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15 Classic Point & Click Games That Still Hold Up Well Today

The s were hugely important for the video game industry. While console gamers were enjoying the golden age of RPGs and sidescrollers, PC gamers were treated to a host of fantastic point and click adventure games. Their influence was wide-reaching and would go on to shape modern-day action-adventure games while also introducing the idea of narrative-driven gameplay.

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What made these games so enjoyable wasn't cutting edge graphics or multi-million dollar budgets, but instead the excellent writing, engaging puzzles, colorful characters, and the unique approach to story-telling which many of them featured. It's for this reason perhaps that so many of them still hold up so well today.

Updated February 13th, by Thomas Bowen: With the recent resurgence in the popularity and prevalence of point and click video games, plenty of people are now beginning to turn their attention to some of the genre's earlier offerings. Despite decades having passed, these games still have a surprising amount to offer and can hold their own against many of the genre's more modern offerings. For as enjoyable as the likes of Thimbleweed Park and Kentucky Route Zero are, they owe much of their success to these amazing adventures that defined not just a genre, but, in many ways, an entire era of gaming. 

15 King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow

Sierra's King's Quest series is one of the longest running in gaming, with its first entry having now arrived more than four decades ago. While there have been plenty of great games to choose from during that time, the pick of the bunch is definitely King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow; which to many marks the high point of the series.

Released in , the game improves upon just about everything that made earlier King's Quest titles so enjoyable. The voice acting is fantastic, the animation is smoother than ever and there's much more emphasis placed on player choice than in earlier games. In total, there are more than a dozen different endings; making it one of the most replayable point and click games of the era.

14 The Neverhood

With its stunning visuals and wonderful animation, The Neverhood is one of the most memorable point and click adventure games to come out of the nineties. It was the first game in which all of the animation was done using claymation and features some of the best and most humorous writing of the era.

Some of the game's puzzles can at times be a little confusing, but they can typically be figured out with a little bit of trial and error. The story has one or two problems as well, although Klaymen himself is one of the most unique protagonists to ever grace a video game and his personality is just as charming as his appearance. Sadly, the PlayStation port of the game never left Japan, although the game was and continues to be available on Windows in the west.

13 Sanitarium

With games like Clock Tower having already laid much of the groundwork for point and click horror games, Sanitarium was far from groundbreaking when it released back in  That's not to say that it isn't still a great game though. It's so good, in fact, that it tied with Grim Fandango to win Computer Gaming World's Best Adventure Game award that year and was nominated for numerous other top industry prizes.

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The game still looks great considering its era and there are plenty of perplexing puzzles for players to solve. But where it really shines is in the story department, both in terms of the narrative itself and the methods by which the developers opt to unveil it. Max's wavering sanity serves as the perfect vehicle with which to explore the wonderfully crafted stages and is ultimately what makes the experience so terrifying at times.

12 The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey is one of the last point and click adventure games to come out of the twentieth century and it really shows in the game's advanced visuals. And thanks to some talented modders, there are several HD texture packs available which help to bring the game closer still to modern day standards. Visual fidelity is just one of many things that the game has going for it though.

The story is surprisingly complex for a point and click game and remains incredibly compelling throughout. The main protagonist is just as impressive and the puzzles that she's faced with are challenging yet fair. Several spin-off titles have been released in the years since, although fans are still waiting for news about the direct sequel that was first announced back in

11 The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery

Plenty of developers tried to incorporate FMV elements into their games during the nineties, but few managed to pull it off quite as successfully as Sierra. The implementation of the technology in the studio's title The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery was groundbreaking for the era and stands as a testament to the skill of those working for the company at that time.

The game takes place around one year on from the events of the first Gabriel Knight title and once again places players in the shoes of the Belmont-like author. This time, however, players also take control of Grace for certain sections of the game and there are some noticeable improvements to the way that players interact with the objects and items around them. The story is strong and the overall experience is one that's not to be missed.

10 Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis

LucasArts being a subsidiary of Lucasfilm gave the team access to some of the best movie licenses of all time. What's more, unlike many of the other licensed titles being made in that era, LucasArts' games based on movies were actually good. Really good. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis serves as the perfect example of the right way to adapt a movie franchise into a video game.

Every element of the game is lovingly crafted, with great attention to detail being paid to ensure excellence in every area. The game's original story feels like a genuine part of the Indy universe, and the excellent writing perfectly captures the title character's wit and cynicism. It really is a great title and one that fans ofIndiana Joneswould be fools to miss out on.

9 Loom

At first glance, it might not be obvious that Loom is a LucasArts game due to the drastic differences in tone and gameplay when compared with their other titles. In many ways, it feels more like a creator experimenting with a range of conflicting ideas than it does a genuine attempt at making a video game.

These elements come together surprisingly well, though, and form an enjoyable and unique experience that's unlike any other from that era. With a deep narrative and some unusual gameplay mechanics, Loom is a title that's definitely worth the price of admission. Fans of the Zelda franchise, in particular, would do well to check it out.

8 Full Throttle

Full Throttle's story and gameplay are excellent, but it is the game's main protagonist that really makes it stand out. Ben Throttle is the very definition of bad-ass, and the late, great Roy Conrad did a fantastic job of bringing the character to life. He's incredibly well-written, and his creative problem-solving techniques are sure to bring a smile to players' faces.

