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Nintendo – Switch / Wii / DSBest Adventure Games

Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff


Nintendo isn’t just Mario and Zelda! Ever since the advent of the Wii motion controller and the DS touch screen, Nintendo devices have become increasingly popular platforms for adventure games, many of them exclusives (at least at time of first release). Check out this impressive list of genre titles available on Nintendo’s latest family of home consoles and portable devices.

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Best Adventure Game Picks - Nintendo – Switch / Wii / DS

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.


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.


LOVE – A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories Box Cover

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.


Mundaun (2021)

Mundaun Box Cover

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.


Mutazione (2019)

Mutazione Box Cover

Mutazione is a feel-good narrative adventure that will remind you of the importance of love and family, though with minimal gameplay to master, the experience will appeal mainly to those looking for a poignant, character-driven story.

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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.


Genesis Noir Box Cover

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.


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.


Dragon Audit Box Cover

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.

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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 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.


DARQ (2019)

DARQ Box Cover

DARQ’s rich atmosphere and clever central gameplay mechanic should overshadow any misgivings about its short length and narrative abstraction.


Sumatra: Fate of Yandi Box Cover

Evoking the feel of classic Sierra games but without their sudden deaths and dead ends, Sumatra: Fate of Yandi is a fun, enjoyable tale of survival in a lush rainforest, only marginally brought down by a weak ending.

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Tales from the Borderlands Box Cover

Rhys, a Hyperion ‘suit’ with dreams of being the next Handsome Jack, and Fiona, a Pandoran con artist looking to score her biggest ever swindle, are thrown together as unwilling partners in an adventure to recover cash they both think is theirs. The journey will take them on a wild ride where gangsters, bandit lords, and Vault Hunters are just some of the obstacles you’ll encounter.


Sea of Solitude Box Cover

Though its gameplay isn’t very deep, Sea of Solitude is a beautiful, at times poignant adventure that will linger with you long after you’ve left it in your wake.


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.


Dry Drowning (2019)

Dry Drowning Box Cover

While Dry Drowning’s conclusion may be overly complicated, the visual novel-styled journey of tracking down a serial killer in a future dystopian city more than makes up for it.


Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Box Cover

The founding family of Quest for Glory has returned with an all-new unofficial entry that proves worthy of its predecessors’ legacy yet still manages to distinguish itself entirely on its own. Existing fans will be thrilled to see all the classic design staples make a return in Hero-U, while newcomers can enjoy a witty, substantial (if somewhat bloated) adventure-RPG experience.


Heaven’s Vault (2019)

Heaven’s Vault Box Cover

The detailed landscapes, engaging plot and intriguing premise of a completely fictional ancient language to decipher make Heaven’s Vault a game for which it’s worth getting lost in translation.


Memoria (2013)

Memoria Box Cover

Memoria is an alluring journey nestled in a beautiful setting, but lacks the character depth and narrative focus necessary for true greatness.


The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav Box Cover

Chains of Satinav boasts incredible artwork and atmosphere, though it’s populated by weak characters that spoil some of the appeal.


Sally Face (2019)

Sally Face Box Cover

It’s sometimes too convoluted for its own good, and its macabre take on certain subjects might turn some players off, but the complete five-part Sally Face is a worthwhile and wholly unique gaming experience that has to be played to be believed.


Iris.Fall Box Cover

Iris.Fall emerges from the shadows with challenging puzzles and beautiful art direction. Its streamlined gameplay may not always match the impeccable quality of its presentation, but this is unquestionably an adventure that deserves to be undertaken by puzzle fanatics.


Oniria Crimes Box Cover

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.


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.


Nine Witches: Family Disruption Box Cover

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.


When the Past Was Around Box Cover

Beautiful and bittersweet, When the Past Was Around is a brief but touching point-and-click adventure with simple puzzles that tells a tale of loss and love through gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and elegant, memorable music.


I Am Dead (2020)

I Am Dead Box Cover

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.


Carto (2020)

Carto Box Cover

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.


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.


Embracelet (2020)

Embracelet Box Cover

Embracelet doesn’t offer much challenge, it’s a welcome change of pace from the norm, and the simplicity of its gameplay and beautiful low-poly presentation nicely serve an elegantly told, astoundingly good story.


LUNA: The Shadow Dust Box Cover

LUNA: The Shadow Dust is an audio-visual delight, with charming hand-drawn animation accompanied by a stellar soundtrack, though its gameplay isn’t very inventive and is ultimately more a case of style over substance.


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.


Cloudpunk Box Cover

A huge city in a state of entropic decay to explore, a diverse and memorable cast to meet, and an engaging new spin on adventure game navigation make for a highly compelling sci-fi experience in Cloudpunk.


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.


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.


Football Game Box Cover

Football Game’s dark tale makes up for its short play time and lack of graphical polish with a satisfying and well-crafted story and creepy vibes throughout.


Over the Alps Box Cover

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.


Jenny LeClue – Detectivú Box Cover

An intriguing, beautiful mystery with a deep and memorable lead character, Jenny LeClue – Detectivú delivers in just about every way.


A Short Hike Box Cover

The laid-back nature of the simple but fun exploratory gameplay coupled with the soothing music and lush scenery make A Short Hike a relaxing adventure filled with not only humor but the tenderness of personal connections.


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.


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.


Darkestville Castle Box Cover

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.


Guard Duty (2019)

Guard Duty Box Cover

Though it takes a while to find its own identity and the puzzles are all too simple, Guard Duty is a nostalgia-laden charmer that shows nothing but love and respect for the classic point-and-click titles it most resembles.


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.


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The Almost Gone
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
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Another Code
Armikrog.
Aviary Attorney
Back to the Future: The Game
Bear With Me
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
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
Bury me, my Love
Call of Cthulhu
Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle
The Cave
The Complex
Demetrios: The BIG Cynical Adventure
Deponia
Detective Pikachu
Detention
Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights
Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes
The Eyes of Ara
The Fall: Part 1
FAR: Lone Sails
The Gardens Between
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
Goetia
Gone Home
Gorogoa
Grim Fandango Remastered
The House of Da Vinci
In Other Waters
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker
The Inner World
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love
Kentucky Route Zero
L.A. Noire
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry
The Low Road
Machinarium
Minecraft: Story Mode
Tales of Monkey Island
NAIRI: Tower of Shirin
Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy! HD
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Pan-Pan
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
Professor Layton and the Last Specter
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief
RiME
Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle
Runaway: A Twist of Fate
Sagebrush
Sam & Max: Season One
Sam & Max: Season Two
Secret Files: Tunguska
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
The Shapeshifting Detective
Silence
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
The Sinking City
Solo: Islands of the Heart
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Syberia
Syberia II
The Talos Principle
Telling Lies
Tengami
Thimbleweed Park
To the Moon
Tokyo Dark
Trüberbrook
The Walking Dead
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The Walking Dead: The Final Season
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What Remains of Edith Finch
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