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Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff


New to the genre, or been away for a while and wondering what to play? There's a lot to choose from, so we’re here to help! Here you'll find all the latest and greatest releases from recent months on PC. (For the best older adventures, check out our list of top (Point and Click) PC classics.) Welcome (back), adventurers, and enjoy!

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Best Adventure Game Picks - Best PC games

Papetura (2021)

Papetura Box Cover

The time, thought and care put into bringing Papetura to life is obvious on every screen of this short but very sweet journey through a vibrant papercrafted world.


Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood Box Cover

A gorgeous visual style, an emotive heroine, and a modern time-looping take on The Wizard of Oz with a dash of Little Red Riding Hood thrown in make Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood an endearing fairy tale treat.


Overboard! (2021)

Overboard! Box Cover

Fast paced, fabulous looking and full of opportunities to wreak havoc, Overboard!’s endlessly entertaining choice-driven story of murder and deceit aboard a 1930s ship will have you falling hook, line and sinker.


Strangeland (2021)

Strangeland Box Cover

With excellent writing and a rich, surreal atmosphere, Strangeland provides a polished and imaginative experience that any point-and-click fan should enjoy, so long as you’re in the mood for its relentlessly bleak setting.


Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins Box Cover

Although the titular character is disappointingly all but absent from the affair, fans of Petronella Osgood and the Weeping Angels should enjoy this voyeuristic journey through the misplaced phone of a series extra in Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins.

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The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark Box Cover

With the same charming aesthetic and just as many laughs and quirky paranormal phenomena as the first season, The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark is definitely worth playing for the comedically inclined.


Mutropolis (2021)

Mutropolis Box Cover

In a fun and fascinating take on the future, Mutropolis offers a compelling point-and-click sci-fi experience that proves the classic adventure formula is as potent as ever.


Paradise Lost Box Cover

Dripping with atmosphere, the sights and sounds of a lost end-of-the-world Nazi installation make up for a lack of interaction in Paradise Lost.


The Room 4: Old Sins Box Cover

Though a bit of puzzle repetition has begun to creep in, this fourth entry into Fireproof’s excellent The Room series otherwise continues to innovate with inventive challenges and interesting locations, all contained within a single dollhouse.

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Shady Part of Me Box Cover

Shady Part of Me offers an interesting and entertaining take on the light/shadow dichotomy used as a puzzle mechanic, though the lack of a strong narrative to bind it all together (when one is clearly hinted at throughout) does raise a single but important warning flag.


TOHU (2021)

TOHU Box Cover

TOHU serves up a charming little sci-fi narrative in a lovely cartoon style, but outside of one particularly egregious arcade sequence, its true strength is in its variety of interesting puzzles.


Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy Box Cover

Henry Mosse and the Wormhole Conspiracy blasts off for a fun classic-styled space adventure across two beautifully diverse galaxies with only a couple of bumps on re-entry.


Tell Me Why Box Cover

What it lacks in its limited characters and locations, Tell Me Why makes up with a personal, intimate narrative that nicely captures the essence of everyday life and offers a much-needed examination of the human condition, all wrapped in a beautiful presentation in true DONTNOD style.

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ENCODYA (2021)

ENCODYA Box Cover

ENCODYA’s occasionally clunky mechanics and obscure puzzles are more than compensated for by its intricately created cyberpunk world, gorgeous aesthetic and array of interesting characters.


The Longing (2020)

The Longing Box Cover

The Longing uses isolation, open space and freedom of choice to send players on a year-long exploration of loneliness, identity and meaning in real time. It won’t be to everybody’s taste, but those who commit to seeing it through will find a surprising, poignant and rewarding experience unlike anything else out there.


The Hand of Glory Box Cover

The frustration of one or two ambiguous puzzles can’t dampen one’s spirits for The Hand of Glory, a love letter to traditional point-and-click adventure games with its own sense of fun and wit.


Call of the Sea (2020)

Call of the Sea Box Cover

While its story relies on well-worn clichés, Call of the Sea is an otherwise compelling supernatural tale of self-discovery that will dazzle your eyes, delight your ears, and delightfully rack your brain.


Sam & Max Save the World – Remastered Box Cover

Sporting improved visual and audio quality, the remastered Sam & Max Save the World lovingly updates the episodic classic, though a few tweaks and changes may leave it just shy of being the definitive version for some longtime fans of the original.


Visage (2020)

Visage Box Cover

Visage drapes over you like some ghastly blanket, smothering you with unsettling ambiance and high-quality scares. Though it fumbles a certain stretch of gameplay, its otherwise meticulously designed structure, head-scratching puzzles, and creative manipulation of level design more than pick up any slack.


Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice Box Cover

If you like Leisure Suit Larry games, you’ll love Wet Dreams Dry Twice for hitting every mark you expect from the series, accompanied by a strong story and modern-day identity all its own.


The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Box Cover

While it doesn’t do anything new and even scales back its pure horror atmosphere, Little Hope greatly impresses in other ways with a more intriguing narrative and incredibly tense – and fun – interactive sequences. If you’re new to Supermassive’s games, this may be the best jumping-in point so far.


Chicken Police (2020)

Chicken Police Box Cover

Other than falling fowl of having too many unnecessary mini-games, Chicken Police intrigues with its eye-catching visuals, superb voice acting and peck-uliar film noir-style story.


Paradise Killer (2020)

Paradise Killer Box Cover

An investigative adventure that actually makes you feel like a detective, Paradise Killer blends surreal world-building, vibrant art, clever writing, and rock-solid open-world gameplay to create an experience you won’t soon forget.


Transference (2018)

Transference Box Cover

Transference is a solid, polished experience that plucks equally at your tension wires and heartstrings. Though it seems to end almost as soon as it has begun, it makes the most of its quick pace with some impressive production values and an intriguingly atmospheric narrative of a troubled family.


Amnesia: Rebirth Box Cover

Although neither as scary as the original nor as disturbing as SOMA, Amnesia: Rebirth is a more personal, emotional tale with plenty of horror to spare.


Paper Beast (2020)

Paper Beast Box Cover

The thoroughly unique Paper Beast can be a real monster to get through with its whip-like controls and occasional difficulty spike, but those who welcome unique gameplay experiences and value memorable moments over a detailed narrative are encouraged to give it a try.


There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension Box Cover

There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension takes the rulebook for what a game can and should do and sets it on fire, practically reinventing the entire medium in the process. Unceasingly hilarious, ludicrously entertaining, and utterly unique, it will remind you why you play games while forcing you to reconsider every aspect of what that means.


Relicta (2020)

Relicta Box Cover

From simple magnetism and gravity mechanics springs the fiendishly challenging Relicta, a highly polished environmental puzzler through a lunar space station with your every move being watched.


The Last Campfire Box Cover

The Last Campfire is a wonderful way to while away a few evenings, pondering your own mortality while having a fun time doing it by solving puzzles in a lovely fantasy world.


Helheim Hassle Box Cover

Managing six different detachable body parts takes some getting used to, but Helheim Hassle is a consistently fun, creative blend of narrative adventure and puzzle-platformer with an amusing spin on Norse mythology.


Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town Box Cover

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town’s mystery fizzles with a rushed ending, but it’s perky and pretty and packed with puzzles and peculiar characters.


Superliminal Box Cover

A surreal trip through an Alice in Wonderland-like dreamscape, Superliminal delights and surprises with level after level of inventive, bizarre puzzles.


Röki (2020)

Röki Box Cover

On its surface, Röki delightfully explores a rarely visited branch of Scandinavian folklore, but delve deeper into this thoroughly charming fantasy adventure and you’ll find a beautifully told, emotionally engaging narrative that’s sure to resonate with players of all ages.


The House of Da Vinci 2 Box Cover

The House of Da Vinci 2 challenges you to match wits with the master in this sequel that, despite a few hiccups, builds upon the fun recipe of puzzles and mechanical systems that the first game established so well.


Creaks (2020)

Creaks Box Cover

Creaks has beauty, creativity and invention to spare, but don’t let its flighty facade fool you: there’s challenge aplenty here too.


Beyond a Steel Sky Box Cover

It’s not a perfect game, but Beyond a Steel Sky is a perfectly joyful experience and a faithful sequel for anyone who loved the original game, while bearing the standard for what a modern science fiction adventure should look and sound like in 2020.


Someday You’ll Return Box Cover

Delightfully creepy and packed with content, Someday You’ll Return will keep you on the edge of your seat with its exploration of a dark forest and darker forces and leave you pondering what it all means when it’s finally over.


Old Gods Rising Box Cover

Old Gods Rising provides a spirited boost to those who prize spectacular scenery, a gripping mystery, and slow-burn horror without mind-bending puzzles to stall the journey.


Beyond Blue Box Cover

Though it never really rises above its simple premise, the gorgeously immersive Beyond Blue may just be as close to deep-sea diving as you can get without a wetsuit (or the stress).