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Anybody who's played the game will likely have fond memories of sending cute battery-powered bunnies to clear an active minefield and engaging in some sweet road-rash style combat. Anybody who hasn't is seriously missing out. Although a planned sequel to the title never saw the light of day, a remastered version of the original game was released in , so there are no excuses not to see what the game has to offer.

7 Sam & Max Hit The Road

Sam & Max Hit the Road was one of the first video games to feature fully-voiced protagonists, and the LucasArts team spared no expense when it came to hiring talent. The decision to splash out on professional voice actors really paid off, as well, with many critics singling out the voice acting as one of the game's biggest strengths.

Although the sequels may hold up a little better due to the large gap between their release and the original, they don't quite have the same charm of Hit the Road. Its zany plot and loveable characters make it a must-play for fans of point and click adventures.

6 Day of the Tentacle

Tim Schafer is often credited as being the one responsible for popularizing video game crowdfunding, but it could be argued that he's also the one responsible for the recent revival of point and click adventure games. He's worked on some of the best titles that the genre has to offer, but his first lead role came on 's Day of the Tentacle.

The game tells the story of three friends trying to save the world from an evil sentient tentacle. That might sound bizarre—and, in truth, much of the game could be described that way—but the result is a charming game that's beautifully animated and is equally pleasing on the ears. It might be short, but it's incredibly sweet.

5 Myst

It would take brothers Rand and Robyn Miller just two years to turn their idea of an adult-oriented adventure game into a reality, which was an impressive feat considering the scale and ambition of the project. There were no half-measures taken, either, with the end result proving to be a hit with both players and critics.

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The game would go on to become the best-selling PC game of the era and would hold that title until when it was finally overtaken by The Sims. It was one hell of a run, which is quite fitting because, simply put, Myst is one hell of a game. The visuals aren't as impressive as they once were, but the gameplay and story remain as enjoyable as ever.

4 Beneath A Steel Sky

Like many of the titles from this era, Beneath a Steel Sky is starting to show its age in the graphical department. That takes nothing away though from its fantastic story and wonderful voice acting, nor does it make the slapstick comedy moments found throughout the game any less funny. If anything, it only serves to emphasize their brilliance.

The remastered edition released in helps to paper over some of the cracks, and the recently-released sequel provides a great reason to go back and check out this fantastic game. The future that Beneath a Steel Sky paints is bleak and loveless, but there is still plenty of love for this classic title.

3 Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango is probably the most well-known of the point and click classics from the 90s, and for good reason. Manny's adventures through the land of the dead are heavily inspired by a number of real-world influences, and it is these influences that make for an experience that feels truly genuine. Well as genuine as a story about skeleton people can be, anyway.

By the time of its release, Tim Schafer had mastered the art of storytelling and his understanding of the genre and its audience allowed him to create the perfect point and click title. It's one of the highest-rated point and click games ever made and will surprise a lot of players with its depth.

2 Broken Sword: The Shadow Of The Templars

That Revolution Software was able to raise nearly $1m through crowdfunding for Broken Sword 5 just goes to show how much love there is for the franchise. It might seem like a rather modest amount when compared with some of the other games that have found success through crowdfunding, but, considering the age of the series and the state of the genre, it's an impressive feat.

Shadow of the Templars was the title that started it all, and, to many, it is the series' best entry. George Stobart's adventures in Europe make for an engaging story that's seasoned with just the right amount of humor. It's smart, it's funny, and it's the perfect starting point for anybody interested in exploring the point and click genre.

1 Monkey Island 2

The Monkey Island series is arguably LucasArts' crowning achievement and its second entry is the pick of the bunch. The game once again puts players in the shoes of wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood and provides an experience that is as charming as it is challenging. The series remains hugely popular even to this day, with many fans still hoping that a new entry in the series will some day arrive.

While the story and puzzles are certainly enjoyable, it's the series' wicked sense of humor that really sets it apart. The graphics might look a little dated by modern standards, but the writing is still just as on point today as it was way back in Those who haven't played Monkey Island 2 owe it to themselves to check it out. There's treasure buried beneath those dated visuals.

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It looks quite dated now, but if you put a set of headphones on and say &#;Roger that&#; a lot, it feels quite realistic.

 Realms of Chaos

Realms of Chaos

Realms of Chaos was one of the last Apogee titles to make it to the desktop, but it was one that’s certainly worth playing again.

The shareware version only had the first of three episodes available, and as far as I was aware, it was pretty difficult to get hold of from the game shops in the UK (I purchased it via a 3D Realms BBS).

On the face of it, Realms was a pretty bland looking 2D scroller, but it was hugely entertaining, and it allowed you to swap between the Conan-like character to a Wonder Woman-like character with the Space Bar for different combat abilities. The best part was the ability to save at any point in the game for a restart after dinner.

 Silent Service 2

Silent Service 2

This is one I picked up as part of a compilation MicroProse pack from a charity shop in the mid to late 90s. Having played a few older submarine combat sims in the past, on various platforms, the extra power a decent PC offered was something I was looking forward to, andSilent Service 2 didn’t disappoint.

After much choosing of your sub and the area of war you were planning on taking to the might of the Japanese Navy,Silent Service 2 was a long drawn out game of tactics and choosing your future operations based on intel from CINCPAC. Finally though, if you were lucky, you’d get to face off against the Battleship Yamato. Not many lived to survive that bit, though.

