Top Adventure Games
Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff
Once again Daedalic has reached into the fantasy hat and pulled out a rabbit – this time literally. In their new jaw-droppingly gorgeous hand-painted adventure, 12-year-old Jerry Hazelnut follows a dapper-looking, talking anthropomorphic lagomorph to the magical, miniature world of Mousewood, but he soon discovers that something evil is threatening the very fabric of reality, and the young magician's apprentice must face his worst fears to save himself and everyone he knows. But can he do all that and still be home in time for dinner?
This isn't Nancy Drew's first rodeo. Heck, it's not even her first haunted house, as she's faced numerous ghostly mysteries in the past. But the popular teen sleuth is right back at it in her 28th adventure, as she investigates the disappearance of a bride-to-be who went missing while filming her own ghost-hunting party in a secluded southern mansion full of puzzles, family skeletons, and maybe even a real spectre clad in Civil War-era garb.
A new Ron Gilbert adventure is reason to jump for joy, and you'll be doing plenty of running, jumping, and climbing in this offbeat dark comic adventure. Whether alone or with friends in local co-op multiplayer, you'll send three (of seven possible) intrepid explorers into the depths of a talking, omniscient cave in order to seek their greatest desires, but they'll need to overcome plenty of puzzles, easily-spelunked platforms and unpleasant truths about themselves before they're able to find them.
The second story in the acclaimed fantasy series is an entertaining prequel that focuses on the relationship between the human adventurer Nate and his soon-to-become-inseparable purple hairy sidekick, Critter. It's more confined than its predecessor and features just the two protagonists, but it's every bit as gorgeous and funny, and its stars must continually work together if they're to outsmart the wicked Munkus and save the critter tribe's village.
Not all ghosts are scary. Some of them are odd and even quite fun. Just ask Mary, the star of Deck13's latest supernatural comic adventure. Her gift of communicating with the dead results in a motley crew of "helpful" spectres, from a diminutive pirate to a bulbous Scottish hero to a waterlogged ancient Chinese philosopher (among others). Each has unique gifts, and you're going to need them all if you're to save Mary's sister and the entire spirit world while you're at it.
Step aside, Atlantis. Move over, El Dorado. The hot new fabled lost city is Zerzura, thanks to Cranberry Production's 16th century excursion into the arid Saharan desert. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, this entertaining romp takes players through the skies in the first-ever flying machine, across the ocean by Corsair ship, and over land via bumpy camel rides in pursuit of the legendary city.
What's better than one fun-filled classic adventure set on a trash-strewn planet littered with oddball characters, zany puzzles, and gags galore? How about a second game with all the same great features spilled over and a better story to boot? This romantic-comedy-with-a-twist still has a few unsavoury patches to sort out, but you'll have plenty of fun getting your hands dirty in this colourful cartoon sequel to Deponia.
Let's see... Bullied children who can't face their own deep-seated neuroses... strict convent school headmistress who despises kids... brainwashing psychiatrists... an army of talking blue plush rabbits who punish rule-breaking...whimsically cute cartoon art style. Yep, sounds like another Edna & Harvey game, all right! What you see is never quite what you get in Daedalic's offbeat adventure series, but what you will get in this spin-off sequel is another lighthearted romp through the dark places of a troubled childhood mind.
You just can't keep a good developer down! After a few recent missteps, Telltale Games has sprung back to life with a superbly atmospheric adaptation of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series. Its puzzles are few and far between, but the gaps are wonderfully filled with player-driven storytelling, compelling characters caught up in an apocalyptic fight for survival, and zombies. Lots and lots of brain-eating zombies.
Sherlock Holmes has outsmarted all the most devious masterminds in his illustrious career. But what if the bad guy is him? In the great detective's seventh adventure from Frogwares, all the evidence points to Sherlock in an increasingly violent string of crimes, and even his trusty sidekick Watson begins to question his motives. It's an intriguing story backed by stellar production values, challenging-but-accessible gameplay, and multiple control schemes to cater to everyone's preference. The deduction to buy it is elementary.
Why should RPG gamers have all the fun? Daedalic rolled the dice in bringing the popular German pen-and-paper roleplaying series to the adventure genre for the first time, but the transition is largely successful. This grim fairy tale boasts stunning hand-painted environments, a suitably epic story, and a variety of entertaining puzzles that overshadow its bland lead characters. Fantasy fans will want to make a note of this one.
The KGB may have left behind a legacy of terror and manipulation best left in the past and forgotten in real life, but it makes for great adventure game fodder. In this solitary puzzler by Phantomery Interactive, players will uncover a harrowing tale of mind experiments once performed by the Soviet national security agency in a secret underground bunker. And the challenging puzzles are sure to test your brain while you're at it!
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.
Games from Amanita Design should be prescribed as a treatment for depression, as they continually manage to make you feel warm and happy inside without ever uttering a word. The creators of Samorost and Machinarium are back with another delightfully surreal adventure that oozes charm out of every colourful pore. Even the most ardent insectophobe will get a kick out of guiding five small tree critters through a host of imaginative environments as they try to save their home tree from a gang of marauding parasites.
Pendulo Studios made a name for themselves creating comic adventures like Runaway, but they may finally have found their true calling with their first dramatic thriller. Yesterday follows three different protagonists in an attempt to unravel the mystery behind the brutal murders of New York City’s homeless and the Y-shaped scar appearing on seemingly random people’s hands. With its dark and disturbing subject matter, this is Pendulo like we’ve never seen them before, though the artwork look just as good as ever.
You don’t need to be a five year old girl to have fun playing with dolls. Not if they’re Russian stacking dolls starring in this beautifully stylized, whimsically offbeat puzzle-adventure from Double Fine Productions. Tiny matryoshka Charlie Blackmore is on a quest to save his brothers and sisters from a life of 1920s child labour, but in order to overcome the many obstacles in his way, he must strategically stack into the various larger dolls he meets, each of which has its own unique ability. It all adds up to a bold and brilliant downloadable adventure quite unlike any other.
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