The Aggie Awards – The Best Adventure Games of 2018 page 3

Aggies: Complete Results
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Best Writing – Comedy: Detective Gallo


The premise of Footprint Games’ Detective Gallo is so ridiculous, you know you’re in for a thoroughly offbeat adventure before you even start. The main character is a hard-boiled private eye rooster, tasked with investigating “fowl play” of epic proportions: the murder of a millionaire’s prized plants. (Maybe not so epic, then, but who’s going to trust Gallo with a really important case?) While he sleuths with the utmost seriousness, Gallo’s sardonic wit is the source of much humour. He promises to act with “the speed of the law: slow and unrelenting” and thrives on dishing out wisecracks to anyone he meets. When his doting admirer begs him to sample her sickly sweet wares, Gallo acknowledges that his job requires him to swallow some bitter things, but even that’s a step too far. He even has a seemingly never-ending list of rules for the job, which swing between earnest and outlandish illogicality with ease.

It’s not just the feathered lead who provides the laughs, however. Everyone you meet has a bit of an edge, which makes for amusing back-and-forth banter with the titular star. There’s a time and a place for comedy – in this case, it’s all the time and everywhere. You’re never far from a silly joke, pun or downright absurdity. There’s an undercover cactus convinced that the ladies love him, an intergalactic cult that is only allowed to think if their leader allows it, and a gun-wielding criminal who rediscovers himself as a meditative soul. Not all the gags land, but more than enough of them do to keep a grin on your face throughout. So with that in mind, we’ve arrived at our own Rule #2018: When awarding our Aggie for Best Comedy Writing, give it to the chicken with an attitude and six-shooter that’s permanently cocked and loaded.

Runners-Up:


Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Detective Case and Clown Bot in The Express Killer

Snail Trek
 



Readers’ Choice: Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry


Leisure Suit Larry has been a comedy staple in the genre for over 30 years, but for the longest time it seemed like the iconic franchise’s best days were behind it. Then along came a bunch of young German(!) upstarts, most of whom who were still in diapers when Larry first started hitting on women (and being soundly rejected), thinking they could resurrect the brand – and without series creator Al Lowe, no less. Then they had the audacity to bring Larry’s oh-so-eighties sexist mindset to modern day. How could that possibly work? Turns out, pretty darn well! From the opening gag-filled age verification test to the anything-but-subtle sexual innuendo; from a White House spoof to a skewering of today’s social media technology, there were more than enough laughs to go around. Even with such pun-loving competitors nipping at its heels, Wet Dreams Don’t Dry takes home the reader award for most amusing yuks.

Runners-Up:


Detective Gallo

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption

Unforeseen Incidents

Detective Case and Clown Bot in The Express Killer
 



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

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DaveGilbert DaveGilbert
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. Smile

Either way, thanks so much! Back to hiding. /swooshes away

Jackal Jackal
Feb 21, 2019

D’oh! Well, that’s quite the achievement in its own right! But I’ll correct.

(And congrats!)

DaveGilbert DaveGilbert
Feb 22, 2019

(Also: there was never a game called The Blackwell Conspiracy)

(sorry)

Jackal Jackal
Feb 22, 2019

I don’t know WHAT possessed me when I wrote that. Tongue

SplinterX
Feb 23, 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.

Corduroy Sombrero Corduroy Sombrero
Feb 25, 2019

Fantastic to see Larry back and getting some mentions Smile

CaliMonk CaliMonk
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.

Doraleous
Feb 25, 2019

Bravo, Unavowed made me come back to this genre after years of pretty much only MOBA’ing. What a f***** good game.

CaliMonk CaliMonk
Feb 27, 2019

Great game indeed :-)

small dickie small dickie
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

Jackal Jackal
Mar 5, 2019

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.

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