 Master of Orion

Master of Orion

Master of Orion, the game that invented the 4X strategy term. An immense turn-based game that basically took over your life once you started to play it. I’d probably be lynched if I didn’t mention it in a list of DOS games.

Despite its popularity though, it’s barely mentioned today. In my opinion, it’s the sort of game everyone should have played at least once in their lives. It&#;s hard to compare too much to the moment where discovering Orion and the Guardian results in a complete loss of all your ships. Where colonization, military, research, planning, and combat all come together in such a way as to feel like your brain is melting out of your ears.

According to myth, the copy protection scheme used was so good (or bad) that the original game couldn’t even load up at times. Anyone have this issue?

 Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth

Where Gorillas.BAS was quite a simple approach to the old artillery genre, Scorched Earth took everything one step further. &#;The mother of all games,&#; as it called itself.

You still had to wipe out the other player’s tank by judging the power, angle, and so on against the wind speed and direction, but withScorched Earth, you earned money for a win which you could spend on more elaborate weaponry.

Linux users have enjoyed a 3D version ofScorched Earthfor years, but it was back in the good old BBS shareware days that version appeared and we could fiddle around with the physics, economics, landscapes, and weapons. Sadly, I never got to play version , which the purist would argue is the better version (or b), but hey it was still an ace game. Did you know that you could edit the messages that appeared on the screen? I’ve only just found that out.

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 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary

Quite possibly the bestStar Trek game ever developed is the 25th Anniversary edition from Interplay. The floppy disk version, which came on about eight thousand disks, took an age to install. The CD version had voices from the original actors, better sound effects, and music too.

The two parts to the game, one where you were on the away mission and the other on-board the Enterprise, were marvelously designed. The point and click adventure mode on the away mission took the majority of the gameplay, from what I recall, and trying to get a redshirt crushed by rocks or eaten soon became the main focus.

Taking control of the Enterprise was immense fun during combat. I can only imagine the conversation on the Klingon bridge at watching me trying to bring the Enterprise about and continually missing. “Doch ghe&#;or “YItungHa&#;, qaH QaQ &#;Iv?” or something.

 Simon the Sorcerer

Simon the Sorcerer

Classic point and click adventure gaming in a very LucasArts vein. Everything was inSimon the Sorcerorthat should be in a graphical adventure. Humor, clever puzzles, great animation, an excellent script, and the odd poke at books such as Lord of the RingsNarniaJack and the Beanstalk, and so on.

Simon’s dog Chippy finds a chest in the loft in which there’s the Ye Olde Spell Booke. After tossing it to one side, a portal opens and in goes Chippy followed by Simon, where he finds himself on a quest to rescue Calypso, the grand high wizard, from the evil sorcerer Sordid.

A great adventure game that’s often overlooked these days, with the CD version having the voice cast of Chris Barrie. And finally, was I the only one who wanted a bed like Calypso’s, tucked away in a window recess?

 Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge

Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge

One more adventure before I move on, and one of the most enjoyable I played on my early PC: Space Quest II: Vohaul’s Revenge.

I remember the box had a comic inside detailing the time between Space Quest 1 and this episode. Sadly, I never got around to playing Space Quest 1, though.

The humor inSpace Quest II was one of the main draws of the game. Elements such as “We hope you’re not looking for anyone to blame because you died” messages in the About Space Quest 2 menu and the writing on the bathroom wall on Vohaul’s asteroid that mentions the developers and other games. There’s even a reference to Leisure Suit Larry when Roger Wilko is rendered unconscious.

 U.S. Navy Fighters

U.S. Navy Fighters

Combat simulators were extremely popular for the PC in the DOS era, but U.S. Navy Fighterswas one of my personal favorites.

U.S. Navy Fighters looked amazing. In fact, the DX I had couldn’t cope with the highest level of graphics. Even my mate’s DX struggled sometime later. The missions were well conceived, and you could even create your own missions.

A pretty amazing combat sim this. I’ll even go out on a limb and say it was better than Falcon . Mind you, your wingman had the nasty habit of flying off and taking out a target that was three hundred miles away for some odd reason.

 SimAnt

SimAnt

SimAnt was an interesting game I picked up at one of those travelling computer fairs – one that was held in Bolton. I recall there being a huge manual with it, a veritable encyclopedia of ants as well as the instructions on how to play the game.

There were several modes of play, where you had to raise your colony of ants, hunt for food, and defend and attack other colored ants as well other insects, which could also be used for food. It was oddly absorbing being an ant.

According to legend, Will Wright developed the concept for The Sims while coding SimAnt. And doesn’t the House View remind you of Plants vs. Zombies?

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 Alien Breed

Alien Breed

This top-down, Gauntlet-like game was immensely enjoyable back in the day. Developed by Team 17, of Superfrog (we&#;re coming to that) andWormsfame, the game was obviously heavily influenced by the Alien films.

You played as a space marine-type dude, heavily armed and up against a seemingly unlimited number of aliens. All you needed to do was find the exit to the next level and progress deeper into the station, all the while picking up credits to buy better weapons and health packs to heal yourself with.

The levels were huge and maze-like, making them a dream come true for the gaming cartographer. And the two player option was great.

