What rock adventure games? Few genres have lasted as long as adventure games, from the text-adventure of 1976 to the early point-and-click of the 1990s and beyond. It’s hard to narrow down a list of adventure games since the genre has produced so many excellent titles. Due to the emphasis on characters and story, adventure games flourished. This, along with some difficult mental obstacles, distinguishes the genre from violence. Characters usually get away with talking or thinking instead of fighting, although Ben, the protagonist of Full Throttle, might disagree.

Our top 5 picks for the best adventure games are as follows


Grim Fandango’s language, characters, setting, and creativity make it a great adventure game. The recently deceased must atone for their misdeeds before embarking on the difficult four-year journey to the Ninth Underworld, based in the Mexican Land of the Dead. Well crafted world with undertones of film noir, brutality and corruption. Manny Calavera, the game’s protagonist, must save Mercedes Colomar, who he thinks has wronged. Manny is one of the most wonderful and lovable characters in all of adventure games. Conquering and connecting with this wondrous cosmos more than makes up for these small inconveniences. Tim Schafer’s journey through Mexican mythology is still the pinnacle of video game storytelling – don’t mention the monstrous beavers.


Monkey Island Mysteries Monkey Island 2 is a huge step forward for the adventure game genre and for LucasArts. Guybrush Threepwood, the loser in love, is an amusing video game character. His desire to be a swashbuckling pirate and win the heart of Governor Elaine Marley is admirable. It’s just that it is very useless, tends to destroy people’s lives. The ghost of the undead pirate, LeChuck, is looking for him. Elaine is determined to avoid dealing with him. The result is a game full of memorable locations (such as the spitting contest, skeleton dance, and Mardi Gras fish feast) and puzzles that are both challenging and fun. Monkey Island 2 is one of the best PC adventure games ever made. The Special Edition adds to the excitement with impeccable voice acting, hand-painted sets and a restored soundtrack.


Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is like Uncharted without the jumping and shooting and with a floor that hints at an interesting book by Dan Brown. While it’s hard to choose between the first two games in the Monkey Island series, the first game tops it here. A clown bomber disrupts George Stobbart’s vacation in Paris, luring him into the secret world of the Templars. The story is great, and the creators of Revolution keep it light. The series is anchored by George’s friendship with French photographer Nico Collard. A great plot and voice acting make Broken Sword one of the best style games on PC. It does, however, feature the infamous “goat puzzle,” as well as all four Broken Sword sequels. Awareness is half the fight.


Day of the Tentacle is a great adventure game full of puzzles. In a game where the player is supposed to manage three people in three different periods, it’s never obtuse or harsh. It’s a testament to Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman and crew that it never feels overwhelming. Day of the Tentacle features an Easter egg that contains the entirety of LucasArts’ previous adventure, Maniac Mansion, of which it is a sequel. Despite the excellence of several other point-and-click games on our list, we suggest this one for a traditional adventure.


You can’t go wrong with a wonderful original story, the UK’s top adventure game studio and artwork by Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons. Fortunately, Beneath a Steel Sky is already one of the best PC games available. We’re glad Revolution inventor Charles Cecil couldn’t rework Watchmen alongside Gibbons. Instead, they collaborated on a traditional point-and-click game. Hand-drawn cutscenes, stunning pixel art, and Robert Foster’s Union City escape story. With references to films like Blade Runner, Judge Dredd and Mad Max, the immersive setting investigates social oppression and corruption. Thanks to Revolution, a depressing grind becomes a delicious point-and-click experience. One of the best adventure games ever made, with great storylines, characters, puzzles and stunning scenery. Oh, plus it’s free on GOG, so why not? If you liked it, you should check out the sequel, Beyond Steel Skies.

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