The Xbox 360 might not be your platform of choice when it comes to point-and-click adventures and for obvious reasons: there aren’t that many adventures on the console and playing with a controller isn’t the best way to do so. But if you’re a fan of the genre with an Xbox 360 and you haven’t played everything the platform has to offer, here are some games for you.
The Walking Dead (Android, iOS, Kindle Fire HDX, Mac, PC, Ouya, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
Over the years, Telltale games have become less and less impressive, but if there’s one game in particular that ever point-and-click adventure fan should experience at some point, that’s The Walking Dead. The episodic drama follows the story of a university professor and convict Lee Everett after he rescues a girl named Clementine. The emphasis is in this game isn’t puzzle solving as most adventures, but the story and characters. In fact, you’ll spend most time choosing dialogue options and performing quick time events than anything else. The highly emotional tone, strong character development and similarities to the comic book, make Telltale’s The Walking Dead, an adventure worth having.
Life Is Strange (PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
In Life Is Strange, you play as Maxine Caulfield a photography student who recently found out that she has the ability to rewind time which allows her to cause a butterfly effect. After seeing that a storm is coming to town, Max decides to use her gift to prevent the tempest from destroying her city. In terms of gameplay, you can interact with different objects, solve puzzles, change the environment and select dialogue options. Life Is Strange was well received for presenting some taboo subjects and for its poignant narrative and lifelike characters.
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition (iOS, PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
This remake of The Secret of Monkey Island features high-definition visuals, a remastered musical score, voice acting and a three-step hint system. The rest of the game remains pretty much untouched, making this version of The Secret of Monkey Island feel new without compromising the parts that made the original a classic.
Stacking (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, Linux)
As its name suggests, Stacking is based in the idea of stacking matryoshka dolls. In the game, you play as a small doll called Charlie Blackmore who has the ability to stack into larger dolls and acquire their abilities to solve the different puzzles that punctuate your adventure. As it’s usually the case with most Double Fine-developed games, Stacking has a unique appearance, the story’s hilarious, the gameplay is accessible and there’s simply nothing quite like it. Oh, and the soundtrack is simply outstanding.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (PC, Xbox, Xbox 360)
Dreamfall is a sequel to The Longest Journey and takes place after the events of the first game. In Dreamfall, you play as three different characters who live in parallel worlds, a technologically advanced one and a world ruled by magic. There are some returning characters from the first game (such as one of the protagonists, April,) but playing The Longest Journey isn’t necessary to understand the story.