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Best Adventure Games For PC

Updated on May 14, 2016
Best Adventure Games For PC
Best Adventure Games For PC

Best Adventure Games For PC

An Adventure Game is based on exploring the game world and solving puzzles. To do this, you assume a role of a character or a hero and with him you need to solve all problems to “save the world”. Most of these games draw the story from books or other literature works and from movies. And almost all of this games are designed for a single player because its difficult to spread the campaign on more players.

Adventure games can be really exciting to play but sometimes this genre is connected to other like action or role-playing games to make games more fun to play. Adventure games are also separated in different game designs such as: – puzzle solving – gathering and using items – dialogue and conversation trees – goals, success and failure – story, setting and themes

My goal on this site is to present to you some of the Best Adventure Games For PC that were released in the last few years. But because there are so little quality adventure games, I also included some action adventure games to this list. I hope you will enjoy reading this Best Adventure Games For PC lens.

Adventure game is a game in which players assume the role of a main character. With this character you need to go through a story full of obsticles, puzzles and exploration. Because this genre focuses on the story and puzzle-solving, there are mostly single player Adventure Games. And most of the games are based on movies or other literary works.

The first Adventure Games appeared in 1970’s and were called text adventures. One of this games was called Adventure. This game was developed by William Crowther and uses a text interface that creates an adventure through a cave system. Then in 1978 Scott Adams founded his company Adventure International in order so sell his first two games Adventureland and Pirate Adventure.This opens a new market for Adventure Games. Next big step was made with first graphic games such as Mystery House in 1980. After this development of Adventure Games occurred very rapidly. In 1990’s the first 3D Adventure games were presented to the public.

In the 21’s century games with the new technology became more and more realistic. And now there is also a large range of good Adventure games for any type of computer players. One of the Best Adventure Games for PC is the Walking Dead series, with many more to come.

Gone Home
Gone Home

Gone Home

Release Date: Aug 15, 2013

1. Gone Home is a first person interactive story adventure game which was developed and published by The Fullbright Company. Gone Home is the first game from the Gone Home series.

After arriving home after a year abroad, Kaitlin Greenbriar realizes nobody is living in family mansion. She doesn’t know where is everyone or what happened to everyone. So she starts checking all object and rooms to discover clues of her family. Will she find them ?

My opinion:
Gone Home is just one of the most captivating adventure games I ever played. Details of the mansion are awesome and gives you feeling that you are there. It gives you that 90’s feeling. Sound effects and voices are superb. But you have to use your intelligence to piece story together what makes Gone Home more interesting. Gone Home is surely one of the Best Adventure Games for PC.

You can read Gone Home review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 9.5

– IGN 9.5

– Metacritic 8.6

Average score: 9.20

Gone Home Trailer

Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Release Date: Mar 05, 2013

2. Tomb Raider is an action adventure game which was developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix. Interactive Entertainment. Tomb Raider is the eleventh game from the Tomb Raider series.

Lara Croft has set on to find a lost Kingdom of Yamatai but the ship was shipwrecked by a violent storm, leaving Lara Croft in an isolated island east of Japan. Lara then faces with a lot of danger, adventures, explorations to explore the island and to find other survivors.

My opinion:
The latest Tomb Raider is just well made and really beautiful. Fascinating island offers a rich sense of history. It’s exciting to explore the island and get past all obstacles. Combat is well made and gives you a lot of pleasure. The only downside of the game is the multiplayer. But after all, Tomb Raider is an outstanding Adventure game.

You can read Tomb Raider review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.5

– IGN 9.1

– Metacritic 8.6

Average score: 8.75

Tomb Raider Trailer

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Minecraft
Minecraft

Minecraft

Release Date: Nov 18, 2011

3. Minecraft is an adventure game which was developed by Mojang and published by Microsoft Studios. Minecraftis the first game from the Minecraft series.

Minecraft allows all players to build whatever they want out of cubes in a 3D world. Game offer two modes: -Survival, where you need to acquire resources to support health and hunger of your character. -Creative, where you have unlimited resources, no health, no hunger and the ability to fly. That allows you to build whatever you want with no restrictions.

My opinion:
This is a ridiculously funny adventure game. Graphics and visuals are not near to other games but that is not the point. This game is all about creativity and that makes it so special. I loved the survival mode but also the creative where I built my house. The only downside is the lack of information or tutorials. But after all, Minecraft is an awesome Adventure Game.

You can read Minecraft review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.5

– IGN 9.0

– Metacritic 9.3

Average score: 8.95

Minecraft Trailer

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The Walking Dead: Episode 5
The Walking Dead: Episode 5

The Walking Dead: Episode 5

Release Date: Nov 21, 2012

4. The Walking Dead: Episode 5 is a point and click adventure game which was developed and published by Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Episode 5 is the fifth game from the The Walking Dead series.

