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Angelsoft's second game based on everyone's favorite spy movie follows the plot much more closely than James Bond: A View to A Kill. Goldfinger follows the plot of the third James Bond adventure: this ... excellent writing and faithful reproduction of the movie's plot makes this one of the best Bond games ever made. Perfect for fans of the series, and well worth a play-through for all IF fans.
Based on Jules Verne's classic sci-fi story of the same name, this game faithfully captures the atmosphere and plot of the novel despite simplistic puzzles and banal dialogues. However, there are a few plot twists to keep fans of the novel curious to the end. Features some of the most obscure and convoluted puzzles that would become one of Coktel Vision's legacy.
One of the best freeware adventure games I have ever played, 5 Days a Stranger is yet another excellent medium-sized adventure from Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, the freelance author behind such classics ... to startle me a few times - something that speaks highly of how effective it is as a horror game. If you are a fan of Clock Tower or horror genre in general, 5 Days a Stranger will not disappoint.
7 Days a Skeptic is an excellent sequel to 5 Days a Stranger, a fun freeware horror adventure game reviewed elsewhere on this site. Although it is not as scary or captivating as the original, it is still ... it is a well-written, well-directed thriller that will give you a scare or two before the end. The first release of the game has many bugs, but most of them have been fixed in this download version.
Abducted: 10 Minutes is a very cool adventure game that more than makes up for its short length by interesting, logical puzzles and exciting real-time gameplay. You play Detective Michael Ebb, who was ... games were more exciting will have a lot of fun with this short but fun game. My only complaint is that there is some pixel-hunting required, since some objects are no bigger than a few pixels wide.
Review 1: One of 7th Level's most obscure releases before fading into obscurity, Ace Ventura is a decent cartoon adventure starring the wacky cartoon series of the same name which was popularized by ... it has never left me with the feeling of accomplishment that some other point and click adventures did, I definitely think you need to give this title a shot if you enjoy these types of games.
In 1989, Apogee released two "Fun-Paks," Adventure Fun-Pak and Puzzle Fun-Pak, priced at $10 each. Each "pack" contains 4 games that were submitted to Apogee by outside authors, although ... Mine, a decent puzzle/action game that plays like Pharaoh's Tomb, and The Thing, a quirky little maze game with a text parser, although it's used only to move around and shoot the bats inside.
Adventure Games is a collection of four text adventures of varying quality, released as a package by Public Brand Software in 1986. Of interesting historical value is the fact that Public Brand (better ... I'm sure) is the various blames the game heaps on you when it doesn't understand your commands (THAT IS A DUMB MOVE being one of them). Oh well, at least the ASCII graphics made me laugh.
Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment (GFW in short) is one of the best freeware adventure games ever made, period. Aside from superb humor, entertaining plot, and fun puzzles, Ben "Yahtzee" ... in the last third of the game. Try as I might, I really could not come up with a single complaint for this game :) Overall, a definite must-play for every adventure fan. Highly recommended!
The Adventures of Fatman: Toxic Revenge is an excellent independently-published game by Michael Doak of SOCKO! Entertainment. Created with Chris Jones' popular freeware Adventure Game Studio, Fatman combines ... had been longer - I finished it in less than 6 hours - the game kept me entertained from the beginning to end... something that cannot be said for the majority of today's commercial adventure games.
Review 1: Adventures of Willy Beamish is the last adventure game designed by Dynamix' founder Jeff Tunnell, the prolific designer of such puzzle classics as The Incredible Machine. You are precocious ... and I really don't know how to get further. Well, this game is really worth a try, the idea is very original and there are many different ways of playing and succeeding in this game. Check it out!
Rescue dr. Livingstone in the darkest out-reaches of Africa. While typing your way though this adventures, get a big bottle of Cola. You want to play this one all night long.
