Tired of assorted candies? Try Adventure Games Instead
Many people who don’t consider themselves gamers have immersed themselves in puzzle games. Games like Candy Crush Saga, Bejeweled, and Angry Birds are easy to play because they have a very low learning curve. There isn’t much depth to them either. If you’re happy playing puzzle games, that’s great. But if you’re looking for something new to spark your interest, adventure games might be the way to go.
What are adventure games?
The word “adventure” is used in many game genres like “action adventure”. The adventure games I’m talking about are commonly referred to as “point and click adventure games”. The inception of the genre dates back to ancient text adventure games like Zork. These games were actually played by simply typing commands on a keyboard. Point and click adventure game is the evolved version of text adventure. Instead of reading and typing things on the computer, you now have backgrounds, characters, and lots of things to interact with, and you interact by clicking.
The first of these advanced point-and-click games was the hugely popular game Myst. These games are fascinating because they have a story and can be almost as fun to watch as a movie or TV show. Some adventure games are actually based on popular properties from other media. This cinematic quality makes it a great game to play side-by-side with someone else, even if only one person is controlling the game.
As smart phones and tablets have become popular, these adventure games have made a smooth transition as typing is like clicking on a normal computer. Adventure games on phones and tablets are often much cheaper than a PC point-and-click adventure. And now the content of the games themselves ranges from cute and kid-friendly to gritty and mature. There is something for every taste.
How do adventure games work?
All adventure games start with a story or at least a premise. lost echo begins with a guy meeting his girlfriend at a cafe. When his girlfriend gets up to take a call, a strange event occurs, causing the guy to wake up in the hospital. Then it seems like no one believes his girlfriend exists. In Minimal, a cute bouncing drop of a character can’t find his wife. In broken agetwo teenagers try to escape the difficult situation in which they have been placed.
Once you know the story and the goal of the game, it becomes a mix of puzzle solving and talking to people in order to move in the right direction. Adventure games are great for inexperienced players as the controls are very simple and few games have time constraints. If you have encountered a puzzle type puzzle, you can take the time necessary to solve it. And if you happen to have someone watching you play, you can work together to solve the puzzles. The Nancy Drew game series is ideal for this type of shared gameplay. They are all available on PC, but Ghost of Thornton Hall is also available on iPad and smartphone.
Most adventure games are quite simple and the path to follow is easy to identify. However, some adventure games are a bit more abstract. Games developed by a company called Simogo tend to be very abstract, or in some cases more like an interactive novel than a real game. If you’re looking for something truly unique in adventure games, Device 6 pushes the boundaries of adventure games in several directions.
Which adventure game suits me best?
Adventure games come in all shapes and sizes. They can be simple or difficult. Cute or gritty. Familial or very mature. Here’s the lowdown on the games we’ve covered in this article, plus a few more.
Minimal is very child friendly. It has cute art and the puzzles aren’t very difficult to solve. Most of the game is about collecting and using items and talking to other people. $0.99 on iOS
broken age is quite tame, but it has more mature themes. The art is very cartoony and the dialogue is often humorous. It can sometimes be difficult to figure out the way forward, but there are plenty of walkthroughs online. As an aside, my 3 year old sat next to me while I played Broken Age and asked questions about the plot. $9.99 on iOS and Android
lost echo is a fairly easy game, but some of its content is a bit mature. Some scenes take place in bars and involve some unsavory encounters in order to move on. $2.99 on iOS and Windows Phone
The sailor’s dream is more of an interactive novel than an adventure game, but it involves exploring different locations in order to advance the story. There isn’t a lot of mature content, but the story can be difficult for younger players to understand.
Device 6 contains only a minimal amount of mature content, but the game is difficult to complete due to its unique gameplay mechanic. I would only recommend this game once you dip your toes into adventure games because this game is like diving into the depths of the pool. $3.99 on iOS.
Nancy Drew’s Games have adult content, but are designed specifically to appeal to teens and tweens. Some of the puzzles in the games can be a little difficult, which is why they are great for watching and talking. Ghost of Thornton Hall is available on iOS for $5.99.t
The wolf among us is an episodic adventure game based on a comic book series titled Fables. This game involves almost no puzzles, but the choices you make in dialogue and other parts of the game impact how the story unfolds. The game is very mature with lots of violence, language and nudity. The Wolf Among Us is developed by a company called Telltale, and they have released similar games on famous franchises like the Walking Dead and game of thrones.