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Title: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 10:59
As you know, sometimes we manage to choose and feature a pick of the month, and try and do this monthly. But it's not always possible.

So why not open it up to the community, which game would you choose as pick of the month, and why? If you write the title, link and up to 100 words describing why you would pick said game (what's good about it, why does it deserve your pick etc), we may very well feature it, so that we can keep a new one up each month. As you'll notice there has not been a pick for September yet.

The only rule is: Don't pick your own or your team's game (or one you had direct involvement with)!

When we can't do it, we'll refer to the community pick. So get picking!

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lepyixsf0u1qz8gt5o1_500.jpg)

Thank you :)

Previous picks: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/picks/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 13 Sep 2013, 11:32
Is there a list of the games "allowed" in?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 11:35
Hi Miguel - any game in the AGS database qualifies :)

Games that perhaps didn't get much attention or weren't really spotlighted when they were released, though something made them stand out to you perhaps :) Or, if you just want to discuss games that were perhaps under-rated on release or such that's fine. This topic can be used for people to discuss games they would pick and why, even if they don't intend for it to be used on the picks feature of the site ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 13 Sep 2013, 11:41
Ah, okay,
I thought that pick of the month was about games made in the month that it refers or recent to that month. And that they would be showcasing AGS capabilities in order to grab new devs.
 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 11:47
Nope not really, though it has often happened where the release and the pick have happened close together (just the way people play some of the newer games more than the older ones I guess...) So this is basically just a request for contribution to one of the site's actual features, top of the page here - http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/ :) Your chance to be credited for a Pick of the Month! If it's a good one of course ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 13 Sep 2013, 11:51
Yes, because it happens frequently I assumed it was that way.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Sep 2013, 12:32
I thought that pick of the month was about games made in the month

Me too!

Will try to find an older under-appreciated title to give some love to.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 13 Sep 2013, 12:46
Captain, if you were thinking about picking one of my games then go ahead!

 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 12:58
Preferably make a pick without outside influence ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 13 Sep 2013, 13:04
No people that I've worked with...check!
No friends...check!
Got it!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Adeel on 13 Sep 2013, 13:27
As you know, sometimes we manage to choose and feature a pick of the month, and try and do this monthly. But it's not always possible. [...]

A question: Was only AGS Rating Panel allowed to choose Pick of the Month, previously?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 13 Sep 2013, 14:00
There was a pick of the month long before there was a ratings panel, so I don't think so. Handling of it seemed to pass around a lot even before.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 14:15
That's right, single members did it for long periods before, then the ratings panel started adding to it once the functionality of the site switched over to AGA, and now the community can. There's no reason not to, providing people make some half decent picks!! :D

We really need to do a drive for some new panel raters soon too, cos people get busy...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kaput on 13 Sep 2013, 14:21
I'll be a panel rater. I'm so impartial I'm not even here. Just a wee figment of your imaginations.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 13 Sep 2013, 15:12
Well, we'll discuss that in its own thread in due course, so you can not exist there then if you want ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 13 Sep 2013, 16:29
At last! Oceanspirit Dennis' moment has arrived! (http://www.barnrunner.com/OSD/Roger-Dennis-Cheesy.gif)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Adeel on 13 Sep 2013, 19:05
There was a pick of the month long before there was a ratings panel, so I don't think so. Handling of it seemed to pass around a lot even before.
That's right, single members did it for long periods before, then the ratings panel started adding to it once the functionality of the site switched over to AGA, and now the community can. There's no reason not to, providing people make some half decent picks!! :D [...]

Thanks for the answers, Babar and Mods :).

@Mods: I'll not disappoint you with my pick (or at least I like to pretend so! (laugh))

Ancient Alien is the game which I'm considering to put forward. But then, there are some games which I had started to play and remain to be completed. I'll submit my entry for consideration after completing those games :).

[...] We really need to do a drive for some new panel raters soon too, cos people get busy...

You're right. I've seen many games in the database which were released more than one year ago and still they are not rated by AGS Panel. I also found a special case where a demo was rated for players, won the best demo of year award but it still wasn't rated by the panel. Yes, I'm talking about CaptainD's demo game here.

I would like to join the AGS Ratings Panel as I've quite a free time on my hand, after all, what else you can expect from a college student ;)? Too bad, I joined the forums only 5 months ago :~(.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Sep 2013, 19:13
Adeel - thanks for the mention mate, but I'm pretty sure demos don't get rated by the panel at all, just full games?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: LimpingFish on 13 Sep 2013, 19:24
That's right. No demos get rated.

As to potential panel members, the process usually begins with moderators and existing panelists contacting those members who they feel would be suitable for the job. If you approached, it's because you have proven yourself reliable, level-headed, and a positive contributor to the community.

There is no truth to the rumor that panelists are chosen by competing in inter-species gladiatorial contests...yet. ¬¬
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Adeel on 13 Sep 2013, 19:26
Adeel - thanks for the mention mate, but I'm pretty sure demos don't get rated by the panel at all, just full games?

To be honest, I were 50-50 about demos being rated. I even checked the Rating Panel Information Thread (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=39821.0) and there was no mention of Demos not being rated.

I've a feeling that I had read somewhere that demos are not rated by the panel but at the moment, I can't recall where I had read that.

Sorry for that.

Thanks for clarifying guys..! :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Sep 2013, 19:51
There is no truth to the rumor that panelists are chosen by competing in inter-species gladiatorial contests...yet. ¬¬

You mean it's only humans involved at this stage? 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 14 Sep 2013, 01:19
Quote
You mean it's only humans involved at this stage? 8-)
And to think I always thought they were guys from Kripton, dressed in black, (like the villains on old Super-Man movies) who decided things around here...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ghost on 14 Sep 2013, 13:44
There is no truth to the rumor that panelists are chosen by competing in inter-species gladiatorial contests...yet. ¬¬
Darn. So I trained that mutated ninja-gecko for naught?

On topic: Nice to see the POTM going to be more active; I'll sure give the old db a good browse.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 17 Sep 2013, 11:35
So, just to clarify... we're supposed to nominate our pick of the month and write a short description of it in this thread? ???
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 17 Sep 2013, 13:44
^ Yup. Description of why you like it/what makes it stand out :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 18 Sep 2013, 16:18
Since no-one seems to want to start the ball rolling... (this is completely without coercion from Miguel!!(laugh) - this is the game that I enjoyed most from the recent batch of releases):

My pick for this month is: Ancient Aliens - The Roots of Time

I guess part of the reason I chose this game is because of where it seems to be headed as well as what it is - being the first episode of a series, it's pretty short.  However the aesthetics were wonderful, the puzzles were very well implemented, and the characters / story certainly made me want to see what happens in the next episode.  It's not perfect - the pixel hunting in one location frustrated me a little and the innuendo was unnecessary - but the game as a whole was extremely enjoyable and a very promising set up for what looks set to be an epic sci-fi adventure set on a background of jazz music.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 18 Sep 2013, 16:27
Nice one, CaptainD! If you can re-formulate your description as a teaser, I'll set it as Pick of the Month.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 18 Sep 2013, 16:48
"Ancient Aliens - The Roots of Time follows the exploits of a jazz musician whose life turns upside down when his father dies.  It's a traumatic event in itself. but when people start showing up and and being intensely interested in the research that his father had sent him, things start to get complicated.  Can the beautiful woman who claims to have been a colleague of his father's be trusted?  Who are the henchmen who are now after him?  Just what is his father's mysterious research project that can apparently change the world anyway?

Beautiful graphics, a moody jazz soundtrack and intelligent puzzles make this an encouraging start to what promises to be a very interesting game series.  There is some unnecessary innuendo and the game is admittedly very short, but it's highly enjoyable and certainly makes you want to find out what's happening in the next episode."


Is that okay Cat?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 18 Sep 2013, 17:04
Done! Thanks, CaptainD :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AGA on 18 Sep 2013, 17:46
Changed it to formally give CaptainD the credit, rather than cat.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 18 Sep 2013, 18:45
Thanks - I feel honoured! ;-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 18 Sep 2013, 20:09
Thanks AGA!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 20 Sep 2013, 00:28
Thanks Captain, I'm honoured.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 02 Oct 2013, 19:10
October has arrived. We can put up another community pick if someone has one :) Remember to include a paragraph of why you think it deserves the pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 07 Oct 2013, 00:02
I vote for Sepulchre (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=48912.msg636466543#msg636466543).
Here's what I think about this game:

Just finished this game, and I enjoyed it mostly because of the cool setting and ambiance. It kept me going until I knew what the hell was going on that train!
The mood is scary like twilight zone scary and the moving bag gave me the shivers.
Backgrounds art and character art are all high quality and the music was fitting for the genre and slow tempo of the game.
Voice work was a nice asset to the game, it's always cool to have them. I'd say they do the job well.
I could have had more story given to me but after playing it I didn't feel disappointed regarding that aspect.
There's a unsettling feeling along the game that kind of transported to "The Shining" movie and that is something hard to achieve with a minimalistic structure like Sepulchre. Bravo!
The puzzles weren't really puzzles in difficulty but simply a way to "hold" the player from completion and I think this was the only "weak" point of this game.
There are some easily fixed bugs as well that were already mentioned but nothing that really stopped my immersion on the plot.

My overall feeling of the game was pretty good and I wish it could have be longer. Although every minute of it is played with that good uncertainty and thrill. A good short game with high quality production that every one should play.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 07 Oct 2013, 06:28
Thanks Miguel, certainly happy to go with your pick, but perhaps you could write a shorter summary more in the style of the writing for other picks? Just a general overview rather than a breakdown of each element?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 07 Oct 2013, 11:06
You mean like how the AGS Rating Panel commented on my last game?:-D

I'm not that good with words Mods, but I place my vote on Sepulchre anyway.



Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Andail on 07 Oct 2013, 11:41
It seems the suggestions so far have been mostly the obvious choices - games that people are likely to download and play anyway. I'd like people to use this opportunity to bring up the hidden gems of the database.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 07 Oct 2013, 11:48
It seems the suggestions so far have been mostly the obvious choices - games that people are likely to download and play anyway. I'd like people to use this opportunity to bring up the hidden gems of the database.
I wanted to suggest "Emily Enough: Imprisoned" (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/602/) for Pick of the month. :)
Played it long ago though, probably it is worth to replay and see if I still like it... ummm... enough (heh).
(But it has a pretty high rating anyway)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kaput on 08 Oct 2013, 20:07
I vote for Skumring (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1674/). It doesn't seem to have much plays (at least on this database), nor does it have a rating yet.

Quote from: About the game
When a beautiful dame in distress enters gumshoe Cooper Chutney's office, asking for help to investigate her husbands infidelity, something didn't seem right. Why would anyone cheat on such beautiful broad, he thought? Little did he know that this seemingly simple case would lead him down a spiral into the darkest depths of Port Horizon.

