10 forgotten adventure games you must play
Adventure is one of the oldest genres of video games. Need proof? The former didn’t even feature graphics or visuals of any kind and were entirely text-based. From the first days of Zork and its similar to the modern incarnations of Telltale and others, adventure games have changed a lot and are generally broken down into a number of subcategories, but they all have in common a strong focus on the story, the characters and the puzzles.
For this list, we’re focusing on the more traditional types of adventure games, rather than games that only have “adventure elements” – these make up about 75% of all video games. never created. These games aren’t necessarily the best in their genre, but they’re the ones that aren’t as widely recognized as the all-time greats and deserve a second look. It’s worth noting that some of these will be easier to find and play these days than others, but we didn’t want accessibility to be a deciding factor.
Hotel dusk: room 215
The Nintendo DS suffered from an embarrassment of wealth, having so many good things that it was impossible to play everything and easy to miss a lot of hidden gems. One of those gems that you would be forgiven for ignoring is Twilight Hotel, a fantastic noir-style adventure game with a stunning visual style reminiscent of a-ha’s classic music video for “Take On Me”. A suite, Last window, was released a few years later for Japan and Europe only.
The late science fiction and fantasy author Terry Pratchett was best known for his huge Discoworld serials of books that spanned over 40 novels and were adapted into comics; TV shows; radio and theatrical plays; board games; and several video games. But beyond the books themselves, arguably the most beloved offspring of Disc world empire was this video game of the same name from 1995, a beautifully animated adventure game starring Monty PythonIt’s Eric Idle. Avoid the clunky PlayStation version unless you have a mouse.
Heart of darkness
The revolutionary classic Another world (also known as Out of this world in its original version in North America) introduced a new type of highly cinematic adventure game, played from a traditional 2D platform perspective and a bit more action-packed than most of its brethren. Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey is probably the best successor to this style, but Heart of darkness– developed in part by the creator of Another world– deserves its share of respect and is a must for Another World and Strange world Fans.
The gaming world was rightly excited when it was announced that Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg would be producing a WWII-focused FPS for the PlayStation. But old-school PC gamers knew that Medal of honor this wasn’t Mr. Spielberg’s first foray into video games – that distinction belongs to the oft-overlooked LucasArts adventure game Excavation, which he co-wrote with Orson Scott Card of Ender’s match fame, based on an idea Spielberg had for a film that it was ultimately decided would be too ambitious and expensive to film. The loss of Hollywood was the gain of the players.
Deja Vu: A nightmare becomes reality
For as family-friendly and kid-focused as the Nintendo entertainment system was, some cute “adult” games have crept in on the console, including a Already seen, a tough mystery adventure game that was definitely sanitized from the Macintosh and Amiga versions but was surprisingly grainy for the NES (and was actually in color, unlike the original).
Fans of adventure games and / or 1940s crime films should definitely check out one of the many versions of this classic.
If you thought Christopher Lloyd’s only experience in animation / live-action hybrids was Who wants the skin of Roger Rabbit?, then you obviously missed the quirky adventure game he played in, called Toonstruck. Featuring a (mostly) live Lloyd navigating a cartoon world filled with animated characters, Toonstruck Definitely does the style a bit better than the substance, but it’s still charming enough to take a spin if you haven’t already.
For most of the video game world – console gamers, in particular – the PlayStation platform game Skull monkeys was their introduction to developer Neverhood and their eccentric hero Klaymen. But before that, it was the developer’s first game, “eponymous” The Neverhood, which, instead of being a platform game, was a point-and-click adventure game set in worlds painstakingly made of clay in real life. It’s a sight to see, even to this day.
Omikron: the nomadic soul
Before the revolutionary adventure game from developer Quantic Dream Fahrenheit (a.k.a Indigo Prophecy), the company first began to lay the foundation upon which most of their subsequent catalog would be built with the niche title Dreamcast and PC Omikron: the nomadic soul. Definitely rough around the edges and not as polished or as pretty as their post-Fahrenheit go out, Omikron still worth a visit for its cool cyberpunk world and the fun performances of music legend David Bowie, who also contributed to the game’s original songs and music.
Zak McKracken and the alien spirits
LucasArts’ SCUMM engine has powered some of the most beloved and pioneering adventure games of all time, starting with Manic mansion and continue through Full throttle, marking what many see as the genre’s golden age. Sadly sandwiched between Manic mansion and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade means the second SCUMM game Zak McKraken and the Alien Mindbenders is often overlooked when discussing this incredible chain of LucasArts classics, but that’s not fair as it truly deserves to be a part of this golden age.
Last years Death stranding saw video game author Hideo Kojima finally break free from the Metal gear franchise after doing little else for the past twenty years. Before, he was basically forced to be the Metal gear guy for almost three decades, Kojima has been making outstanding adventure games like Polinauts and Thief, of which the latter is easily his best non-Metal gear game and, some would say, its best game, period. There aren’t a ton of reasons to keep a Sega CD plugged in, but Thief almost alone justifies it.
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