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iOS - iPhone / iPadBest Adventure Games

Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff


With the touch screen in many ways being a perfect interface for the genre, iOS has become a popular platform for playing adventure games. Many classic PC adventure games have already been ported to iPhone and iPad, and some new releases have been created exclusively for Apple devices. Not sure where to start? Below is Adventure Gamers' full list of best-reviewed iOS adventure games:

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Best Adventure Game Picks - iOS - iPhone / iPad

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet (2016)

Nelly Cootalot’s latest voyage is overflowing with charm and heart – and puns, oh the puns! It may not be the stiffest challenge out there, but it’ll leave you with a warm feeling inside.


Though not as memorable as its acclaimed puzzle-platforming inspirations, Stela manages to carve out an identity of its own and is worth playing for its interesting world, atmosphere and excellent music.


A side-scrolling vehicle adventure with a platformer’s stylish detailing, FAR: Lone Sails is a simple but charming little ride that gradually builds up momentum and never loses its way.


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.


Trüberbrook (2019)

Reveling in its own eccentricity, Trüberbrook’s quirky characters, stunningly vivid backdrops and engaging dialogue for the most part make up for some flaws in its ambitious but rushed narrative.

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Florence (2018)

Florence is a moving and emotional tale of love gained and lost, and the trials of finding oneself in early adulthood. While a very short experience and light on actual gameplay, the charming presentation and strong narrative will leave a lasting impression.


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.


Though it doesn’t explore its heavy themes as deeply as it could, and the needlessly small environments are overly restrictive, The Almost Gone is an enjoyable isometric puzzle game with an engaging, sensitively explored narrative.


Creaks (2020)

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

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Nupixo’s debut offering Detective Di: The Silk Rose Murders is a brilliant introduction to one of ancient China’s most famous investigators that does just about everything right.


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.


Debonair, aggressive, honest, deceiving—whatever your spy style, Over the Alps is a wonderful visual novel with a really fun mechanic. Picking this game up, with the promise of similar games still to come, is a choice no story lover will regret.


Interrogation: You will be deceived ambitiously marries adventure, RPG and strategy elements with a dark edge that will even have you asking questions of yourself.


Although disappointingly short on actual gameplay, the funny yet surprisingly touching STONE is one of the most engaging and enjoyable bite-sized adventures of the year.


Rather than treating Mary Shelley’s creation as the monster of so many horror movies, The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature is true to the spirit of the original novel and is a treat for the eyes and ears.


A variety of engrossing “choose-your-own” quests based on real-life travel memoirs, Wanderlust Travel Stories’ vividly written text will have you longing to start your own exotic adventure.


Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is an excellent addition to the Larry brand. Fans of the original games will not be disappointed, and newcomers will find a solid series introduction playing the lovable loser updated to present day.


Journey (2012)

An ethereal, innovative, emotional cooperative experience, thatgamecompany’s Journey is one that any PlayStation 3 owner should take.


It ends way too soon and could really use a better backstory, but Alt-Frequencies is a simple and fun game that is totally worth playing for a unique new experience, and even more so if you have affection for FM radio.


The adventure gamer’s platformer, Forgotton Anne’s endearing exploration of lost objects come to life is sure to please all but the most dexterously challenged.


The Gardens Between is a lovely time with a neat puzzle mechanic that takes place in a breathtaking world, packing an impressive amount of effort, creativity, and TLC into an experience that sadly won’t last more than a couple of hours.


Though the gameplay isn’t particularly inspired, Darkestville Castle is a winner thanks to its prank-prone principal character, delightful cartoon environments, and witty humour.


Based on true events and inspired by actual refugees, Bury me, my Love is not just one outstandingly written story of hope and tears, it is many.


STAY (2018)

STAY is a game that requires dedication, both to its digital protagonist and its puzzle solving, and features the kind of narrative that’s best digested via discussion with others who’ve played it. Eccentricities aside, it provides the kind of fodder that transcends the superficial and is recommended for anybody willing to face a slice of real-world drama.


The Shapeshifting Detective is a unique game that provides a solid mystery with a creative twist on the usual means of information gathering.


The best game yet in the series, The Room Three is the first to really qualify as a full-fledged puzzle-adventure game, with varied areas to explore, an assortment of new challenges to overcome, and a continuation of the intriguing storyline established in earlier games.


