The adventure game has been around for decades. It’s certainly among the most mature of game genres and has undergone just enough advancement over the years to keep the formula fresh, while maintaining a sense of familiarity.So while there is certainly no lack of top adventure game lists out there – here’s a top 100 list for example – I thought I’d cobble together an abbreviated collection of the best adventure games that I’ve played.
So here, then, are my 5 favorite adventure games in no particular order and from no particular era – just 5 great games. enjoy!
5. Broken Age
It’s the new kid on the block and while it’s possible to get distracted by that new game smell, Broken Age has done what few other adventure games have and successfully moved the genre forward. It’s a brilliantly written, thoughtfully designed story with an amazing narrative worked in. There’s a real sense of story arc at play and it never feels tedious in its execution.
4. Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within
Along with Phantasmagoria, This title stands out as a meaningful advancement in the adventure genre and not just due to the full motion video. This was one of the first truly impressive uses of FMV in a game. It wasn’t awash in horrible acting and cheesy backgrounds. Gabriel Knight told a story.. a great story and, at it’s heart, that’s what an adventure game ought to be judged on.
3. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
Building off of the success of the first installment in the series, Monkey Island 2 stands out as being the first adventure game that I can recall that provided a sense of adventure. I loved the setting of the first game and the second just made the entire saga of Guybrush Threepwood seem that much better.
2. Full Throttle
Here’s an amazingly fun take on an adventure game and one that really served to bridge the gap between hardcore adventure game fans and more casual players. Everything about this title felt thoughtfully produced and hand-crafted in a way that we rarely see. It’s a game not to be missed by any fan of the genre.
1. Grim Fandango
Most lists of this kind end up with Grim Fandango on the top and it’s for good reason. The game manages to completely submerse the player in the game world and features exceptional voice talent, amazing graphics and a wholly enjoyable storyline. Grim Fandango may be well over a decade old, but the presentation remains timeless.