Point-and-click adventure gameplay has been around since video games changed from text-based to graphics-based. The genre has survived for so long due to simple gameplay mechanics that can be worked into a variety of video game frameworks. It’s also the perfect style of game for casual gamers on social networks and mobile devices. Sometimes, these games are also referred to as hidden object games, as you’re looking around on a screen for objects to interact with, though generally, point-and-click adventure games do have a stronger focus on the plot and characters compared to most titles classified as objects games. Some of the best titles are now decades old and difficult to find, but here are five point-and-click adventure games you have to check out if you’re an avid gamer.
1. ‘To the Moon’
This game isn’t as involved, game-play wise, as many other point-and-click adventure games. It’s more like an interactive storybook than a video game, but it’s an emotional experience on par with “Journey.” The visuals are stunning in a pixel art kind of way, the story is as brilliant as it is jarringly sad, and the soundtrack will stick with you for a very long time. It’s a shorter game, so if you’re looking for a rich story experience in limited time, this is the perfect selection for you.
2. ‘Day of the Tentacle’
“Day of the Tentacle” is a classic, cute end-of-the-world point-and-click adventure game from the masters of the genre, LucasArts. This game takes you on a time-traveling adventure through a machine that doesn’t quite work as intended. As you go through each time period, you’re presented with a number of puzzles, and use time travel to bring items to and from the past, sent through a portable toilet. You can tell this is a quirky adventure, and it also includes Maniac Mansion, another classic of the point-and-click world.
3. ‘Broken Sword’
“Broken Sword” is considered among the best adventure games around, with stunning graphics, an engaging storyline and solid gameplay. Gamers try to find out about the secret plots the Templars are crafting in this adventure series.
4. ‘The Lost City’
“The Lost City” gives you a casual games approach to point-and-click adventures. If you’re not looking for the time sink many of the other games on this list are, “The Lost City” gives you a more low-key adventure. The graphics are lovely and very reminiscent of “Myst.” Gamers walk through the environment with a first-person view, exploring the world around them to learn about the plot and solve the puzzles along the way.
5. ‘Deep Sleep’
“Deep Sleep” is another pixel art throwback that looks absolutely incredible with this style. It’s got plenty of horror elements, as gamers try to escape from a nightmare that’s trapped them in sleep. Gamers have to use point-and-click adventure game mechanics to escape the horrors the mind has generated. The soundtrack is perfect for keeping gamers creeped out, as it’s subtle and completely terrifying at certain parts of the game.