This is far from being a description of a game featuring adventure. That would encompass a lot more games.The adventure genre can be loosely described as one which emphasizes exploration and narrative over action. It may also include light puzzle mechanics. In other words, a game that doesn’t have enough simulation to be a sim, action to be an action title, puzzle-solving to be a puzzle game, and… you get the idea. Games in this category are often amazing and explore novel concepts, regardless of their ambiguous classification. Shooting for games that are rolling around in the zeitgeist right now, some of the genres’ towering giants are not listed here. However, for anyone looking to check out today’s great experiences, feel free to peruse our alphabetical list of the best adventure games to play right now.
It is two seemingly unrelated things, The Artful Escape. On the one hand, it is a grounded story about accepting yourself, even if that means defying other people’s vision of you. It is also a musical journey through the psychoedelic depths space. They may appear at odds but the interstellar epic’s fanciful, relatable parts work in tandem and support each other. Although the title is available on Xbox Game Pass, it has some light rhythm and platforming elements. However, its gameplay isn’t the main attraction. The adventure is more about the exploration of both terrestrial and alien levels while playing a powerful solo guitar. With a stellar cast, including Jason Schwartzman, Carl Weathers and Lena Headey, the performances will have you believing you are on an adventure to turn into a galaxy rock star.Our Review |Our Review
Before Your Eyes
Do not blink. The title was a truly original and innovative take on storytelling. It debuted earlier in the year. The game takes advantage of the player’s webcam and progresses by blinking your eyes. This unique mechanic supports the narrative. You, Benjamin Brynn are a recently deceased character who looks back at your entire life and is ferried to heaven.Our Review You force the game to jump through the protagonist’s personal history by blinking, even if you didn’t mean to. This creates an immersive sensation, unlike other titles where you are experiencing these flashbacks the way the main character really would and sometimes wishing it hadn’t gone by so quickly. |Our Review
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus
An updated version of Team Salvato’s 2017 release, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus gives players the school-boy tale of love and literature with enhanced visuals, fresh side story missions, even more music, and over 100 images to unlock. Despite the game’s cute, dating sim veneer, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus isn’t all bubblegum and rainbows like it would have you believe. It is easy to spoil for those who haven’t experienced it, but if you know you are sensitive to certain scenarios, please check here for further information on accessing content warnings in the game. Everyone who is willing to get involved can expect to write poetry and meet the charming characters.
Kentucky Route Zero: Television Edition
Kentucky Route Zero, bizarre and dreamlike, will be with you forever after your controller is put away. Conway the delivery man makes his way down the mysterious and named road to examine the broken promise that is the American dream. Conway is just trying to get his last job done. Conway is a Kentucky native who wanders onto Route Zero and meets people with difficult lives, such as substance abusers, poor, or those seeking corporate expansion. This is a point-and click adventure that will take you to the surreal and bizarre.Our Review The gameplay unfolds through a series of choices – like where to go, what to say, or what to believe – which advance the narrative and sometimes alter aspects of the journey, if not its final destination. |Our Review
Truly Amazing Colors: Life Is Strange
Alex Chen’s eyes allow you to view the feelings and thoughts of those around you by looking through them. Alex Chen, a super-powered character, is represented with various colored auras. This allows others to work through difficult feelings and can even remove them altogether. However, it doesn’t occur to Alex to call herself a hero. Alex believes her blessing is actually a curse. She has spent years in foster care and is now a complete mess. It’s only when she reunites with her long-lost brother that her perception begins to change. True Colors is an emotional exploration of human nature, following the same path as previous Life is Strange games. The supernatural elements serve to enhance the character-focused story. It’s a game where you interact with people and objects around the world and make decisions that will define your character and determine the plot.Our Review |Our Review
The Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods has been released to iOS. It allows new players to find the mysterious secret behind the story’s cozy appearance. Initially launching in 2017, our review calls it a game “about mistakes, recklessness, and friendship, all wrapped up in a colorful adventure.” The cartoon-like character designs, vibrant palette, and simple mechanics could fool a player into thinking the game’s narrative will be on the lighter side, but Night in the Woods touches on a variety of difficult themes. Mae is a college dropout who reluctantly returns to her home town. She struggles with failure and tries to reconnect with friends from her community, her family and close relatives before falling for an insidious mystery.Our Review |Our Review
The first and last DLC for Outer Wilds, called Echoes of the Eye, debuted only a few days ago, placing the game back on many gamers’ ‘to-play’ lists during this busy release season. Developer Mobius Digital, insists the new content, revealed at publisher Annapurna Interactive’s first self-produced showcase, fits in seamlessly with the original game’s narrative while offering brand-new mysteries to seek out in the Dark Bramble. Base game features a time loop that allows you to explore space and attempt to save the universe. It would be a tough task even if you didn’t have only 20 minutes to complete it. It is a possibility and can come in many forms. You might experience death like your oxygen being cut out, colliding with another planet or falling off a cliff. It can also be frustrating, despite all the beauty of this experience.Our Review |Our Review
Whether you’ve played it before or never got the chance, it’s a good time to catch up with Night School Studio’s eerie adventure. What’s the reason? In April, the team took the stage at Nintendo’s Indie World showcase to reveal Oxenfree II: Lost Signals. Alex, a teenager, finds herself on Edwards Island along with her stepbrother. Alex accidentally stumbles upon the supernatural, putting an end to their plans of partying on this mysterious island.Our Review Navigating through the cascade of strange and unnerving events will require you to examine some of Alex’s most painful memories and make choices that will influence the story’s outcome. The sequel is set to take place on the same island, but five years after Alex’s adventure, and follows a new set of characters. It’s currently in development and is slated to release sometime in 2022, so there’s a little time left to jump into the first game. |Our Review
Sable, a stunning game that allows players to explore the world through their own explorations, was released just last week. Sable is a young girl in Midden, who’s about to begin her Gliding journey. While there is a goal of sorts for this journey – essentially to collect as many masks as possible – Sable really encourages you to venture out into the world to see what you can discover. There are some incredible things. The world’s vibrant and stylish design brings the arid landscape to life, while a diverse cast of NPCs keep giving you reasons to explore. Even if you don’t have any particular task, you can still climb, ride and glide in the desert environment while looking for all the secrets that lie beyond.Our Review |Our Review
Edith Finch’s Remains
Although it was launched initially in 2017 by What Remains Edith Finch, the series has continued to release new releases for different platforms and devices. It came out on Switch in 2019, joined Game Pass in January, found a place in publisher Annapurna Interactive’s PS4 Box set in February, and even hit iOS in August. This game can’t be missed. The game, “What Remains Of Edith Finch”, is a short, reflective walk through an odd family home. It weaves together a variety of vignettes with different design and mechanics, which slowly reveal a story overflowing in sorrow, nostalgia and family history.Our Review Each section of the story reveals how members of the Finch household have died – which range from horrifying to fanciful – due to a family curse. In his review, Joe Juba called it “the next major step forward” in adventure games where the plot unravels as the player inspects the surroundings and places it alongside some of the greatest games of the genre. |Our Review
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