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Under-the-Radar IndiesBest Adventure Games

Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff

The adventure genre is home to many ambitious indie developers, but without widescale distribution, it can be hard for these games to get the exposure they deserve. They may not get the same publicity as high as the games on our list of top PC latest releases, but don't overlook these smaller hidden gems, as they're well worth your attention! 

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Best Adventure Game Picks - Under-the-Radar Indies

Until 9:15 a.m. (2021)

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Waiting for a minute to pass has never been such whimsical fun as in the gorgeously serene Until 9:15 a.m..

Who’s Lila? (2022)

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Like a David Lynch-inspired fever dream, Who’s Lila? refuses to be fit into a box, its bold graphics, creepy story, and peculiar facial expression mechanic making it one of the most unusual adventure games in recent history.

Pants Quest (2022)

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Pants Quest is a cute and cozy micro-adventure about dealing with stressors and being an adult. The comedy doesn’t always land, but otherwise the hour or so it will take you to get your pants on is highly enjoyable.

Another Tomorrow (2022)

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Its heavy focus on puzzle-solving frequently overshadows the story, but Another Tomorrow is a well-designed game with interesting isometric graphics and a great variety of puzzles of varying difficulties.

Escape Simulator (2021)

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Escape Simulator’s charming puzzle-filled levels might not replace a real-life escape experience, but its wealth of rooms (including many free community downloads), solo and multiplayer options, and robust level creator easily make it the next best thing.

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Don’t Escape: 4 Days to Survive (2019)

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Don’t Escape: 4 Days to Survive combines traditional point-and-click gameplay with an intriguing day-night survival mechanic and randomized events for repeat playthroughs to provide a fresh take on the adventure genre that’s easy to recommend.

Zof (2020)

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Even though a disjointed visual style and overly no-frills approach holds Zof back from greatness, fans of Myst-like puzzle adventures will find much to enjoy about the wide variety of surreal environments and enigmatic machinery that make up its difficult but fair puzzles.

Milo and the Magpies (2021)

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Though it’s over far too soon, Milo and the Magpies is a lovely, fun backyard adventure with a charmingly curious protagonist that’s worth playing to marvel at the gorgeous artistry alone.

Slice of Sea (2021)

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Slice of Sea sets you loose in a gorgeously illustrated dreamscape and trusts you to figure out what needs doing along the way. Its lack of direction won’t be to everyone’s taste, but if you long to get lost in beautiful otherworldly surroundings, you won’t want to miss it.

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An unusually thought-provoking mystery adventure, Amos Green’s Final Repose is a knockout entry in the long-running Carol Reed series that will appeal to both series fans and newcomers alike.

Murder Mystery Machine (2019)

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Murder Mystery Machine provides a compellingly intricate web of crime and treachery to investigate for those not afraid to miss a few of its less obvious strands.

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A few mechanical issues prevent it from being as user-friendly as it could be, but The Office Quest has a unique fantasy setting, interesting puzzles, funny characters and a beautiful art style that combine to guarantee a pretty enjoyable time.

Half Past Fate (2020)

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Half Past Fate is a bundle of joy not only for fans of rom-coms, but for those who enjoy character-driven adventures and are looking to immerse themselves in a slow-paced, feel-good collection of human stories.

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Down in Bermuda (2019)

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Down in Bermuda is a delightful adventure to play, especially if you want to just relax and enjoy some fun, clever puzzles in a charming isometric island setting.

Critters for Sale (2021)

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Critters for Sale is a captivating and almost unspeakably bizarre journey into black-and-white hell that you’ll have to play to comprehend. It won’t be for everyone, but those willing to take the plunge will find themselves mesmerized by an experience like none they’ve had before.

Filament (2020)

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With its sheer volume of ever-evolving challenges, it’d be easy to credit Filament with being just an excellent puzzle game, but its equally impressive ability to build an emotional connection to the cast and central mystery is a feat that few puzzle games are able to achieve.

TOEM (2021)

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TOEM is a delightfully Zen experience, perfect for anyone looking to spend a few hours in some entertaining locales with a cute protagonist and a variety of photo quests that aren’t too taxing.

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It’s short and may rely a little too much on satirizing the genre for its humor, but Death Off the Cuff is an enjoyably playful text adventure nod to the classic Christie-style detective stories that should appeal to any fan of whodunits.

