If you’re like me and you love the old point-and-click adventure games, here’s a great list that Adventure Gamers put together. I imagine it took some time and effort to come up with the 100 best adventure games of all time. For my part, I think it’s a good list, although I would have put Gabriel Knight 1 or 2 above The Longest Journey, and King’s Quest VI should have been in the top ten.
I don’t feel like I can say a lot about their choice for #1. While I’ve owned a copy of Grim Fandango for a long time, I have yet to play through it. I know, I know, how can I call myself an adventure gamer. I intend to play it in 2012. It’s officially in my gaming queue (along with about a dozen other games, but I’ll try and prioritize it).
I did a quick count, and I think that I legitimately own 48 or 49 of the games on the list, some of which I’ve had for a long time. I still have my original box of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers complete with 3.5″ floppies and the receipt. It cost $44.87 in 1994, and it came on 11 floppy disks plus one patch disk that I probably had to send off to Sierra to get.
A few other notable games I’ve purchased on GOG and have yet to play are the Tex Murphy games. Of the 48-49 that I own, I’ve played and completed (or nearly so) about 33. That’s probably a better percentage of completed/owned than any other genre, of course it also doesn’t count all of the adventure games I have that didn’t make the list.
Come to think of it, it might be good to do an entire post on adventure gaming; all the games I have and which ones I’ve played and loved. I could also recount my whole history with adventure games starting from the first time I saw King’s Quest II to the Christmas we got three Sierra games (with new VGA graphics!) which barely all fit on our PC, up through more modern experiences with newer adventures like Amnesia: The Dark Descent (scariest game ever), and L.A. Noire (of course I’ll have to play it first).
If you love adventure games like me, I hope this list gives you some ideas of games you should pick up. It did me. If you’ve never played an adventure game, maybe you should try one. They’re stronger on story than any genre excepting maybe RPG’s.
But let me warn you. Adventure games are not fast-paced. They take patience and lateral thinking skills (and sometimes outright illogic). But you will get to meet some of the greatest characters in video games.
- Jane Jensen Returns With Cognition (escapistmagazine.com)
- COG 2011: The Hall of Heroes – The Hero of Writers (bnbgaming.com)