In Other Waters Box Cover

In Other Waters guides players through the visualization of an alien oceanic ecosystem and invites them to share in the exhilaration of discovering new life, all while telling a complex, original story with memorable characters through the medium of a diving suit’s display monitor.


VirtuaVerse (2020)

VirtuaVerse Box Cover

There were moments early on when I began to feel a sense of missed opportunity from VirtuaVerse, but as with any good slow burn sci-fi, the stakes ramp up with the action in a much more satisfying second half to complete a beautiful, challenging point-and-click adventure.


A Fold Apart Box Cover

Short but very sweet, A Fold Apart is a hug in game form that’s sure to warm even the hardest of hearts.


Arise – A Simple Story Box Cover

Arise uses creative level design, gorgeous visuals and challenging environmental puzzles to explore the length and breadth of a full lifetime. A few presentation issues aside, it’s a moving, thought-provoking experience that tells a complete story with scarcely a word.


Disco Elysium (2019)

Disco Elysium Box Cover

A murder mystery set in a rich, fictional setting, Disco Elysium is told with sweeping profundity and hilarious absurdity. With no combat to impede story progression, this is a choice-driven role-playing adventure that deftly raises the bar of quality for the medium.


Woven Box Cover

Though definitely not aimed at impatient or directionally challenged gamers, Woven’s splendidly fashioned locales, likeable heroes and amusing transformations are tailor-made for a unique experience.


The Complex Box Cover

Once The Complex enters full-on thriller mode, this compelling choice-driven tale of a trapped scientist facing terrorists and moral decisions doesn’t let up and even provides enough prompting and interesting options to weather multiple plays.


Beautiful Desolation Box Cover

The Brotherhood had a tall mountain to scale when delivering their follow-up effort to STASIS, but Beautiful Desolation succeeds admirably on most fronts. It may be a little too big for its own good, but an intriguing new world beckons, ready to amaze even as it provides lots of choice in shaping its stories.


Lair of the Clockwork God Box Cover

Lair of Clockwork God blends adventure and platforming to mixed effect, but it’s a very accomplished game overall, bursting with enough variety, style and humour to keep you surprised and entertained throughout its surprisingly generous play time.


Kentucky Route Zero Box Cover

Kentucky Route Zero’s short, elegiac coda sweetly and sadly puts a pin on this drawn-out but richly rewarding magical realist episodic series.


Dark Fall: Ghost Vigil Box Cover

Although scouring Dark Fall: Ghost Vigil’s haunted Harwood House for supernatural signs can be tedious at times, the puzzles that lurk within its genuinely dark and spooky walls are anything but.


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ABZÛ
Alt-Frequencies
Argonus and the Gods of Stone
Armikrog.
BEYOND: Two Souls
Blacksad: Under the Skin
Blackwood Crossing
Broken Age
Bury me, my Love
Call of Cthulhu
Chook & Sosig: Walk the Plank
CHUCHEL
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today
Deliver Us the Moon
Deponia Doomsday
Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders
Detective Gallo
Eastshade
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout – Anniversary Edition
Empathy: Path of Whispers
FAR: Lone Sails
Firewatch
Forgotton Anne
The Gardens Between
Goetia
Golem
Gorogoa
Gray Dawn
Guard Duty
Heaven’s Hope
Heaven’s Vault
Her Story
Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
Illusion: A Tale of the Mind
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk
Iris.Fall
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love
Jenny LeClue – Detectivú
Journey
The Journey Down
Kathy Rain
King’s Quest (2015/2016)
Lake Ridden
Last Day of June
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry
Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange 2
Little Misfortune
Lorelai
LUNA: The Shadow Dust
Mage’s Initiation: Reign of the Elements
Moons of Madness
Mosaic
The Mystery of Woolley Mountain
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin
NITE Team 4
Obduction
Observation
>observer_
Outer Wilds
The Painscreek Killings
Paradigm
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Pilgrims
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett’s)
Quern: Undying Thoughts
Return of the Obra Dinn
RiME
The Room Three
Sally Face
Samorost 3
Sea of Solitude
The Sexy Brutale
The Shapeshifting Detective
Shardlight
Silence
The Sojourn
SOMA
STASIS
STONE
Tacoma
Technobabylon
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Thimbleweed Park
Trüberbrook
TSIOQUE
Unavowed
Unforeseen Incidents
Wanderlust: Travel Stories
The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature
The Wardrobe
We Were Here Together
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Whispers of a Machine
The Witness (Jonathan Blow’s)
XING: The Land Beyond
Yuppie Psycho
ZED

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