Top Adventure Games of All Time

Adventure conjures up only one thing in my mind – The Indiana Jones film trilogy, not counting The Crystal Skull. There's little else which comes close to delivering such a sense of adventure. So with that in mind which games fit the bill for best adventure?

Well, The Uncharted series – especially the brilliant second game "Among Thieves" – have to go down as some of the best. Naughty Dog manages to weave together likeable characters, wit, emotion, and some great action set pieces like no other studio has delivered. In fact, many have said that the series' lead Nathan Drake is the closest video games have come to creating an Indiana Jones hero.

Adventures aren't limited to those taking place on Earth, with many of the most acclaimed movies in the genre taking a sci-fi slant. Star Wars, Star Trek and even the recent Guardians of the Galaxy are prime examples of delivering edge of your seat action adventure. Move that over to video games and you've got BioWare's brilliant Mass Effect Trilogy which follows much of the same formula for mixed species, galactic exploration.

And to keep the movie comparisons going. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy brought fantasy adventure to the silver screen in a fashion many wouldn't have believed possible, much like Bethesda managed with its stupendous The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Console gamers picking up the game were wowed by the open-world exploration on offer.

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    Firewatch Review

    Firewatch

    Firewatch feels like a natural and smart evolution of the adventure game, offering choices without as many constraints, but at the same time expertly funneling players down a path. Firewatch isn't any of the things I expected it to be. Firewatch is a game... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PC,Nintendo Switch,PlayStation 4

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    Quadrilateral Cowboy Review

    Quadrilateral Cowboy

    A smart, engaging puzzler with a great central mechanic. Hands up if you've ever 'hacked' anything in real life. I haven't. I bet you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    ABZU Review

    ABZU

    Abzu is a testament to where we are with video game development and shows how diverse the medium can and should be, even if it's not quite as emotionally resonant as it perhaps could have been. I went snorkeling in a mexican lake about 4 years ago. In that lake, hiding... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC

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    Virginia Review

    Virginia

    As a whole Virginia is wonderfully cinematic, and a fantastic story to inhabit as it unfolds. With Virginia there's a handy litmus test that we can get out of the way,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox One,PlayStation 4,PC

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    Batman: Arkham VR Review

    Batman: Arkham VR

    A short but stunning 90-minute experience that truly lets you 'Be the Batman'. Batman: Arkham VR is an incredible experience, but it’s over far too soon... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PC

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    Milkmaid of the Milky Way Review

    Milkmaid of the Milky Way

    A short but sweet point and click puzzle adventure that takes you from dairy farming in Norway out to the stars and beyond. Godspeed, Ruth, you were a joy. For more detailed thoughts on Milkmaid of the Milky Way check out the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,iOS

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    Night in the Woods Review

    Night in the Woods

    While the main narrative drags a little, wonderfully crafted characters that deal with real-life issues, fill this beautiful Saturday morning cartoon show where the mundanity of life is the backdrop for some wonderful exchanges between Mae and her friends For more detailed thoughts on Night in the Woods check out the video and... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,PlayStation 4,Xbox One,iOS,Android

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    Thimbleweed Park Review

    Thimbleweed Park

    A point and click adventure for the now, Thimbleweed Park takes everything great about classic Lucasfilm games and leaves out the flaws. You might not love all the central characters, but this is as  weird and compelling a town as Twin Peaks. One of the most joyful things about point and click adventures is that you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo Switch,PC,Xbox One,PlayStation 4

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    Tacoma review

    Tacoma

    Tacoma is a quiet, lovely, yet slightly melancholy exploration of humanity struggling in a corporate vacuum, and one that proves Fullbright still has an eye for detail. I really liked Tacoma, but in the spirit of making this review as useful as... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox One,PlayStation 4

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    Reigns: Her Majesty review

    Reigns: Her Majesty

    Reigns: Her Majesty manages to defy a lot of your expectations, and will keep adding more surprising cards into its deck as you play. When Reigns: Her Majesty – sequel to the Game of Thrones meets Tinder... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Android,PC,iOS

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    The Red Strings Club review

    The Red Strings Club

    A cyberpunk exploration of humanity, manipulation and getting tanked, The Red Strings club is lovely and melancholy and well worth a look. My anticipation for The Red Strings Club went from being aware it was coming... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC

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    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

    When playing Wind Waker, it's impossible not to succumb to its charm and unashamed freedom of imagination. Zelda: The Wind Waker is a work of genius. Make the most of it. Genius. Perfection. Magnificence. All words that have been applied to Zelda... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: GameCube

