Top 10 Best Adventure Games of All Time

5. Full Throttle

Developer: LucasArts
Year: 1995
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

Developer: LucasArts
Year: 1992
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

Developer: LucasArts
Year: 1998
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
Year: 2009
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

Developer: LucasArts
Year: 1995
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.

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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.