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January 2004

31

Jan

The party's over, and the results for this year's AGS Awards – the biggest awards ceremony for Adventure Game Studio games – are in. Leading the field was Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, with 5 Days a Stranger, but there was some stiff competition from both Apprentice and The Adventures of Fatman. There was also a special lifetime achievement award for Chris Jones, and even a couple of awards for our very own David Gilbert!

This was an extremely successful awards ceremony, as demonstrated by the large number of spectators present. Thanks must go particularly to DGMacphee, who orchestrated the event so ably.

For those of you who would rather read the log of the awards, you can find it here, but those who just want the results should read on...

The Lifetime Achievement Award:

Winner

Chris Jones

Best Game Created with AGS for 2003:

Winner

5 Days a Stranger

Runners Up

The Adventures of Fatman

Apprentice

Bestowers of Eternity

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Gameplay in an AGS Game:

Winner

5 Days a Stranger

Runners Up

Apprentice

Conspiracy of Songo

Grr! Barely Sane

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Player Character in an AGS Game:

Winner

'Fatman' from The Adventures of Fatman

Runners Up

'Trilby' from 5 Days a Stranger

'Pib' from Apprentice

'Dan' from Grr! Barely Sane

'Rosa' from Bestowers of Eternity

Best Supporting Character in an AGS Game:

Winner

'Joey' from Bestowers of Eternity

Runners Up

'Toxicman' from The Adventures of Fatman

'The Highway Woman' from Apprentice

'Chokey The Magic Seagull' from Grr! Barely Sane

Best Story in an AGS Game:

Winner

Bestowers of Eternity

Runners Up

5 Days a Stranger

Apprentice

Conspiracy of Songo

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Puzzles in an AGS Game:

Winner

5 Days a Stranger

Runners Up

Apprentice

Conspiracy of Songo

Grr! Barely Sane

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Dialogue Scripting in an AGS Game:

Winner

5 Days a Stranger

Runners Up

Apprentice

Bestowers of Eternity

Grr! Barely Sane

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Music in an AGS Game:

Winner

Apprentice

Runners Up

The Adventures of Fatman

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Best Sound Effects in an AGS Game:

Winner

The Adventures of Fatman

Runners Up

5 Days a Stranger

Apprentice

Best Animation in an AGS Game:

Winner

Apprentice

Runners Up

5 Days a Stranger

Flashbax

Grr! Barely Sane

Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Aventure

Best Room Art in an AGS Game:

Winner

Apprentice

Runners Up

5 Days a Stranger

Grr! Barely Sane

Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Adventure

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Character Art in an AGS Game:

Winner

Apprentice

Runners Up

5 Days a Stranger

The Adventures of Fatman

Apprentice

Grr! Barely Sane

The Uncertainty Machine

Best Scripting in an AGS Game:

Winner

5 Days a Stranger

Runners Up

Apprentice

Bestowers of Eternity

Grr! Barely Sane

The Uncertainty Machine

Best AGS Documentation:

Winner

Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Aventure

Runners Up

The Adventures of Fatman

Grr! Barely Sane

Best Utility/Application:

Winner

Snow-Rain Plugin v2.01

Runners Up

agsCreditz v1.1

TCP-IP Plugin

Best Demo Created in AGS:

Winner

Byzantine – Demo

Runners Up

The Case (Demo)

By the Sword: Conspiracy – PLAYABLE DEMO

John Stickman Demo

RON: Time Out Teaser Trailer

The P3n1s Award:

Loser

Smokin' Weed

Runners Up

RON: Mika's Surreal Dream 2

Flashbax

Best Non-Adventure Game Created in AGS:

Winner

AGS Mittens Shooter

Runners Up

Vegetable Patch Extreem Turbo 1

Vegetable Patch Extreem Turbo 2



31

Jan

Gamespot has just reviewed Jack The Ripper, giving it an overall score of 5.2/10:

 

"Jack the Ripper is an ironic game, to say the least. It turns the usual gaming trend on its head: The developers spent a lot of time creating a really engaging story, but they hardly put any substantial gameplay into the game. Even by the standards of adventure games, there's little to do here. Nonetheless, it would be easy to recommend this game to fans of mystery stories, but then there are all the bugs to deal with and the grossly disappointing ending that makes you feel like you've wasted your time. Jack the Ripper has a great premise--but poor execution."