Review 1: This game is meant to be played as an accompaniment to reading the novel, to make a great literary classic more interesting. Reading the novel and playing the game as a supplement can be extremely ... still worth a try. Oh, you need a word about the story? Just think of Alice in Wonderland and you get the general idea. It's a lazy sunny afternoon - just about the right time for an adventure...
Review 1: It's Halloween night. Your uncle has just finished his great new invention, the wormhole machine, and he wants to test it. But as soon as your uncle has switched the machine on, lightning strikes ... primarily as family fare, this non-violent diversion should prove entertaining to Mom and Pop, as well as Billy and Sue Ellen… assuming they can withstand the occasional technical problems."
Alien Virus is the first adventure game from Trecision, the Italy-based developer responsible for Nightlong, one of the best adventure games in recent years. It?s one of those adventure games that you ... adventure you?ll struggle to finish just because you are curious to see how it all ends. Fortunately for adventure gamers, Trecision improved their act significantly with each subsequent release.
Designed by Michael Berlyn (of Infocom's Infidel and Polarware's Oo-Topos fame), this is a bizarre text-parser/graphical adventure game with a cliche premise: after being sucked into your TV by a powerful ... parser recognizes a wide range of words, and some puzzles are quite difficult, although all of them are logical once you figure out what to do. Recommended for its overall wackiness and good puzzles.
As an agent of the NSRT (National Satellite Resources Technology), you happen to be the first witness of the sad fate suffered by all members of an archeological expedition sent to uncover the fabled Lost ... him. If you compare it to similar games from the same period, Amazon stands out with its "story-driven" plot, which somewhat compensates for the CGA graphics and Telarium's ackward parser.
An underrated "cinematic adventure" by the company famous for Tex Murphy games, Amazon is a fun romp in the style of B-movies in the 50s. As a hapless scientist who willingly brave the Amazon ... an okay adventure marred by illogical pixel-hunting puzzles and cliche writing. If you like B-movies, give this one a try. If you're looking for a thoughtful, serious adventure, look elsewhere.
A fun game for kids based on the Disney movie of the same name, Fievel Goes Westfollows the adventures of a young mouse Fievel as he searches for his family in the New World. Both the interface and puzzles are a marked improvement over Capstone's frustrating Homey D. Clown. There is a few action sequences, but they are easy. Overall, a good introductory game that's fun for the whole family.
This is a lengthy and complex interactive fiction based on an intriguing premise: waking up one day, you suddently find yourself having an amnesia, with no recollection of who you are. Along the way, you ... convoluted streets. The score is also divided into several components to recognize that street-wise and intellectual actions are different. An captivating and well-written game, but very difficult.
One of the best PC translation of hit console RPGs ever is one of the first. Ancient Land of Ys is a "light" RPG that features vibrant graphics, fun story, and a plethora of imaginative magical ... Japanese, Ancient Land of Ys is very well-written and even eloquent at times. This game would bode well for Kyodai's subsequent collaboration with Broderbund that would continue with Psychic War.
Animal by Microtime is one of the most obscure adventure games ever made. A wacky adventure set in the world of talking foodstuffs like sausages (!), Animal is a decent point-and-click game that tries ... quite know what 'tongue in cheek' means. Regardless, if you enjoy bizarre adventure games that are on the easy side, and can stomach (no pun intended) cheesy and gross humor, Animal is worth a look.
Apprentice is a superb freeware point-and-click adventure game from newcomer Herculean Effort Productions. Coded with the increasingly popular Adventure Game Studio, Apprentice sets itself apart from most ... game fans everywhere, especially those who miss the good old days of LucasArts. Two thumbs up for this snack-sized game, and be sure to check out the longer and better sequel called Apprentice II.
Apprentice II is a superb sequel to Apprentice, a fun point-and-click adventure game from Herculean Effort Productions reviewed elsewhere on this site. Like the first game, Apprentice II is coded with ... Apprentice II is definitely well worth your time. It took me about 3 hours or so to finish, making a decent "medium size" game that will take you longer than a coffee break to complete.
