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Readers “Game of the Year” List

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Hi all! I read Readers Top 10 thread and realized how difficult it is to make a top10 list with so many good adventure games released in all these years. So I decided to create an alternative thread and choose one good game (“game of the year”) from each year since 1990. Here`s my list:

1990: The Secret of Monkey Island (Lucas Arts)
1991: Monkey Island 2: Le Chuck`s Revenge (Lucas Arts)
1992: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Lucas Arts)
1993: Day of the Tentacle (Lucas Arts)
1994: Beneath a Steel Sky (Revolution Software)
1995: Full Throttle (Lucas Arts)
1996: Tex Murphy: Pandora Directive (Access)
1997: Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (Revolution Software)
1998: Grim Fandango (Lucas Arts)
1999: -
2000: The Longest Journey (Funcom)
2001: -
2002: Syberia (Microids)
2003: Runaway: A Road Adventure (Pendulo Studios)
2004: Syberia 2 (Microids)
2005: Still Life (Microids)
2006: Secret Files: Tunguska (Animation Arts)
2007: Sam & Max: Save the World (Telltale Games)
2008: Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space (Telltale Games)
2009: Machinarium (Amanita Games)
2010: A New Beginning (Daedalic Entertainment)
2011: Gray Matter (Wizarbox)
2012: The Walking Dead - Season One (Telltale Games)
2013: Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller (Phoenix Online Studios)
2014: Blackwell Epiphany (Wadjet Eye Games)
2015: Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment)
2016: Dreamfall: Chapters (Red Thread Games)
2017: The Journey Down (Skygoblin)
2018: ??

     

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This such a great list. I would like to suggest:

1999 - Gabriel Knight 3

2001 - The Road to India

Thanks for sharing this!

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Nice list, but this way MANY great games are overlooked when a year is really productive in the adventure genre…
For example:
1993 had DotT, GK1, Myst, Shadow of the Comet, S&M, etc
1995 had GK2, Full Throttle, IHNMAIMS, Discworld, The Dig, etc
1997 had Riven, Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon, MI3, The Last Express, etc

I think you can see where this is heading….
It is much more versatile and….fair for a game’s quality to have a stellar, usual Top-X list where many excellent games from the same year can co-exist.

     
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I just went over everything I’ve played, and the result is this:

1987 - Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards
1988 - Police Quest 2: The Vengeance
1989 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure
1990 - The Secret of Monkey Island
1991 - Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
1992 - Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993 - Day of the Tentacle
1994 - Monty Python’s Complete Waste of Time
1995 - Full Throttle
1996 - Toonstruck
1997 - The Curse of Monkey Island
1998 - Grim Fandango
1999 - Discworld Noir
2000 - Escape From Monkey Island
2001 - /
2002 - Syberia
2003 - Missing: Since January
2004 - Syberia II
2005 - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
2006 - Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
2007 - Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations
2008 - Time Hollow
2009 - Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past
2010 - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
2011 - To the Moon
2012 - The Cat Lady
2013 - Enigmatis: The Mists of Ravenwood
2014 - /
2015 - Stasis


But like Sefir says: there’s stuff from my all-time top 10 that’s not on here because of too fierce competition (The Dig in 1995 and Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon in 1997)...

     

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Ok Most choices upon how I felt that year after playing this AG upon release, and has nothing to with evaluating each year on its own, many games i played later on (that i missed at one year) and turned out to be great, but excluded most of those, Like Simon the Sorcerer or Inherit the Earth.

1986: King’s Quest III (Played Later)
1987: Leisure Suit Larry
1988: Leisure Suit Larry2
1989: Police Quest II/Leisure Suit Larry III
1990: LOOM/King’s Quest V
1991: Space Quest IV
1992: The Dagger of Amon Ra/Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993: MYST/Quest for Glory IV
1994: King’s Quest VII
1995: Space Quest 6/Full Throttle
1996: Leisure Suit Larry7/The Neverhood
1997: Riven/Blade Runner
1998: Grim Fandango
1999: Gabriel Knight3
2000: The Longest Journey (Played Later)
2001: Runaway: A Road Adventure (Played Later)
2002: Syberia (Played Later)
2003: The Black Mirror (Played Later)
2004: Syberia2/Myst IV: Revelation
2005: Samorost2/Still Life
2006: Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
2007: Overclocked/Ankh: Heart of Osiris
2008: Perry Rhodan Adventure/Edna & Harvey
2009: Machinarium
2010: Black Mirror II/Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island
2011: Black Mirror III/Gemini Rue
2012: Haunted/Deponia
2013: The Night of the Rabbit/Memoria
2014: The Silent Age
2015: Anna’s Quest/STASIS/Armikrog.
2016: King’s Quest
2017: Paradigm