 

Read the full review here.

Gamer's Hell has also just reviewed Jack The Ripper, bestowing it their Bronze Award and a score of 8.2/10:

 

"Jack the Ripper tells an interesting story of what could’ve happened if a certain British serial-killer immigrated to New York. It tells the story from an interesting perspective, and does a pretty good job of presenting it all – especially when it comes to audio. This isn’t a very demanding game, so I’m sure most of the adventure junkies that don’t have high-end PCs will be able to play the game just fine. In fact, the minimum requirements are a 500MHz CPU, 64mb of RAM, and a 16mb video card.

 

I honestly do wish the developers spent more time polishing the game, because the game is buggy at times, and could’ve used some more animations, but beyond that I really liked the atmosphere, and even started caring a bit for some of the characters.

This should be a safe purchase for any fan of the genre, but it could’ve been a great game."

 

Full review



30

Jan

Games Domain has put up a preview of the upcoming Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, starring Larry Lovage, Larry Laffer's nephew.

This preview discusses the history of Larry, and the game's new, promising dialogue system. This time around, Larry will also have to immerse himself in a number of sub-games, such as dancing at clubs, play drinking games or jumping on trampolines.

Check out the full preview at Games Domain.



30

Jan

Frogwares annouced today the launch of the official website for Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Silver Earring. On the website, you can check out screenshots, read about the story and the characters, or download wallpapers. Also, the developers are promising a demo version of the game soon.

The upcoming adventure promises:

5 graphically rich levels of the game with 40 different 19th century London locations

More than 40 witnesses and 3 hours of dialogs

20 high quality movies including the final explanation of the case

Original orchestral music of Nicolo Paganini and Felix Mendelssohn



30

Jan

Here's an interest project for you hardcore Sierra fans out there! GBAGI (Game Boy Advance Adventure Game Interpreter) is an emulator that lets you run the old AGI Sierra adventures on your Game Boy Advance. In order to do so, you'll need to purchase a rewriteable cartridge and connection hardware, and write the ROM from your PC onto the cartridge. Also, you'll need to have the GBAGI emulator software.

Maybe just as interesting is the fact the Vivendi Universal, the current owner of Sierra On-Line, actually showed a bit of interest for the adventure game emulator. Although an agreement between Vivendi and GBAGI's owner never was signed, it's fascinating to see that Sierra actually considered re-releasing their old adventures on a console, especially in light of the upcoming Leisure Suit Larry sequel. Maybe this could be interpreted as if Sierra is beginning to acknowledge the significance of their adventure-gaming past, and the huge amount of dedicated Sierra On-Line fans that exists out there.

Read more at GBAGI's website.



29

Jan

Avault has published a batch of new screenshots from the upcoming horror-adventure from Saturn+, Midnight Nowhere.

In Midnight Nowhere, our protagonist awakens in a morgue within a hospital, with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. After finding his way out of the morgue, he discovers that a simple case of amnesia isn’t the only problem—the hospital is littered with the corpses of the building's personnel, dead by causes unknown. [Taken from Tom Arbour's preview of the game.

Midnight Nowhere is slated for release this February.



29

Jan

The Adventure Company annouced today the shipping of Jack the Ripper, an adventure game developed by Galilea Productions.

This first-person adventure is based on a young reporter, Jimmy Palmer, who is writing a story about a series of gruesome murders in the Low Side District of New York. He soon begins a dangerous dialogue with a mysterious character and his obsession with this dark relationship compels him to seek out the evil killer.

For more info, read our latest preview of the game, and follow Adventure Gamers, as we will post a full review of the game soon.



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