 Archipelagos

Archipelagos

Archipelagos is by far one of most intriguing and absorbing puzzles games ever created. It’s a little like a cross between The Sentineland Populous, in that you have to manipulate the 3D landscape in order to build land bridges across the 10, different islands.

When you’ve made it to another island, you’ll need to destroy the A Space Odyssey obelisk radiation generators on each one. Each generator is fed power through several sub-generators, so you’ll need to wipe them out before having about a minute to finish off the actual generator.

It’s one of those games that takes ages to complete, if you ever do, but is thoroughly enjoyable the entire time.

 Superfrog

Superfrog

Superfrog is one of the most enjoyable sidescrolling 2D platformers for DOS, an absolute treat. You take on the role of a frog, who was once a prince that has been turned into said Anura by a wicked witch – who has also kidnapped your girlfriend.

Naturally, you’ll need to rescue her and get back to being a human again, and you do this by racing through five different worlds, collecting coins and other things. Think of Superfrog as an early Sonic the Hedgehog clone and you won’t go wrong.

Sadly, there’s no detailed intro with the PC version, as there is with the Amiga version. But still, a cracking little game.

 The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall

The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall

We’re all familiar with the current Elder Scrolls games these days—Oblivion, and of course,Skyrim. However, way back in Bethesda released the second of TheElder Scrolls series, Daggerfall.

Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall was an immense game, so big it actually had a map size of 62, square miles (apparently the biggest map in any game – unless you want to count Minecraft), complete with 15, cities, towns, and hamlets for you to wander aimlessly around, and hundreds of individuals you can occasionally poke your sword at.

Daggerfall doesn’t get quite as much appreciation these days as it deserves. Obviously, Skyrim and Oblivionstill take up the lion&#;s share of the internet, but despite its age, Daggerfall still has a lot to offer.

 Lighthouse: The Dark Being

Lighthouse: The Dark Being

This is my wife’s favorite Sierra On-Line game ever. A largely forgotten adventure where you have to find various clues to find the whereabouts of Dr. Jeremiah Krick and his infant daughter, Amanda, in an alien and parallel world to ours.

The game was on CD, so featured lots of excellentMyst-like graphics, cut scenes, and tons of sound effects, voices, and so on. I can still recall being downstairs in our house at the time and listening to a baby crying upstairs for hours at a time while my wife played the game.

The puzzles were generally good – aside from the safe combination that had everyone stumped – and required more thought than your average point and click adventure.

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 Starflight

Starflight

Once called “the best science fiction game available on computer,&#; Starflight is considered the genesis of the open-space exploration, role-playing genre, and the direct spiritual descendant of Star Control 2.

You gather minerals to sell in order to gain enough credits for upgrading your ship. You can explore the galaxy, meet other species, get into fights with them, hire and train crew members, and stop your homeworld from being destroyed by solar flares.

It was an immensely deep game, with a wicked anti-copy system where you had to enter a code to warp to another star system. If you entered the wrong code, after a certain length of time, the Space Police came looking for you and destroyed your ship for using an illegal copy of the game. Thankfully, I bought mine from a jumble sale.

A game of intense details and micro-management, an absolute credit to the early PC.

Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf

Desert Strike was a game I immensely enjoyed on the Sega Mega Drive, so finding a boxed copy of the DOS version in a charity shop some years ago was a heck of a score – especially since a lot of the copies of it were pulled from the shelves on account of references to the Gulf War.

It’s such a great little game, flying over the dunes and wind-swept reaches of the enemy territory, looking for SAM sites, ammo and fuel dumps, and power stations to take out with your Hellfire missiles and other weapons of equal destruction.

A game that’s sadly not mentioned much now, but a classic to those who played it first time around. Interestingly, the German release had to have the blood effects removed before it was allowed to be sold.

 Syndicate

Syndicate

We’re quite used to violent games today. Barely anyone bats an eyelid at a character dropping from a building and sinking a hidden knife into someone’s neck. However, back in , Syndicate caused a few raised eyebrows and a sharp intake of breath from the various focus groups on video game violence.

This dark look at the future has you trying to take over the world with the help of a team of androids. You’re set kill orders, rescuing allies, assassinations, and persuasive tactics to help grow your influence, power, and cash reserves. You could be as ultra-violent or as passive and sneaky as you like, as long as the end goal of world domination was achieved.

A lot of us here cut our teeth on Syndicate, so there’s a lot of love for this now mostly ignored title. The sequel was even more intense, too&#;

 The Incredible Machine

The Incredible Machine

I had plenty of first-person shooters, combat sims, space trading games galore, and platformers to pick from in my diskette boxes of goodies. But the one game that kept me coming back for more, time and time again, was The Incredible Machine.

This amazing little puzzle game grabbed you and refused to let go until it was late at night and you finally realized that you had work to go to in the morning. It was seriously addictive.

According to internet legend, which I can’t honestly remember if it’s true or not, if you played the game on Valentines or Christmas Day, you’d get either a heart-shaped balloon or Christmas Tree to use.

 Raptor: Call of the Shadows

Raptor: Call of the Shadows

A great vertically scrolling shooter from Apogee, one that seriously threatened what little remained of a social life you once had, or &#; again &#; any chance of getting up in the morning.

Raptor was fairly basic in its gameplay. You headed ever onward, collecting power-ups and cash and obliterating everything that streamed down from above. After each level you could use the collected cash to buy even more destructive weapons or the ability to last a little longer. Either way, it was a fab little game – even the shareware version of one level.

