Best Adventure Games
Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an exquisitely told story set in a world overflowing with personality. While the actual challenge on offer is minimal, the story is so strong, the lands traversed so beautiful, the music so enchanting that the lack of difficulty is not an issue. It’s an immersive, emotional gem that’s not to be missed.
Sherlock Holmes has outsmarted all the most devious masterminds in his illustrious career. But what if the bad guy is him? In the great detective's seventh adventure from Frogwares, all the evidence points to Sherlock in an increasingly violent string of crimes, and even his trusty sidekick Watson begins to question his motives. It's an intriguing story backed by stellar production values, challenging-but-accessible gameplay, and multiple control schemes to cater to everyone's preference. The deduction to buy it is elementary.
You just can't keep a good developer down! After a few recent missteps, Telltale Games has sprung back to life with a superbly atmospheric adaptation of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. Its puzzles are few and far between, but the gaps are wonderfully filled with player-driven storytelling, compelling characters caught up in an apocalyptic fight for survival, and zombies. Lots and lots of brain-eating zombies.
Lots of adventure gamers have pined for an expansive, vibrant, open-world setting to roam around in, like Grand Theft Auto only without all the mindless violence. But that takes big bucks, and who’d be crazy enough to go to all that trouble for an adventure game? Well… GTA's own Rockstar, that’s who. This rare AAA-adventure game does have some action, but it’s largely skippable and seamlessly integrated into a series of gripping, utterly immersive film noir-styled mysteries that nail just about everything… and the bad guys, too!
Argue its genre all you like, but the one thing we’re certain everyone will agree on is just how fantastic this unique physics-based puzzler is. We’d call it one-of-a-kind, though the sequel is much like its own already-impressive predecessor – except double the length, with memorable new characters to meet and obstacles to overcome, plus a two-player co-op mode for twice the gaming pleasure. This is the sort of game that makes you glad you’re “still alive”.
You don’t need to be a five year old girl to have fun playing with dolls. Not if they’re Russian stacking dolls starring in this beautifully stylized, whimsically offbeat puzzle-adventure from Double Fine Productions. Tiny matryoshka Charlie Blackmore is on a quest to save his brothers and sisters from a life of 1920s child labour, but in order to overcome the many obstacles in his way, he must strategically stack into the various larger dolls he meets, each of which has its own unique ability. It all adds up to a bold and brilliant downloadable adventure quite unlike any other.
The second beloved LucasArts classic to get the “Special Edition” treatment is available not only on PC, but on a variety of platforms that didn’t even exist when the game was first created. Now a whole new generation of gamers can lead Guybrush on his search for Big Whoop, in either classic or enhanced versions, with updated graphics, full voiceovers, remastered soundtrack, developer’s commentary, and more!
Tastier than a lunch special at Stinky's (which probably isn't the best analogy, I suppose), the second bite-sized season for the Freelance Police proved even more delicious than the first. Renamed Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space for the Xbox 360, all five episodes are now available.
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