The 100 Best Adventure Games of All Time

I have to admit that I really appreciate the existence of Adventure Gamers. The website simply represents one of the best resources for people who love adventure games, and in that site not only can you find reviews, previews or news about the latest releases in the genre, but also about classic titles. Additionally, the site recently released a feature with the top 100 adventure games ever created, but before going to the list, it’s worth pointing out that it’ll be revisited every once in a while and even though certain games may be removed, certain others may be added. Nevertheless, don’t expect many wild changes.

Here’s the full-spoiler list:


100. Titanic: Adventure Out of Time
99. Nancy Drew: Curse of Blackmoor Manor
98. The Space Bar
97. Runaway: A Twist of Fate
96. Gold Rush
95. Ripley’s Believe it or Not!: The Riddle of Master Lu
94. Faust (aka Seven Games of the Soul)
93. Toonstruck
92. The Dig
91. The Feeble Files
90. Spycraft: The Great Game
89. The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time
88. Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, The Wizard, and the Wardrobe
87. Penumbra: Black Plague
86. Dark Fall
85. The Dark Eye
84. Colonel’s Bequest: A Laura Bow Mystery
83. The Black Mirror
82. The 7th Guest
81. Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire
80. Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
79. Gemini Rue
78. Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist
77. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
76. Drawn: The Painted Tower
75. Kings Quest: Quest for the Crown
74. Shadow of the Comet
73. Discworld II
72. Maniac Mansion
71. Leisure Suit Larry: Love for Sail!
70. Amber: Journey’s Beyond
69. I Have no Moutn, and I Must Scream
68. Shadow of Destiny
67. Pepper’s Adventures in Time
66. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon
65. Hotel Dusk: Room 215
64. The Book of Unwritten Tales
63. Black Dahlia
62. Obsidian
61. Loom
60. Another Code
59. Myst III: Exile
58. Star Trek: Judgment Rites
57. Indigo Prophecy (aka Fahrenheit)
56. In Memoriam
55. Syberia II
54. Samarost 2
53. Return to Mysterious Island
52. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
51. Zork Nemesis
50. Infocom Text Adventures
49. Sam & Max: Season Two
48. Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers
47. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
46. The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time
45. The Curse of Monkey Island
44. Simon the Sorcerer
43. John Saul’s Blackstone Chronicles
42. Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood
41. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
40. Myst IV: Revelation
39. Last Window: The Secret of Cape West
38. Full Throttle
37. Stacking
36. Sanitarium
35. The Neverhood
34. Amnesia: The Dark Descent
33. L.A. Noire
32. Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned
31. Portal
30. Bad Mojo
29. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
28. Sam & Max Hit The Road
27. Discworld Noir
26. Heavy Rain
25. Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon
24. Police Quest 2: The Vengeance
23. Quest for Glory IV: Shadows of Darkness
22. The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Serrated Scalpel
21. Blade Runner
20. Still Life
19. Beneath a Steel Sky
18. Myst
17. Machinarium
16. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers
15. Syberia
14. The Secret of Monkey Island
13. King’s Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow
12. Zork Grand Inquisitor
11. Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
10. Portal 2
09. Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive
08. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
07. The Last Express
06. The Day of the Tentacle
05. Riven
04. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars
03. Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within
02. The Longest Journey
01. Grim Fandango


As somebody who has a keen interest in adventure games, I found this feature quite interesting and even though I disagree with the position of some games here and there, the list is definitely well put together. Moreover, many fans will probably say that titles like Portal/Portal 2, Heavy Rain and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories aren’t exactly adventure games, but the genre has been changing for years now and I think the inclusion of these titles is more than understandable. I strongly disagree with the position of titles like Maniac Mansion and Day of the Tentacle, but when you do a list of this kind it’s impossible to please everyone. Still, one thing’s for sure, you can’t argue with number 1.

Source: Adventure Gamers