SeamanNaranja's Skumring is a 1950's Noir point and click adventure set in the sleepless city of Port Horizon. A city on the verge of moral collapse.

Step into the shoes of a PI yearning to prove himself in this slick, contemporary tale of gangsters, greed and goons.

With classic comic book-esque cutscenes, full voice acting, varied jazz/classical soundtrack, intelligent writing and 3+ hours of gameplay, this is certainly a must play for any adventure gamer.

Probably could be written about better, but it's all I got right now ;).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AGA on 09 Oct 2013, 08:22
I vote for Skumring (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1674/). It doesn't seem to have much plays (at least on this database), nor does it have a rating yet.

Probably could be written about better, but it's all I got right now ;).

Done!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 01 Dec 2013, 23:01
So... another month... another pick of the month... who's up for choosing this time?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 01 Dec 2013, 23:10
Time Stone was cool.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 02 Dec 2013, 02:59
Time Stone was cool.

I second that! Short but extremely polished and charming!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 02 Dec 2013, 05:53
I also vote for Barn Runner Time Stone. := Very fun little game.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ghost on 02 Dec 2013, 06:15
+1 for Time Stone!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Dec 2013, 13:25
Agreed! If only someone could write a teaser for it... ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kaput on 02 Dec 2013, 15:16
If you could turn back time, what would you do differently? You are Elle, a young and naive wizard's apprentice on your way for your routine potions lesson. As you arrive to bask in the glory of your teacher's infinite knowledge, the last thing you expect is for your trusty mentor to be overcome and kidnapped by none other than an evil warlock! Worse still, you end up locked up in his house yourself! Well, kind of. By use of your intuition, and with the help of a boisterous dragon, you must find a way to rescue your tutor and discover the mystique of the Time Stone in this modern day throw-back adventure, reminiscent of 90's adventure gaming's heyday. The fate of the world is in your hands...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 02 Dec 2013, 15:35
Ponch,
iconic master pieces more often become cult artwork than something praised by the common folk.

With no benefit whatsoever for me I invite every reader of this thread to try out the Barn Runner series. Why?
Because its creator is a talented cow artist with broad skills from design, artwork and story telling.
If you still wonder why to play the Barn Runner series, then don't forget that the cow creator draws the most perfect boobs ever made in video game history.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kconan on 02 Dec 2013, 15:49
  Time Stone or Heatwave.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Dec 2013, 19:14
Done! Thanks for the teaser, Sunny Penguin
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Tenacious Stu on 11 Dec 2013, 18:36
Hello!

Just wanted to say THANKS for choosing Time Stone and thanks for the lovely write up Penguin :-D It's an honor to be chosen.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 11 Dec 2013, 19:24
We seem to have developed an unwritten rule that the previous month's winner should pick the next PotM!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kaput on 12 Dec 2013, 12:55
...thanks for the lovely write up Penguin :-D ...

My pleasure! Definitely deserved pick of the month, really nice charm and plenty of skill executed in Time Stone :). Will you make a larger game including more adventures of the Time Stone? I hope so.

We seem to have developed an unwritten rule that the previous month's winner should pick the next PotM!

Seemed like a bit of a community decision, nah?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 29 Dec 2013, 04:06
What will it be for January 2014?
I'd have a proposal, but it is soooo old, from an era where saturated colours were still hip.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dualnames on 29 Dec 2013, 07:12
I'm suggesting Educating Adventures of Girl & Rabbit. If seconded I can write a short teaser for it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 01 Jan 2014, 01:24
Any other input? I thought of the Bunker (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/577/), a quite old, quite enjoyable production. But maybe it's too old?

edit, tentative teaser, just in case:
There's nothing worse than being stuck in a bunker while playing golf, you know? Well, apart from being stuck in the very same bunker when a wizard decides to trap you there forever by miniaturising you! Hermits communities, talking skulls... this heap of sand is full of assorted weirdness! Escaping won't be easy: help Mike and his trusty club beat Manlocke!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 01 Jan 2014, 01:38
I always thought of Pick of the Month as a sort of showcase of cool games you might've missed when they came out, or that may have slipped through the cracks, so I don't see why The Bunker should be too old to be acceptable.
In the same vein, a pretty short game that I'd suggest: Captain Cringe (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1104/)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: tzachs on 01 Jan 2014, 10:25
I second Educating Adventures of Girl & Rabbit.
One of the funniest games I've ever played.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 01 Jan 2014, 10:53
While all your proposals would be great to be pick of the month, I too want to travel back in time and resurrect a graphic novel master piece:
Barn Runner 1 - The Armaggedon Eclair (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/488/).

Well written, great drawings, a sci-fi story reminiscent of R.Scott's cult movie with added tons of humour and twists like a pretzel!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Frodo on 01 Jan 2014, 15:13
While all your proposals would be great to be pick of the month, I too want to travel back in time and resurrect a graphic novel master piece:
Barn Runner 1 - The Armaggedon Eclair (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/488/).

Well written, great drawings, a sci-fi story reminiscent of R.Scott's cult movie with added tons of humour and twists like a pretzel!

Seconded!  :grin:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Crimson Wizard on 01 Jan 2014, 15:23
While all your proposals would be great to be pick of the month, I too want to travel back in time and resurrect a graphic novel master piece:
Barn Runner 1 - The Armaggedon Eclair (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/488/).

Well written, great drawings, a sci-fi story reminiscent of R.Scott's cult movie with added tons of humour and twists like a pretzel!

Seconded!  :grin:
Thirded! :grin:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 01 Jan 2014, 15:33
While all your proposals would be great to be pick of the month, I too want to travel back in time and resurrect a graphic novel master piece:
Barn Runner 1 - The Armaggedon Eclair (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/488/).

Well written, great drawings, a sci-fi story reminiscent of R.Scott's cult movie with added tons of humour and twists like a pretzel!

Seconded!  :grin:
Thirded! :grin:
Sweet! :cheesy: This may be just the nudge I needed to finally remaster that game. It's ten years old this year, you know. :cool:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dualnames on 01 Jan 2014, 15:49
Fourthed. I mean Barn Runner wins all. May I write the teaser for it? It would be of greatest honor.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kconan on 01 Jan 2014, 15:50
Fifthed on Barn Runner
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 01 Jan 2014, 16:27
Please do Dual (write the teaser), as I don't have the skill to honour such a magnificent title.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dualnames on 01 Jan 2014, 17:06
Okay, here follows a teaser if whoever is in charge and Ponch of course approves of it.

Initially a parody of Blade Runner, as it progresses it forms into something else entirely. Ponch released a few episodic short games, before releasing Barn Runner: Forever Friday Part 1, showing that the universe was already well-fleshed. Words and sentiments, can't describe the craftsmanship that Ponch will always deny, if ever attributed concerning the story elements resolving around the Barn Runner Universe. As Pythagoras once said "The beginning is half of the whole", and this holds true for the Armageddon Eclair. Sci-fi dystopian neo-noir 80s retro good-cop vs bad-cop boogie dance anti-hero SAGA; or Barn Runner.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ghost on 01 Jan 2014, 18:02
Fifthed on Barn Runner
Sixed!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 01 Jan 2014, 18:04
Holy crackers! At this rate I'm going to have to hurry up and upconvert The Armageddon Eclair to run on modern systems. It was made with AGS 2.56d! :shocked:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: NickyNyce on 05 Apr 2014, 19:00
Any reason why there hasn't been a new game of the month?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AGA on 05 Apr 2014, 19:49
Because it takes time and effort for one to be chosen, and nobody's done it!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 05 Apr 2014, 20:34
Yes indeed. I set a new pick of the month now because there were no suggestions in this thread. If you want to see a certain game here as pick of May, please post here and write a nice teaser.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 06 Apr 2014, 00:59
Don't rely on the welsh, cat is there to help you set community pick of the months, use her! := (wrong) (nod) (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 06 Apr 2014, 04:06
Can Demos be nominated?

If so: I nominate "Tales"!

You can check out the promo HERE! (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=50285.0):)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 May 2014, 20:00
A new month!

I'm not too happy about demos being chosen, but we also had them before, I guess. Maybe pick "Donald Dowell" from the same author instead?

Anyway, if someone writes a nice teaser, I'll set the new pick.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 02 May 2014, 21:36
I will once again push the Bunker (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/577/).

Great, just great. These days a man can't play golf without a wizard miniaturizing him! Thank you Manlocke, now I am stuck in this bunker!
The garish palette of this game will immediately bring you back to the 90s, along with some great humor, a desert to explore, sassy skulls and many other quite talkative but less than cooperative characters.
Help Ronan club his way out of the bunker!


It's an exquisite game, but it's old too; take it not as a proposal, but just as a "filler", in case nobody comes up with anything.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dualnames on 03 May 2014, 00:05
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1481/

The unfolding spider, if not yet appearing in the pick of the month. Willing to write a teaser as well.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 May 2014, 06:52
I will once again push the Bunker (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/577/).
...
It's an exquisite game, but it's old too; take it not as a proposal, but just as a "filler", in case nobody comes up with anything.

Thanks, bicilotti! Since noone else posted a teaser, this is now the pick of the month.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Grim on 05 May 2014, 15:37
Unfolding Spider - one of my favourite games EVER!:)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 05 May 2014, 17:00
Yes, it IS a great game - could someone please write a teaser for it? Then I'll put it up for June.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dualnames on 07 May 2014, 04:46
Unfolding Spider - one of my favourite games EVER!:)

There's a great fellow!!!!


Alright, cat, if anyone else doesn't mind I will write one in a few days, perhaps Grim also wants to write one, we share the same love for this, i recall.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Erenan on 07 May 2014, 18:43
I will once again push the Bunker (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/577/).
...
It's an exquisite game, but it's old too; take it not as a proposal, but just as a "filler", in case nobody comes up with anything.

Thanks, bicilotti! Since noone else posted a teaser, this is now the pick of the month.

*dance, dance, dance*

This makes me happy. :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 11 May 2014, 15:58
Maybe pick "Donald Dowell" from the same author instead?

I hope this promo will be up for the next selection candidate then:

Donald sat with glazed eyes. He was retired. He rocked in his chair. His wife shouted at him to paint the fence. He rocked. He read his favorite books over and over. His wife shouted at him to do something, anything. Donald rocked. And as he rocked a spark grew under the chair in which he sat. With every rock the spark found kindling in the recesses of his still youthful mind. That kindling grew into a fire which could not be stopped. Donald knew he had to go back to work! But not just any old menial work. The work he had dreamed of since he was a kid! Donald stood up from his rocker. And then at last: HE ROCKED! 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 13 Jun 2014, 14:16
Sorry, I completely missed that I still need to set the pick for June.
Thanks Mandle for your teaser!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 13 Jun 2014, 14:23
A very worthy pick!  Congrats AprilSkies. ;-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 13 Jun 2014, 15:03
Good choice :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 13 Jun 2014, 15:53
Oh sweet!
That's great!
I'm really happy.
:)
thanks guys and gals!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Adeel on 13 Jun 2014, 17:07
Congratulations, AprilSkies! ;-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 26 Jun 2014, 16:15
Sorry, I completely missed that I still need to set the pick for June.
Thanks Mandle for your teaser!