Buy this game. It’s fun, it’s cute, and believe me: it’ll work your brain more than any “brain-training” game might say it can. Just don't expect the puzzles to meld into the story.


Another entertaining game for those who can’t get enough of the wacky blue plush rabbit, Harvey’s New Eyes simplifies the Edna & Harvey experience but is slightly less fun to play as a result.


The 20-plus hour commitment to The Pillars of the Earth is well worth it to enjoy this interactive towering tale, faithfully adapted to near-perfection by Daedalic. For patient gamers, this is not a narrative adventure that should be missed.


Gorogoa (2017)

Gorogoa is a clever, well-balanced tile-based puzzler that shines through its visual illusions. If you’re seeking an innovative game with unique brain-teasers and gorgeous graphics, this game is for you.


Sometimes awkward but sometimes brilliant, Life Is Strange brings a fresh new perspective to episodic, choice-driven storytelling.


Although The House of Da Vinci is slightly marred by persnickety mechanics and the occasionally frustrating puzzle, exploring the mind of a genius by reverse engineering his inventions will pull you into a gorgeous Renaissance world and keep you challenged throughout.


With enough updates finally addressing the most serious technical problems at launch (though some still remain), the clever second entry is a funny and much more substantial cartoon romp through Victorian London.


This Monty Python-inspired puzzler has a great sense of humor, generally fun puzzles, and a clever collage presentation. If you’re a fan of absurdist send-ups of religion, Four Last Things should be number one on your list of games to play next.


The Frostrune (2017)

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.


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 shorter than the last instalment, and the easiest of the three to boot, the final chapter of The Journey Down brings closure to series veterans and, more importantly, makes the entire trilogy required gaming for adventure fans in general.


Though still an enjoyable adventure with high production values, The Last Wind Monk marks something of a tonal shift in the series. Part of what made The Inner World so appealing was its charm, and the sequel ends up leaving a little of that behind in favor of a darker story full of challenging puzzles.


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.


The Witness is highly unconventional but will enchant players who come ready to surrender their imagination to its unusual charms and challenging puzzles.


An incredible game that takes all the best parts of how classic adventures used to be made and then adds so much more to ensure it stands up to today’s standards. Thimbleweed Park is a gem that will be remembered for at least another 30 years.


A disappointing present-day storyline infringes upon the dark historical tale of Yesterday Origins, but outstanding production quality, nonstop quests, and a few spirited acts go a long way towards saving the day.


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.


Technobabylon (2015)

Technobabylon is a beautiful, compelling game that fans of the cyberpunk genre will devour, as long as you don’t mind a bit of story confusion along the way.


Her Story (2015)

Her Story’s searchable video database is a unique and compelling way of telling its interactive story, making it worth the fairly short trip to the police station.


The Little Acre (2016)

The Little Acre is a great debut effort with impressive production values for an indie studio, but sadly it’s over far too soon.


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.


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.


This iteration of Batman gives fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.


Almost everything in this choose-your-own-adventure game is wonderfully executed, and indie style shines in every facet of the game. Players looking for a calming, delightful experience will surely find Burly Men at Sea the perfect port of call.


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Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy
Beneath a Steel Sky – Remastered
The Blackwell Epiphany
BlindSide
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Botanicula
Broken Age
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director’s Cut
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Bulb Boy
Contradiction
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today
Deponia
Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp
DEVICE 6
Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon
Dream Revenant
Edna & Harvey: The Breakout
Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 20th Anniversary Edition
Gemini Rue
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Hadean Lands
The Inner World
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1 – A Bump in the Night
Kairo
Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World
The Last Door: Season One
The Last Door: Season Two
The Last Express
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room
Leisure Suit Larry – Reloaded
Lost Echo
Lost Horizon
Lumino City
Machinarium
Minecraft: Story Mode
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge - Special Edition
Tales of Monkey Island
realMyst
Riven: The Sequel to Myst
A New Beginning
The Next BIG Thing
Oxenfree
Panmorphia
The Perils of Man
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations
Primordia
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Return to Mysterious Island
Runaway: A Twist of Fate
Samorost 3
The Secret of Chateau de Moreau
Shadowgate (2014)
Shardlight
A Short Tale
The Silent Age
Simon the Sorcerer
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Syberia
Syberia II
The Talos Principle
Tengami
To the Moon
The Trace
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Season Two
The Whispered World
The Wolf Among Us
Year Walk
Yesterday

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