Feb 12, 2007

It's not the 2005 AGS Awards. It's the 2006 AGS Awards!

AGS is a freeware and very easy to use program that lets both amateurs and apparently proffesionals create point-and-click adventure games. The AGS Awards -shockingly- are the awards ...err... awarded to the best AGS games of each year by public vote. This means the 2006 AGS Awards are the awards for 2006 and should settle each and every possible question raised by any of the 3 non-adventuring Lair readers.

What follows is the complete list of nominees and winners of the 2006 AGS competition. Oh, and every one is presented with download links and -where applicable- reviews, official websites, interviews, whatnot. Without further ado then, let me present my linking magnum opus...

The 2006 AGS Awards (cue drumroll, porn music)

Best Game Created with AGS: Trilby's Note by Yahtzee of Fully Ramblomatic (download, review). Nominees: Duty and Beyond, Reactor 09, Spooks, The Shivah.

AGS Lifetime Achievement Award: Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games.

Best Innovation: What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed by Vince Xii of xii games (download, MobyGames entry, Vince xii interview).


Best Gameplay: Duty and Beyond by Wandering Adventures (download, mini-review, walkthrough). Nominees: Knightsquire, Reactor 09, Spooks, Trilby's Notes.

Best Story: Trilby's Notes by Yahtzee of Fully Ramblomatic (download, review). Nominees: Duty and Beyond, Reactor 09, Spooks, The Shivah.

Best Dialogue: The Shivah by Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games (official site, review). Nominees: Reactor 09, Spooks, The Blackwell Legacy, Trilby's Notes.

Best Puzzles: Duty and Beyond by Wandering Adventure (download, mini-review, walkthrough). Nominees: Automation, Reactor 09, Trilby's Notes, What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed.

Best Player Character: Mortia from Spooks by Erin "The Ivy" Robinson (download, review). Nominees: Knight and Squire from Knightsquire, Sydney from Sydney finds Employment, Rabbi Stone from the Shivah, Trilby from Trilby's Note.

Best Non-Player Character: The Tall Man, from Trilby's Notes by Yahtzee of Fully Ramblomatic (download, review). Nominees: Joey Malone from The Blackwell Legacy , Correctional Officer Matthew Holmstett from Reactor 09, Rabbi Amos Zelig from The Shivah, Spooks the fish from Spooks.

Best Background Graphics: Family Treasure by buloght (download, micro-review, hints). Nominees: Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine, Heartland Deluxe, King's Quest III remake, Reactor 09.

Best Character Art: The Blackwell Legacy by Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games (official site, review, walkthrough). Nominees: Knightsquire, Reactor 09, Sydney Finds Employment, The Family Treasure.

Best Animation: Trilby's Notes by Yahtzee of Fully Ramblomatic (download, review). Nominees: Duty and Beyond, Super Jazz Man, Sydney Finds Employment, The Shivah.

Best Programming: What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed by Vince Xii of xii games (download, MobyGames entry, Vince xii interview). Nominees: Reactor 09, The Shivah, TiLTOR, Trilby's Notes.

Best new AGS resource: SSH's Walkcycle Generator by SSH Productions (download). Nominees: uhm, err, none.

Best Use of Sound (voice-over): Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator - Case 1 Deluxe by Grundislav Games (download, review, interview). Nominees: King's Quest III remake, Super Jazz Man, The Blackwell Legacy, Trilby's Notes.

Best Music: Spooks composed by scorposer (download, review). Nominees: Duty and Beyond, Super Jazz Man, The Blackwell Legacy, What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed.

Best Short Game: Knightsquire by buloght (download, review, walkthrough). Nominees: Automation, Chicken VS. Road, Hallway of Adventures, Heartland Deluxe.

Best Demo: Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth by Screen 7 (download). Nominees: A Tale of Two Kingdoms, Indiana Jones and the Crown of Solomon, Kinky Island, Prototypical.

Filthy Heretics category a.k.a. Best Non-Adventure: 1213 Episode 3 by Yahtzee of Fully Ramblomatic (download). Nominees: Bullet Train, Quest Fighter, Snakes on a Plane, TiLTOR.

Best Documentation: King's Quest III remake by Infamous Adventures (download, interview). Nominees: Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine, What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed.

The P3N1S (and frankly unfair) Award, for best bad game, or worst good game: Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine by Himalaya Studios (official site, review 1, review 2, walkthrough).


Related @ Gnome's Lair: the 2005 AGS Awards, Broken Sword 2.5, text-adventure maps, walkthrough archive


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16 comments:

  1. Good god, man! That's a lot of links! Nice compendium!

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  2. Why, thank you Vince! Don't know what got into me... An over-reaction it seems...

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  3. Gnome you are perhaps the most knowledgeable of all sages I know...
    I understand the drum roll... But followed by the porn music?

    I quite like a bit of porn music mind... Lots of Hammond Organs... For the music... Obviously...

    HMMM....

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  4. (stands in awe in front of the motherload of free game links.. like a child in fronot of a sweet shop window... eyes all dewy and sparkling, mouth salivating..)

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  5. (turns off porn music, gives the Father a drum)

    (gives Eldely a hanky)

    Thank you oh friends!

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  6. (gives Elderly some water)

    Better?

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  7. (......Gulp!!!!!)

    better? never felt better.... here give us a hug....

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  8. Thanks for the nice post!

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  9. AG's very own Christmas Quest: The Best Adventure Game Ever! failed to reach even a shortlist, but, aside from this shocking oversight, both the nominees and eventual victors are all titles that can be highly recommended.

    Total Video games

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  10. Well, it never occured to me, but you're right. It was a more than decent game.

    BTW, great blog you got there Sudipta Das.

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