Thanks Cat for including my prose in the Pick Of The Month promo for this more than worthy game...I feel like a part of the community now...

And GRATZ to AprilSkies for an honor well deserved for an amazing game!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 26 Jun 2014, 16:50
Thanks for bringing this up again, Mandle, because July is approaching - we need a new pick!

Does anyone know a great game that didn't get the recognition it deserves? If yes, write a short teaser for it and I will put it up as Pick of the Month!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 29 Jun 2014, 19:50
*Bump*

We need a new pick soon! Several people want "Unfolding Spider". Does anyone care to write a teaser?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 26 Jul 2014, 05:42
Thanks, Cat! :cheesy: :cheesy: :cheesy:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 01 Aug 2014, 10:44
Sheepishly putting forward Mudlarks for August :)

edit: I've just read the rules, can't nominate my own game. Oops! :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 01 Aug 2014, 12:05
Sheepishly putting forward Mudlarks for August :)

edit: I've just read the rules, can't nominate my own game. Oops! :)

Then I'll just do it for you then:

I nominate Mudlarks. It was awesome!

No time now but I will write up a blurb on it tomorrow...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 01 Aug 2014, 13:55
Absolutely mudlarks! Count me too for nominating that game.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Aug 2014, 14:19
Timeout for self-promotion, maybe next month ;)

This month I go for "All pigs deserve to burn in hell".
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 01 Aug 2014, 16:58
Also a good choice, it seems good! I definitely have to play it!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Sep 2014, 17:53
New month new pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 01 Sep 2014, 18:33
I'd like to suggest mudlarks by shaun9991 or Alien Cow Rampage: Orion Needs Your Milk! by Ghost
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 01 Sep 2014, 19:05
I'd like to suggest mudlarks by shaun9991 or Alien Cow Rampage: Orion Needs Your Milk! by Ghost

Second ACRONYM.

Obligatory blurb:

"Orion needs milk, and it needs it in the next 12 hours! A challenging boardgame, ACRONYM is a testament to AGS versatility. Battle, outwit, charm or use-alien-technology on pesky earthlings, abduct bovines, make it back to spaceship before time is up. Be prepared to restart often: strategy, tactics and a bit of luck are needed to get those precious proteins!"
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Sep 2014, 19:15
Excellent choice - a very addictive game!

@AprilSkies: If you write a teaser for Mudlarks I'll put it up as PotM for October.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 01 Sep 2014, 19:27
@AprilSkies: If you write a teaser for Mudlarks I'll put it up as PotM for October.

(nod) I'll do. :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ghost on 01 Sep 2014, 19:28
Thanks a bunch for picking ACR, guys. The Invaders are feeling honoured!  (nod)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 24 Sep 2014, 15:29
Quick reminder: Think of picks for October and write a teaser or I will do so myself :P
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 24 Sep 2014, 15:32
Here I am with a teaser for Mudlarks, as promised, cat :-)

Mudlarks is a story of friendship, hidden secrets, and ghosts. Two friends are searching for treasures on the banks of the River Thames when they find a mysterious golden locket, containing old photos of a woman and a teenage girl. Days later, one of the friends, Vincent, goes missing - and it's up to you, Winston, to find him. The search will drag Winston into a world of paranormal and historical intrigue in a well written story, with interesting and varied puzzles. This is a full length game which has a unique quirky graphics and animation style, and gives the player the sense of something very strange happening under the surface of normality. Do give it a try!

Sorry for being a bit late :D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 24 Sep 2014, 15:49
Thanks!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 26 Sep 2014, 09:32
Thank you so much for choosing Mudlarks as pick of the month! This is a massive honour and I'm super proud :)

Thanks again
Shaun
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 24 Oct 2014, 17:12
There's been a big surge in downloads for Mudlarks since it became the Pick of the Month, thanks for playing!!! :D

If you have played it or finished it, please consider rating it on the AGS game page: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1795/

Would love to see how it is rated by the community

Thanks again,
Shaun
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 24 Oct 2014, 18:46
Thanks for bringing this up, shaun9991, because we need a new pick soon!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 24 Oct 2014, 22:44
I nominate Sepulchre! :)

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1725/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: miguel on 25 Oct 2014, 01:01
A cool game.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Nov 2014, 08:42
Since there were no valid suggestions for this month (random game name dropping without writing a teaser does not count (wrong)), I picked Red Hot Overdrive (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1832/).

Edit: I had a quick view at Sepulchre and I will not set a game as pick that requires you to register with name and E-Mail address...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 02 Nov 2014, 10:32
Since there were no valid suggestions for this month (random game name dropping without writing a teaser does not count (wrong)), I picked Red Hot Overdrive (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1832/).

Edit: I had a quick view at Sepulchre and I will not set a game as pick that requires you to register with name and E-Mail address...

Nice pick, nice blurb, nice attitude towards users (not even a smiley by Tabby can describe my face when I was asked to enter personal info to download Sepulchre)!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 02 Nov 2014, 10:38
fair enough about Sepulchure (I thought it had to be chosen before writing the teaser), certainly an odd download procedure. great choice in Red Hot Overdrive though!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: arj0n on 02 Nov 2014, 11:20
great choice in Red Hot Overdrive though!
Amen.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 02 Nov 2014, 11:32
Oooh, thanx so much for picking it!
>^.^<
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Tabata on 02 Nov 2014, 15:12
... (not even a smiley by Tabby can describe my face when I was asked to enter personal info to download Sepulchre)!
Hey man – give me a chance, will you?

So how about this one   >  >     (http://s1.directupload.net/images/user/120922/tpyvoowy.gif)
… or especially for you it might be more fitting to use ...
Spoiler: ShowHide
 this one   >  >      (http://s14.directupload.net/images/user/120212/873q9o3k.gif) 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 02 Nov 2014, 22:48
… or especially for you it might be more fitting to use ...
Spoiler: ShowHide
 this one   >  >      (http://s14.directupload.net/images/user/120212/873q9o3k.gif) 


^-- I approve! :=
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Calypso on 02 Dec 2014, 21:45
I just wanted to point out that the latest (December) Pick of the Month game -  Aidas Strange Christmas - can't be downloaded. It was hosted on Game Front, but when trying to download, it says that the file can't be found, and there seem to be no alternative download options. I have already reported it on the game page, but as this title is quite visible right now, I thought I would also post about it here.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Dec 2014, 21:57
Thank you so much for the info! Shame on me for not testing the download before posting the game (had it on my disc already).

I updated the page with a link to a games archive page, I hope it is working now?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Calypso on 03 Dec 2014, 00:28
Thank you very much, Cat, it works perfectly now. :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: on 20 Dec 2014, 08:34
I don't know whether there are other games in the backlog, I am writing this
small stub so you can use it when you will see fit.

Sisyphus Reborn (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1863/)

A short game which explores the themes of life, eternity and the meaning
of our actions. An example of what the adventure game medium can achieve without
losing its characteristics, teeming with ideas but not overwhelming the player.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 20 Dec 2014, 14:35
Thanks, bicilotti! I'll have a look at it and put it up for January.

Edit: Great game, it will be up next month.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 Feb 2015, 20:37
A little late, sorry. Since there were no suggestions in the backlog I picked Goat Herd and the Gods for February.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: nosehair on 22 Feb 2015, 04:58
The AGS Awards nominations gave me a chance to play some games I hadn't seen before. If there's need for an upcoming community suggestion, I'd like to call out Cale Quest (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1799/).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Mar 2015, 20:39
Hi nosehair, if you write a teaser, I can put it up for April.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 15 Apr 2015, 20:48
Thanks Cat for putting A Date in the Park up as pick of the month! :) <3
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 30 Apr 2015, 12:14
Any suggestions for May?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Fitz on 30 Apr 2015, 16:37
Visitor 3 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=51985.0)! Played it, loved it the the most of the Visitor trilogy. Another one that You might want to take a look at is The Knobbly Crook (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=51987.0) -- I haven't played that one yet, so I can't say anything about it (other than that it has insanely gorgeous graphics!).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 May 2015, 13:42
Although I want to play both of them I didn't have time to do so, yet.

Anyway, if you write a teaser, I will set the game as PotM.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Fitz on 01 May 2015, 16:24
"The third installment of the darkly comedic series about Moss -- the universe's most accidentally lucky field agent -- sends him on his most dangerous mission yet. Visitor 3 is bigger, better, funnier -- and scarier. There's lots of green blood, pink goo, black tentacles and other terrifying appendages -- and a head in a jar that's not only quite friendly, but also not at all fazed by its current situation."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 01 May 2015, 16:31
"The third installment of the darkly comedic series about Moss -- the universe's most accidentally lucky field agent -- sends him on his most dangerous mission yet. Visitor 3 is bigger, better, funnier -- and scarier. There's lots of green blood, pink goo, black tentacles and other terrifying appendages -- and a head in a jar that's not only quite friendly, but also not at all phased by its current situation."

Excellent review of the best AGS game to come out for a long time...

Sorry...I just added a quick fix to your text...But I agree that this should be pick of the month for sure!!!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Fitz on 01 May 2015, 20:20
Oops, my bad! I've spent most the past 15 hours typing away, so at some point I stopped even watching the screen. Anyway, thanks for fishing it out. Edited my message, too, in case Cat were to copy the original.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: AprilSkies on 01 May 2015, 21:08
I absolutely second Fitz suggestion!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 02 May 2015, 01:09
Oops, my bad! I've spent most the past 15 hours typing away, so at some point I stopped even watching the screen. Anyway, thanks for fishing it out. Edited my message, too, in case Cat were to copy the original.

Oops, my bad as well. I missed something: I'm pretty sure it's "fazed" instead of "phased". I'm really feeling like a nitpicker now :-[
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 May 2015, 07:31
Picked!
Thanks for the teaser Fitz, and thanks Mandle for spell-checking.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 02 May 2015, 08:01
Picked!
Thanks for the teaser Fitz, and thanks Mandle for spell-checking.

No worries mate! I'm just stoked that such an AWESOME game gets the recognition it deserves!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 Jun 2015, 21:13
We need a new pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Anke on 09 Jun 2015, 22:20
There is only one option for june's pick: Camp 1 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1924/). An instant classic if there ever was one.


Life at Camp 1, a geological trial drilling site, hasn't been easy in the past . But, somehow, things got even worse. What kind of future will await the four inmates of the camp?

