Top 10 Best Adventure Games of All Time

Uncharted 3 is out this week, and so we’ve been thinking a lot about the adventure games of our past. And boy have we played a lot of them. Here are our top ten adventure games of all time.

10. Planetfall

Developer: Infocom
Year: 1983
One of the early text adventure games, Planetfall finds you as a crew member on a space ship that crash lands on a remote, unknown planet (thus the title). Planetfall is as esoteric as games come, but it’s a ton of fun to explore this world. It gets the nod over the better known Zork simply because I prefer it.

9. King’s Quest

Developer: Sierra
Year: 1984
This is one of the first adventure games to have graphics, which is kind of crazy to think about, but the 80s were a strange and awkward time for everyone. A classic fantasy tale, King’s Quest was so good that is almost singularly responsible for the rise of Sierra.

8. Tomb Raider

Developer: Core Design
Year: 1996
Tomb Raider is a pillar of the adventure game genre, because it dragged it into the 3D era for the first time. While Core Design’s original may not be the most polished of the Tomb Raider games, it get the nod here because of the progress it represents within the genre, and because it’s still great that we have a major franchise with a female protagonist.

7. Syberia

Developer: Microids
Year: 2002
Syberia, another game with a female protagonist, tells the semi-surreal story of a lawyer’s quest to find the owner of a French toy factory. At its heart is an existential dilemma — all too rare in gaming, period — and that’s what made the biggest impression on us.

6. Myst

Developer: Cyan
Year: 1993
Who here hasn’t played Myst? The Myst franchise is ubiquitous, and that speaks to its power. A powerful tale of exploration of worlds previously unknown, Myst is at once eye-catching and mindblowing and really, really difficult, as any old-school adventure game should be. Few games have ever captured our imagination the way Myst did.
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8 Comments on Top 10 Best Adventure Games of All Time

Garyn Dakari

On November 2, 2011 at 9:15 pm

No Monkey Island?!

Lucas Tuozzo

On November 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm

seriously?? No Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle?? And you are comparing Uncharted 2 to games that are almost 20 years old?? You sure as hell don’t know what you’re talking about…

Juan Morena

On November 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I totally agree with Lucas… Uncharted 2 compared to Grim Fandango and Fate of Atlantis? What is wrong with you people?? Now i remember why i try to avoid this site, this clearly isnt made by gamers who know what they are talking about

Juan Morena

On November 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm

And seriously, are you placing Tomb Raider and Grim Fandango in the same category? Then go ahead an place Age of Empires and Half-Life as mmo’s, for god’s sake

Juan Morena

On November 3, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Oh, and to answer your question above, NO, I DONT LIKE THIS STORY, ITS BULL


On November 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

What an irritating article. Its not that the writing is bad its just a lame attempt to get some hits from gamers playing modern games. I mean really, the games on this list should not be compared to Uncharted and vice versa. Shoddy reporting.


On November 5, 2011 at 7:03 am

No Monkey Island?
Come on guys.

Colin McFarland

On November 15, 2011 at 5:48 pm

What are you guys? 12? I’m old enough to have played these games (Kings Quest, Tomb Raider and Myst) and I remember the “Oh S**T!” moments they gave me. Sure, compared to todays games the graphics reaked and the MIDI soundtracks were horrible, but have a sense of history! Nice article, took me back.