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PlayStation – PS4 / PS5 / VitaBest Adventure Games

Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff


While we tend to associate the PlayStation with action games, a surprising number of new adventures are appearing on the PS4, PS5 and Vita, ranging from ports of genre classics to brand new releases. There are even a few exclusives unavailable anywhere else. Read on for a list of the best-reviewed games appearing on Sony’s home consoles and portable devices. (For older games check individual requirements for hardware compatibility).

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Best Adventure Game Picks - PlayStation – PS4 / PS5 / Vita

Tandem: A Tale of Shadows (2021)

Tandem: A Tale of Shadows Box Cover

It could use a stronger pairing of story and gameplay, but Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a cleverly conceived puzzle-platformer stuffed full of dual-character, double-dimension obstacles to overcome.


Murder Mystery Machine Box Cover

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.


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.


A Juggler’s Tale Box Cover

A Juggler’s Tale lasts only a precious few hours, but it manages to pack in an inspired, captivating puzzle-platforming experience with engaging gameplay, a smart and poignant story, and a jaw-droppingly beautiful aesthetic.


ENCODYA (2021)

ENCODYA Box Cover

ENCODYA’s occasionally clunky mechanics and obscure puzzles are more than compensated for by its intricately created cyberpunk world, gorgeous aesthetic and array of interesting characters.

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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.


Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases Box Cover

By emphasizing the connections between suspects, Hercule Poirot: The First Cases’ focus on deduction board gameplay nicely suits Agatha Christie’s famed Belgian detective and challenges your own little grey cells.


Omno Box Cover

Far more action-oriented than a traditional point-and-click, Omno feels like a true “adventure” in the literal sense, offering a jaw-dropping journey of enlightenment that is sure to brighten any gamer’s day.


The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Box Cover

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is two deduction-based adventure games in one, set over a hundred years prior to the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. With improved graphics, fun new characters and enthralling cases to solve, it more than lives up to the legacy of its classic predecessors.

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Inspector Waffles Box Cover

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.


Last Stop Box Cover

There isn’t much in the way of actual gameplay or player agency, but anyone who enjoys a highly interactive story will certainly want to add Last Stop to their gaming library.


Tangle Tower Box Cover

Tangle Tower will captivate you from the start with its amusing art-themed murder and keep you hooked thanks to its likeable cast of characters, stellar production values, and clever logic puzzles.


Chicory: A Colorful Tale Box Cover

Chicory: A Colorful Tale is like a warm hug from a wise old aunt, simultaneously bursting with creativity and offering an unblinking but hopeful look at humanity.

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TOEM (2021)

TOEM Box Cover

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.


Root Film Box Cover

Root Film addresses some of its predecessor’s narrative shortcomings while accentuating its impressive production values. It may not offer much player agency or any challenge at all, but as a light-hearted murder mystery romp it is well worth a second (or first) trip to Shimane Prefecture.


Operation: Tango Box Cover

Operation: Tango provides such a fun series of asymmetric spy action to share with a friend that it’s a shame it ends way too soon.


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.


The Forgotten City Box Cover

Uniformly excellent writing, acting, and audio-visual presentation of an ancient Roman city and its imminently doomed citizens make The Forgotten City a mystery well worth solving—and the clever time-looping mechanics make your investigation a lot of fun.


Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins Box Cover

Although the titular character is disappointingly all but absent from the affair, fans of Petronella Osgood and the Weeping Angels should enjoy this voyeuristic journey through the misplaced phone of a series extra in Doctor Who: The Lonely Assassins.


Minute of Islands Box Cover

Minute of Islands is a beautiful, unflinching game about the power to save what you hold dear and the responsibility that comes with it. Its breathtaking visual style, moving story and intensely affecting presentation add up to a one-of-a-kind puzzle-platforming experience.


I Saw Black Clouds Box Cover

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.


Anna’s Quest Box Cover

Anna’s Quest is an enchanting mélange of superb production quality, engaging gameplay, and a poignant saga of heart and heartbreak that will linger with you long after the adventure is over.


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.


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.


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.


Call of the Sea (2020)

Call of the Sea Box Cover

While its story relies on well-worn clichés, Call of the Sea is an otherwise compelling supernatural tale of self-discovery that will dazzle your eyes, delight your ears, and delightfully rack your brain.


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.


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.


Paradise Lost Box Cover

Dripping with atmosphere, the sights and sounds of a lost end-of-the-world Nazi installation make up for a lack of interaction in Paradise Lost.


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.


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.


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.


We Were Here Together Box Cover

We Were Here Together provides a great assortment of co-op challenges that will test your ability to communicate vocally as well as to solve them together.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Visage (2020)

Visage Box Cover

Visage drapes over you like some ghastly blanket, smothering you with unsettling ambiance and high-quality scares. Though it fumbles a certain stretch of gameplay, its otherwise meticulously designed structure, head-scratching puzzles, and creative manipulation of level design more than pick up any slack.


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.


The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Box Cover

While it doesn’t do anything new and even scales back its pure horror atmosphere, Little Hope greatly impresses in other ways with a more intriguing narrative and incredibly tense – and fun – interactive sequences. If you’re new to Supermassive’s games, this may be the best jumping-in point so far.


Eastshade Box Cover

A polished, immersive trek through a world so alluring it’s a shame it doesn’t actually exist, Eastshade is a must-play for anyone with the heart and mind to devote to this art- and craft-themed adventure.


Amnesia: Rebirth Box Cover

Although neither as scary as the original nor as disturbing as SOMA, Amnesia: Rebirth is a more personal, emotional tale with plenty of horror to spare.


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.


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 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.


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.


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BEYOND: Two Souls
Blackwood Crossing
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Broken Age
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Call of Cthulhu
The Complex
Creaks
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Darkestville Castle
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today
Deliver Us the Moon
Deponia
Detroit: Become Human
Eastshade
Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes
Empathy: Path of Whispers
Ether One
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
The Fall: Part 1
FAR: Lone Sails
A Fold Apart
Forgotton Anne
Full Throttle Remastered
The Gardens Between
Gone Home
Gorogoa
Grim Fandango Remastered
Guard Duty
Heaven’s Vault
Heavy Rain
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker
The Inner World
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love
Journey
The Journey Down
Kentucky Route Zero
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L.A. Noire
Last Day of June
The Last Guardian
Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don’t Dry
Life Is Strange
Life Is Strange 2
The Little Acre
Machinarium
Minecraft: Story Mode
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge - Special Edition
Moons of Madness
Obduction
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Outer Wilds
Oxenfree
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All
The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett’s)
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Portal
Portal 2
RiME
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse
Sea of Solitude
The Sexy Brutale
The Shapeshifting Detective
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Silence
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Solo: Islands of the Heart
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Superliminal
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Tales from the Borderlands
The Talos Principle
Telling Lies
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Tokyo Dark
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Until Dawn
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
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