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Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff


While there are many great new adventures being developed each year, many of the most beloved point-and-click games date back to the genre’s Golden Era. These enduring classics have stood the test of time – or in some cases, remastered to help bring them more up to date visually and technologically – and you’ll find a prominent place for most in our Top 100 All-Time Adventure Games list. Some can be a little hard to find these days, but many have been re-released digitally for a whole new generation of fans (or those who feel that strong nostalgic pull to re-experience them once again).

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Best Adventure Game Picks - Classic adventure games

Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)

Not for the faint of heart, this gothic horror adventure is a relentlessly intense and terrifying experience from start to finish.


Bad Mojo Redux (2004)

Bad Mojo Redux revives a true classic, and optimizes it for performance. An absolute must-play for any adventure fan with even a passing tolerance of insects. If you can't beat 'em... join 'em!


Beneath a Steel Sky (1994)

Beneath a Steel Sky is an adventure classic, often unfairly overshadowed by the Broken Sword series.


It took a while to be told, but The Book of Unwritten Tales holds an epic adventure between its pages, bringing to life a gorgeous, multi-dimensional, quest-laden world of glittering seas and fiery mountains, and filling it with some of the most endearing game characters of all time.


Botanicula (2012)

A creation of obvious love and care, Botanicula is a must-play for those seeking a truly imaginative and entertaining adventure game.

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Not quite perfect, this Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is still the best port of an adventure game on the DS to date. Whether experiencing the game for the first time or reliving old memories, there is much for everyone to enjoy in this game.


The Cat Lady (2012)

The Cat Lady uses the framework of a horror story to set up a truly mature and moving portrait of a woman attempting to claw her way out of pain and sadness.


A masterly remastering of the LucasArts classic. If you haven’t yet contended with Earth’s vilest extremity, it’s time to finally embrace the Day of the Tentacle.


Indigo Prophecy brings a unique vision to the genre, combining high quality production and innovative features with generally solid gameplay. Though the inclusion of repetitive mini-games is anything but evolutionary, this game is well worth a look for those who can handle some reflex action in their adventures.

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Full Throttle is another cherished page from the annals of genre history restored for a brand new audience. Though the remake will have limited appeal to those familiar with the highly polished original, the game belongs in the library of every adventure gamer, and it’s as enjoyable now as it was two decades ago.


Now with crisp, modern-day graphics and sound, the Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers remake is a provocative story experience whose aim is to challenge, enlighten, horrify and enthrall. And it succeeds, apart from a few questionable gameplay decisions and a lack of final polish.


Gemini Rue (2011)

Gemini Rue is the best Wadjet Eye title to date, and within its bleak story, it points the way to a bright future for indie adventures.


In Grim Fandango Remastered, one of the best games of all time has been resurrected for modern audiences. It’s still a classic, and it absolutely belongs on every gamer’s (digital) shelf.


May not necessarily be 'fun', but an intriguing game if you can handle it.


Fate of Atlantis is a true classic, worthy of every adventure gamer’s collection. The epic plot is involving and suspenseful, putting you in the shoes of the world's most famous archaeologist as he single-handedly wards off the forces of evil.


The jewel in the Journeyman trilogy crown. By far the most accessible of the three, and easily recommended as a standalone title to any adventure gamer, rather than just science-fiction fans.


If you only play one King’s Quest game, make it this one. It’s the only game in the series where story and gameplay come together in perfect balance, and after a decade of working to get it right, it’s one of the best games Sierra gave us.


L.A. Noire (2011)

A rewarding adventure, a richly detailed world, an intriguing mystery, and a fascinating character study all in one—L.A. Noire is truly something special.


The Last Express (1997)

With a long playing time, and loads of intrigue, this game is a sure bet for history buffs and casual fans.


It doesn’t last long and its humour certainly won’t be for everyone, but Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is an almost perfect remake that is short, sweet and loads of fun.


Dreamfall is a triumph of (unfinished) storytelling that deserves to be in every gamer's collection, despite sacrificing a little too much gameplay for its own good.


Loom (1990)

A rewarding and enjoyable gaming experience. While it lasts, that is.


As imaginative as it is polished, Machinarium is refreshing, unique, and highly recommended. Just buy it. In fact, buy a copy for a friend.


If you’re a long-time Monkey Island fan, it’s worth replaying the Special Edition for the addition of the voice cast alone. If you’ve never played the game before, it’s an affordable and even more rewarding way to experience one of the greatest adventure games of all time. Isn’t it time you learn what all the fuss is about?


The Vengeance is an entertaining and intense retro adventure that is not only the best of its series, but one of the very best of Sierra’s Golden Age.


Portal 2 (2011)

Improved in almost every way, Portal 2 is an incredible follow-up to what was already an amazing game.


As a character-driven mystery game, Shadows of Darkness is unique in the Quest for Glory series and arguably its most accomplished title. It is still an RPG as much as its predecessors, but the increased focus on drama, characters and puzzles make it a much more complete adventure game.


Resonance (2012)

Resonance took a long time to arrive, but this meaty, challenging sci-fi thriller has unquestionably been worth the wait.


Tailor-made for inventory lovers, but plenty here for every adventure gamer to enjoy. It's simple and modest, but offers great value for your gaming dollar.


Dare I say better than the original? You bet! A worthy successor to Myst. Riven will keep you at your computer for hours and up all night.


It's a must for adventure games; the humor still keeps surprising me. Highest recommendation.


A fantastic follow up to the original that is enchanting every step of the way.


Sanitarium (1998)

Despite the weaknesses, the powerful story and graphics make it an essential part of any adventure gamer's collection.


Shadow of the Comet (1993)

This game has to be experienced to be believed. It’s definitely for the seasoned gamer only, but it’s a fine reward for those who’ve been looking for a challenging adventure game to sink their teeth into.


Zojoi’s Shadowgate remake is everything you loved – and maybe everything you hated – about old-school adventuring. It offers a captivating journey into a fantasy dungeon, but it’s inhabited by puzzles so artificially challenging that this quest is one not everyone will want to undertake.


Simon the Sorcerer (1993)

A fantastic first jaunt for the Sorcerer you love to hate and an instant classic. You won’t regret playing it.


Space Quest IV represents a technological leap forward that is sadly burdened with a stand-still game design. Often frustrating and overly difficult, it still contains enough humor and charm to keep players from too easily tearing themselves away.


An innovative, intriguing, and generally good game—the first time.


Stacking (2011)

Stacking mixes inventive gameplay with a charming visual style to produce an outstanding puzzle-adventure.


Still Life (2005)

Still Life tells a story that is a masterful blend of challenge, characters and story. It is a definite game of the year candidate, and will likely earn a spot on many gamers' list of favorites. Highly recommended to fans of content-driven adventures.


Syberia (2002)

Sign me up for the sequel!


A brilliant game, one of the true classic adventures, and one of the few detective games deserving to be immortalized.


To the Moon (2011)

To the Moon is a special, emotionally charged story game that will be enjoyed by players who don’t mind a “lite” gameplay experience.


Toonstruck (1996)

Initially launched in 1996, Toonstruck remains a boldly original, side-splittingly funny classic that should be experienced by all lovers of adventure games and cartoons.


Set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead stars Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who has been given a chance for redemption in a world devastated by the undead.


Sadwick is a young clown, travelling a fairy tale world with his family’s circus. But he is in no laughing mood on a disappointing search for meaning in his life. One night, a mysterious form speaks to him in a dream and sends him on perilous journey. Many challenges await Sadwick, for the world he knows so well is doomed...


Stop reading this and go play Zork Grand Inquisitor. Now. One of the all-time greats in the adventure genre.



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