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Top list of Best Adventure Games on PC (2023)Best Adventure Games

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New to the adventure game genre or returning after a hiatus and wondering what fantastic new PC adventure games await you? You're in the right place! Adventure games have a special place in gamers' hearts for their immersive, thrilling experiences that transport players away from reality. If you're eager to dive into the best adventure games of 2023 on your PC and ready to stop playing solitaire, look no further than our carefully curated list! 


With countless amazing adventure games to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide where to begin. That's why our team of experts has compiled a list of the top adventure games available right now. Ranging from classic point-and-click adventures to modern action-adventure titles, our list caters to every taste and preference. Whether you're after challenging puzzles or immersive story-driven experiences, you'll find your next gaming obsession right here. Let us guide you toward the best PC adventure games you can't afford to miss in 2023!


In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the finest adventure games of 2023 for PC that promise hours of captivating entertainment. For each title, we'll provide information on where to purchase these must-play games. Our selections are based on thorough reviews and the experiences of fellow gamers, ensuring that each game is truly worth your time and investment.


Where to Buy the Best Adventure Games?


There are numerous online and offline retailers where you can purchase top-notch adventure games for PC. Online options include AmazonGOGHumble Bundle or Steam, while brick-and-mortar stores like GameStop are also excellent choices.


For DRM-free games, we recommend purchasing from GOG. Humble Bundle is the way to go if you prefer Steam keys and wish to contribute to a good cause. With Humble Bundle, a portion of your purchase price goes to a charity of your choice, all while getting great deals on games.


Amazon is another valuable resource for adventure games, particularly classic titles. You can also find related products such as strategy guides, art books, and gaming gear for an enhanced gaming experience.


What are some of the Best Classic Point-and-Click Adventure Games?


Here's a taste of the best point-and-click adventure games for PC:


  • The Secret of Monkey Island (1990): A timeless classic with an engaging story, beautiful graphics, and creative puzzles.
  • Grim Fandango (1998): A unique, film noir-styled cult classic with an enthralling story and innovative gameplay mechanics.
  • Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (2003): The third installment in the popular series, featuring stunning visuals, a globe-trotting story, and clever puzzles.
  • Sam & Max Hit the Road (1993): A must-play for fans, with wacky humor, interesting characters, and engaging puzzles.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991): The equally exceptional sequel to The Secret of Monkey Island, with a captivating story, excellent graphics, and challenging puzzles.


For an extensive list of top point-and-click classics or our selection of the top 100 adventure games of all time, check out our dedicated sections featuring iconic titles like Monkey Island and more. 


Experience the Thrill of the Best Action-Adventure Games


Dive into the exhilarating world of action-adventure games, which combine heart-pounding excitement and immersive exploration with engaging storylines. These games captivate players with breathtaking visuals, exceptional production values, and abundant side content that entertain you for hours. Ready to embark on an unforgettable gaming adventure? Check out our top picks below!


Discover the Finest Adventure Games for PS5, Xbox, and iPhone


With countless exceptional adventure games available across various platforms, choosing the perfect one can be challenging. Fret not! We've got you covered with our handpicked lists of the best adventure games for iPhone and iPad, Xbox Series, PS4 and PS5, Nintendo Switch, and even new Adventure Indie Games for PC!


These lists feature outstanding adventure games from renowned studios like Telltale Games, creators of Tales of Monkey Island, The Walking Dead series, Minecraft: Story Mode and Dontnod Entertainment with their critically-acclaimed Life is Strange series. Immerse yourself in the rich world of adventure gaming!


Explore the Best Sources for Adventure Game (Art) Books


Adventure game art books are a treasure trove of stunning visuals and captivating stories. To get your hands on these gems, browse online retailers like Amazon and eBay or visit used bookstores. Game conventions are another excellent source, where you can often find vendors selling new and used books at discounted prices.


For exclusive deals on adventure game art books, consider subscribing to adventure game magazines, which often feature subscriber-only offers and discounts. Bitmap Books is another noteworthy destination for gaming books, including the spectacular collection found in The Art of Point-and-Click Adventure Games.


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Top list of Best Adventure Games on PC (2023)

Paws of Coal (2023)

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Paws of Coal is a delight, with charming visuals and an accessible interface that takes only a few hours to complete. The different endings invite playing again. For some gamers, the absence of voice acting and sparse animation may diminish the overall experience.

Last Christmas (2023)

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Last Christmas boasts well-crafted graphics, music, and voice acting that enhance its bite-sized story. Casual players will have fun, but hardcore players may not feel completely fulfilled.

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (2023) (2023)

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (2023) Box Cover

Sherlock Holmes The Awakened (2023) is a phenomenal remake and addition to Frogwares’ long list of adventures, leaning more towards the supernatural but still fitting snuggly into the Arthur Conan Doyle-style of the mystery genre. While there are minor issues with presentation and gameplay, those who are Sherlock Holmes fans (or H.P. Lovecraft fans) should definitely experience this—even those who have played the 2006 original or the 2008 remaster.