This game has a continuing story from the other four episodes. Game takes place in Georgia after the zombie apocalypse and follows the character of Lee Everett, a university professor and convicted murderer. Story is affected by dialogue choices you made and your actions between quick time events. This choices follow you from the first episode to the end.

My opinion:
The Walking Dead: Episode 5 gives you a lot of action and some big decisions during the story that drastically affect the future. The sound and voice acting are once again awesome. It’s a little short for the last episode of this series but it’s worth to play.

You can read The Walking Dead: Episode 5: No Time Left review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 7.5

– IGN 9.5

– Metacritic 8.9

Average score: 8.65

The Walking Dead: Episode 5 Trailer

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L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition
L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition

Release Date: Nov 8, 2011

5. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is a crime adventure game which was developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition is the first game from the L.A. Noire series.

Story follows Cole Phelps who is a LAPD detective. To climb the ranks, Cole has to start a fight against corruption, drug trade and murderers. And to do this, he needs to battle the LA underworld and even his own department.

My opinion:
L.A. Noire is a great open world game with great gameplay. It’s something unique and very interesting to play a game based on 1940’s. Faces and graphics are awesome as the sound and voices. There is also a lot of great action and shooting. There are also some bugs in the story and some cases repeat to many times but anyway L.A. Noire is and awesome Adventure Game For PC.

You can read L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 9.0

– IGN 8.5

– Metacritic 8.3

Average score: 8.60

L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Trailer

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Release Date: Sep 26, 2014

6. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an adventure game which was developed and published by The Astronauts.The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is the first game from the Ethan Carter series.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is about Paul Prospero, who is a detective with paranormal abilities. Ethan Carter who is a young boy, writes a curious letter to Paul about supernatural things that happen in his location. Paul immediately goes to Red Creek Valley To find Ethan, But he’s already missing. Paul then starts his investigation around Red Creek Valley to find all dark secrets.

My opinion:
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the most gorgeous adventure games I ever played. The map and surroundings it’s one of the most beautiful I have ever played in. Except the mines, that are boring. The puzzle-solving is interesting because of the mysterious story. This game is for sure one of the Best Adventure Games for PC!

You can read The Vanishing of Ethan Carter review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 9.0

– IGN 8.5

– Metacritic 8.1

Average score: 8.55

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Trailer

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The Book of Unwritten Tales
The Book of Unwritten Tales

The Book of Unwritten Tales

Release Date: Oct 28, 2011

7. The Book of Unwritten Tales is a point and click adventure game which was developed by King Art and published by HMH Interactive. The Book of Unwritten Talesis the first game from the The Book of Unwritten Tales series.

Story follows Mortimer Mcguffin an old gremlin archaeologist who harbours the dark secret from a powerful artifact in a world that is torn by war. Whoever owns this artifact, will hold the fate of the World in his hands. So the Shadow Army sends his best agents to discover the secrets. Then three Alliance heroes are involved into the crisis and…

My opinion:
This game is a lot of fun to play. Story is humorous with a superb voice acting and music. It’s a big and long game, but sometimes tasks are just to easy. The Book of Unwritten Tales is a funny and great Adventure Game for PC.

You can read The Book of Unwritten Tales review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.0

– IGN 9.0

– Metacritic 8.2

Average score: 8.40

The Book of Unwritten Tales Trailer

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Alan Wake
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

Release Date: Feb 16, 2012

8. Alan Wake is an action adventure game which was developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Remedy Entertainment. Alan Wake is the first game from the Alan Wake series.

Alan Wake and his wife are on vacation when his wife suddenly disappears. Alan Wake is a famous writer who finds himself in his own thriller. When searching for his love in the town of Bright Falls he find him self on the brink of sanity. Will he find his lost wife ?

My opinion:
Alan Wake is a dark and claustrophobic game with an interesting but short story. Game has great visuals and sound effects. After all it’s a great Adventure game for all horror and action game fans.

You can read Alan Wake review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.5

– IGN 9.0

– Metacritic 8.3

Average score: 8.60

Alan Wake Trailer

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

Release Date: Oct 22, 2013

9. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is an action adventure game which was developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the seventh game from the LEGO series.

Story begins with S.H.I.E.L.D. after the Silver Surfer and destroying his surfboard. Surfboard shatters into bricks that contain immense power and fall on to the Earth. Then Doctor Doom forges an alliance with Loki and some other villains to destroy the Earth with this powerful bricks. Because of that, Nick Fury the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. calls the superheroes of the Marvel Universe to prevent Doom finding the lost bricks.

My opinion:
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers a huge list of superheroes you can choose to fight the villains. Once again LEGO made this game fun to play with a great sense of humor involved. There are also some small bugs but you will quickly forget them. Game has great battles, awesome visuals and a lot of things to do.

