Best Adventure Games
Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff
The adventure genre has often been home to ambitious indie developers, but without widescale distribution, it can be hard for these games to get the exposure they deserve. Since you won't find them on regular store shelves, don't forget about these self-published titles.
Paradigm is a uniquely creative blend of art, music and consistently humorous gameplay. It’s an absurdist adventure like no other, and one that’s earned its place among the classics.
Loaded with quirky humor and challenging yet satisfying puzzles, Chronicle of Innsmouth works as both a retro adventure game and a loving tribute to H.P. Lovecraft.
Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure may have you cursing some of its puzzles, but its warmth, characters and gentle humour will surely leave you smiling.
The Frostrune is an enjoyable adventure game for both experienced and inexperienced players, with challenging puzzles and an atmospheric setting from a rarely-explored culture.
The Last Time is an excellent point-and-click adventure that firmly places its story front and centre. Despite its incredibly short length, it’s an engaging, emotional journey that can alternately make you chuckle and quiet you with its thought-provoking questions.
Detention is a marvel of sight, sound, gameplay and storytelling; a highly atmospheric horror adventure that manages to accomplish more in its short playtime than some games twice its length.
With an art style as beautiful as the princess you’re aiming to save, Little Briar Rose is a fun but familiar jaunt through a comfortable, old fairy tale.
While its rhyming gimmick and simple design will be hit-or-miss for some, those who take the plunge into Milkmaid of the Milky Way will get a quirky, enjoyable game worth the low-risk time investment it requires.
A Myst clone/homage through and through, Quern doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s an impressive debut adventure that would do Atrus proud.
Profound Red doubles down on everything laudable about the Carol Reed series, while adding an unusually twisty plot and branching out with unexpectedly mature content. For longtime series fans, it’s a must-play. For newbies it’s a great introduction to the heavenly light and intimate darkness bound up in Sweden’s quaint cityscapes and verdant countryside.
The Little Acre is a great debut effort with impressive production values for an indie studio, but sadly it’s over far too soon.
Barrow Hill: The Dark Path is a competent throwback to old-school horror-themed point-and-click games. It doesn’t break any new ground, but it does its forebears proud.
Some may find Demetrios‘s outlook offputting, but if you like your humour on the snarky side you’ll find a surprisingly substantial adventure here.
While the story is anything but deep, underneath Pan-Pan’s pretty face beats the heart of a solid puzzle-adventure that provides a couple hours of light-hearted entertainment.
Wailing Heights is a stylish ballad of comic horror. The plot could be stronger and there are a few technical bum notes, but it’ll leave you with a wolfish grin.
Much like its classic inspirations, Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a fun romp through a wacky history that is good for anyone looking for a lighthearted adventure.
Dishing up triumphs and frustrations in equal measure, The Eyes of Ara is a game no puzzle lover should miss, while story-driven adventurers should consider themselves sufficiently warned.
Slap Village is a ray of Western sunshine whose whimsical charm overcomes its approximate English and short length.
A charming game about two robots surviving the apocalypse, Wanda has a surprising amount of humanity packed into its fairly short playtime.
A love letter to gamers who prefer first-person, devilishly difficult, puzzle-heavy adventures, Catyph offers tasty dollops of sci-fi and a hint of Myst.
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