The Safe Place (2023)

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The Safe Place is a compelling, expressive interactive tragedy. It contains an engrossing story brought to life by well-executed writing, graphics, music, and puzzles that will arouse the emotions of its players.

Tails: The Backbone Preludes Box Cover

Tails: The Backbone Preludes is a riveting adventure with characters that encounter relatable, sympathetic scenarios while also presenting an intriguing and unique world. The choice system and well-written dialogue serve to elevate these elements, as does the overall presentation. With no voice-overs, however, reading lengthy text may eventually become tedious to some, with the game taking over seven hours to complete. Nevertheless, this is an adventure worth playing, especially for those who have enjoyed choice-driven games in the past.

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Stellar Mess: The Princess Conundrum (Chapter 1) Box Cover

Stellar Mess: The Princess Conundrum (Chapter 1) is a delightful and nostalgic adventure game that successfully blends an exciting story with visually appealing graphics, captivating music, a user-friendly interface, and mostly well-constructed puzzles.

Figment 2: Creed Valley (2023)

Figment 2: Creed Valley Box Cover

Figment 2: Creed Valley is a wonderfully designed game, combining plot and music in such a harmonious way and featuring creative puzzle-solving and combat. It is an absolute gem that every action-adventure gamer should try.

Loretta (2023)

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Despite some maddening mini-games and a finicky autosave feature, Loretta delivers a gripping tale and chilling atmosphere with stunning graphics and music. Horror fans should check it out, but be prepared for some frustration along the way.

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Dreams in the Witch House is an engrossing experience. It uses well-executed visuals, music, and writing to seamlessly place the player in the center of H.P. Lovecraft’s story. The role-playing elements work seamlessly with the narrative to heighten empathy for the protagonist.

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Children of Silentown (2023)

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If you’re looking for a creepy mystery adventure game with less emphasis on traditional point-and-click mechanics, Children of Silentown could be for you. However, some bland characters hinder it, and most of the storyline is confined too long in one play area.

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A smashingly engaging, gorgeous adventure, The Game Maker features an unusual game-within-a-game that challenges Carol Reed’s detecting skills to the max.

Boxville (2022)

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Triomatica Games’ Boxville feels like a return to traditional adventure form with classic pros and cons. It has an exciting world but can create frustration due to its mechanics and puzzle-solving. Impatient players will not appreciate how little the game guides them, but persistent and adaptable gamers will find a challenging and stimulating experience.

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Frog Detective 3: Corruption at Cowboy County will appeal to both series veterans and those looking to try out the mystery genre experience. The characters are quirky enough to be funny, and the lively changes in the environments and soundtrack are welcome. However, certain gameplay loops and drawn-out dialogues may drive impatient players away.

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Like No Other (2022)

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Like No Other: The Legend Of The Twin Books delights players with its stunning hand-drawn art and engaging puzzles, showcasing a world full of untapped narrative potential. Further exploration of its story and characters could make it an even more memorable gaming experience for fans of point-and-click adventures.

Lost in Play (2022)

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Lost in Play is an appealing, even mesmerizing adventure game with one of the best settings ever conceived and some very amusing puzzles. There are certain plot threads that are lacking, and the challenges can be arduous, even with the hint system. Still, this is an adventure game that is well worth experiencing.

Wayward Strand (2022)

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Wayward Strand is an intriguing game; a gripping story brought to life by well-executed graphics, music, interface, and voice acting.

Sunday Gold (2022)

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Sunday Gold is a bold, flashy experiment, merging a point-and-click adventure game with heavy tactical RPG elements. Kinetic, beautiful, and bursting with character, it serves up a brand new way to look at the adventure game genre.

Betrayal At Club Low (2022)

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A hybrid role-playing adventure game with high replayability and stunning 3D environments. In Betrayal At Club Low, players can customize their character and approach missions differently, using a dice mechanic that adds (not always welcome) randomness.

Pentiment (2022)

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Overall, Pentiment is a fantastic game with minor flaws that still impresses, even if the twist at the end of the second act is very difficult to accept. Despite being developed by a small team, Obsidian has demonstrated its ability to create an immersive and demanding game that blurs the line between art and gameplay.

Nine Noir Lives (2022)

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Nine Noir Lives is a splendid game. It showcases lovely graphics, music, sound design, and voice acting. It tells a story worthy of the Noir genre while retaining a great sense of humor.

The Plague Doctor of Wippra (2022)

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Although the game’s relative brevity and linearity mean Wippra is not a town to explore and become fully involved in, The Plague Doctor of Wippra is still a fun adventure with effective use of historical and medical detail in its puzzles.

Plot of the Druid (2022)

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Plot of the Druid boasts impressive graphics, music, voice acting, and puzzles that combine to enhance its intriguing story.

Lucy Dreaming (2022)

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Explore the enchanting world of Lucy Dreaming; with an impressive storyline, beautiful graphics, and excellent voice acting, it’s a game worth checking out!