"Camp 1" is an outstanding science fiction game. Every single aspect is excellent. Fantastic visuals, intense atmosphere, clever puzzles, wonderful colours - the limited palette works really well. Anyone who hasn't played this yet, go and do so. You'll love it.


(If you're going to pick this: Asking a natural speaker to have a look at my ramblings might be a good idea .  ;)
Or better: have someone write a bit more about the story. I'm not good with that kind of thing.)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: kconan on 09 Jun 2015, 22:39
There is only one option for june's pick: Camp 1 (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1924/). An instant classic if there ever was one.

I'll second that pick.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 10 Jun 2015, 21:11
Picked! Thanks Anke :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: StillInThe90s on 11 Jun 2015, 12:09
Thanks for nominating and picking and all the love!
(Updated last night. Not enough changes to replay the game, though.)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ibispi on 17 Jun 2015, 10:19
I would like to vote for Ouroboros: Sacrifice, for pick of the month July. This is the teaser I wrote:

Venture into a snowy, cold world; put your mask on; close your eyes; listen to the wind blowing. Imagine Myst, but with a tint of horror. Now, solve those puzzles already!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 22 Sep 2015, 18:44
I'm nominating "Jacqueline White; Bad Trouble in the Red Desert" for the pick of the month (for October as I heard from cat) and here is my blurb:
Quote
Books are just words, right? Movies are just single frames played really fast, right? AGS games are just a bunch of rooms and objects, characters, and whatever tied together by some code, right?

We all know how each works, especially AGS, but sometimes....and only sometimes in a very long while...somebody manages to combine the words in a book, the frames of a movie, or the structure of AGS in just the right way to create magic...

The magic where the reader/viewer/player starts to forget the interface of words/images/game and makes the jump from their everyday reality into the world that the author has created for them...

This game falls solidly into the category of such magic...

The story, characters, gameplay, mystery, intrigue of this game just grabbed me instantly by the short and curlies and propelled me forwards. There was never a moment when I lost interest in knowing what the story was going to throw my way next...

And the puzzles: OMG BRILLIANT!!! Foreshadowing and logic used perfectly in almost every case!!!

GET IT OR REGRET IT!!!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 22 Sep 2015, 19:07
I'm playing Jacqueline right now and I second you completely. Great game.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ibispi on 05 Jan 2016, 22:42
I think that The Unprintable MAGENTA has to be played more than it has been played so far, so I wrote a teaser:

"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It's a girl that turns things into a purplish-red color! It's a heroic adventure game for you to enjoy, with witty dialogues and unforgettable comic characters and - a lot of hilarious game over screens. So? What are you waiting for? Download it already!"
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 06 Jan 2016, 10:08
Picked - thanks Ibispi ;-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Hobo on 02 Apr 2016, 19:25
What a pleasant surprise to see Scenario 5B as the pick of the month. Thanks for the feature!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: shaun9991 on 08 May 2016, 16:24
Just noticed Pendek is pick of the month, thanks Cat! :D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 08 Jul 2016, 13:03
I was on vacation and fell behind with the Pick of the Month. Can the community help me out?
Are there any suggestions? Do you know a game that deserves being picked?

If yes, please write a short teaser and post it here!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Haggis on 08 Jul 2016, 19:59
Toffee Trouble in Creamville - a sweet little MAGs game with some exceptional graphics, characters and puzzles. It's a travesty that you can't pick your own game when it's such a delightful little number.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Cassiebsg on 08 Jul 2016, 20:04
Thanks Haggis, for reading my mind and doing what I was too chicken to do. (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 08 Jul 2016, 23:18
Thanks Haggis, for reading my mind and doing what I was too chicken to do. (laugh)

Hehehe you beat me in here...

Out Of Gas: A wonderfully calming and yet upbeat little adventure that begins when your car runs out of gas on the way home. Navigate a charming and bustling little city, that is however not without its own seamy underbelly, in your quest to simply return home. This is a game that should keep a smile on your face with its cheery tone, while at the same time presenting interesting puzzles, some eccentric characters, and a memorable playing experience.

(It was a tough choice between Creamville and Out Of Gas, but I figured Creamville is already getting quite a bit of outside recognition, while Out Of Gas deserves more...And we can just pick Creamville next month...(laugh) )
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 08 Jul 2016, 23:23
+1 for Toffee Trouble in Creamville.


Being a dunkin' funride throughout, this coming-of-age story shines with tasty characters and graphics so sweet that you'll be left drooling over your screen. The low difficulty and various puzzles make it perfectly suited for young adventurers to get their teeth into.

(Inspired by comments from à€m and straydogstrut)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 09 Jul 2016, 21:20
Thanks guys! (for the nice teasers as well as for picking Toffee)

I set Toffee Trouble for this month as it was suggested by several people and Out of Gas for August (I really enjoyed that game).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 06 Mar 2017, 22:20
The AGS awards gave me the opportunity to play games I missed. I'd like to submit Waiting for the loop for the next pick :

Presented in a "choose your own adventure" style, Waiting for the loop features diffrerent outcomes that encourage replayability.
Well-written dialogs supported by spot-on dubbing emphasize the importance of your choices in this striking tale about AI.


Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 Mar 2017, 12:52
Set for April - thanks, Creamy!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: reismahnic on 18 Apr 2017, 08:32
Oh my goodness I only just realized Waiting For the Loop was picked- thank you so much!!!!
Unfortunately it seems that the Dropbox link has been broken since mid march due to Dropbox changing some stuff. :/
However, I'm hoping people will check it out now that the link has been fixed!
Thank you again for selecting Loop!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 18 Apr 2017, 11:51
Thanks for updating the link!

I checked the link when Creamy suggested the game and I set the pick (I can do that in advance, the page switches automatically) but I didn't re-check it later.

Guys, whenever you find a dead link for a PotM, please write here or PM me. The reporting a broken link feature is somewhat broken not monitored.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: reismahnic on 19 Apr 2017, 00:51
Well, also a learning experience for me, because at the end of the day it's my responsibility to make sure those links work, not anyone else's! ;)
I'm just incredibly grateful it was selected and hope people enjoy playing it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Jul 2017, 08:17
Any recommendations for July?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: arj0n on 02 Jul 2017, 14:29
Hi cat, I'd like to vote for:

Title: ARCHEOS
(https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/18/72/89/38/title_10.png)

Link: http://gamejolt.com/games/archeos/257293

Description:
In Archeos, a short and beautifull adventure game
made for #AdvJam2017, help archaeology professor
Pangloss and his student Seamus in their exploratory
quest on the now ancient, ruined and abandoned planet
Earth. This game is a mix of a cool story with
beautiful graphics, supplemented with nice music.
Besides that, the player might also learn a thing or
two history wise during this investigative quest.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Two Tales on 02 Jul 2017, 17:16
Hi cat, I'd like to vote for:

Title: ARCHEOS
(https://i58.servimg.com/u/f58/18/72/89/38/title_10.png)

I second that :smiley:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Jul 2017, 17:57
Nice game, thanks for the pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ibispi on 02 Jul 2017, 19:25
Thanks Arj0n and Two Tales! :shocked:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 01 Aug 2017, 09:01
July has been rich in good games. For August pick, I suggest Terror of the Vampire! (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2170/)

Embark alongside Dr Ego Goodmind on his journey through vaguely Eastern Europe to teach superstitious locals the benefits of modern psychiatry.
With art worthy of the Great Mouse Detective and a story Gelliant Gutfright would bite for, this game is the perfect remedy to your pathological need for proactive inactivity.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Aug 2017, 10:16
Ah, I forgot to do the pick - I should make it a habit to set it in advance. I wanted to pick "Hang on" from last MAGS, but you were quicker ;)

Edit: Done.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 01 Sep 2017, 11:29
Quote
I wanted to pick "Hang on" from last MAGS
Good idea. I have a proposition for a description:

When a game called "hang on" features a lonely mountain cabin on its title screen, you know that it won't talk about telephone queues.
Don't worry though, this lighthearted adventure won't involve any woman falling to her death because of a defective harness.

Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Sep 2017, 17:06
Thanks! Pick was set :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 10 Oct 2017, 10:09
Oops, it's October already! Does anyone have a recommendation for PotM?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kumpel on 10 Oct 2017, 11:28
I would like to vote for Loslems "The House without Windows". It's not perfect but extremely ambitious and the selfmade creepy soundtrack is superb.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 10 Oct 2017, 22:12
Not that I contest your idea Kumpel, but I get an error when I try to unzip the file linked in the thread of the game (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55142.0). "Archive is either in unknown format or damaged". There's no AGS page either.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 10 Oct 2017, 22:27
No problem here. Which program do you use to unzip?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 10 Oct 2017, 23:50
WinRAR. I've tried several times with both versions (german / english). No way to unzip the 28.7 Mo file :sad:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 11 Oct 2017, 01:23
Use 7zip. It's great!™
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 11 Oct 2017, 13:42
I can only set games as PotM that have a game DB entry.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 11 Oct 2017, 18:38
I can only set games as PotM that have a game DB entry.
Let's all bug him to make one.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 11 Oct 2017, 20:12
Quote
Use 7zip. It's great!™
Got it working, thanks.
I'm probably not the only one using WinRAR for .rar files though :P

Quote
I can only set games as PotM that have a game DB entry.

Since it's already late in October, maybe we can choose another pick in the meantime.

Some good games that I've played recently :
- Fun, Sun and Mishaps.
- Don't worry, I'll bring the beer.
- On leaving the building.
- The Elevator.
- The Execution of Anne Boleyn .
- 10 Ways from Sunday.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 12 Oct 2017, 16:11
As always: write a teaser and I'll put it up :)

Sorry that I don't have much time at the moment to do it myself :-[
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 12 Oct 2017, 18:39
I can write a blurb if necessary but I was waiting for opinions since it's supposed to be a community pick.

"10 Ways From Sunday" added to my list.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 12 Oct 2017, 21:50
Since nobody wrote, I propose On Leaving The Building (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2193/) :

Have you ever wondered what the King was up to in his final years? Probably not since we'd rather remember him as the legendary crooner he once was. In stark contrast, BRANE gives us control of an overweight drug-addicted Elvis about to... about to what exactly?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 13 Oct 2017, 08:18
Thanks Creamy!

It's called "Community Pick" because anyone from the AGS community can pick a game and write a teaser. There doesn't have to be a community vote on this. That's also why the picker's name is shown together with the pick ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 14 Oct 2017, 14:42
Thanks for clarifying.

Quote from: Kumpel
I would like to vote for Loslems "The House without Windows". It's not perfect but extremely ambitious and the selfmade creepy soundtrack is superb.
The game has a page now.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kumpel on 04 Nov 2017, 16:57
Let's do it again!

