If you can’t get enough of puzzle solving, interactive gaming and intense plots– you’ll probably love adventure games. They are arguably the most frustrating/rewarding genre of games to play and are also notoriously difficult.
The top 100 adventure game list was compiled by Adventure Gamers; we are only publishing the top 20; so I recommend you check out their impressive list article after. You may notice some of your favourite games are missing from the list; this is probably because the game is not pure adventure–for example Uncharted series is an action-adventure game, rather than just adventure so it probably won’t make the list.
#20 – Still Life #19 – Beneath a Steel Sky #18 – Myst #17 – Machinarium #16 – Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers #15 – Syberia #14 – The Secret of Monkey Island #13 – King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow #12 – Zork Grand Inquisitor#11 – Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis#10 – Portal 2 #9 – Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive #8 – Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge #7 – The Last Express #6 – Day of the Tentacle #5 – Riven #4 – Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars#3 – Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within #2 – The Longest Journey #1 – Grim Fandango
The links send you back to the site with details on each game and so forth. The number 1 on the list is Grim Fandango, primarily written by the legend Tim Schafer. It was a breakthrough game released in 1998, it received critical acclaim but the sales were less than expected so there is a good chance you have never heard of it.
It you love adventure games read up on the list and select a few to give a go.