AGS Awards 2020

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AGS Awards Results
Preceded by

2019

For games released in the year

2020

Succeeded by

2021

Summary

107 games submitted to the AGS Games Database in 2020 competed in the awards. For the first time in years, the nominations were not dominated by commercial games, with Zniw Adventure the only commercial AGS title nominated, ultimately winning in three categories. However, the big winner of the night was Postmodern Adventures, whose two games Urban Witch Story and Billy Masters Was Right took nine awards total. This meant that despite 11 nominations, Off The Clock was shut out, winning no awards. Best MAGS Game of the Year (MAGGIES 2020), a separate contest but announced together with the AGS Awards, was won by The Cabin.

Kastchey took over the responsibility for the awards from cat, with support from cat, Snarky and AGA; selmiak and vga256 also helped update the AGS Awards client. The results were announced in a virtual in-game/IRC ceremony on 17. April, 2021, using the multiplayer AGS Awards client. This year's awards marked two anniversaries, as they were the twentieth AGS Awards, and the ten-year anniversary of the first multiplayer client. The ceremony also featured a memorial for Shane "ProgZmax" Stevens, who passed away in 2020, with a eulogy by LimpingFish.

The awards ceremony was livestreamed on Twitch and later posted to YouTube by Cino. See also the forum thread.

Categories

Main Awards

Best Game Created with AGS


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Broken Windows - Chapter 1 AW ddavey1983 AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Best Freeware Game Created with AGS


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Bartolomeo, misled by circumstances, learns that appearances can be deceptive AW Lorenzo AW
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Broken Windows - Chapter 2 AW ddavey1983 AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW


Writing & Design

Best Writing


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Barn Runner: Pucker Factor AW Ponch AW
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Falling Dark 2: Relapse AW FransisKransis AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Best Character


"Billy Masters", Billy Masters Was Right AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
"Billy Masters", Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
"Oomla", Off The Clock AW Honza AW
"Wendy Whedon", Wendy Whedon 2 - Nature's Rejects AW Marion AW
"Zniw", Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW
  

Best Gameplay


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Lord of Light AW PlayPretend AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW

Best Puzzles


Billy Masters Was Right AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Broken Windows - Chapter 1 AW ddavey1983 AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Art & Production

Best Background Art


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
The Cabin AW TheBitPriest AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Best Character Art


Zniw Adventure AW 

CrashPL AW

Nominees
Barn Runner: Pucker Factor AW Ponch AW
Bartolomeo, misled by circumstances, learns that appearances can be deceptive AW Lorenzo AW
Elia, Ilaria & the Kids Having a Good Time at the Sea (or at least they try) AW Lorenzo AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Best Animation


Zniw Adventure AW 

CrashPL AW

Nominees
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
A Prelude to an Adventure AW Hobo AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW
  

Best Music & Sound


Urban Witch Story AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Falling Dark 2: Relapse AW FransisKransis AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
Urban Witch Story AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Best Voice Work


SLEUTH AW 

monkey424 AW

Nominees
SLEUTH AW monkey424 AW
  
  
  
  

Best Games

Best Demo


Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW 

Seven Cities team AW

Nominees
Absurdistan - Demo AW Pogwizd AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Stellar Mess - Demo AW tiba79 AW
  
  

Best Non Adventure Game Created with AGS


Barn Runner: Pucker Factor AW 

Ponch AW

Nominees
The Ancient Art of Staying Alive AW CaptainD AW
Barn Runner: Pucker Factor AW Ponch AW
Futurama: Who Said That!?! AW arj0n AW
The Mind (MAGS March 2020) AW HanaIndiana AW
Rain & Snow - The Bouncer AW Intense Degree AW

Best Short Game


Billy Masters Was Right AW 

Postmodern Adventures AW

Nominees
Bartolomeo, misled by circumstances, learns that appearances can be deceptive AW Lorenzo AW
Billy Masters Was Right AW Postmodern Adventures AW
Dangerous Derek's Livestream AW JackPutter AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
A Prelude to an Adventure AW Hobo AW

Other Awards

Best Programming


Zniw Adventure AW 

CrashPL AW

Nominees
The Ancient Art of Staying Alive AW CaptainD AW
Indiana Jones and the Relic of the Viking AW Seven Cities team AW
Off The Clock AW Honza AW
SLEUTH AW monkey424 AW
Zniw Adventure AW CrashPL AW

Committee Decided

Lifetime Achievement Award

cat AW

For her tireless dedication to organizing and hosting AGS Awards, as well as actively supporting the community for years by both moderating the forums and creating or helping create many games.


Best Innovation Award

eri0o AW

For numerous innovative ideas including, but not limited to modules, AGS browser support and Android porting.