Review 1: Armaethis a fun budget adventure game in the style of Sierra's venerable King's Quest that delivers far more gameplay than many full-priced games, although at times the "similarity" ... the smaller but very fun adventure games to play. Looks a bit like the Sierra Classic (e.g. King's Quest). You walk around very well made colourful sceneries in search of Armaeth, the lost kingdom.
Review 1: Bob Bates' last game for Infocom before he founded Legend Entertainment is interactive fiction at its best. As Infocom's last IF, the game also featured their best parser ever (too bad it was ... A fine game, good graphics, good gameplay, maybe sometimes a bit confusing, but it's sure that this is a fine game! One thing: I haven't heard any sounds, so I assume that this game is sound-less.
Plain text adventure.
Find your way back to the real world after you were magically teleported to another Stratford-upon-Avon by three witches. This is a nice little textadventure game, with some interesting puzzles.
Azrael's Tear is a fun, innovative, but sadly forgotten CD-ROM adventure game that brings the much-vaunted 'action/adventure' genre to new heights with a smooth 3D engine, fun puzzles, and even a good ... sequences. By all counts, Azrael's Tear is a great gaming experience that adventure fans shouldn't miss, and may even attract action gamers who want something more than standard shoot-to-kill games.
Review 1: One of the best cult classic games ever made, B.A.T. is a fun cyberpunk romp through the underworld of crime and corruption. As agent for B.A.T., an ultrasecret organization serving the Confederation ... underrated. Review 2: You're a secret agent in a galaxy far far away. Selenia to be precise. You are after Vranger a scientist who is planning to destroy the beautiful planet. Selenia that is...
The follow-up to Konami's underrated B.A.T. 1 improves upon its predecessor in every respect, including a more intelligible plot that actually *develops* into an interesting pan-galactic drama. However, ... 2 is still a highly atmospheric and original game that will please sci-fi lovers and anyone who likes non-linear games (or at least games with the *illusion* of being non-linear, like this one).
One of Infocom's most underrated releases, Ballyhoo is a fun, intermediate-level text adventure set in a premise not commonly found in IF games: a circus. I'll let Joan Rouleau's 1986 review in now-defunct ... and tips. But don't be mislead: The mysteries of Ballyhoo are not easily unraveled. Or, as the program has wryly told me more than once, "You'll have to do that yourself.""
In one of Coktel Vision's lesser known adventure game, you are tasked with liberating the earth from captivity under the eccentric alien race Bargon. The game was evidently inspired by "B" science ... else. The game's longer-than-average length and some hunt-the-pixel puzzles also makes for many hair-pulling sessions where you desparately try every inventory object with everything on the screen.
Some text space game.
Review 1: Konami is well-known for creating strong console games, but with Batman Returns they neglected to realise that PC gamers often have different tastes to console kids. The game combines elements ... all the atmosphere that makes the movie a cult classic. Be warned: once you have the walkthru, the game takes less than an hour to complete. Without a walkthrough, it takes only a little longer.
Review 1: GameSpot once again came through with a great (meaning I perfectly agree with) review of this highly underrated, "campy" adventure game: "Parents beware, the two relentlessly ... cutscenes makes up for the lack of graphical complexity. Beavis and Butthead in Virtual Stupidity is a surprisingly in-depth game, considering it is based of the premise of teenagers trying to score.
I discovered this game on a Commodore 64 site about 13 years after its release, but I sure am glad I did! Below the Root is an epic fantasy adventure with some RPG flavor that is truly one of its kind. ... But it does require a lot of patience to solved, so be warned. With unique atmosphere and NPCs, non-linear path, and a truly *vast* gameworld, this is really one of the games dying for a facelift.
Review 1: Robert Foster lived in peace in a small tribal village until one fateful day. For an unknown reason the Security forces of the great Union City arrived to the village and made Robert come to ... since it is free, even if you don't like it, that doesn't matter since you didn't have to pay for it. I loved this game, and think it is great. Different than most games I play, but still very fun.
