I've officially completed an obscene amount of games in my all-too-long 28 years on this planet. Because of this prestigious accomplishment, I thought I would compile a very click-baity list of games that I adore that may not be the most readily recognized--though, some will inevitably prove to be more popular than I expected, and I'm sure you fucks will remind me that 'X Games' are actually 'X-level of popularity'. But anyway, I'll keep the list descriptions short and sweet so you'll actually look through it, and considering that there's a sale on Steam and GoG, you ought to seek these babies out now if your interest is piqued.
Please feel free to contribute your own game recommendations if you want, and let me know if my list sucks! I promise I'll listen. Also, most of these will probably be adventure games.
Gameplay links accompanying.
The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure - https://youtu.be/AF9Tu8YOXjI?t=1223
This one's an adventure game, like really an adventure game. But if you're a patient veteran or just like to chill, this game does a great job of implanting you in a relaxing village environment filled with plenty of colourful characters to interact with. It has a striking black-and-white colour scheme and a little spookiness here and there, but through-and-through it's an adventure game, and my adventure game bros should give it a go.
The X-Files Game (1998) - https://youtu.be/jx4rHdtE9RI?t=343
It's an FMV game with a good sense of humour, an intriguing mystery, and isn't balls-to-the-wall difficult like many adventure games. This one you can't buy, so seek it out on abandonware and give it a go.
Thief II: The Metal Age - https://youtu.be/fAfeoX_5AH8?t=6316
An oldie but a classic, and in my opinion the best stealth game to date, Thief II stars a perfectly sardonic fuck in the form of Geralt, large and nuanced levels, and an interesting world that makes you want to explore the levels thoroughly. It's super cheap and on GoG and Steam. Don't let the (metal) age discourage you.
Zork: Grand Inquisitor - https://youtu.be/eoxJWJaA1gc?t=1347
Another FMV classic with plenty of wacky and endearing characters, vibrant environments, and top notch comedy writing. Maybe requires a walkthrough here and there. Or maybe you're better than me at adventure games. Almost certainly.
The Last Express - https://youtu.be/hyAlQX9uID8?t=320
Smoking Car made one game: this game. It is actually visually unique and is filled with intrigue and mystery. It all runs in an active time frame, but the game features a rewind ability if you don't do X-thing by X-time, so don't let that discourage you from playing a game of the likes you probably haven't played before.
The Cat Lady - https://youtu.be/j12kTX09wyw?t=3536
Perahps a little too edgy at times, but the Cat Lady is a visually striking 2-D, bleak-arse adventure game. In my opinion, this game does a great job of tackling the issue of depression, but it may be a little to miserable for some.
The Curse of Monkey Island - https://youtu.be/zfAo3O2qZR0?t=943
It's gorgeous and very witty. It's the best Monkey Island. Fight me.
Scratches - https://youtu.be/F5FGKVG6UMM?t=1515
Another adventure game that you have to seek alternative means to access, but it's worth it. Scratches is the best game to capture the innate dread of exploring a large, unfamiliar and seemingly-empty creepy mansion. The delicate nature in which things slowly unravel as you delve deeper and deeper into this game's story is a wonderful experience and not one I can readily identify in another game.
Beneath a Steel Sky - https://youtu.be/9p1Dna5yhwQ?t=1371
A classic adventure game. Great environments, music, art, characters, and the best robot companion in video game history. Seriously, this game is a masterful classic adventure game, and if you've somehow slept on it for 26 years, please give it a go.
Stasis - https://youtu.be/D4rKtCuAdJc?t=242
I can't stress enough how much I love this game. It's depressingly, miserably, and soul-crushingly bleak. But there's plenty of pleasure to be found in this particular gem of adventure game: a great story, thrilling and intricate artwork and environments, and an actually interesting lore suffusing the game's journey.
Goetia - https://youtu.be/NJCeb7D7kyE?t=219
Probably the only game I've mentioned that is actually not well-known, but Goetia is a great puzzle game that you can pick up super cheap.
Odallus: The Dark Call - https://youtu.be/ofgBKRA6668?t=377
Finally, an action game. It's a Castlevania-like game with 8-bit stylised graphics and chunky, satisfying combat. And hey, I beat it, so it's not crushingly difficult so don't feel too intimated.
Miasmata - https://youtu.be/4svXGmHRX38?t=279
Okay. This game is rough. It's nearly all rough edges. But it's the best exploration game that I've played. Making your way through the game using your own wits is a thrilling experience.
Fran Bow - https://youtu.be/53xcFUW9qxs?t=3409
Don't let the apparent grim edginess of the cover art fool you, there's a lot of depth and goodness to be found within this game. I was expecting it be a short, and probably tasteless affair, but I was thankfully wrong. It's a fully fledged and substantial adventure game.
Little Inferno - https://youtu.be/VV4Z9SXWtqA?t=967
An addictive puzzle game that let's you play out your pyromaniac fantasies.
The Black Watchmen (on Steam) - https://youtu.be/h29p6UOGqYQ?t=334 (Commentary. Sorry.)
Oh man, how do I explain this game. it's an ARG(?) in which you play an agent for a shadowy organisation, solving missions that usually involve creepy and supernatural elements. There's a great community around the game, the lore is impeccable, and the sheer number of resources built for the game is staggering. This is another game that I would HIGHLY recommend if you like puzzle/investigation games. It's a real trip and it's some awesome secret agent shit.
Torment: Tides of Numenera - https://youtu.be/p-1rO6ioYf8?t=1354
Okay, probably not in the spirit of the topic, but this game is unfairly forgotten. It's a great turn-based RPG, with an riveting main narrative, and a great and substantial lore. It's not Torment, but it's a still a great RPG game that doesn't deserve to be cast to the Shadow Realm.
Silence - https://youtu.be/EACN9HcdtR0?t=779
Beautiful, vibrant, and short. One of the better modern adventure games, and one that knows that short and sweet is better than the typical adventure game bloat.
The Painscreek Killings - https://youtu.be/JM1q47u5lbw?t=103
This one suffers a little from prefab asset-itis, but nonetheless, a believable environment, characters, and an intriguing core mystery hold this admirable detective/puzzle game together. You're gonna be reading journals for passwords, solving puzzles for keys to get more keys, and seeking out hidden caches for the next story tidbit. My jam--and maybe yours.
The House of Da Vinci - https://youtu.be/ahuRo7lU4uw?t=941
If you like The Room games, then this one is cast from the same mould, but more fleshed out and intricate.
Mission Critical (GoG) - https://youtu.be/5793ZG7Y9ho?t=1013
Legend Entertainment don't get the respect they deserve. They made amazing, but not the most accessible, adventure games through the 90's, but never get mentioned in the same breath as LucasArts and Sierra. Mission Critical is perhaps their most accessible game, ditching the typical text input parser, and favouring a more traditional adventure game approach. The story is crazy and develops in ways you won't be expecting. please give it a go.
Anachronox - https://youtu.be/x_xnbyrlDnU?t=355
A little long in the tooth, and the gameplay isn't the most fun, but Anachronox features the best cast of teammates in a game, amazing and diverse music, and an overall zany and interesting game world. The battle systems sucks, and that fucking beetle-building shit makes no sense, but the game is mostly easy and you can just cheat at the end to see it through. It's a game worth cheating on.
Dandara - https://youtu.be/WFZcSH55iNw?t=326
An exciting action-exploration game with a unique control method. It's a fun action game.
ALL WAJDET EYE GAMES!
Okay I wanted to include more, but it would be too long. Let me know if any of these pique your interest, and feel free to say that I'm wrong for whatever reason.