It’s easy to forget that independent developer Telltale Games has been around for several years. Although the company is now famous for games based on TV, film and comic book properties, they also worked on classic point-and-click adventures and even a couple of poker games. Telltale has an extensive catalog of games and if you don’t want to go back and play each one of those, here’s a list with some of the best games developed by Telltale Games. As usual, feel free to share your favorites on the comment below.
10. Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures
As its name suggests, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures is based on the popular characters created by Nick Park and Aardman Animations. The game received positive reviews for its endearing visual aspect, entertaining gameplay and charming story. It’s worth pointing out that the game has been pulled from most digital distribution services because the license agreement with Aardman Studios has expired, so if you want to play this, get ready to track down a physical copy.
9. Poker Night at the Inventory
At its surface, Poker Night at the Inventory is a… well, a poker game, but the best part is that the game features characters of different franchises, including Tycho from Penny Arcade, Max from Sam & Max, the Heavy from Team Fortress 2 and Strong Bad from the Homestar Runner. The game was favorably received and it sold well enough that a sequel was created. If you like virtual poker, you owe it to yourself to at least check out both games.
8. Game of Thrones
I’ve never been drawn to George R.R. Martin’s medieval universe as most people, but while I’ve never been a fan of the novels or the HBO drama, Telltale’s Game of Thrones was much more tolerable than I had anticipated. There aren’t many surprises in terms of gameplay, so if you have played any of the other recent adventure games made by Telltale, you know what to expect in that department, but if you like great interactive stories, Game of Thrones won’t disappoint.
It’s hard to think about it now that Telltale has been involved with huge properties like Game of Thrones, Borderlands, Back to the Future and The Walking Dead, but back when they started developing a Sam & Max game, that was a big deal. Based on Steve Purcell’s comic book series, Sam & Max follows the titular characters as they solve some of the most bizarre cases you can think of. The game was well-received for introducing the series to a new generation of players thanks to three-dimensional visuals, modernized gameplay and funny writing.
6. Tales of Monkey Island
Released nearly a decade after the last Monkey Island game, Tales from the Monkey Island follows pirate Guybrush Threepwood as he tries to defeat his nemesis LeChuck. Tales of Monkey Island was released back when point-and-click adventures were becoming popular again, so it ended up being pretty successful. The music, visual style, writing and voice acting were praised by both critics and fans of the genre.
This puzzle/adventure title (emphasis on puzzle) was a collaboration between Telltale and Graham Annable. The game follows puzzle agent Nelson Tethers as he solves jigsaw, math and logic puzzles. One of the best parts about the game was that it combined elements from movies by David Lynch, Stanley Kubrik and the Coen brothers, so if you like Fargo and Twin Peaks, this is definitely your game.
Telltale Games’ Back to the Future was the title that changed everything for the company. This was the first graphic adventure developed by Telltale that was part of a major film franchise, a tradition that Telltale eventually expanded to comic books and TV properties. The storytelling elements were solid, the voice acting was fantastic, and the game was just entertaining to play, so Back to the Future fans are in for a treat.
3. Tales from the Borderlands
Do you like Telltale Games? Do you like Borderlands? Are you willing to try something different,? If you answered all the previous questions with a yes, then Tales from the Borderlands is your game. Although at the time of this writing, the final episode has yet to come out, I’ve seen and played enough of this game to recommend it wholeheartedly. The humor is laugh-out-loud funny, it looks pretty and the story is well told.
Despite enjoying both video games and comic books, I was one of those people who didn’t know anything about Fables. But while The Wolf Among Us introduced me to Bill Willingham’s fantastic universe, this was a one way trip. This dark and fantastical world was easy to get into and hard to get away from and if anything about this game draws your attention, you should definitely give it a chance.
When it came out, this interactive drama took the world by storm. Everyone who was into video games couldn’t stop talking about The Walking Dead, not because it was based on a popular franchise, but because it had a harrowing and compelling story that it was impossible not to like. It wasn’t without some problems (the game came out on several platforms and each of them has its unique set of bugs and glitches,) but The Walking Dead was one of the best point-and-click adventure games and one of the best stories in games.