An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs (2020)

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Though it lacks much in the way of interesting gameplay, An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs boasts hilarious dialogue and dark mysteries to uncover from its wonderfully diverse canine cast, and its ambiguous undertones are proof that not all dogs see things in black and white.

Not Another Weekend (2021)

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It’s not particularly challenging, but Not Another Weekend offers solid gameplay, a zany plot loaded with humor, loads of 80s nostalgia, a few welcome surprises, and an expansive cast of memorable characters.

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If you have the patience to fully explore the narrative of Where Wind Becomes Quiet, you can’t help but feel emotionally invested in the life of a tormented writer who is trying desperately to remember his past. Just be sure to have a box of tissues handy, as you will certainly need them.

I Saw Black Clouds (2021)

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I Saw Black Clouds is an entertaining psychological FMV thriller where player choice actually makes a significant difference in how the story plays out. While its production values are modest and puzzles are non-existent, the solid acting, short playthrough length, intriguing mystery, and high replayability will likely keep players coming back for more.

Machinika Museum (2021)

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A solid addition to the puzzle box/escape room subgenre, Machinika Museum may lack the sleek polish of its more acclaimed inspirations, but it more than makes up for its modest production values with satisfying puzzles and an engaging sci-fi story.

Repressed (2019)

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Though it’s over far too soon, Repressed offers a satisfying series of challenging yet fair puzzles throughout a unique visual journey that tells a heartbreaking but surprisingly hopeful story of a wounded soul.

Genesis Noir (2021)

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Genesis Noir’s gorgeous graphics may be mostly in black and white, but its cosmic journey through Earth’s past is anything but, though at times it’s a little too convoluted to be as ingenious as it could have been.

Mundaun (2021)

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Mundaun is a gripping and unique horror adventure with an immersive portrayal of rural Switzerland and a distinctive visual presentation that only gets more uncanny the longer you look at it.

Internet Court (2021)

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What it may lack in polish, Internet Court more than makes up for in the warmth and wackiness of its writing and off-the-wall premise.

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Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery will blow away any cerebral cobwebs with its onslaught of fun, addictive brain-teasers to solve, even if their difficulty will leave some of the most seasoned puzzle solvers seriously scratching their heads.

NUTS (2021)

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Every moment of NUTS is surprising and delightful; its first-time developers have created a world you’ll want to spend even longer in to explore more deeply, full of fantastic design choices and an intriguing story that gets better and better as it goes along.

Devotion (2019)

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Devotion’s tale of fractured memories and buried secrets provides a dark, compelling look into the depths of human frailty and desperation. It doesn’t quite reach the heights its developer achieved with Detention, but it’s a well-crafted first-person journey to a strange and unexpected place.

Inspector Waffles (2021)

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The cat’s out the bag: with its amusing dialogue, entertaining cast of characters and engaging plot, Inspector Waffles is a delightful pixel art romp that’ll leave you “feline” very good.

Voyage (2021) (2021)

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Though its short play time is almost devoid of challenge and occasionally suffers from pacing issues, Voyage is an enjoyable one- or two-player cinematic side-scrolling experience with an intriguingly cryptic story told through its lovely animated visuals.

Alien Function (2021)

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Its visual presentation is decidedly modest, but solid brain teasers, a quirky sense of humour, and engaging computer hacking elements make Alien Function a lot of fun to play even without any prior knowledge of the Sir Typhil series.

unmemory (2020)

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A lost-memory crime drama told through a unique take on the classic text adventure, unmemory is a slightly derivative yet incredibly compelling story that creates a vividly nostalgic atmosphere with its excellent writing and graphic design sensibilities.

Dragon Audit (2020)

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A few technical issues can’t mar Dragon Audit’s heartwarming fantasy tale of two people from different species and different worlds coming together in humourous and unexpected ways.

Sarawak (2021)

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While certain areas of Sarawak are more developed than others, the end result is a well-crafted, beautiful mystery adventure with a uniquely literary feel that’s cleverly enhanced by an inspired interface.

The Button Witch

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Despite a few irritating technical issues that detract from the experience, The Button Witch is an otherwise enjoyable adventure full of fantastic puzzles, wrapped up in a cutesy package with a fitting, chilled soundtrack.

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Despite some notable interface limitations, the unique LOVE: A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories succeeds in delivering an interwoven anthology of heartwarming personal tales in the style of an apartment-sized Rubik’s Cube.

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Though not as polished as its famed inspirations, Krabat and the Secret of the Sorbian King does a good job of evoking the spirit of LucasArts and Sierra classics.

