Best Adventure Games
Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff
Who says it's bad luck to have a woman on board a pirate ship? Obviously not Wizarbox, who promoted the feisty Spanish supporting character from the So Blonde games into her own spin-off starring role. And Morgane Castillo doesn't disappoint in this charming swashbuckling high seas adventure-meets-teenaged coming-of-age story set amidst some gorgeous hand-drawn Caribbean islands.
What’s this? Konami’s iconic survival horror series recommended here at Adventure Gamers? For the first time ever, you bet. No, we haven’t been walloped once too many times by the terrifying Pyramid Head: this reimagining of the original Silent Hill for the Wii, PS2, and PSP takes the franchise in a bold new direction. Now combat-free, there are still moments of action-based terror, but with far more emphasis on relaxed exploration and adventuring than ever before. Well, as “relaxed” as anyone can ever be in the ever-eerie, always-disturbing Silent Hill, anyway.
Sure, you can play the long-awaited revival of Monkey Island on PC, but if you’d prefer to kick back on the couch instead, now you can guide Guybrush Threepwood through his five-part new adventure series with nunchuck and Wiimote in hand. Attempting to stop the spread of an insidious pox that he himself released, Guybrush sails the seven seas in search of a legendary sea sponge, but obstacles and much hilarity await him at every turn.
Also available for PC and DS, the Wii version of Secret Files 2 gives console gamers the chance to control Nina and Max in an all-new adventure. Naturally, the fate of the world is in their hands, as a nefarious secret society is scheming to bring about the apocalypse. Available only in the UK in PAL format at this time, and note that Wii games are region-encoded.
Decisions, decisions… The enhanced update of Revolution’s masterpiece is available not just on PC and DS, but the Wii as well, presented with some new artwork and the original voice acting intact. Wii players can point-and-click their way through the George Stobbart’s epic adventure, plus play as Nico in new scenes that offer a glimpse into her background.
While not the first original adventure to appear on the Wii, this five-episode series (now completed) became the first to be sold through Nintendo's WiiWare service. Also available for PC, the games represent a faithful adaptation of the popular Homestar Runner web cartoons. The quirky cast and oddball humour is something of an acquired taste, but it's a series no Wii owner should overlook.
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 consoles, the Wii port includes all five episodes together.
It takes some courage to call yourself the "ultimate puzzle adventure", but Safecracker deserves to at least stake a claim. The spiritual sequel to the late '90s PC game of the same name, the Kheops puzzler exchanges narrative depth for a host of challenging but fair logic conundrums. An eccentric millionaire has died, hiding his will somewhere in the 30-plus safes within his posh, graphically impressive mansion, and only you can “crack” the case. But can you do it before pulling out all your hair first?
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