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9. Pipe Mania

Pipe Mania

Pipe Maniawas a cunning puzzle game my brother used to play endlessly. It has you placing down sections of a pipe, that appear Tetris-like on one section of the screen, to a set grid in the main game area. But you’ve only got a limited amount of time before a green liquid (sewerage?) starts to flow down the pipe.

If you manage to organize your pipe laying well enough, then the ooze will flow through the sections and you’ll score enough to proceed to the next level. If not, then it’s game over and start again.

A clever little game, and one that was fiendishly addictive. Published by LucasArts in the US, the UK version was by Empire Interactive. It also appeared in the second Microsoft Windows Entertainment Pack.

8. Alien Carnage (Halloween Harry)

Alien Carnage (Halloween Harry)

Alien Carnage was Apogee’s first 2D platformer, where you played as the hard as nails Harry tasked with ridding the world of the attacking aliens, who were turning people into zombies and freeing captive humans. The jetpack wearing, and initially flame-thrower wielding Harry could collect coins from downed aliens, and use the coins at certain stations to buy different weapons from missiles to mini Nukes and an Omega Bomb.

The shareware version was simply called Halloween Harry when it was released and later namedAlien Carnage for all four episodes. Since , it’s been freeware, so find a copy and get playing.

7.The Chaos Engine

The Chaos Engine

The Bitmap Brothers certainly knew how to make a cracking game, and Chaos Engine was one such example. With their usual flair for top-down mayhem, The Bitmap Brothers gave us this wonderful steampunk themed game, filled with tons of enemies, two-player action, loads of power-ups, and great sound effects with a cool sound track playing continuously in the background.

Seriously, one of the best DOS games of the mids, although originally banned in Germany due to excessive violence, it still looks and plays pretty well today. It&#;s Ikari Warriorsevolved!

6. Descent

Descent

Ask most people for a few memorable DOS games from their past, and you’ll more than likely have answers such as DoomQuakeX-Wing, and so on, which is fair enough. But the canny DOS gamer would, among those titles, name Descent.

This seasickness-inducing true 3D game was an absolute marvel to behold. Flying through the various mines looking for the exit and the reactor to destroy, while trying to work out whether you were the right-way-up or still upside down, was one of the most visually impressive gaming experiences of Even when you entered a cheat code and had the computer voice call you a cheater.

5. Epic

Epic

Ocean Software and Digital Image Design have a number of great games under their collective belts. One memorable DOS game isEpic, an immense space shooter with a fantastic story and beautifully rendered graphics.

While Epic wasn’t quite up to the same graphical standard as, say, X-Wing, it was a fun game to play. The missions involved you taking out mines, enemy spacecraft, and dropping down to a planet’s surface to destroy a communications array or something. It had plenty: fast space combat, a Battlestar Galactica&#;like storyline, and quite splendid visuals.

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4. MDK

MDK

MDK was a thoroughly strange game I picked up on sale from a local computer game shop in Leeds towards the end of

This third-person run and gun, with hints of puzzles, has you as Kurt Hectic in a bio-armor suit taking on waves of enemies on board giant, city-sized Minecrawlers heading towards various locations on Earth. Obviously, you need to stop these Mincecrawlers and save the planet. To help, you have an array of weapons, from a chaingun on your arm to The World’s Smallest Nuclear Bomb – and for some reason or another, a genetically altered dog called Max.

Odd it may be, but it looked and played brilliantly on my newly purchased Pentium MMX PC. Apparently, there was supposed to be a film made of the game some time ago. Naturally, this didn’t take place.

3. Stormlord

Stormlord

Hewson Consultants Ltd. came up with some of the finest computer games ever conceived. The likes of FirelordUridiumNebulusRanarama – all for various platforms – were played countless times by us in our youth.

This “immensely playable game” (as quoted by Crash for the Spectrum version in ) not only looked fantastic – complete with scantily-clad fairies – but also played extremely well. In fact, it’s aged very well indeed.

Playing as the bearded Stormlord, you’ve got to travel across the scrolling platform levels and free fairies trapped in glass spheres by a wicked witch. Once you’ve released these nude nymphs, it’s off to the next level, but doing so involves you using various objects to allow you get to otherwise inaccessible areas of the level. It’s all rather clever and a great game to play. Incidentally, the Sega Mega Drive version had to be cleaned up before it was allowed on sale – cleaned up as in the fairies had to put some clothes on.

2. Jill of the Jungle

Jill of the Jungle

The pretty bland looking first episode of a trilogy of games, Jill of the Jungle, was surprisingly good. Okay so it was a basic platformer, and it was awful to control, but this shareware competitor to Commander Keen and the like worked quite well.

You play as Jill, an Amazonian warrior who has to get from one end of the jungle to the other. Or something like that, I can’t really remember to be honest. Needless to say, it’s more of a navigational puzzle, action platformer than an all-out combat platformer, as you try and figure out how to get through the maze of blocks, vines, trees, and everything else.

A decent enough, harmless game this, with the strange addition of having every key on the keyboard mapped to a sound effect in the game.

1. Tyrian

Tyrian

In my humble opinion, Tyrian is the best top-down scrolling shooter ever – an opinion I’m prepared for some backlash for.