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    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

    Metroid Prime 2 is challenging in the very best way and it's a rare gem that reminds you just how great gaming can be People fear change. Especially within certain tried and tested genres. First... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: GameCube

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    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

    A fine example of the adventure game genre. Buying this game should be made law. Who would be a lawyer, eh? The Bard himself (that's Shakespeare, you... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS,Wii,Nintendo DS

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    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    Corruption may not be much of an evolution of the series, and it's not without its flaws, but remains one of, if not, the biggest reason to own a Wii. If for some bizarre reason you thought Retro Studios would pull a Sam Raimi... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

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    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure Review

    Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

    With wonderfully varied levels, colourful, cel-shaded graphics and mind-bending puzzles Zack & Wiki triumphantly makes its debut on Nintendo Wii. Don't be put off by Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure's unwieldy... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Wii

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    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts Review

    Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

    With spectacular presentation, highly entertaining Robot Wars style multiplayer and a lot of good hearted humour, the bear and bird are back. Comeback accomplished. Comebacks aren't easy. Just as with any form of media you're only popular... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360

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    Professor Layton and the Curious Village Review

    Professor Layton and the Curious Village

    It's not an epic adventure, like Phantom Hourglass, or polished platformer, like New Super Mario Bros., but in many ways Professor Layton is better than both those games. "What's that game?" my better half asked, staring wide-eyed at the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo DS

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    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut Review

    Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut

    If you've finished Professor Layton and you're looking for something that combines decent puzzles with a ripping yarn, this is well worth a gander. "Paris in the fall. The last months of the year, and the end of the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,iOS,Nintendo DS,Wii,PC,iOS,Nintendo DS,Wii

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    Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered Review

    Beneath A Steel Sky – Remastered

    Whether you're an established fan of puzzle adventures or just a newcomer to the genre, Beneath a Steel Sky is an absolute delight. Earlier this year Revolution released a Director's Cut for the... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: iOS

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    Sly Collection Review

    Sly Collection

    The Sly Collection is a top-notch compilation of some of the most beautiful platformers ever made. Would somebody in the UK please buy it? Sony's attempts to include PS2 compatibility with the PS3 might have been an... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita,PlayStation 3

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    Alan Wake Review

    Alan Wake

    Alan Wake is still a superbly scripted adventure on PC. This review was originally published for the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake,... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PC,Xbox 360,PC,Xbox 360

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    Journey Review

    Journey

    Journey is an immaculately constructed, expertly choreographed experience that tells a story in an intelligent way, exploring themes of faith and fate, death and rebirth with a rare delicacy of touch. Wonder: that's what we've been missing. This console generation has been... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,PlayStation 3,PC

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    Tearaway Review

    Tearaway

    One of, if not the, best games on the Vita, and one of 2013’s most unforgettable adventures. Imagination is Tearaway's genius. Don't be fooled by its core simplicity:... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PS Vita

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    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided Review

    The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode Two – A House Divided

    A superior episode, and one that bodes well for the rest of the season. You'll be especially thankful for the "Previously on..." introduction in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Xbox 360,PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita,iOS

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    The Walking Dead: In Harm's Way Review

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 3: In Harm's Way

    Offers a proper bad guy for you to hate, but also asks how far you’ll go to escape. It's unsettling to look back at the choices I've made throughout my time in... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3,PC,PS Vita,iOS,Xbox 360

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    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Review

    The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D

    ABXY Moon (sorry) It's time for Majora's Mask to step out of Ocarina of Time's shadow.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

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    The Last Guardian Review

    The Last Guardian

    For some The Last Guardian's iffy controls, awkward camera, and glitches might be hard to overcome. Others won't care as they experience one of the most incredible relationships in video game history. The Last Guardian: Trico loves me, and I love him. But I also hate him... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4

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    What Remains of Edith Finch Review

    What Remains of Edith Finch

    First-person, narrative-driven games generally follow a pattern. What Remains of Edith Finch plays with those established conventions to create a beautiful story that breaks your heart, while making you smile just as much. A triumph in the genre. Most families have untold stories that are kept secret from younger members.... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 4,Xbox One

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    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection Review

    Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

    Invest in each world - in the castle and Yorda, and the Forbidden Lands and Agro - and you'll be rewarded with an experience that will stay with you for a very long time. Back when I was at university, I tackled the subject of emotional attachment... more

    Reviewed on:   Platforms: PlayStation 3