While there are many great new adventures being developed each year, many of the most beloved 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).
Top Adventure Game Picks - PC Classic Releases
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 is an adventure classic, often unfairly overshadowed by the Broken Sword series.
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.
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.
Sci-fi fans and Myst addicts might enjoy, but the average adventure gamer can do quite a bit better.
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.
The combination of Al Lowe’s humor and Josh Mandel’s versatility succeeds admirably; the unique premise and light-hearted humor of Freddy Pharkas are bound to please.
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.
A wonderful follow-up to Sins of the Fathers. One of the few computer games to actually involve personal, meaningful growth in a player-character. Easily one of the best Full Motion Video games ever made.
An incredible, audacious attempt that doesn't quite live up to its goals. Easily one of the most complex stories ever told in a computer game. Highly recommended as both the continuation of a great series and on the strength of its high points.
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.
A worthy addition to the Journeyman Project series. Superior to its predecessor, it’s still most recommended as part of the whole trilogy rather than a standalone title.
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.
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.
An adventure game for the books!
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.
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.
The original, Number 1 best selling PC game of all time, it didn’t get that distinction for no reason. This is first rate entertainment that spawned an entire sub-genre and which many have tried to duplicate
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.
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?
Though purists shouldn’t throw away their old floppy disks, there is something for everyone to love in the Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, as the upgraded version is a wonderful way to experience one of the all-time adventure classics.
A great game, but let down by its brevity.
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.
Whether or not you leap, Portal is a one-of-a-kind experience that's well worth every gamer looking into. Just take your time and enjoy, because "speedy thing goes in, speedy thing comes out" and it's over all too soon.
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.
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.
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.
Despite the weaknesses, the powerful story and graphics make it an essential part of any adventure gamer's collection.
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.
A fantastic first jaunt for the Sorcerer you love to hate and an instant classic. You won’t regret playing it.
A fantastic sequel to a fantastic first game. Every serious adventure gamer should have played this game. Just keep a set of earplugs by your side (just in case).
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.
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.
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If you loved the first one or thought that it would be excellent if only the puzzles were more challenging, this is a game you will not want to be without.
One of the best detective games available. Revolutionary at its time, and still stands up to the best of today. All adventure fans should own it.
A brilliant game, one of the true classic adventures, and one of the few detective games deserving to be immortalized.
A few technical problems mar an overall excellent game.
Engrossing subplots, fascinating exploration of the ship, some overly simple puzzles but all in all First class entertainment.
Nemesis is different than any other Zork game, but in this case, different is good.
Stop reading this and go play Zork Grand Inquisitor. Now. One of the all-time greats in the adventure genre.
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