Tyrianhas you as ace pilot Trent Hawkins, seeking revenge against MicroSol, who killed your best mate Buce Quesilliac over the discovery of an ultra-rare mineral called Gravitium.

It&#;s a packed game, with tons of enemies, loads of extreme power-ups, quick reflexes and nimble fingers, and a cracking soundtrack with equally great sound effects.

You could also link up a couple of PCs with a Null Modem cable or network and get some two player action against the onslaught of MicroSol henchmen. An amazing game that’s barely mentioned these days, but certainly needs to be revisited.

The games that didn&#;t make the list, but are still underrated and utterly awesome:

Jazz Jackrabbit – A fantastic platformer, one that really put the PC out there as a proper games platform capable of knocking the consoles off their perches.

Day of the Tentacle– Credited as the father of the cartoon adventure,Day of the Tentacle is a great adventure title with superb writing and gameplay.

Aces Over Europe – An immense combat simulator with a huge page instruction manual to weigh the box down.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Text adventures don’t get much better than this.

Hexen – ID Software’s sequel to Heretic, built on an enhanced version of the Doom engine, was pretty impressive.

Rogue – Everyone mentions Rogue-like games these days, but this is where it all started. From simple ASCII dungeon crawlers come great things.

Eye of the Beholder – A great RPG dungeon crawler series of games, based and built on the D&#;D games.

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The 28 Best Point and Click Adventure Games

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Put your brainpower to the ultimate test in these classic point and click adventure games

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Not all games push you towards slashing and shooting everything in sight. Some of them reward you through expert analysis and quick decision making instead.

In particular, there’s a genre full of playable ventures that are more puzzle oriented and story-focused. Those types of beloved experiences are known as point and click adventure games. The long history of that genre began with the introduction of Silicon Beach Software’s release, Enchanted Scepters. And ever since then, legendary development studios such as Sierra Entertainment, LucasArts, and Telltale Games have created a number of point and click titles that sit near the top of the mountain. A quality point and click adventure game gives players an enthralling tale to follow, endearing characters that sit in your memory long after you’ve completed your journey, major choices to consider, and several puzzles that require thoughtful approaches to solving them.

We’ve handled the tough job of sifting through a massive lineup of point and click adventure games in order to find the best of the best. The 28 titles we’ve chosen to list here are currently the finest ways to enjoy one of the oldest genres in gaming. Put on your thinking cap and prepare to test your intelligence by taking on these incredible point and click adventure games.

1. ‘Grim Fandango Remastered’

LucasArts broke new ground when they released this classic – it’s known for being the first adventure game by the publisher/developer to utilize 3D computer graphics that were placed over pre-rendered static backgrounds. This remastered edition of Grim Fandango makes those strong visuals look even more impressive than ever before, while still retaining the dark humor that made it so beloved in the first place. Navigating the land of the dead as Manuel “Manny” Calavera will treat you to an adventure inspired by film noir and Mexican Aztec folklore.

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2. ‘Maniac Mansion’

A mad scientist by the name of Dr. Fred has kidnapped Sandy! It’s up to her boyfriend Dave and his fellow teenage saviors to break her free from her captive state. This LucasArts adventure is a callback to the 80s era of point and click adventure games – its visuals and approach to puzzle solving are representative of that time period, plus it still manages to be an amazing playable experience thanks to the many different outcomes you can arrive at and creative characters you’ll encounter. The most current version of this classic comes in original and enhanced forms, so you’re free to enjoy it any way you choose.

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3. ‘Day of the Tentacle Remastered’

Dr. Fred’s dreaded mutated purple tentacle is ready for global domination! It’s up to you to aid Bernard Bernoulli, Hoagie, and Laverne as they do everything in their power to halt that intelligent creature’s evil plans. Day of the Tentacle Remastered polishes LucasArts’ gem with improved artwork and redone audio for the soundtrack and sound effects. The coolest feature behind this modern version of the cult classic is how it gives players the option to switch between its original and remastered visuals.

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4. ‘Full Throttle Remastered’

Just like the aforementioned Day of the Tentacle Remastered, this remastered edition of Full Throttle allows you to switch between the game’s original and redone animation. At the heart of this motorcycle mystery is a badass brute named Ben, who just so happens to be the leader of a local biker gang. After being framed for the murder of a popular motorcycle manufacturing mogul, Ben is forced to clear his and the good name of his fellow gang members. And of course, you’ll be there to help him do just that.

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5. ‘Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis’

George Lucas’ famed globe-trotting archeologist isn’t just a big-screen superstar. He’s also known for embarking on grand adventures within the video game space. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis follows the titular character as he looks to find the rumored sunken city of Atlantis. Nazi agents, who’re on the lookout for a weapon that supposedly caused Atlantis’ demise, get entangled with Jones and his close ally Sophia Hapgood. The high-octane action, puzzling situations, and globetrotting moments Indiana Jones’ films are known for are all here and accounted for.

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6. ‘The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition’

This swashbuckling adventure puts you in control of a would-be pirate by the name of Guybrush Threepwood, who embarks upon a grand adventure. That journey pushes him to seek out the famed secret island of Monkey Island. First things first, though – he’ll need to travel to the island of Mêlée and buddy up with the pirates that inhabit it. Alongside those pirates is a mayor that tugs at Guybrush’s heartstrings and a sinister ghost pirate known as LeChuck. Enjoy this LucasArts’ pirate-filled caper with remastered visuals/audio, a super helpful puzzle hint system, a cleaner user interface, and improved controls.