Unusual Findings (2022)

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Unusual Findings is a clever tribute to ‘80s pop culture; a fun, creative story brought to life by well-executed graphics, interface, and voice acting.

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Jennifer Wilde: Unlikely Revolutionaries is a remarkable game that tackles themes rarely seen in commercial adventures. The writing is superb, with rich and complex characters and interactions. While the pacing feels rushed toward the end, this does not detract from the game’s overall excellence.

Return to Monkey Island (2022)

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Return to Monkey Island is a fantastic addition to the series and a great game in its own right. If you’re a Guybrush Threepwood fan or want to revisit the high point of adventures past and present, you owe it to yourself to come back to Monkey Island.

Beacon Pines (2022)

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Beacon Pines is utterly charming yet wonderfully creepy, with a surprisingly thoughtful narrative despite its cute characters and storybook aesthetic.

South of the Circle (2022)

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Although it gives the false impression of being a “choices matter” game, South of the Circle is still an excellent narrative experience for those who enjoy games without puzzles. Even if the ending might be disappointing, the stunning graphics and fantastic soundtrack make it a game worth playing.

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack (2022)

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Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack is a must-play for any fan of adventure games. An engaging story brought to life by beautiful graphics, sound, and animation, it immerses the player in a world of humor and fun.



IMMORTALITY is a complex and fascinating story that draws inspiration from many different film genres. It’s a fantastic game with a lot to offer, even if the limited influence over the story and the random order in which the game’s events are experienced could reduce the story’s impact.

BROK the InvestiGator (2022)

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BROK the InvestiGator is a bold and explosive burst of 90s nostalgia that plumb the depths of the adventure game genre for its best ideas and piles them, one on top of the other, for an unforgettable thrill ride. While it may slightly disappoint as an action game or a playable cartoon, it may just earn a place in the graphic adventure game canon.

FixFox (2022)

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FixFox is a fun romp through an alien planet as a furry MacGyver, although the long playtime does make proceedings repetitive.

The Last Cube (2022)

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Although rough around the edges in the story department, The Last Cube hits where it counts: fun powers used to solve clever logic puzzles in intriguing sci-fi environments.

Dungeons of Dreadrock (2022)

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Dungeons of Dreadrock is a great puzzle adventure game with solid gameplay mechanics, well-balanced difficulty levels, an exciting narrative, and a beautiful art style.

We Were Here Forever (2022)

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Though its puzzles are not quite as sharp as its predecessors’, We Were Here Forever provides plenty of co-op fun and finally delves into what’s happening in the world.

Voodoo Detective (2022)

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Voodoo Detective is a heartfelt homage to the classics that fuses a little of everything you loved about its inspirations. While it doesn’t quite reach those heights, it’s still a fun and engaging title that’s worth checking out and a promising debut from Short Sleeve Studio.

Stray (2022)

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Stray manages to straddle the glee of playing a roguish feline with an absorbing sci-fi story and gorgeously detailed landscapes.

Bugsnax (2022)

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You shouldn’t play with your food, but it’s necessary when dealing with the creatures of Snaktooth Island. While the creative design and catchy music are tasty side dishes, Bugsnax‘s main course of monster-catching gets a tad stale before the end.

Nightmare Frames (2022)

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Nightmare Frames is a solid investigative adventure game with an original voice and familiar design. It does what it aims to do reasonably well and will probably keep you engaged for a couple of hours, but its story and puzzles could’ve used a bit more depth.

Born Punk (2022)

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Born Punk is an outstanding game; an engrossing story brought to life by well-executed graphics, music, interface, and voice acting.

Ghost on the Shore (2022)

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Ghost on the Shore is a quiet exploration game that gets progressively more intense as the plot unravels. With a focus on storytelling, players who enjoy supernatural mystery and period drama will find this to be an intriguing journey.

Catie in MeowmeowLand (2022)

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Although a bit repetitive and not very challenging, Catie in MeowmeowLand serves up a delightful and whimsical game experience which gives you a well-deserved escape from reality.

Dexter Stardust: Adventures in Outer Space (2022)

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Dexter Stardust is a gloriously over-the-top, Latin-themed homage to pulp sci-fi and classic adventures. The story takes a backseat to the puzzles for a while, but it has attitude and good vibes to spare.

NORCO (2022)

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NORCO is a one-of-a-kind adventure, expertly written with (almost) perfect artistic direction. The lack of frequent puzzles is made up for by their unusual quality and variety. A must-play for narrative adventure fans.

Perfect Tides (2022)

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Perfect Tides is a triumph of good writing, combining raw teenage emotions with humor and simple but abundant puzzles, only slightly spoiled at times by some minor narrative vagaries.

Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit Box Cover

Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit is an excellent game with an engrossing story brought to life by well-executed graphics, music, interface, and voice acting.

Crowalt: Traces of the Lost Colony (2022)

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Crowalt: Traces of the Lost Colony is a good game with beautiful graphics and well-animated characters that puts a unique spin on a mysterious American legend. It features a humorous story that’s occasionally slowed down by its minigames.

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