"The House Without Windows (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2199/)", I call you!

teaser text:

Tough girl Ida thought, stepping into the allegedely haunted "House without Windows" is a short trip. Soon she will learn, what a real mind trip it is!
Support her on this funny, weird and intense journey in this tricolor pixel adventure, written, designed and composed by Loslem.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Nov 2017, 19:12
Thanks!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Loslem on 05 Nov 2017, 07:53
Wow, I feel chuffed :)
Thanks guys. Clearly a motivation to keep going!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 30 Nov 2017, 18:35
Almost December! Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 02 Dec 2017, 14:55
It would be great if there could be some more reviews of the Chrysalis ( :) link in sig; my first ever game; and it was released in November, so (laugh) )...

I played a few games this month. The one i played to the end was http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55366.0 "Joe's miserable life"

 Not sure if the rules allow it, given it was released on October, not November, but anyway:


(the others just were larger games, so even though i spent more time on them, i didn't finish them...)

Re Joe's miserable life, then:

"Joe is not happy; and has reason to not be so. You could say his life lacks sauce. In reality, though, he has a few friends, including a spider and a speaking doll. He is resolved to find a way to help his friends, utilizing powers given to him by loved ones departed and thoroughly internalized".
(a game by Bizaron)

:=
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Dec 2017, 17:19
Pick of the Month is not about reviews, but about games you like and recommend to a larger audience.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 02 Dec 2017, 18:15
^I liked it and recommend it, though it was released in October (not sure if the thread is only for games from the past month, each time). 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 03 Dec 2017, 17:37
I played the game and like it as well although it is pretty disturbing. I set it as pick of the month but I added a warning.

Btw, the release date is not relevant for pick of the month.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 03 Dec 2017, 22:37
I played the game and like it as well although it is pretty disturbing. I set it as pick of the month but I added a warning.

Good idea about the warning! I loved the game personally but a part of that was that I enjoyed being shocked at how twisted the story was. Not everyone enjoys that feeling though...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Jan 2018, 09:01
We need a new pick for January! Since we now had three rather dark games in a row, something more light-hearted would be nice ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 01 Jan 2018, 10:31
Not "I Want Out", then.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ibispi on 02 Jan 2018, 10:20
I suggest Kanji Gakusei (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2228/)! :-D

If you want a short lighthearted experience, if you're exhausted from all the bleak horror games and you'd like something cheerful along with the holidays, try Kanji Gakusei - and you'll even get to learn a bit of Japanese!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Jan 2018, 17:21
:P

I'm sure there are other cheerful games around ;)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Tabata on 02 Jan 2018, 18:33
I suggest Kanji Gakusei (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2228/)! :-D
  aaaaabsolutely + 1

I'm sure there are other cheerful games around ;)
That might be (or might not), but this game is unique and cute and ... and we want it to become the pick of the month, dear - it deserves it! (nod)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: arj0n on 02 Jan 2018, 19:56
but this game is unique and cute and ... and we want it to become the pick of the month, dear - it deserves it
Yes, we want (nod)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 03 Jan 2018, 17:19
It's a bit weird for me to set my own game, but since it was suggested by three people and there was no other game mentioned, I've put it up as PotM. Thanks Ibispi!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 05 May 2018, 20:10
It's already May and we need a new pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Danvzare on 08 May 2018, 12:37
It's already May and we need a new pick!
Bog's Adventures in the Underworld?
I remember it was one of the first AGS games I ever played. I got stuck though and never completed it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 08 May 2018, 14:19
So, you are suggesting a game you never completed without providing a blurb for pick of the month?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Danvzare on 09 May 2018, 12:05
So, you are suggesting a game you never completed without providing a blurb for pick of the month?
Yep pretty much. :-D

I've never suggested a game for a pick of the month before, so I have no idea how the process goes. I just saw that no one was suggesting anything, and wanted to help.
Feel free to ignore it, but how's this for a blurb:
"Bog's Adventures in the Underworld can be summarised in three words, funny but difficult. A charming game that was made twelve years ago, and has managed to keep its charm despite its age."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 09 May 2018, 19:24
So, you are suggesting a game you never completed without providing a blurb for pick of the month?
Yep pretty much. :-D

I've never suggested a game for a pick of the month before, so I have no idea how the process goes. I just saw that no one was suggesting anything, and wanted to help.
Feel free to ignore it, but how's this for a blurb:
"Bog's Adventures in the Underworld can be summarised in three words, funny but difficult. A charming game that was made twelve years ago, and has managed to keep its charm despite its age."

Hey, why not a game you have played fully, eg (purely random proposal) The Chrysalis? :D (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 09 May 2018, 21:33
Being reminded of it again with Hobbes' return, I'd like to suggest Buccaneer (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/258/)

A fun piratey adventure game that's NOT a rip-off of Monkey Island, but still shows love for the genre and theme, built on rogueish music, pretty pixel art and an interesting story that hints at more. While it is a bit short, you're unlikely to leave it disappointed!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: ManicMatt on 09 May 2018, 21:55
Although, Babar, like my Limbo adventure game, its download is from ags archives which are set to be taken down this year?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 10 May 2018, 09:50
Thanks Babar!
@Danvzare Having played the game should be a prerequisite to suggesting it.
@KyriakosCH The continuing proposal of your own game (see rules in first post) now got you a permanent ban for it being chosen as PotM.

For now the download link works. When AGS Archive is turned off, a whole lot of games in the database need to be updated.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Danvzare on 10 May 2018, 17:38
@Danvzare Having played the game should be a prerequisite to suggesting it.
That sounds fair. Although I did get a pretty decent distance in the game.

The only other game that comes to mind for PotM is "Maniac Mansion Mania - Episode 53 - The Klaus strikes back"
My blurb for that would be "Don't let the two cups fool you, this is an underrated classic. A hilarious game where you must get revenge, but karma keeps getting in your way."
I have completed that game... twice in fact. :-D

I guess I should finally get around to completing Bog's game now. (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 11 May 2018, 01:47
Thanks Babar!
@Danvzare Having played the game should be a prerequisite to suggesting it.
@KyriakosCH The continuing proposal of your own game (see rules in first post) now got you a permanent ban for it being chosen as PotM.

For now the download link works. When AGS Archive is turned off, a whole lot of games in the database need to be updated.

Well, this friendly attitude will help keep people using AGS for sure 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: LimpingFish on 11 May 2018, 03:02
Well, this friendly attitude will help keep people using AGS for sure 8-)

"Envy can ruin a man." :X

Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: eri0o on 11 May 2018, 05:04
Just curious, what is AGS Archives? And why is it going offline?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 11 May 2018, 05:38
Just curious, what is AGS Archives? And why is it going offline?
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=55761
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: morganw on 02 Jul 2018, 21:44
If the chance is there, I'd like to suggest Perils of Poom (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/318/).
Quote
Creating a humorous adventure of a quality normally reserved for commercial titles, Perils of Poom created something truly special. A great example of full and funny storytelling; this game manages to build a fantastic experience in a tangible universe, where nobody can spell the word "stereo". Highly recommended.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Phemar on 06 Jul 2018, 09:42
Perils of Poom.

I don't know why, but I read this as "Penis of Poon".

...I need to get out more.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 15 Jul 2018, 19:46
:= := :=
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 18 Jul 2018, 13:58
Not sure if I can suggest this (given it is not free, and from 2016; and another poster already suggested a game, from 2004- not sure if it was accepted or not?), but since no one else is posting anything, and given I recently rewatched the playthrough, here goes:

Kathy Rain

http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=53514.0

My review:
"Kathy Rain can be regarded as a modern version of the first Gabriel Knight; in style the gfx and feel is similar, while the actual plot includes some more ambiguous elements. The protagonist, Kathy, is to a degree dependent on her friend, much like Gabriel was to his female employee and romantic interest, and both of those secondary characters find themselves in danger along with the leads.
The progression of the story comes at a natural pace, and there are a couple of intricate puzzles. There is both humour and some sense of dread; although probably the overall mood is less sinister than in GB or similar horror.
A very stylish and professional-looking game."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 18 Jul 2018, 14:21
The date is not an issue, but games for Potm have to be free.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 18 Jul 2018, 14:42
Ok 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 28 Jul 2018, 09:29
It's almost August and we need a new pick. Has anyone played any recent game and can recommend it? Remember, the game should be free and preferably not a demo.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 28 Jul 2018, 10:31
It's almost August and we need a new pick. Has anyone played any recent game and can recommend it? Remember, the game should be free and preferably not a demo.

Maybe use the text for a possible demo of Kathy Rain? := := :=
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Cassiebsg on 28 Jul 2018, 11:30
The Clockwork Labyrinth: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2266/

Enjoy puzzle solving? Being baffled by "ancient" mysteries? Taking notes? Roaming aimless thru a maze to find all secrets and finally save the woman trapped in the maze? Then you must not miss this 1st person Adventure game with beautifully detailed rendered scenes.

PS- this good enough? :) )
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 28 Jul 2018, 12:13
+1!!!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 28 Jul 2018, 20:46
Thanks, Cassiebsg! The game looks really great, I have to try it when I have more time.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Nov 2018, 20:07
Anything?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Click'd on 01 Nov 2018, 20:23
Cyborg Seppuku
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Nov 2018, 20:45
Sure, but please provide a blurb for it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 08 Nov 2018, 19:23
*bump*
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 30 Nov 2018, 09:02
Really? Does no-one here play games anymore?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 30 Nov 2018, 09:30
Okay I'll choose one then - it's a bit of a blast from the past.

Zog Moonbuckle: The Mysterious Planet.
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1778/

What this game lacks in polish it more than makes up for in charm.  It's a sci-fi adventure with a fair dollop of humour, not too much to tax your little grey cells but the puzzles are all logical and held together by a nice storyline.  All in all this is an enjoyable romp that will take you about an hour to complete, and will definitely leave you with a smile on your face.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 30 Nov 2018, 19:25
Thanks! I set the pick. Charming game, but sadly I'm stuck close to the end
Spoiler: ShowHide
What is the authentication code?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Mandle on 01 Dec 2018, 11:00
Downloaded...

If you two guys say it's good... then it's good!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 16 Jan 2019, 22:59
*bump*
That hurts!

The Shaft (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2317/)
Isolated from your unit after a landing mishap, you must jerry-rig your way to find out what lies at the bottom of the shaft.

Modern adventure games often neglect inventory puzzles. Not Kastchey's winning entry for last July MAGS competition. Plus, it's all wrapped up in glorious pixel art. Time to party like it's 1989!

Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 17 Jan 2019, 16:17
Aww, thank you for this suggestion. Unexpected! =)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 17 Jan 2019, 19:40
Thanks Creamy!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Wiggy on 30 Jan 2019, 23:57
Hi Everyone!