Oniria Crimes (2020)

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Oniria Crimes introduces a welcome variation on mystery adventure conventions in an intriguing, attractive futuristic noir world with a rich backstory to be discovered. While some aspects could be improved, it’s definitely worth a look for players seeking out something different from the usual kind of detective game.

Nine Witches: Family Disruption (2020)

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Though its puzzles are simplistic, Nine Witches: Family Disruption is both an audio-visual retro treat and an amusing supernatural WWII romp that is bound to be a winner for those who can handle a little combat in their adventures.

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Its bold mixture of traditional adventure with a turn-based RPG combat system means The Girl of Glass won’t be for everybody, but those who are open to its genre-bending experimentation and exploration will find it a beautiful, captivating experience.

I Am Dead (2020)

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The simplistic gameplay can be underwhelming, but I Am Dead is a beautiful, well-written adventure that approaches the subject of death with warmth and compassion in what is really a celebration of life.

Eternal Hope (2020)

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Eternal Hope is a side-scrolling platforming adventure about love, death, and tragedy in a fantasy postapocalyptic land that is as fun as it is gorgeous.

Carto (2020)

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It’s a bit too relaxed at times, but Carto is full of heart and almost impossibly cute, sending players on a warm, fuzzy journey into the not-so-wild blue yonder to discover what it means to be far from home.

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Those who enjoy a solid murder mystery with well-written humour and charming characters will find all that packed into a single room in Star Seeker, a short but sweet LGBTQ+ friendly pixel art adventure.

The Norwood Suite (2017)

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Forsaking both challenging gameplay and a traditional narrative structure, The Norwood Suite is a welcome odyssey into oddity that will more than satisfy those craving strangeness or just another piece of the delightful Off-Peak universe.

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While Krystopia: Nova’s Journey has better puzzle variety and greatly expands on the narrative introduced in the series debut, the ending will once again leave you wondering where things stand.

Shut In (2020)

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Shut In is a short but intensely atmospheric side-scrolling pixel art horror adventure that nicely builds dread, tension and intrigue whilst also cleverly exploring the everyday difficulties that living with depression and anxiety can bring.

Oneiros (2020)

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A little less toilet humor would have better suited its otherwise serious story, but Oneiros is an adventure that both seasoned veterans and genre newcomers can enjoy thanks to its well-crafted gameplay and gorgeous art.

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The Almost Gone
Apocalipsis: Harry at the End of the World
Bear With Me
Beyond the Sky
Boïnihi: The K’i Codex
Catyph: The Kunci Experiment
Chronicle of Innsmouth
Clam Man
Dark Train
Darkestville Castle
The Darkside Detective
Dead Secret Circle
Deeproot Manor
Demons Never Lie
Downfall (redux)
Dr. Doyle and the Mystery of the Cloche Hat
The Dream Machine
Dry Drowning
The Fall: Part 2 - Unbound
The Fall of April
Feria d’Arles
Fire Escape
Football Game
Four Last Things
Fran Bow
Frog Detective 2: The Case of the Invisible Wizard
The Frostrune
The Gateway Trilogy
Geospots – A Carol Reed Mystery
The Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Game
The House of Da Vinci
Hypnospace Outlaw
I fell from Grace
The Idiot’s Tale
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker
The Initiate
Interrogation: You will be deceived
Investi-Gator: The Case of the Big Crime
Lancelot’s Hangover: The Quest for the Holy Booze
The Last Time
Later Alligator
Little Kite
The Long Reach
The Low Road
Lucid Dream
Lupus in Fabula
Miazma or the Devil’s Stone
Milkmaid of the Milky Way
The Mind of Marlo
Moonrise Fall
Myha: Return to the Lost Island
Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet
Nick Bounty and the Dame with the Blue Chewed Shoe
Over the Alps
Path to Mnemosyne
Pendula Swing
Phantom Path
The Procession to Calvary
Profound Red
Quarantine Diary
Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure
The Search
Shapik: The Moon Quest
A Short Hike
Shrug Island: The Meeting
Smile for Me
Solo: Islands of the Heart
Sumatra: Fate of Yandi
Tales from Off-Peak City: Volume 1 – Caetano’s Slice
Tango: The Adventure Game
Thaumistry: In Charm’s Way
Tiny Echo
Tokyo Dark
Wanda: A Beautiful Apocalypse
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When the Past Was Around
The Witch’s House MV
Yet Another Hero Story
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