I love adventure games, but it sadly is a style of game that does not get much attention. When growing up, adventure games that came from LucasArts represented a sign of quality.
Here are some of my favorite LucasArts Adventure games and why.
#5 – Full Throttle
I played this game for the first time back in June of this year thanks to the remastered version in the iPhone App Store. The nice part about the app is that you can change the graphics from the classic pixelated version to a more modern cartoon style with a swipe of the screen. Either way, the gameplay is not changed.
I found Full Throttle’s puzzles to be simple and mostly time based, but the story was great. It was a grittier take on the usual comedic formula set in other LucasArts games. I never found myself stuck in one area for to long. That was my problem though. I wanted to spend more time with these characters, but I had no reason to stay in one area or go back and play the game a second time.
A big part of my critique is because it was the most recent one I played. If I played this game at the time it came out, I most likely would have placed it higher on my list. Innovative for its time, other games just did it better since.
#4 – Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango is the first adventure game I played using 3D graphics on static backgrounds. It felt like it was the next generation of adventure games, and it got me into others like The Longest Journey and eventually the games from Telltale.
This game was also recently remastered, and it came out great. It was also needed. I was disappointed with the original release because I kept being blocked by a game ending glitch. It was most likely from my low quality computer at the time. Now my phone runs it perfectly.
The characters are memorable, and the story is bizarre. The entire game is packed with film noir influences. The puzzles are challenging, but I would not recommend this game being the first one you try in the market.
#3 – Day of the Tentacle
Also known as Maniac Mansion 2, this somewhat game sequel is a time traveling adventure that ebb and flows in quality. Some storylines are filled with great puzzles and humor while others lack. It occasionally overshadows itself in parts.
That being said, this game is great. It was the second LucasArts adventure game that I played, and I enjoyed it very much at the time, and I still do. It is just one game I do not plan on revisiting over and over again.
The funny thing is that Day of the Tentacle is 2 games in one. There is a way to play the original Maniac Mansion in the game. It was a fun addition to an already fun game.
#2 – Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
The Monkey Island Series is iconic! Every game in the series has its charm dealing with the crazy cartoonish antics of crazed pirates. The first game was great, but the second in the series was hands down better.
The puzzles were challenging, but they were also funny. They required thought to complete, but were obvious after solved. You get the feeling that each puzzle should have been solved sooner.
One reason this is not higher is because I was disappointed by the clumsy ending. The ending was really funny, but I could not help being disappointed with a less than satisfying conclusion.
If you are going to play this game, play the first in the series followed by the second. The first complements the second in so many amazing ways.
#1 – Indiana Jones & The Fate Of Atlantis
This point and click adventure was my first, and it is the one I remember the most fondly. It is yet to have a quality remake like others on this list, but the gameplay and story with multiple branches still holds up to other games in the same genre.
One of the reasons this game has a place in my heart is because it took me so long to complete it. I am not talking hours or days. I am taking years because there was one puzzle I was not able to figure out as a child. Looking back, it was a very simple puzzle, but it never stopped my enjoyment. A big factor was that I no longer owned a copy of the game that worked on my current PC.
To finally play the game in full, I did NOT reach out to a gaming podcast asking how to download a playable copy, I did NOT install a SCUMM emulator in order to access the content, and I did NOT play and finish the game for the first time in my late 20s. I was a little embarrassed to find out the puzzle that had me stumped as a kid involved putting a bean into a robots mouth, and that I was less than 10 minutes away from the ending.
All being said, Indiana Jones & The Fate Of Atlantis is a Game that I hope I can return to some time again in the future… legally.