For your consideration: Charlie Foxtrot & the Galaxy of Tomorrow
. Sure there was no magic, but.... well, that's about the only thing that was missing. This game has everything, including a myriad of reasons to nominate it!
The dark horse of this year's awards, I think the game can compete in the following categories:BEST STORY
-A rebel clone tours a zany galaxy that parodies dozens of aspects of sci-fi pop-culture in an uproariously funny adventure while both finding himself and saving the day. I think that's no mean feat in a plot!BEST DIALOGUE
-Witty or insightful, but never neither. Who can forget the rants of Ace Kilnobi, the Viet Centauri vet, the casual snarkiness of Jimmy Thnozz the photo bug, or the familiarity-breeds-contempt exchanges between Forbert and Quadra, his long-time wife who has been grafted onto his abdomen? BEST NON-PLAYER CHARACTER
-I've had a lot of positive responses about the Ace Kilnobi character (Viet Centauri vet). His outrageous relapses and the shady atmosphere of his den combined to make him very memorable.BEST PUZZLES
-Every puzzle was logical and yet challenging in its own way. Without giving too much away, players have responded positively to the photo-development sequence, the potato = death mystery, and the walk-without-rhythm puzzle.BEST ANIMATION
-This game has hundreds of animations, involving both background characters and almost every conceivable action by the main character, from getting flushed to being eaten by a dinosaur, from fist-fighting a clown to dancing up a storm. Also, who could forget the intense fight sequence involving Master Yogo the martial arts expert?BEST DOCUMENTATION
- Well, it was only a five page PDF but it was pretty funny, besides relaying technical and game information. It appeared to have been published in the Intergalactic Intergazette on Jebsday, the 36th of Pentember, 2997.
I leave it to you to decide whether or not it is worth nominating. Just don't not nominate it because you haven't played it: that would be copping out.