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7. ‘Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge’

Once you’ve completed Guybrush’s initial swashbuckling trek, you should seek out his follow-up undertaking within the Caribbean. This special edition of Monkey Island 2 sees Guybrush set out to uncover the sought after treasure of Big Whoop. Standing in his way is the zombified return of Captain LeChuck. This quality sequel throws in HD visuals, full voice acting, a remastered music score, an improved UI, and the same puzzle hint system featured in the series’ last special edition. Besides those welcome additions are the option to choose between point & click and direct character control methods, object highlighting, and a host of behind the scenes content to enjoy.

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8. ‘The Curse of Monkey Island’

The Curse of Monkey Island may not have received an HD remaster touchup, but don’t let that keep you from investing plenty of time into it. Guybrush Threepwood makes his return in a bid to do away with the curse that has afflicted his love, Elaine Marley. This means of course that he’ll have to contend with a whole bunch of pirates, smugglers, puzzles, a new rival in the form of a French buccaneer, and the (unwelcome) return of Captain LeChuck. You’ll get plenty of laughs from this quality follow-up as it features a whole slew of new insults for its swordfights.

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9. ‘Tales of Monkey Island Complete Pack’

Once Telltale Games got ahold of the Monkey Island franchise, they did a bang-up job with the episodic adventure they devoted to Guybrush’s 3D foray. You’ll find yourself experiencing five episodes full of seafaring adventures as you help Guybrush seek out a cure for the voodoo pox he inadvertently unleashes. Monkey Island’s signature brand of humor and puzzle-solving is included within this complete pack’s bite-sized lineup of episodes.

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‘Sam & Max Hit the Road’

Yep, we got another LucasArts classic to mention here. And this one’s all about the rambunctious duo of Sam & Max, who work together as Freelance Police. After taking on a case that involves the disappearance of Bigfoot from a nearby carnival, the two private eyes get embroiled in all sorts of humorous hijinks within a wonderfully animated 2D world. The canine shamus and hyperkinetic rabbit thing’s comic book origins may have created them, but this game is the reason why they’re remembered so fondly.

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‘Sam and Max Complete Pack’

Telltale Games eventually got their hands on the Sam & Max IP and ended up producing three seasons worth of amusing content for its reimagining. The first season features six episodes, the second season comes with five, and the third and final season (entitled The Devil’s Playhouse) includes five more episodes to play through if you hop on this complete package deal. 16 episodes in total for a fully 3D caper starring Sam and Max is worth a buy if you ask us. You’ll quickly come to appreciate the comedy stylings and unique approach to crime-solving the series’ anthropomorphic duo is known for.

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‘The Walking Dead’

Based on the mega-popular Image Comics franchise, The Walking Dead adventure games stand out as the best examples of Telltale Games’ modern interpretation of classic point & click games. You’ll begin your post-apocalyptic tale as Lee Everett, a convicted felon who finds himself in a world full of pain and strife. His chance meeting with a young girl by the name of Clementine gives him a chance at redemption as he protects her from the worst of humanity and the undead. The Walking Dead Telltale Games series features four main story seasons, a sort-of prequel installment, and a side expedition that focuses on fan-favorite character Michonne.

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‘The Wolf Among Us’

DC Comics’ Fables series offers up a clever take on the fairy tales and folklore your parents used to read to you as a child. The comic book flips on all those stories by heading to a far more serious and darker realm. Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us places you within the world of Fables and tasks you with solving a brutal murder as Bigby Wolf. The big bad wolf himself encounters all sorts of shady characters and dangerous situations in the danger-filled world of Fabletown.

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‘Batman: The Telltale Series’

You would have thought that a Telltale Games episodic series based on the Gotham City adventures of Batman would lack the action the comic books are known for. But the two seasons delivered by this game honor everything that fans have come to appreciate about The Dark Knight. Batman: The Telltale Series presents an interesting take on the Wayne Family legacy, plus it presents you with two iconic foes to confront – Two-Face and The Joker. Batman’s crime-solving wizardry and combat expertise are replicated perfectly in this memorable Telltale Games experience.

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‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series’

We’ve already shown some love to a Telltale Games DC Comics-based title. Now let’s do the same for a Marvel Comics-based release. The episodic adventure we’re alluding to is the one that brings together Marvel’s ragtag group of galaxy explorers/saviors. Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot are all here and accounted for in an adventure game full of hilarity, action-packed space battles, and impactful choices to consider for the fate of the universe. And as expected, this game’s usage of beloved 80s tunes fits the mood of the Guardians of the Galaxy to a tee.

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‘Tales From the Borderlands’

Telltale Games actually put out an adventure game based on a franchise known for featuring fast-paced first-person shooting? Yep, and it came out a lot better than everyone figured it would be. Tales From the Borderlands takes place after the events of the second game and places you within the strife-filled world of Pandora. The space-faring adventures of playable characters Rhys and Fiona give you all sorts of gut-busting situations to get embroiled in that’s strengthened by strong character work. Plus the cel-shaded art style of the series makes this Borderlands spinoff game as legit as possible.