I'd like to nominate "Yago the Coquerrestrial" for "pick of the month.


Yago is a reporter from the planet Coque, and is commissioned to renew a documentary about Earth that the Coquelians made 50,000 years ago. The human race has evolved a lot, and Yago has the onerous duty to revise the doco. Solo. He loses nearly everything in a collision with a satellite, so he not only has to make the doco, he needs to fix his ship as well.
He is goal-oriented, which is one of those irregular verbs - I am goal-oriented, you are plain selfish, he is a complete a55hole! He does many nasty things, but he has to.
The animations are first class and the plot is sublime. The humour is from chuckle to absolute belly-laugh-out-loud. Yago is an enigma; a lovable character that you can hate as well. This, for me, was one of the best games of 2018. Try it! There are many helpful hints on the "hints and tips" thread, I put some of them there.
Don't miss out - it's a hard game but worth the effort!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 31 Jan 2019, 19:56
I wanted to give it a try, but for Windows I only found an installer version, no plain zip  :(
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Wiggy on 01 Feb 2019, 09:24
Yes, that's it . It is an installer, not a zip file. Each to his own I guess. Personally I'd choose the .zip format, but I can assure you there is nothing nasty in the installer. :grin:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Cassiebsg on 01 Feb 2019, 13:45
Up to him to decide what to upload. But some people don't download exe. No matter if there's nothing wrong with it. I don't like installers, so I just don't download if it's not a zip/rar/7z/etc...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 May 2019, 09:29
Another pick anyone? It's been quite some time already.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 10 May 2019, 23:49
How about...

Don't Look! by Tamanegi
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1394/

A somewhat disturbing journey into the mind of a troubled 8 year old struggling to control her anxiety.

The strong focus on storytelling takes it toll on the puzzles, the verb coin is a bit awkward and there is no sound or music, but if you can appreciate a game for its backstory, cool NPC and an occasional jump scare, you will definitely enjoy this dark fantasy tale.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 11 May 2019, 16:19
Great pick! I agree that the verbcoin was awkward but very cute game.
Spoiler: ShowHide
Would have been great if you had to face more "fears".
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 11 May 2019, 22:20
Spoiler: ShowHide
Would have been great if you had to face more "fears".

Spoiler: ShowHide
I agree! But I suppose the lack of polish and some plot shortcuts were all down to MAGS time constraints.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Jun 2019, 07:45
Another month another pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Durq on 04 Jun 2019, 20:21
Has Journey Home ever been a pick of the month?

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2244/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Jun 2019, 20:32
No, it hasn't! Write a teaser for it and I'll put it up  :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Blondbraid on 04 Jun 2019, 21:05
Otherwise, since it's pride month, how about a game with a queer protagonist?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Jun 2019, 21:13
I don't care if a protagonist is queer - pick of the month is for recommending good games.

Write a teaser for a suitable game and I'll set it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 Jun 2019, 07:15
Durq, Blondbraid: No teaser for me?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Durq on 07 Jun 2019, 19:31
Can you use the author's description?

"A sharp clap of thunder jolts you awake.

You find yourself cold and alone in a dark forest clearing.

You have no memory of who you are or what you're doing here.

You just know that you need to make it to the distant light that you recognise as home.

But the forest is not going to make it easy...

And you might just find that there's more to this strange pilgrimage than meets the eye..."

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2244/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 07 Jun 2019, 20:23
Can you use the author's description?

No, this would be boring and too easy  ;)

I would like to have a more personal message from the person who chooses the game. Just have a look at previous picks (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/picks/) to get an idea.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 08 Jun 2019, 08:56
Otherwise, since it's pride month, how about a game with a queer protagonist?
I thought about nominating Femspray (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1154/), which while it doesn't have a queer protagonist (except for in one bit), it was a fun, lighthearted but non-derogatory take on the subject. But then I realised I had written it up for pick of the month before already :D. The author made a newer game with similar themes and subject matter, but I haven't played that one, so I can't really nominate it.

Instead, I'll go for a game that has been nominated before, over 10 years ago, and deserves way more love :D : The Winter Rose (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/643/)
I remember there was a word limit for how long the blurb had to be, but I can't find/remember it now, so here is something I hope is long enough:

I believe this 14 year old gem is our resident BaRoN's first game, so you might feel it has a few rough edges, but it is well worth playing. It has great writing, pretty artwork, all building up to create the cold wintery atmosphere that leads you to a genuine sense of going on an adventure in this adventure game- like the Sierra games of old, but without the frustrating and insane puzzles.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: morganw on 08 Jun 2019, 11:11
Instead, I'll go for a game that has been nominated before, over 10 years ago, and deserves way more love :D : The Winter Rose (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/643/)
The download link doesn't work though.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 08 Jun 2019, 14:55
Instead, I'll go for a game that has been nominated before, over 10 years ago, and deserves way more love :D : The Winter Rose (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/643/)
The download link doesn't work though.
What? Sure it does!  :=

(check again)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 08 Jun 2019, 21:14
Winter Rose was PotM in August 2006, Femspray was PotM in April 2013.

Don't you play any recent games, guys?  (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 15 Jun 2019, 22:23
If no one else is looking to provide a pick with a full description, I can offer:

Absin by Fransis
Database link: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2263/
Synopsis: Join a bitter, cynical, down-on-her-luck detective on an unexpected and very much unwanted journey into her past.
Whilst more picky players may find the visuals lacking, the interesting non-linear structure of this investigative noir game and a strong focus on narration should easily make up for it.


It hasn't been a PotM yet and it's a pretty cool game. Fairly recently released, too!
Also, - spoiler alert, best play the game through to the end before you unhide -
Spoiler: ShowHide
it has a Q protagonist, per Blondbraid's wish :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Babar on 16 Jun 2019, 18:07
I am sad that a game would be dismissed due to being old. Old games need love too! More so than new games!

(my disappointment is very trivial, and I'm half joking, don't make much of it  := ).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 16 Jun 2019, 21:53
Excellent pick, Kastchey! I just finished playing and I got ending
Spoiler: ShowHide
A - Obviously I guessed it right. It was quite difficult because there were only clues, no real proof. But no other person was that suspicious so I just guessed  :)


Too bad there is no save option, it actually took me longer that 1 hour to play, there are a lot of rooms to explore.

@Babar: The games were dismissed because they were already PotM before. And I think newer games need more love than old games.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 17 Jun 2019, 23:35
Fully agree, the lack of save makes the game considerably less player friendly and it does take more than an hour to complete. Still worth it, though!
Spoiler: ShowHide
I think I got the same ending the first time round, as I also figured the real culprit was the most logical choice. Side note, if I remember correctly the debug mode has been left on so whoever doesn't feel like replaying or have the patience because of the lack of save system, there's always the cheap option for a bit of extra lore...

And as for the game choice in general, it's always interesting when someone uncovers an old gem. But there's also an unquestionable perk to choosing games released in a given year - more chance for a wider variety of nominees for AGS Awards. I thought of suggesting a game added in 2019 purely for that reason, but couldn't resist picking Absin...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 30 Jun 2019, 12:09
I would like to nominate a game :)

Metaphobia by Digital Mosaic Games
Database link: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2352/
Synopsis: The murder of his father, a prominent politician, always seemed a bit suspicious to the protagonist. According to the authorities it was a random burglary, but maybe some enemies wanted to silence him and used a hit-man. How deep is the rabbit-hole? You can find out in this very elegant and professionally made new horror adventure.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Jojo_the_monkey on 30 Jun 2019, 14:06
I totally agree Kyriakos!! :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 30 Jun 2019, 20:24
Excellent! Thanks for the pick - I set it for July so it should show up soon.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Dkobylarz on 01 Jul 2019, 17:58
I would like to nominate a game :)

Metaphobia by Digital Mosaic Games
Database link: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2352/
Synopsis: The murder of his father, a prominent politician, always seemed a bit suspicious to the protagonist. According to the authorities it was a random burglary, but maybe some enemies wanted to silence him and used a hit-man. How deep is the rabbit-hole? You can find out in this very elegant and professionally made new horror adventure.

Thanks so much for the pick!! :D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 01 Jul 2019, 18:54


Thanks so much for the pick!! :D

 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Tamanegi on 18 Jul 2019, 20:02
Don't Look! by Tamanegi
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1394/

A somewhat disturbing journey into the mind of a troubled 8 year old struggling to control her anxiety.

The strong focus on storytelling takes it toll on the puzzles, the verb coin is a bit awkward and there is no sound or music, but if you can appreciate a game for its backstory, cool NPC and an occasional jump scare, you will definitely enjoy this dark fantasy tale.
Hey, thank you! Your description of my game is really flattering! I am not really active here anymore (changed over to Ren'Py), but I still have fond memories of that game and am very happy that after more than 8 years, people still remember it, and play it! I just found out about it being Pick of the Month May when I googled for the old download link because someone asked me for old games I made.

There's a lot of things I would have done differently looking at it now, but I still am proud to have finished a game at all in one month - and that the theme I got to choose for the next round of the monthly challenge, "Submerged", led to three really nice games. The reason why there's no sound at all is that I have no idea how to make music and I wanted to make the game 100% myself, so no stock sfx either.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 19 Jul 2019, 12:32
Don't Look! by Tamanegi
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1394/

A somewhat disturbing journey into the mind of a troubled 8 year old struggling to control her anxiety.

The strong focus on storytelling takes it toll on the puzzles, the verb coin is a bit awkward and there is no sound or music, but if you can appreciate a game for its backstory, cool NPC and an occasional jump scare, you will definitely enjoy this dark fantasy tale.
Hey, thank you! Your description of my game is really flattering! I am not really active here anymore (changed over to Ren'Py), but I still have fond memories of that game and am very happy that after more than 8 years, people still remember it, and play it! I just found out about it being Pick of the Month May when I googled for the old download link because someone asked me for old games I made.

There's a lot of things I would have done differently looking at it now, but I still am proud to have finished a game at all in one month - and that the theme I got to choose for the next round of the monthly challenge, "Submerged", led to three really nice games. The reason why there's no sound at all is that I have no idea how to make music and I wanted to make the game 100% myself, so no stock sfx either.

Your game is very stylish. Well done :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Kastchey on 21 Jul 2019, 20:23
Great to see you back here, Tamanegi! Even if for a brief moment.

I did play your game back in 2011 when you released it and the memories were still vivid when I was replying it in May this year.
Fantastic work!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 03 Aug 2019, 21:35
It's August already! Any new picks?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 04 Aug 2019, 09:24
Tales of Jayvin (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=57223.0) is a fantastic game, I really recommend it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Aug 2019, 09:47
Tales of Jayvin (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=57223.0) is a fantastic game, I really recommend it.

