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The Aggie Awards – The Best Adventure Games of 2018 page 8

Aggies: Complete Results
Aggies: Complete Results
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Best Setting: Lamplight City

The rich Victorian steampunk setting of Grundislav Games' Lamplight City feels very much alive and lived in, not merely a prop upon which to build a story. New Bretagne is just as much an integral character as any of the individuals you encounter throughout, and often the people themselves have been influenced by their station within it. It's not very often that you find a game where the environment appears to have shaped and molded the citizens with whom you're engaging. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks so darn good, from the opulent homes of the upper crust elite to the poorest of neighbourhood streets and many places in between, each rendered in lush pixel art.

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Beneath the obvious visual appeal, however, lies an undercurrent of heavy subject matter, including politics, spirituality, discrimination and even outright bigotry. New Bretagne might look welcoming, but it's also a place where the colour of your skin can quickly land you behind bars. The impoverished don't fare much better, living their lives as second-class citizens while the rich and powerful reap the benefits the city has to offer. The working class, meanwhile, either find themselves out of a job due to the increase in steam technology or outright wounded because of it. All this comes together to create a fascinating backdrop, and for making us feel as though we're interacting with a living, breathing world and its inhabitants, Lamplight City wins the Aggie for Best Setting in 2018.


The Gardens Between

My Memory of Us

FAR: Lone Sails


Readers’ Choice: Lamplight City

Image #16You probably wouldn’t want to live there (unless you’re one of the exceedingly wealthy and made of pixels), but there are nods all around that New Bretagne is a great place to visit. Set in an alternate Earth history in the 1800s, Lamplight City offers a rich variety of places to visit, all of them gorgeously designed. The real beauty of this setting is more than skin deep, however, as the amount of worldbuilding on display is thoroughly immersive, exploring numerous socioeconomic issues from different perspectives. This city feels real, like it existed before we got there and will continue after we’re gone. It’s so impressive, Grundislav Games sweeps the staff and reader Aggies this year.



Unforeseen Incidents

Forgotton Anne

The Pillars of the Earth

Next up: Best Graphic Design... 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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