.


Forgotton Anne


Lamplight City


Next up: Best Music... the envelope, please!

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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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