Then please write a short teaser for it  :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 04 Aug 2019, 10:44
Sure. Although I'm not very good at it:

"Exploration, puzzles, RPG battles, quest solving: this game has it all. There are so many activities to do, you're bound to find something you like.

The only problem? Is too addictive! Prepare to be entertained for many hours!"
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Aug 2019, 20:50
Thanks! Pick is set  :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: RetroJay on 05 Aug 2019, 18:51
OH MY GOD!! 8-0 8-0 8-0

Thank you Lorenzo, for the "pick of the Month". 8-0
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw "Tales of Jayvin" there. :-D

On behalf of us all at "SPAMFASTIC STUDIOS" I would just like to say how much this means to us.
We are so happy that you have enjoyed our game, to the point that you think it deserves this prestigious honor.

Kind regards.
All at SPAMFASTIC STUDIOS. 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 06 Aug 2019, 11:56
I hope the game will get more exposition and players! I only wish my description was less terrible (laugh) but I did my best.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: RetroJay on 06 Aug 2019, 18:47
Hey, Lorenzo.

I thought that your description was perfect. It said all that was needed. (nod)
As you said... Hopefully our game will get more interest and players now that it is in the "Pick of the Month".
I still can't believe this. (laugh)

Thank you, Lorenzo.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Vincent on 08 Aug 2019, 11:15
I am really so much happy to see that two of the projects which I worked on has been chosen for the "Pick of the Month"!  :-D
Thank you very much KyriakosCH and lorenzo for your support and your kind words, I deeply appreciate it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: BarbWire on 10 Aug 2019, 09:46
I am so glad to see that Tales of Jayvin is 'Pick of the Month', thanks to
Lorenzo's recommendation.

The sheer amount of work that went into this game, over a four year period,
is staggering.

Thousands of lines of programming were implemented by Vincent, while
RetroJay was responsible for drawing each, and every, graphic.

Hunched over their keyboard and mouse, for hours at a time, they created a game
truly worthy of this honour.

It covers most genre of games, is hugely entertaining, and has it all- in buckets! :-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 01 Oct 2019, 20:15
New month new pick!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Blondbraid on 01 Oct 2019, 23:55
New month new pick!
Maybe something Halloween themed?  :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 02 Oct 2019, 12:53
Good idea - pick is set!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: ManicMatt on 03 Nov 2019, 09:01
It's November now folks :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 03 Nov 2019, 22:10
Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Buy a Used Spaceship (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2377/)

All space travellers will tell you: many merchants are not too fussy about the security of their customers. Poor Clotilde should have read the title of her first adventure!

With a style reminiscent of the best european comics, Lorenzo builds a solid spaceship comedy.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Nov 2019, 08:46
Thanks! I downloaded the game already yesterday and will play it once I'm done with MAGS voting.

The strike through did not work for the pick, though. Do you want to rephrase it?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 04 Nov 2019, 17:48
That was so unexpected! 8-0 Thank you so much Creamy!
I love the description of the game's plot you wrote, much better than mine. (laugh)
Thank you again!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 04 Nov 2019, 19:29
My pleasure  :)

I've rephrased the last sentence:

With a style reminiscent of the best european comics Lorenzo builds a lousy spaceship, yet a solid comedy.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 09 Feb 2020, 20:47
It's February already. We do have 29 days this year, but we still need a new pick soon!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 12 Feb 2020, 12:39
I've recently played Tea for Two (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2355-tea-for-two-a-detective-logan-case/) and really enjoyed it!

Here's my description:

"Made for a game jam, Tea for Two is a short, but intriguing detective mystery. Investigate the murder of a woman in this one-room game, with great graphics, full voice acting, and a nice futuristic noir atmosphere."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 12 Feb 2020, 13:14
Thanks and done!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: ManicMatt on 02 Mar 2020, 19:18
I don't have a game to suggest but just reminding everyone it's March. :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: eri0o on 04 Mar 2020, 12:38
Maybe someone can improve my description or suggest a different game:

The snowy weather, the snuggly clothes, family, great meals and magical portals to North Pole. If you want something to do while you wait for the gifts season to come again during your nights, play A Christmas Nightmare.

https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2398-a-christmas-nightmare/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 04 Mar 2020, 19:13
I loved the game, but actually I would like to set it as pick for next December. I don't think the beginning spring is the best time to play this.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 08 Mar 2020, 19:33
I've enjoyed What's in the safe (https://spacequesthistorian.com/2016/02/22/whats-in-the-safe-talkie-version-out-now/) by the Space Quest Historian and the late Amayirot Akago a while ago. I wanted to submit it for game pick. However, it's not in the AGS database currently.

Although I didn't work on the game, could I create an entry for it?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 08 Mar 2020, 20:06
Would it be possible to contact Space Quest Historian somehow and ask for creating an entry?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: CaptainD on 08 Mar 2020, 20:15
Would it be possible to contact Space Quest Historian somehow and ask for creating an entry?

I've pointed this out to him on Twitter...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 09 Mar 2020, 21:55
Since it's already late in the month, I propose another game in the meantime:

Broken Windows - Chapter 1 (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2401/)

"There's no shortage of fan-games oozing with love of the golden classics on AGS.
Yet, they are not fairly distributed and some popular series get overlooked over time, such as Sierra's Police Quest.
Fortunately, you can count on GOC Games to recapture what made it so special.
"
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 11 Mar 2020, 08:03
Thanks, Creamy!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 12 Apr 2020, 01:29
Proposition for April:

GNRBLEX (Steam Version) (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2362)
It says "This is a commercial game" but it's free.

Here's the teaser:

- What's the cute animal behind the glass?
- It's a GNRBLEX, also known as a 'mind maggot'.
- Why the nickname?
- You don't want to know.

Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 13 Apr 2020, 17:20
It seems that this is a Steam only version. A Pick of the month should not require the player to login or register somewhere.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Frodo on 13 Apr 2020, 23:08
Has Dr Lutz ever been nominated?  It's an oldie, but a goodie.   :smiley:

Dr Lutz And The Time Travel Machine
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/877-dr-lutz-and-the-time-travel-machine/


Blurb:
Ever wondered how the dinosaurs died out?  Dr Abraham Lutz has been asking himself that question for years. 
And now, with the help of his latest invention, he can go back in time and see first-hand exactly what happened to these magnificent creatures. 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2020, 09:34
A blast from the past! Sadly, the download is a setup, so I cannot try it ATM. Can you confirm that the download works and is playable?

(Btw, glad to see you are back, I was worried a bit what happened to you  :) )
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Frodo on 15 Apr 2020, 11:01
Hey Cat.  Yes, the game works.  I took this screenshot (windowed) from it.   :smiley:

x1 x2 x4 x8



(And thanks.  I had a lot of medical stuff going on, but things are getting better now.   :smiley:) 
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2020, 18:38
Thanks! I set the pick.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 22 Jul 2020, 13:27
New month, new proposition:

Billy Masters Was Right (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2461-billy-masters-was-right/)

Poor Billy's been grounded and his credibility has reached an all-time low.
Not the best time to stick his nose in the neighbor's affairs - or is it?

Let's enjoy this first foray by Postmodern Adventures in the English-speaking world. It's short but perfectly Mastered.





Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: cat on 22 Jul 2020, 19:43
Thanks for the pick, Creamy! I am seriously neglecting them ATM  :-[
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 26 Aug 2020, 22:55
Played any good AGS game recently? Write a little blurb about it and have it featured on the main game page.

Cat asked me to lend a hand with the management of the pick but the rules remain unchanged.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 27 Aug 2020, 18:48
A game I enjoyed is Barn Runner: Pucker Factor.
Here's my (rather poor) description for it:

The Barn Runner series is back! In this new chapter Noriko has to face an ember storm to save MAGS (Modular Auto-charging Gauss System) -- but more importantly: find love!

Help her navigate a maze of dialogue choices, arcade games, an actual maze, hidden objects sections, funny banter, and much more!

(Beware: there's some somewhat "spicy" content in the game, in case this kind of things bothers you)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 30 Aug 2020, 19:26
Thanks Lorenzo. It should appear on Tuesday  :)

Sorry for not being more responsive but my internet connection has been mistakenly cut off a week ago.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 30 Aug 2020, 20:10
Sorry for not being more responsive but my internet connection has been mistakenly cut off a week ago.
Don't worry! I hope your connection troubles will be over soon. :)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 02 Sep 2020, 03:40
I just noticed my new game made the cut. I ran (well, walked quickly, I am getting older) to this thread to see who had suggested it. Thanks Lorenzo and Creamy. You put a smile on a tired teacher's face.  :grin:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: milkanannan on 04 Sep 2020, 04:28
I started playing it yesterday, Ponch. Really enjoying it!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 07 Sep 2020, 14:34
I started playing it yesterday, Ponch. Really enjoying it!
Thanks! I'm glad you like it.  :cool:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Slasher on 07 Sep 2020, 14:37
I would have thought 'Pick of the Month' should be about picking a game made that month, not from previous months, years ago...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: milkanannan on 07 Sep 2020, 18:56
I think it's like 'Employee of the Month' at McDonald's. You sort of recognise someone/something's value regardless of when they/it joined the community.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Ponch on 01 Oct 2020, 01:59
My suggestion for October (even if it's not appropriately spooky):

Bartolomeo, misled by circumstances, learns that appearances can be deceptive.
Pleasantly simple art, nice jokes, and a well-realized little world, all made in the span of two weeks. I'd write more, but the title ate most of my character limit.
:=

Limey Lizard, of course!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: LimpingFish on 01 Oct 2020, 03:03
A fine choice, Ponch, but could I suggest we make one of ProgZmax's games PotM as a small gesture? Perhaps Limey Lizard (full disclosure: I'm in it!)?

I would have thought 'Pick of the Month' should be about picking a game made that month, not from previous months, years ago...

I've always felt that it's about highlighting a game from the database, once a month, that (people feel) deserves more attention.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Stupot on 01 Oct 2020, 08:55
I came here to make the same suggestion. And I'm not even in it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 01 Oct 2020, 20:05
EDIT: Pick changed.

For future picks, may I suggest that people propose something before the end of the month?

Quote
Quote
Quote from: Slasher on 07 Sep 2020, 15:37
I would have thought 'Pick of the Month' should be about picking a game made that month, not from previous months, years ago...

I've always felt that it's about highlighting a game from the database, once a month, that (people feel) deserves more attention.

LimpinfFish is right. To quote M0ds on the first page:
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any game in the AGS database qualifies
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Tampere on 02 Oct 2020, 11:32
For future "pick of the month"s, let me dump this small blurb for My father’s secret (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2475-my-father-s-secret/).