You can read LEGO Marvel Super Heroes review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 7.0

– IGN 9.0

– Metacritic 8.3

Average score: 8.10

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Trailer

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings
LEGO The Lord of the Rings

LEGO The Lord of the Rings

Release Date: Nov 13, 2012

10. Lego The Lord of the Ringsis an action adventure game which was developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Lego The Lord of the Rings is the first game from the Lego The Lord of the Rings series.

LEGO Lord of the Rings is made after the movie. Story follows Frodo all from the Shire to Mordor where he destroys the one ring. You can also play all other character from the movie like Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Sam, etc..

My opinion:
I must admit that I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan. But this game fully exceeded my expectations. It’s a lot of fun playing as Frodo or other characters. Story is great because you can collect points or collect items to unlock different things. Game has also some bugs between the game but nothing big. And I also recommend playing this game with your friend because it’s so much fun.

You can read Lego The Lord of the Rings review here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.5

– IGN n/a

– Metacritic 8.0

Average score: 8.25

LEGO The Lord of the Rings Trailer

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Broken Age
Broken Age

Broken Age

Release Date: Jan 28, 2014

11. Broken Age is a point & click adventure game which was developed and published by Double Fine Productions.Broken Age is the first game from the Broken Age series.

Broken Age game tells a story of a girl and boy who live parallel lives. The boy is living on a spaceship and wants to leave the ship to go on an adventure and do good in the world. Meanwhile the girl is sacrificed by her village to a terrible monster but she decides to fight it back.

My opinion:
Broken Age is a point & click adventure game what is not so attractive but it’s still a wonderful game. It has a great fairy-tale world with great characters and awesome voice acting. Sometimes puzzles are to simple but the extra humor make this game a lot of fun to play.

You can watch Broken Age Trailer here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 7.0

– IGN 9.5

– Metacritic 8.2

Average score: 8.25

Gemini Rue
Gemini Rue

Gemini Rue

Release Date: Feb 24, 2011

12. Gemini Rue is an adventure game which was developed by Joshua Nuernberger and published by Wadjet Eye Games. Gemini Rue is the first game from theGemini Rue series.

Gemini Rue takes place in the 23rd century in a Gemini System that recently declared independence and now the mafia controls much of the system. Game follows Azriel who was an assassin and is now a law enforcer. He seeks his brother Daniel with some help of his friends and…

My opinion:
Gemini Rue is retro and simple game with a great and well placed story. There is not so much action in terms of shooting but is better so. Voice acting is sometimes uneven. It’s great you can download this game on your Android device and try it there.

You can watch Gemini Rue Trailer here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 7.0

– IGN 9.0

– Metacritic 8.2

Average score: 8.05

The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us

The Wolf Among Us

Release Date: Oct 11, 2013

13. The Wolf Among Us is an episodic graphic adventure game which was developed and published by Telltale Games. The Wolf Among Us is the first game from the The Wolf Among Us series.

The Wolf Among Us is a five episode game, based on a comic book series. This game is violent thriller where the characters and creatures are real and exist in our world. Choices you make during every of the five episodes matter and will change the story of the entire game.

My opinion:
This game has an awesome comic book look. Game play is superb with great action sequences. I love the fact that decisions you make during the game matter throughout the entire series. The Wolf Among Us is definitely one of the greatest Adventure Games For PC.

You can watch The Wolf Among Us Trailer here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.0

– IGN n/a

– Metacritic 8.5

Average score: 8.25

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

14. Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is an investigation adventure game which was developed by Frogwares and published by Focus Home Interactive.Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments is the ninth game from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments takes place in 19th century in the suburbs of London. The game story is divided in six cases of murders, thefts and disappearances. The story focuses into finding the right culprit and then condemning this person. This game is based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel and is the first in Sherlock Holmes series, that uses the Unreal Engine 3.

My opinion:
It is a pleasure playing as Sherlock Holmes. Gameplay is actually very nice and interesting. Visuals are simply gorgeous as well as the voice acting. The new Unreal Engine 3 gives something more to this game. After all Sherlock Holmes is a great Adventure Games for PC

You can watch Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Trailer here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 8.0

– IGN 7.5

– Metacritic 7.7

Average score: 7.75

The Cave
The Cave

The Cave

Release Date: Jan 22, 2013

15. The Caveis an action adventure game which was developed by Double Fine Productions and published by SEGA. The Cave is the first game from the The Cave series.

You need to assemble a team of three adventurers and you can choose between seven, all with different personalities. Then your team is descend into the mysterious cave. There you must get past any obstacles in different locations. You will also find an amusement park, medieval caste or even a nuclear bomb.

My opinion:
The Cave is a funny underground game with a lot of challenging and great puzzles to solve. There is not so many dialogs but more puzzles what makes this game even more playable. controlling all characters at once is a bit difficult and there is also too much jumping over the game.

You can watch The Cave Trailer here.

Best Adventure Games For PC Game Ratings:

– GameSpot 7.0

– IGN 7.9

– Metacritic 6.8

Average score: 7.25

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