Top 10 Best Adventure Games of All Time
5. Full Throttle
Full Throttle is Tim Schafer’s breakout game, as it were, which means it’s one of the funniest of LucasArts’ old SCUMM adventure titles. It’s also a departure from the other SCUMM games in that Ben, the protagonist, can be killed. Yeah, I know, it’s crazy. What a great game.
4. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
There have been a number of Indiana Jones video games, but this SCUMM title is still the best, and it’s not even close. Fate of Atlantis really captures the sense of wonder we get from exploring the world through the eyes of this classic hero. This is yet another example of LucasArts’ brilliance in the 90s.
3. Grim Fandango
Grim Fandango, a colorful foray into the Mexican Land of the Dead, is LucasArts’ first attempt at creating a 3D adventure game, and while maybe the controls are a bit wonky, it’s just so charming (this is another Tim Schafer title) that nobody cared about the controls. We just enjoyed experiencing this vivid new world.
2. Uncharted 2
Developer: Naughty Dog
Ross says Uncharted 2 is better than Uncharted 3, so it gets the nod here. Uncharted 2 is basically the pinnacle of storytelling in games, and it’s more or less a brilliant Indiana Jones adventure without Indiana Jones. That descriptor should tell you everything you need to know about this game.
1. The Dig
This SCUMM game about a foreign object of some kind hurtling toward the Earth was made with the involvement of Steven Spielberg and Orson Scott Card, and that pedigree definitely shows up in the finished product, which is tense and moody as hell. The Dig was supposed to be adapted into a movie, but it’s OK that that never happened, because we’ll be just fine playing the game over and over again.