Abandoned by your father as a child, you finally find the house where he lives. You enter the secluded place with questions and grudges, but you will soon discover that the truth is far gloomier than what you can handle. Find your way through yours and your father's life in this spooky FMV game.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Olleh19 on 02 Oct 2020, 15:14
New month, new proposition:

Billy Masters Was Right (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2461-billy-masters-was-right/)

Poor Billy's been grounded and his credibility has reached an all-time low.
Not the best time to stick his nose in the neighbor's affairs - or is it?

Let's enjoy this first foray by Postmodern Adventures in the English-speaking world. It's short but perfectly Mastered.


That game was really good yes! Inspired me to do my first 16colors EGA Adventure game too! 8-)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 03 Oct 2020, 07:06
Quote
For future "pick of the month"s, let me dump this small blurb for My father’s secret.
Thanks Tampere. I'll keep it in my back pocket.

Quote
That game was really good yes! Inspired me to do my first 16colors EGA Adventure game too! 8-)
Nice. That's the last MAGS game of September I haven't played.

Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Olleh19 on 03 Oct 2020, 16:44
Quote
For future "pick of the month"s, let me dump this small blurb for My father’s secret.
Thanks Tampere. I'll keep it in my back pocket.

Quote
That game was really good yes! Inspired me to do my first 16colors EGA Adventure game too! 8-)
Nice. That's the last MAGS game of September I haven't played.

Do you mean mine or his? Because i don't think you have played mine after all the major bugs where fixed, maybe i'm wrong tho. My game isn't talked about, cause i'm so afraid it's still faulthy!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Sinitrena on 01 Dec 2020, 15:45
Suggestion:

Maverick Gunn and the Eye of Oggun (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2465/)

You are looking for a tresure? Well, look no more, this treasure hunt will lead you through an Indiana Jones inspired adventure on some tropical islands. Interesting characters, lots of puzzles and beautiful graphics await you in this little gem looking for a gem!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 20 Dec 2020, 20:02
Belated thank you, Sinitrena. I've set Tampere's proposition for January and yours for February.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 28 Feb 2021, 09:01
Since you've been binge-playing games for the AGS Awards nominations, why not share your discoveries  ;-D

Just write a little blurb about any worthwhile free AGS game in this thread and we'll make it the next Pick of the month.

The list of previous Picks (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/picks/).
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Laura Hunt on 28 Feb 2021, 10:14
I can't believe The Cabin hasn't been awarded Pick of the Month yet, so:

The Cabin (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2494-the-cabin/)

"Why are you in this cabin? And where *is* this cabin? Why is snow the only thing you can remember? Piece together the clues in this enigmatic and beautiful first-person mystery!"
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: heltenjon on 28 Feb 2021, 11:33
I second Laura's choice of The Cabin. Outstanding game!

With the awards coming up, I guess some of the games from yesteryear will get their deserved attention there. I'll certainly be happy to write a suggestion about picking Zniw, Off the Clock or Money Mansion if they by some off chance don't win anything.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 28 Feb 2021, 14:10
Quote
I can't believe The Cabin hasn't been awarded Pick of the Month yet, so:

The Cabin

"Why are you in this cabin? And where *is* this cabin? Why is snow the only thing you can remember? Piece together the clues in this enigmatic and beautiful first-person mystery!"

Hyperspace coordinates locked in, thank you  :)

Quote
With the awards coming up, I guess some of the games from yesteryear will get their deserved attention there. I'll certainly be happy to write a suggestion about picking Zniw, Off the Clock or Money Mansion if they by some off chance don't win anything.
Yes, it's never too late to give some recognition to an overlooked game. That's something that I like in the Pick.  Only free games are eligible though (sorry Zniw).


Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: heltenjon on 03 Mar 2021, 10:00
After seeing the award nominations, I feel I have to suggest an overlooked title for one of the upcoming months.

Suggestion:

Money Mansion (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2434-money-mansion/)

So you liked Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle? Want to play more with the heroes from those games? Sorry, this one is about the bad guys! In a wonderful mash-up of Disney's Uncle Scrooge and MM, try to get ahold of a million bucks to keep the Mansion. You play as Dr. Fred, Edna and Ed, who each have their own weaknesses and (lack of) abilities. Enjoy bizarre humour and solve challenging puzzles in your quest to take that money! Flirt with a statue! Beat the security system! Watch TV! Oh, just play the game, won’t you?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 24 Mar 2021, 22:12
Entered April 2021 on the DeLorean keypad. Thank you Heltenjon

(https://media2.giphy.com/media/l1BgR1vWOEFgJGEUg/source.gif)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 13 Apr 2021, 14:26
I want to suggest Content, for game of the month: https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=58987.0

In Content you return to the Bug-infested universe (this is the second game in a series) and unwillingly get involved so as to save your cat. A lot of creative elements and nice animations, make this a great addition to the series. Be sure to check the author's first game too.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 24 Apr 2021, 11:23
Thanks Kyriakos. I set it for May.

Having played the game myself, I just added this line : "Please don't skip the tutorial because the game features Quick Time Events."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: KyriakosCH on 24 Apr 2021, 15:53
^Indeed. I had to infer that the walkthrough was there for a tied reason, and run it, after trying for a while to go past the first instance of those events...
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 29 May 2021, 09:30
Here comes June,
I need a blurb soon.

Please recommand a hidden gem
or there'll be a pick à la crème.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: heltenjon on 22 Aug 2021, 23:09
I don't think Minifeg: The Search (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1834/) have been a pick of the month. It's a small to medium sized gem from 2014, where it didn't win its MAGS and may be overlooked because of it.

This was made in a month with animated Lego graphics and features time travel and all sorts of trouble to get back to the present day. I'd probably play it for the Lego alone, but there's also humour, devious puzzles that seem straightforward afterwards and a messed-up timeline spanning from prehistoric to the future, visiting seven (I think) time eras.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 22 Aug 2021, 23:32
Thanks Heltenjon. I was about to pick an old game too.

I haven't played this one. I can only remember one other AGS game made with with Legos. It was pretty crazy and featured Fred Astaire.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 20 Nov 2021, 09:53
(https://i.imgur.com/dRrcWee.jpg)

Any suggestion for December?
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: heltenjon on 20 Nov 2021, 12:53
I can make some suggestions, but I’ve picked some times now, so perhaps someone else ought to chime in.

M*A*S*H: The adventure game hits the feeling from the tv show very well and was well received by those who played it. Unfortunately, the spelling of the title may mean that it’s hard to find via search. Also, I proofread for this, so it may be too close to home for me to nominate. But I’d say it’s a pretty good game.
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2515-m-a-s-h-point-n-click-adventure-game/

If this section is mostly about overlooked gems, then If on a Winter’s Night: Four Travelers probably doesn’t fit, as it was met with universal praise. Maybe the best AGS game ever. (Hell, best _game_ ever, if you ask me.)
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2520-if-on-a-winter-s-night-four-travelers/

If we’re looking for older games, then why not nominate ! by Ben304? It’s a minimalist masterpiece, with all the locations in comic book-like panels on a single screen. Great variety in the puzzles as well makes this a true classic.
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1254--/
   
One game that really gets me in a good mood, is Slasher’s The Rat Pack Do Cheesy Castle. Short and easy MAGS entry, but all those music cuts about cheese really makes me smile when I think of it.
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2256-the-rat-pack-do-cheesy-castle/

One of my all-time favourites is Elia, Alaria & The Kids Having a Good Time at the Beach (Or at least they try). It’s a short slice-of.life comedy as Elia have to make everyone ready to go. Beautiful Lorenzo art and hilarious Lorenzo humour equals a great playing experience.
https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2491--elia-ilaria-the-kids-having-a-good-time-at-the-sea-or-at-least-they-try-/
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 21 Nov 2021, 18:35
Thank you Heltenjon.

Quote
I’ve picked some times now, so perhaps someone else ought to chime in.
I appreciate your concern. I also try not to pick all the games myself.
That's why I've used enthusiastic comments from the game pages lately - with the consent of their author.

There's no limit per person so here's the deal: I'll use one of your suggestions unless another proposition is made.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: FormosaFalanster on 21 Nov 2021, 20:45
Then I'll suggest Patchwork, I played it recently and I had a good time.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 21 Nov 2021, 23:36
Thanks for stepping in FormosaFalanster.

However Patchwork was already chosen in February 2013. The list of previous picks can be found here (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/picks/list/).

I'll gladly retain any other AGS game. Please write a little text to promote it.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: FormosaFalanster on 22 Nov 2021, 00:01
Then I'll suggest "Him": https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2055-him/

A deliciously dark and atmospheric short game, with an original twist, and graphics that look like the kind of horrible picture at the bottom of a chest that you are afraid to look at. Totally worths the trip!
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Frodo on 22 Nov 2021, 10:57
Then I'll suggest "Him": https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2055-him/

A deliciously dark and atmospheric short game, with an original twist, and graphics that look like the kind of horrible picture at the bottom of a chest that you are afraid to look at. Totally worths the trip!

How did I miss this???  It looks wonderfully spooky.   :grin:
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 22 Nov 2021, 19:18
Roger that, FF!

A far cry from your previous choice  :-D
I like both games.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: FormosaFalanster on 22 Nov 2021, 22:32
Roger that, FF!

A far cry from your previous choice  :-D
I like both games.

Well now I feel guilty because I did not realize that Heltenjon had suggested one of Lorenzo's games and he's my partner in dev so I feel like I stabbed him in the back  :-[ But yeah recently I played a round of old AGS games for inspiration and these two were interesting, each in their different genre.
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: heltenjon on 22 Nov 2021, 22:59
Don't worry, FF, Elia will have his day...or at least he'll try.  (laugh)
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: FormosaFalanster on 23 Nov 2021, 00:21
Don't worry, FF, Elia will have his day...or at least he'll try.  (laugh)

Well there you go, Creamy, you have your picks for the next two months: "Him", then "Elia"  :-D
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: lorenzo on 01 Dec 2021, 20:40
Well now I feel guilty because I did not realize that Heltenjon had suggested one of Lorenzo's games and he's my partner in dev so I feel like I stabbed him in the back  :-[
Oh, so that's what that tingling sensation I felt in my back was :P
I've never heard of Him and it looks spooky, so nice choice!

Don't worry, FF, Elia will have his day...or at least he'll try.  (laugh)
(laugh) (laugh)

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For future Pick of the Month, can I suggest Fridge Follies (https://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/1933-fridge-follies/)?
It's a bit older, as it's from 2015, but I love it and it's really funny!

"Leftovers want to be heard! Can you make the fridge stinky enough to force the people outside to check what's going on inside it? A very funny 10-15 minutes game by Baron and Ponch."
Title: Re: Community "pick of the month"
Post by: Creamy on 02 Dec 2021, 00:02
Did Lorenzo just propose a pick against his own game to relieve FF from the guilt of having suggested a pick against Lorenzo's game...Ok I'm overthinking this  (laugh)

Thanks for the propositions everyone. I put them in the (stinky) fridge.