Daedalic Entertainment has been awarded one the most renowned design awards of the world. The German publisher and developer was presented with the Red Dot Design Award: Best of the Best for the cartoon adventure game in the category “Digital Games” on December 9.
The Red Dot Design Award is an international competition, its award recognized as a mark of quality in design circles since 1955. With more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries, the international Red Dot Design Award is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. The accolade “Red Dot: Best of the Best” is awarded for the highest design quality, expressing aesthetics, innovation and precision in an outstanding manner. This year, the jury recognized digital games for the first time.
The award was presented to Daedalic’s Creative Director Jan Müller-Michaelis and Managing Director Carsten Fichtelmann at this year’s cermony for the Red Dot Award: Communication Design in front of 900 creative professionals and representatives from media, business and politics.
The expert jury had this to say:
“[Edna & Harvey] features a distinctive and interesting aesthetic, because it disregards current trends in computer games and instead is animated in a very minimalist cartoon style. The story of young Edna, who wakes up in the padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past or how she ended up there, does not resort to 3D particle effects or rendered movies. The player experiences Edna’s breakout in a deliberately reduced cartoon world. As a classic adventure game, this computer game manages to captivate the players through a compelling story, paired with cranky humour and the high versatility of its plot.”
With three awards, developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment was one of the big winners at the 6th German Game Developer Award ceremony in Essen, Germany on December 9. The company was honoured as “Studio of the Year 2009” by the Award Advisory Board and took home “Best Story” and “Best Teen Game” accolades for its fantasy adventure game “The Whispered World”. Daedalic is only the second studio to receive the award as “Studio of the Year” and follows last year’s winner Crtyek.
„We are very proud to be named development studio of the year and thank the Advisory Board fort his extraordinary honour. This award is an affirmation of our work since the company’s inception in early 2007, but also a responsibility towards the German developer industry going forward,” said Carsten Fichtelmann, Daedalic’s managing director.
The German Game Developer Award is handed out every year in December to outstanding computer and video games from German developers released in the last 12 months. The games are judged not according to commercial success, but on innovation, game design, ease of use and technical excellence.
The beautiful adventure game “The Whispered World” whisks the player away to a unique and fascinating hand-painted fantasy world. It is set for international release in the first quarter of 2010.
The Whispered World has garnered the most nominations at the prestigious German Game Developer Award 2009. The epic fantasy adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment was nominated six times, more than any other single platform title, beating out titles like Risen, Venetica, BattleForge or Anno 1404.
The Whispered World was selected as a nominee in the categories „Best Game Design“, „Best Graphics“, „Best Youth Game“, „Best Story“, „Best Soundtrack“ and the main category „Best German Game of the Year“.
The hand-drawn 2D adventure is also up for the award „Best Adventure Game“, which can be voted on until November 30 by the public at the official website: http://www.deutscher-entwicklerpreis.de
The German Game Developer Award is on of the most renowned awards of the German game industry and is handed out every year to German developers, who have released a PC or console game in the past 12 months. Eligible titles are judged not according to commercial success, but regarding innovation in game concepts and technology, ease of use, as well as game design. This year’s award show takes place on December 9 at Lichtburg in Essen, Germany.
The PC game is set for international release in February 2010.
2009/09/02German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment has revealed Deponia. The newly announced adventure game comes from the acclaimed team behind the forthcoming Edna & Harvey: The Breakout and The Whispered World.
Deponia is a fast-paced comedy of errors and one of the most unusual love stories in gaming history. The twist-filled story takes its off-beat characters all over trash planet Deponia, a unique game world in the style of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Matt Groening. From Kuvaq, an improvised village built inside a giant trash heap, to the swimming black market and the dark corners of the elevated planetary railways: Deponia is brought to life with detailed hand-painted backgrounds in widescreen format and top-quality cartoon animation.
Rufus is not a pleasant guy. Ill-tempered and entirely too convinced of his own greatness, he lives at the edge of a small settlement somewhere in the most remote sector of the garbage-covered planet Deponia. He dreams of a better life in the floating cities of wealth and beauty high above the planet surface. When the angelic Goal falls from these privileged spheres down into a neighboring trash heap, Rufus sees his chance. He decides to bring the unconscious beauty back to her home. Only a vague hope of making it off Deponia at first, he soon formulates an unscrupulous plan, as he learns that he is a dead ringer for Goal’s upper-class husband. The planned handover is only the beginning of a wild chase across Deponia full of twists, turns and mystifying mix-ups…
Deponia is currently being developed for the PC and additional platforms.
Daedalic Entertainment and Merscom have announced today that the American company is publishing both online and at retail in North America the award winning adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout. The game was voted “Best Adventure Game of 2008” at the German Game Developers Awards.
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout is a point & click adventure game in the vein of the genre’s classics. Backgrounds and characters are completely 2D and drawn by hand by a real person in the game’s unique cartoon style. The game’s characters range from odd to genuinely crazy – twisted humor guaranteed! Thanks to challenging puzzles, extensive dialogues and more than 120 screens, gamers can look forward to an extraordinarily long gameplay experience. The English version of the game will be available in Q4, 2009.
In Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, Edna wakes up in the padded cell of an insane asylum with no memory of her past or how she ended up there. Only one thing is for certain: She has been wrongfully imprisoned and will have to escape! After all, she feels entirely sane – and her speaking stuffed toy bunny Harvey wholeheartedly agrees. Together they undertake a daring breakout attempt, meeting up with numerous oddball inmates, like the Man in the Bee’s Costume or Siamese twins Hoti and Moti. But Dr. Marcel, the sinister head of the institute, will do everything in his power to stop Edna. What evil scheme is afoot? Slowly Edna begins to regain her memories of the past…
“Given our success bringing great and engaging adventure games to the evolving mass market, we believe Edna & Harvey is a wonderful addition to our line-up,” said Lloyd Melnick, Merscom’s Chief Customer Officer. “Casual gamers, in particular, are looking for innovative adventure games and you don’t get much better than the adventure game of the year from probably the most sophisticated adventure game market.”
“We’re looking forward to Edna and Harvey conquering the rest of the world”, said Carsten Fichtelmann, Managing Director at Daedalic. “This English-language release is an important step for our brand strategy.”