Hello fellow Giantbomb users!! I recently started playing The Longest Journey on my pc. I had the game game in my steam library for about a year without even starting it up because I had been forcing my way through some other games, and also the adventure game genre had not interested me that much. After playing for about an hour I really started to enjoy the story and now I cant wait to finish it and move on to the sequel, dreamfall. Now, I want to dwelve into the realm of point and click adventure games. What other games can satisfy my needs in this perticular genre?? I already know about Myst because when I was younger I discoved a copy of it ,along with the Amazon Trail, at a local goodwill store. Sadly, the game did not work properly on my windows xp machine and I gave it away without knowing that it was a pc game classic. I should say that I am currently 18 years old and I am trying to get help from experienced pc gamers who can guide me into the right path.
I sadly can't tell you anything about newer adventure games but ask me anything about Lucasarts or Sierra games. The Monkey Island HD upgrades are super good versions of two of the best adventure games ever made so I would start there. I'm on my phone right now and hate typing on it so I'll just list some of my favorites from that era: King's Quest 6, Space Quest 4 and 5, Laura Bow and the Dagger of Amon Ra (the talkie version is hilarious), Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, I have no mouth and I must scream, Simon the Sorcerer 2.
Almost all the old lucasarts ones are great.
Monkey Island 1-3, Sam'n Max hit the road, indiana jones and the fate of atlantis, maniac mansion, day of the tentacle, Full Throttle. All great, and you can play them all through an emulator called ScummVM so no need to mess around with dosbox and stuff, you just point at the files and go.
Another one that has been released as freeware by the developers/publisher and is distributed through good old games is beneath a steel sky. Tonally pretty different from the lucasarts stuff, but good. And you can't really go wrong with free.
I also really enjoyed a lot of the various sherlock holms games, all the way from the old EA ones (the case of the rose tattoo is the better of those two, I think) to the modern frogwares games. The case of the silver earring, the awakened and sherlock holmes vs jack the ripper were all enjoyable. Haven't played the one from last year yet.
Also, Post Mortem and its sequel Still Life by Microids are well worth checking out. I'd skip still life 2 though.
Oh, and check out the Gabriel Knight games too. And if you enjoy really weird shit, play I have no mouth and I must scream. That game is the reason SHODAN is only the second best AI villain in videogames.
Forgotten a ton of stuff obviously, but it's at least somewhere to start.
Damn, can't believe I forgot about broken sword 1 and 2. I'm a terrible person.
I haven't played a lot of adventure games, but I have been playing through some older Cryo Interactive games, and they've got a really cool style. The ones I've played are Lost Eden and Dune, both of which are quite cool. So give those a look I guess, and see if they're up your alley.
Monkey Island 1-3, Sam & Max Hit the Road (and pretty much all of the old LucasArts adventure games) Broken Sword 1 & 2 (there's a third one coming shortly), Beneath a Steel Sky, Deponia, Machinarium, Star Trek: Judgement Rites.
Telltales adventure games are pretty good too, particularly Tales of Monkey Island, Strong Bads Cool Game for Attractive People and Sam & Max seasons 1-3. The Back to the Future game is alright, if you're a fan of the movies.
Pendulo studios makes 3D point and click games without them becoming homogenised 3rd person games.
The Revolution Software is currently working on a new Broken Sword game, so its a good time to get acquainted with George Stobbart (who looks alot like Drew), Nico Collard and the first two Broken Swords games. Later games became 3rd person adventure games. But the new one will be a return to point and click.
You're lucky you've missed out on the FMV PNC games of the 90s. Those were rough.
I enjoyed it - particularly the second half of the game. BTW, it's freeware now.
Oh, and so are Beneath a Steel Sky and Dreamweb. I would say both are absolutely worth checking out, especially BASS.
Grim Fandango was the pinnacle of the genre.
Not point and click; which sadly is what made that game a complete turd to me D: It's a pity; given that that the story, characters, setting, and visual style were so wonderful.
You sicken me.
I stand by my words, although, maybe complete turd is a bit harsh. Overall, I love the game, but I feel upset any time I think about it; to me, the controls hugely brought down the game's quality. It would easily be one of my favourite games of all time if controlling the game didn't feel like a huge slog :(
@beachthunder: It's certainly not my preferred method of control and it is undeniably a shame that they eschewed the standard. Nonetheless, the game's positives significantly outweigh that particular--admittedly glaring--negative. It is my favourite game, but I can understand your grievance. That god-damn forklift puzzle!
Here I'll merely leave a spendthrift list of games I have enjoyed and a list of games that I did not. I apologise for the length.
- Grim Fandango (not point-and-click but worth a dabble regardless).
- Curse of Monkey Island (my number two).
- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.
- Gemini Rue.
- Day of the Tentacle.
- Sam and Max season one.
- Sam and Max: Hit the Road.
- A Vampyre Story.
- Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars.
- Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror.
- The Cat Lady.
- Beneath a Steel Sky.
- The Last Express.
- Sherlock Holmes: Awakened.
- Zork: Grand Inquisitor .
Since everybody is going to mention the LA stuff:
-Machinarium, Sam&Max Season 1&2, Gemini Rue, Deponia, Harvey and Edna, Harvey's new eyes and Book of Unwritten Tales are pretty good too.
Secret Files Tunguska was also pretty good
I'd recommend Sanitarium from the late 90s. It's a spooky & amazing game and if it weren't for a few spoilers on the Internet, I'm not sure I would have got through it. Once you understand some of the mechanics it gets easier though.
Another one that was similar to Sanitarium was The Suffering: Ties That Bind that came out in the mid 00s. It's not quite point & click but had some janky 3rd person movement and combat (however most of the combat is puzzlers). I'm not one to get scared but both of these games were pretty spooky & the tension from the music could really make you hustle at certain parts of the game.
But too bad they're old games & not backwards compatible to future platforms.....oh wait, they're on a PC.
Last year's videos for Blade Runner ended up with my nostalgia becoming so rampant that I had to shut off the video and dig up my old CDs. Takes some hassle getting it going at first, but I was amazed that I'd replayed this game a bunch of times in the late 90s and still ended up seeing things I'd never seen before on this playthrough. Really something.
I can't believe they haven't been mentioned in this thread yet. Two of the funniest games I've ever played... but don't trust me, trust Justin McElroy.
Oh, and did I mention that the double pack with both games is currently 90% off on Steam during the Summer Sale? Buy it, play it, thank me later.
The Quest For Glory / Hero's Quest series is incredible.
The old EGA-art style of the first two games is to me very beautiful, although I'm probably affected by nostalgia. These first two games have had VGA remakes, the first game by Sierra themselves, and the second game by indie/internet enthusiasts AGD Interactive, free to download here: http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/qfg2/homepage/homepage.html
It was one of the first games to first of all blend point-and-click adventure with RPG, and at that also having a persistent character all through the five games of the series.
A lot of games I adored back then, I can no longer stand to play. A few notable exceptions that I replayed in the last couple of years:
It simply is magical. One of the last truly great adventures.
Amazing story but it is a really tough adventure game. You will need a solution handy.
Beneath a Steel Sky
It is surprisingly addictive. For some reason whenever I play this game I become hooked. It is also free on GoG!
Other games I absolutely loved back then:
- Gabriel Knight series
- Tex Murphy series
- Monkey Island 1-2
- Indiana Jones 4
- Quest for Glory series
- many more