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‘Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut’

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is regarded as one of the greatest point and click adventure games of all time. The best version of that classic can currently be played through a director’s cut that features a whole new story arc, minigames that can be played from a first-person perspective, enhanced audio, and so much more. This throwback adventure game revolves around you being entangled within a global conspiracy as an American tourist that’s doing everything in his power to unravel it. With the assistance of a photojournalist, getting to the bottom of that dangerous mystery becomes even riskier, eye-opening, and funnier than ever before.

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‘Broken Sword 2 – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered’

The sequel to the aforementioned game on this list is definitely worth a playthrough. Both of the game’s main characters that linked up during their first global escapade return for a new adventure. This time around, a drug gang and an ancient Mayan artifact places the photojournalist in harm’s way and her American friend on the path towards figuring out who/what is behind it all. New international locales, a cast of interesting characters to interact with, and a host of gameplay improvements over the original push this beautifully remastered edition of Broken Sword 2 to higher levels of quality.

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‘King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow’

Sierra Entertainment’s biggest IP is none other than King’s Quest, a series of highly regarded point and click adventure games set within medieval times. The series entry that most fans bring up as the best of the best is the exact one we’ve chosen for this list. King’s Quest VI follows a man named Alexander, who sets out to rescue the woman who saved his life. This entails him exploring the Land of the Green Isles and solving a myriad of puzzles along the way. King’s Quest VI is the highpoint of the series thanks to its commendable replay value and unmistakable charm.

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‘King’s Quest’ ()

The past adventures of Sir Graham are amazing in their own right and can be played via a complete Steam compilation these days. After you’ve made your way through that set of standout adventure games, you’d best seek out the modern reinvention of the King’s Quest franchise. The five chapters within this pick on our list follows a wiser and much older King Graham, who recounts his past triumphs to his granddaughter Gwendolyn. The tales he tells come in the form of playable segments that give you plenty of open-ended puzzles to solve and major choices to make.

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‘Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside’

Pajama Sam should be familiar to all 90s babies who were first introduced to point & click adventure games through this next pick. No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside follows the young tyke as he transforms into his superheroic alter ego to take on his biggest foe – Darkness! This cute and colorful game features plenty of educational questions, age-appropriate puzzles, and life lessons that any young child will surely enjoy. The cartoony visuals will bring in the young ones, while the incredibly fun gameplay will do a great job of keeping them.

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‘Life is Strange’

Life is Strange is another fine example of how much the point and click adventure game genre has evolved. The main plot being told within it focuses on best friends Max and Chloe. In a strange turn of events, Max discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. Her newfound powers come into play as she and Chloe look into the strange disappearance of a fellow student named Rachel. The rewind time mechanic’s smart implementation during Life is Strange’s biggest moments make it stand apart from its contemporaries. And the game’s big story reveals make it an adventure you’ll never forget.

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‘Life is Strange 2’

The second installment within the Life is Strange series brings two new main characters and a different mind-bending power into the mix. Brothers Sean and Daniel end up on the run following a traumatic event. At some point during their travels, Daniel realizes he has the power to move objects with his mind. Daniel’s power and the ways in which he chooses to wield it are impacted by the way you play as Sean. The choices you make play a huge part in how both brothers reach the end of their harrowing trip through the US. Life is Strange 2 is an amazing follow-up that tugs even harder at the heartstrings of the series’ loyal fanbase.

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‘Broken Age’

Tim Schafer’s expertise in the area of developing point and click adventure games are well known. His design work has been applied to classics such as Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, The Secret of Monkey Island, etc. He returned to the genre that made him so highly regarded alongside Double Fine Productions to create a modern-day great. That game ended up being Broken Age, a coming-of-age story that follows two young characters who are seemingly tied to each other’s grand destiny. Broken Age comes in two fulfilling acts that are equal parts fun and funny.

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‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy’

Forgive us for cheating here by listing three games in one pick, but we’d be remiss for not mentioning any of Capcom’s amazing Ace Attorney titles. Thankfully, the series’ first three games come included within this trilogy compilation that features improved sprites and music for each entry. All three games place you into the hectic world of courtroom drama as the ditzy yet determined defense attorney Phoenix Wright. You’ll be put in charge of helping him get to the bottom of several cases via evidence gathering and client questioning. OBJECTION!

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‘Kathy Rain'

90s babies will adore this one. Kathy Rain transports players back to one of the greatest decades of all time and puts them on the trail of a mystery surrounding the death of the main character’s grandfather. This point and click adventure game may have been released in , but it fits the classic mechanics that its retro contemporaries are celebrated for. Kathy Rain’s crispy pixelated art sheen, strong voice acting, and compelling storytelling make its mystery-filled experience worth playing through to completion.

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‘Thimbleweed Park’

The creative minds behind Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion are responsible for the next game on our list. Thimbleweed Park takes place within a small town that’s full of secrets you set out to unravel. Thimbleweed Park is home to an array of strange locales to venture within and five characters to do all that fun exploring with. If you have a love for The X-Files and Twin Peaks, then this neo-noir mystery will quickly become your new favorite.

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‘The Neverhood’

The final game on our list is a cult classic that has an art style all its own. The Neverhood adopts a super unique stop motion clay animation style that’s still eye-popping to this very day. In it, you take on the role of Klaymen (get it?) and solve puzzles as you move around a strangely deserted locale. Even though The Neverhood was a commercial failure, critics and fans alike still hold it up as one of the most creative point and click adventure games ever made.

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