Time was, adventure games all looked pretty much alike. There were text adventures, and then a new generation of text adventures with better graphics, and then point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island and Broken Sword.
But the genre has exploded since the invention of the smartphone, shooting off in so many different directions that we’re not even sure what an adventure game is any more. This list covers all the bases, from cutting edge narrative experiments to chilling political allegories.
A modern take on the adventure genre with a story that’s going to grip you from the very start. The very best adventure games make you think in different ways, and Life is Strange definitely does that.
The game follows a senior photography student as she finds out she has the ability to reverse and change time. The game has an episodic structure where you control your interactions with other characters, providing a truly immersive experience.
A gorgeous tale of lonely robots in a weird, wordless future.
You play as a robot who’s been exiled to the scrap-heap, and you must solve puzzles, collect items, and build yourself up in order to find your way back to the city. Your robot-girlfriend awaits your rescue.
You’ve probably already played Machinarium by now, but if you haven’t then you should definitely pick it up. Alternatively, try out any of Amanita Design’s other games.
If you’re looking for your next murder investigation while pretending you’re in an episode of the X-Files, then you’ve arrived at your destination. Thimbleweed Park is a graphic adventure game set in a small town full of characterful locals. Each one has their own unique personality, and the game will reveal this to you as you investigate them, one by one. On top of this classic graphic adventure format sits a dark humoured tone – what’s not to love?
An interesting premise for a game – can you get away with murdering your husband? Overboard! puts you in the shoes of a woman who has just pushed her other half off a boat, and now has to interact with the passengers and pass off as innocent.
As the game is quite difficult, you probably won’t be able to at first. However, with more playthroughs of the game, you’ll soon be accquianted with how best to deceive your fellow passengers.
The White Door is a psychological mystery adventure game which follows a man who wakes up in a mental health institute. His main problem: he can’t remember anything about how he got there or how long he’s been there.
As you progress further into the game you’ll figure out why you’re there. A point and click style mechanic is how you play the game, and you’ll move the game forward by figuring out and sticking to your daily routine.