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2017 - Gorogoa/Stories Untold
2016 - The Witness
2015 - Her Story/Life Is Strange (ep. 1)
2014 - The Wolf Among Us
2013 - Stanley Parable
2012 - Resonance/Dear Esther/Botanicula
2011 - Gemini Rue
2010 - Whispered World
2009 - Machinarium/The Path
2008 - Edna&Harvey;
2007 - Sam&Max; Season One
2006 - Dreamfall
2005 - Return to Mysterious Island
2004 - Moment of Silence
2003 - ??? I don’t want to choose the least mediocre game
2002 - Dark Fall 1
2001 - Myst Exile/Shadow of Memories
2000 - Longest Journey
1999 - Discworld Noir

and that’s as fas as I go. Too many great years in the 90s with loads of great games.

EDIT: 2016 and 2017 added

     

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1994: Beneath a Steel Sky (Revolution Software)
1995: Full Throttle (Lucas Arts)
1996: Broken Sword
1997: Blade Runner or Clock Tower
1998: Grim Fandango (Lucas Arts)
1999: GK3
2000: The Longest Journey (Funcom)
2001: Shadow of Memories
2002: Syberia
2003: Black Mirror
2004: Glass Rose (Cing)
2005: Still Life (Microids)
2006: Dreamfall
2007: Professor Layton
2008: PhoenixWright Mia version
2009: Machinarium (Amanita Games)
2010: Hotel Dusk Last window (Edit: Or Heavy Rain , Damn remembering year is hard). Tongue
2011: Gemini Rue
2012: Ghost Trick
2013: Wolf Among Us
2014: DangonRonpa 1 and 2
2015: Too hard, but either Until Dawn or Everybody gone to the Rapture

     
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1995 - The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery
1996 - Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
1997 - The Last Express
1998 - Grim Fandango
1999 - Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
2000 - Outcast
2001 - Myst III: Exile
2002 - Syberia
2003 - The Black Mirror
2004 - Myst IV: Revelation
2005 - Samorost2
2006 - Keepsake
2007 - Hotel Dusk: Room 215
2008 - The Immortals of Terra: A Perry Rhodan Adventure
2009 - The Book of Unwritten Tales
2010 - Heavy Rain
2011 - L.A. Noire
2012 - The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
2013 - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
2014 - The Talos Principle/The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
2015 - Life Is Strange
2016 - King’s Quest
2017 - Gorogoa

     

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1988: Zak McKracken
1989: Hero’s Quest
1990: Secret of Monkey Island
1991: Monkey Island 2
1992: King’s Quest 6
1993: Shadow of the Comet
1994: Woodruff and The Schnibble of Azimuth
1995: The Dig
1996: Broken Sword
1997: Zork: Grand Inquisitor
1998: Grim Fandango
1999: Gabriel Knight 3
2000: Omikron: The Nomad Soul
2002: Dark Fall
2003: 5 Days a Stranger
2004: Return to Mysterious Island
2005: Voyage
2006: Pathologic
2007: eXperience112
2008: The Lost Crown
2009: Machinarium
2010: Amnesia
2012: Primordia
2013: Heroine’s Quest
2014: Broken Sword 5
2015: Dropsy? Have yet to see all the games.

     

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1990- The Secret of Monkey Island
1991- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
1992- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993- The Day of the Tentacle
1994- /
1995- Full Throttle
1996- Toonstruck
1997- The Curse of Monkey Island
1998- Grim Fandango
1999- The Longest Journey
2000- /
2001- Runaway: A Road Adventure
2002- Syberia
2003 - Missing: Since January
2004- Syberia II
2005- Phoenix Wright
2006- Dreamfall
2007- Hotel Dusk: Room 215
2008- A Vampyre Story
2009- Machinarium
2010- Heavy Rain
2011- The Book of Unwritten Tales
2012- The Walking Dead
2013- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons/Gone Home
2014- The Wolf Among Us
2015- ?

