Adventure Game of the Year (Posted Dec 11, 2004)
2004 Adventure Game of the Year
Game Tunnel defines adventure games as either
platform games, think Super Mario Bros. (Charlie II for indie purists), or
action games that are heavier on the storyline and lighter on the action (those
that have RPG aspects, but aren't really RPGs). Last year the adventure
category really shined, with the top two games from this category also placing
#1 and #2 overall. Will we follow the same trend this year? Who
knows? One thing that is definitely for sure is that you cannot go wrong
with any of the titles listed here!
5th Place - Kid Mystic
|Release: October 2004
Requirements: 300 MHZ processor, Windows 95+, DirectX 3.0+ (also
available on Mac)
again Hamumu is back as a finalist in the adventure category, this time with a
game that looks and plays somewhat similar to last year's finalist Dr. Lunatic
Supreme with Cheese, but there are quite a few differences that I think make
this game one that the more mainstream crowd will check out.
In fact Kid Mystic for me is more like Dr.
Lunatic meets Zelda. This game pits you as a wizard against the evil Bobby
Khan (see his name even sounds evil, there are few names more frightening than
Bobby!) That type of strange, dumb, and let's face it pretty entertaining
humor runs throughout the game. Hamumu has become renown for their
slightly odd approach to games (tagline of the company "Making Dumb games since
1998"). However while the games may provide a slightly strange sense of
dumb humor the real thing that I believe keeps people coming back for each title
that Hamumu releases is the sharp game play and the length of it. Playing
all the way through Kid Mystic may not take you 150+ hours like Dr. Lunatic, but
if you want to find everything, play every mini-game and solve every puzzle you
are looking at 50 hours easy. If the game were tedious that would be a
problem, as it is, find some time to play for 50 hours as you're sure to enjoy
None available at this time (check back in the near future)
4th Place - Flatspace
|Release: December 2003
Requirements: Windows 98/ME/XP/NT/2K, DirectX 9.0+, 500 MHz CPU, 3D
as we were finishing up our end of the year awards last year Cornutopia released
what has certainly been their most acclaimed game so far. Flatspace is a
monstrous game that provides players with so many different options as to what
and how to play that most gamers I think become quickly intimidated by the game.
In the game you can become a trader, bounty
hunter, police officer, mercenary, etc. Basically, you can be whatever you want
and do whatever you want. This game is very open-ended and allows you to play
the game as you find it to be most entertaining. You can trade between stations,
or destroy them while avoiding the Law, or become the Law yourself. The
game allows you to really have a completely different adventure every time you
play it, as you may be on the opposite side or trying to achieve a different
goal entirely than you were trying to achieve last time. If you are
looking for something that provides you with a lot of play options and the
ability to really have a different adventure every time, you could try Nethack...but
if you want something a little better looking and more in-depth, you should give
Flatspace a try.
the huge world, incredibly dynamic AI, and sheer number of things to do,
Flatspace should provide plenty of hours of diversion."
3rd Place - The Witch's Yarn
|Release: December 2004
Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, DirectX 7+, 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM
(Mac also available)
Witch's Yarn is a different type of adventure game than we've included in our
adventure category in year's past. I think some people might see it as
closer to the roots of adventure gaming, and there is certainly something to
that. The game however is actually quite difficult to categorize because
it plays more like a play or a book than an actual game.
In the Witch's Yarn you don't control a
character. Now of course the game revolves around a character, a young
witch named Wednesday, but you don't actually control what she does.
Instead the way this game plays is that you advance the story on by queuing up
different objects or people in the story. You can for example queue up the
mother, and the next part of the story will occur by her. Or you can queue
the spinning wheel and the next part of the story will revolve around the wheel.
The game is somewhat "Choose Your Own Adventure-ish" in that you do need to
select who and what you queue up wisely or you will not advance to the next
chapter of the game. This makes the game somewhat the antithesis of
Flatspace as you don't have a very wide-open game play, but it is quite
entertaining nonetheless and if you are looking for something innovative or
different, The Witch's Yarn definitely meets the mark with a quality adventure.
None available at this time (check back in the near future)
2nd Place - Wik & the Fable of Souls
|Release: September 2004
Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP, 128MB RAM, Pentium 733 MHz,
TNT2 Video card+, OpenGL drivers installed
in-between Troll dolls and Gollum is a little creature known as Wik. Who knows
maybe Wik is a love child of an unknown love story between the two. What I can
tell you is that that Wik is definitely one of the cooler games to come along in
In addition to his his likely mixed heritage,
Wik might just have a little bit of frog in him. He has a very long tongue that
is used heavily in his movement much like Spiderman uses his webs. Wik can
extend his long tongue, attach it to a branch or rock, and then jump into
swinging action. Typically you will find yourself swinging from one side of the
screen to the other, up and down and in all sorts of loops as you play. Though
getting the hand of this isn't easy, those who quit early are missing out on how
much fun it is to move around the board with Wik. Swinging back and forth
across the screen with Wik while catching bugs and grubs plays almost like an
art form, and I'm confident that anyone can get the hang of it, and once you do
you'll be thoroughly thrilled with how good this game is.
is one of the cooler characters to come around in awhile and definitely fits
in with Gish as one of the best games that has come out this year."
2004 Adventure Game of the Year - Gish
||Players: 1-2 (vs)
|Release: May 2004
Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, 1000 mhz+ Processor, 32 MB Video
Gish! From the moment I first started playing this game way back in
January of this year, back before there were enemies or dynamic lighting or all
of the versus levels, I was absolutely hooked on Gish and how many things that
this character can do. For those who have watched "The Incredible" I think
you'll agree with the statement that its not about having the ability to do
something, it's all about how you use that ability. In this game, much
like that movie, the developers have gone out of their way to not just give Gish
the ability to do things, but to also make you have to think about his abilities
and use them well. The real joy in the game comes directly from being able
to accomplish things with Gish that you would never have thought of doing with a
character. Gish is clearly one of the better characters ever conceived and
that is saying a lot for a ball of tar!
Anyone who has played this game will find
themselves trying desperately to explain what the game is like, using other
games to try to explain it and realizing that they are failing by so doing. Gish
is a one of a kind game that must be seen and played to be understood and
appreciated. It is quite unlike anything you've ever played before and clearly
one of the most original games created in recent history. It is with great
pleasure that we award Gish our 2004 Adventure Game of the Year award!
those who aren't downloading the game at this moment, all I can say is get to
it, you won't be sorry, this is the gaming experience of a lifetime."