Adventure games are an odd genre that has stretched back over several decades. They represent some of the best stories and characters found in video games, and also some of the hardest games ever created. Whether you prefer an old-school unforgiving Sierra game where death lurks around every corner, or a humorous romp through a crazy and colorful LucasArts property, or you want to trudge through the somber and depressing (but incredibly engrossing) entries of the modern Telltale Games series, you can probably find an adventure game that will give you hours and hours of entertainment. In celebration of this long-lived genre, here are some of the best adventure games ever made.
10. Broken Age
One of the biggest Kickstarter success stories to date, the game, released in two parts over 2014 and 2015, features a return to the old-school 2-D adventure game style. From the mind behind such hits as Day of the Tentacle and the Monkey Island series (we’ll get to both of those), Broken Age follows two different protagonists from two different worlds. Vella is a young female with big ideas, and most of them don’t involve being eaten by a big scary monster that visits her village every few years seeking tribute in exchange for safety. Meanwhile, Shay is a young man trapped on a space ship that tends to his every need, which is really, really boring after a while. When both attempt to break free from their destiny, they set into motion a strange series of events that will change both their lives, and their worlds, forever.