     

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I’m using the Pagoda Games Database as a reference. Also, I did not play most of these games in the same year they were released, so it is more of a retrospective look for me. I’ve never played any games made earlier than 1992. If a year is unfilled, then I did not play any games released in that calendar year.
1992 The 7th Guest
1993 Myst
1994 Tex Murphy Under a Killing Moon
1995 Shivers 1
1996 Zork Nemesis
1997 Riven
1998 Black Dahlia
1999 Atlantis 2 Beyond Atlantis
2000 Riddle of the Sphinx
2001 Myst 3 Exile
2002 Dark Fall 1 The Journal
2003 Schizm 2 Chameleon
2004 Sentinel Descendants in Time
2005 Myst 5 End of Ages
2006 Barrow Hill
2007 Rhem 3 The Secret Library
2008 Outcry Mysterious Machine
2009 Machinarium
2010 Slip Space the Burma Shave Analogy
2011 ASA a Space Adventure
2012 The 5 Cores
2013
2014 Tex Murphy Tesla Effect
2015 so far ............  Roon Sehv, Forever Lost 3

 

 

 

     
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Earlier: Too illogical and clunky for me to consider good.
1994: Beneath a steel sky
1995: -
1996: Broken Sword, The shadow of the templars
1997: Broken Sword, The Smoking Mirror
1998 -
1999: Shenmue I
2000: In Cold Blood
2001: Shenmue II
2002: Syberia 1 - despite issues
2003: Broken Sword, The Sleeping Dragon
2004: Syberia 2 - despite issues
2005: Still Life - despite issues
2006: Broken Sword, The Angel of Death - despite issues
2007: Hotel Dusk: Room 215
2008: Sam and Max, Beyond Space and Time
2009: Telltales’ Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Adventures
2010: Telltales’ Back to the Future
2011: Gemini Rue
2012: The Walking Dead, Season 1
2013: The Wolf Among Us
2014: Broken Sword, The Serpents Curse
2015: Anna’s Quest

     

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Oh, what the heck… despite what I said earlier, I’ll make my own list as well. Smile

1990- Loom
1991- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
1992- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993- Myst
1994- Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
1995- Cosmology of Kyoto (The Dark Eye close second)
1996- Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
1997- Riven (Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon close second)
1998- Grim Fandango
1999- Discworld Noir
2000- The Longest Journey
2001- Myst III: Exile
2002- Dark Fall: The Journal (Syberia close second)
2003- URU: To D’ni
2004- Myst IV: Revelation
2005- Samorost 2
2006- Scratches (Director’s Cut)
2007- Portal
2008- A Vampyre Story
2009- Machinarium
2010- The Whispered World
2011- Portal 2 (Gray Matter close second)
2012- Resonance OR The Cat Lady (Both are equally great for me)
2013- ASA: A Space Adventure (The Stanley Parable close second)
2014- The Talos Principle
2015- Anna’s Quest

     
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I was really tempted to put Discworld Noir in mine, but it just lost out to a much bigger game for me.

     

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1990 - The Secret Of Monkey Island
1991 - Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
1992 - Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
1993 - Garbiel Knight: Sins Of The Fathers (DOTT came close)
1994 - Beneath A Steel Sky
1995 - Full Throttle
1996 - Tex Murphy: Pandora Directive (The Neverhood came close)
1997 - The Curse Of Monkey Island
1998 - Grim Fandango
1999 - Discworld Noir
2000 - The Longest Journey
2001 -
2002 - Syberia
2003 -
2004 -
2005 - Still Life (although I’m putting it only because I don’t want to leave another blank space again)
2006 - Dreamfall
2007 - Blackwell Unbound
2008 - Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
2009 - Machinarium
2010 - The Whispered World
2011 - Gemini Rue
2012 - Resonance
2013 - Kentucky Route Zero (unfinished)
2014 - Blackwell Epiphany
2015 - STASIS

     
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Tad - 12 October 2015 04:38 AM

I was really tempted to put Discworld Noir in mine, but it just lost out to a much bigger game for me.


Woah you are some Revolution software hardcore fan.
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