A test of skill, a mystery to solve and engaging characters and stories: this is what fans of adventure games want. This classic point-and-click game genre has enjoyed something of a renaissance on touchscreens, In this article, we will present you with what we think are the best of the genre for smartphones and tablets.
Thimbleweed Park - best retro adventure with a modern twist
Thimbleweed Park is a great retro adventure game with a lot of modern features from Monkey Island/Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert. Reminiscent of the X-Files and Twin Peaks but with a strong absurdist twist, you control a pair of idiosyncratic FBI agents investigating a murder mystery in an equally idiosyncratic town.
The puzzles are challenging, and even more playable characters become available to enable some creative and complex (if not always completely logical) solutions to the various puzzles. But if you'd rather just enjoy the stylish pixel graphics and weird humor without having to furrow your brow too much, there's an easy mode that goes light on the brain-teasers.
This game, which was released for PCs in 2011, is also a hit on the Android devices. The game combines the science fiction genre with film noir elements and is reminiscent of film classics such as Blade Runner or the game Beneath a Steel Sky. You slip into the role of the former professional killer Azriel Odin, who has changed sides in the search for his brother.
The story is exciting and suffused with a dark atmosphere. The possibility to play two characters in different settings in this game is fun and brings variety. Due to the self-contained cosmos, the game never seems ridiculous or exaggerated. Gemini Rue is an absolute must-try for fans of '80s style cyberpunk.
The Witch's Isle is an adventure game with beautiful pixel art and a compelling mystery. On a faraway island ruled by a witch, one villager is cursed to recover a stolen urn by 4:00 a.m, upon pain of death. Why? How? Your choices can lead to one of 7 endings, including a few 'bad' ones and an especially difficult 'best' one.
Not only do you control the protagonist, but you can also have the camera follow other characters. By carefully observing these NPCs, not only do you become more immersed in the game's story, but also discover some useful clues on how to progress.
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Lost Echo - a sci-fi mystery
A call from Chloe. She seems nervous and wants to meet you, Greg, for coffee and ice cream in the park. While you get Chloe an ice cream, she suddenly disappears. The bizarre thing is that nobody remembers Chloe anymore. In Lost Echo, you must find out what happened.
Besides the intriguing story, Lost Echo convinces with great graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack. For adventure beginners, there is a choice of assistance, while for experienced players will prefer the old-school mode without tips.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War - an emotional story
War and the consequences of war are regular themes in video games. But this is no Call of Duty. Valiant Hearts: The Great War may have cartoon graphics, but the horrors of the First World War are not played down - quite the opposite. This atmospheric adventure game focuses on the at times heartbreaking stories of very different people who fight their way through the battlefields in France.
Telltale Games may be no more, but even after the scandal of the studio's closure, it's worth visiting the titles that made the studio famous in the first place. Foremost is, of course, their story game set in The Walking Dead, AMC's popular zombie apocalypse TV series. After just minutes of gameplay, you feel the struggle of the main characters and are invested in their survival.
As beautiful guitar music plays in the background, you help a little robot save a town that another robot is trying to destroy. It is a point and click style game, with cool steampunk graphics and an original concept. Your robot protagonist can extend or contract its body slightly, and only objects within reach are revealed as interactive. This encourages exploration and movement, no pixel-hunting here!
Samorost 3 was created by the same developer who made Machinarium and this is also a little gem. The game revolves around a gnome who finds an enchanted flute and wants to find out where it came from. The graphics are reminiscent of Machinarium and the gameplay is quite original: there is no dialogue, only sounds and images to advance the plot and activities. You'll see a brief overview of the game below:
Those who like classic adventure-style games will appreciate Agent Alice. In this point and click, you follow Agent Alice into a world of hidden object challenges, romance and adventure. It can be both simple and complex, and there is a great diversity of puzzles to enjoy.
This game tells the story of a little girl whose stuffed bear was stolen by a monster while she slept. As she searches for her beloved teddy in a closet, she gets pulled into a magical world where she fights monsters and helps other creatures as her search continues. The game is a classic point and click, with no dialogue and lots of puzzles. In addition, you can pause and save your game at any point. The graphics give the game a special atmosphere.
Compatibility: Android 2.3.3 and up
Price: paid, $0.99
Are there any other games which should be included in this list? Let us know what you think of the games you've tried from this list in the comments.