Synergistic's last game before it was bought out by Sierra On-Line is a fun tongue-in-cheek adventure set in the wild west. Based on the campy TV sitcom of the same name, The Beverly Hillbillies the game's ... less sense of humor than Al Lowe, or any character in the TV show for that matter. Overall, The Beverly Hillbillies is a thoroughly average adventure that is good for a few laughs, but little else.
Scott Miller's Beyond The Titanic and Supernova are two atmospheric, well-written IF that have sadly been ignored by the gaming public, perhaps due to the fact that their publisher Apogee is better known ... adventure. To their credit, Apogee released both games as freeware in March 1998, although they couldn't find a way to make the games savable to hard drive-- so you still need a floppy to save games.
Beyond the Wall of Stars is one of the earliest, and most unknown, computer game to take advantage of the CD-ROM's storage capacity. Written and designed by R.A. Montgomery, a prolific author whose "Choose ... that unfortunately isn't as interesting as some of the author's best works. Oh, and some of the graphics are "paper doll cutouts" that look pretty bad ;) Worth a look, but not a Top Dog.
Arguably Infocom's most unique interactive fiction (IF), Beyond Zork is a fun fantasy text adventure/RPG hybrid that attempts to do many things, and achieves most of them. Designed by Brian "Professor" ... adventure fans that the game was designed to please, and as IF, it succeeds in spades. Definitely a must-have for all Infocom fans, though it won't win over any die-hard RPGer. Highly recommended!
A fun follow-up of sorts to Dynabyte's earlier old game Nippon Safes Inc., Big Red Adventure once again puts you in control of 3 resourceful cri-- erm-- individuals as they plan to steal the Tsar's crown ... which you can decide the fate of Russia herself. Excellent puzzles and a truly epic size that will take you dozens of hours to solve makes this a worthwhile addition for every gamer's collection :)
In mid-1980s, a small company called Mark Data Products released 6 parser-based graphic adventure games similar to early Polarware and Scott Adams titles. While the games are reasonably successful on Tandy's ... experience a forgotten past of the early days of adventure gaming. All are recommended, but if you want the best of the bunch, I highly recommend my personal favorites: Trekboer and Calixto Island.
BlackStar: Agent of Justice is a mediocre shareware adventure game that squanders decent graphics and puzzles by cramming just about every 20th century stereotype you can think of. Written by heavy metal ... Goddesses of Phobos 2. It tries to be cynical, sarcastic, and witty - and fails at all three. If not for the clean graphics and some decent puzzles, it would certainly be a Real Dog in my book.
Unarguably the best game from the group of renegade ex-Sierra employees that made up Tsunami, Blue Force is an excellent police adventure by none other than Jim Walls, of Police Quest fame. Despite easy ... than Walls' Police Quest games, but it's still a great adventure that will particularly appeal to beginners. Much better than overhyped Police Quest 4 (which was not designed by Walls) at least.
Blue Iceis a strangely compelling puzzle adventure was released only in a few European countries, and then quickly disappeared from the market. The game is perhaps best described as a cross between surrealist ... for anyone who likes very difficult, esoteric puzzles. The game also predates another surrealistic game Treasure Quest and was similarly conceived as a contest which unfortunately never materialized.
The only spy game from Infocom, Border Zone is a "compartmentalized" game similar to Shogun, although the chapters don't have to be played in order. The premise is classic spy intrigue that will ... and the quality of writing is excellent throughout. Highly recommended for all IF fans, but heed the "Advanced" level on the box-- this isn't an easy game you can finish in one sitting.
One of the earliest and still the best murder mysteries ever made, Borrowed Time is a gripping story set in 1939. You play Sam Barlow, Private Eye, who must save his life from a death threat while investigating ... The puzzles are not hard, but the fact that you'll be shot dead for no apparent reason whatsover (until you restore numerous times to find out) really bog down what is otherwise a good gumshoe game.
Review 1: One of the very best and most unique interactive fiction titles ever made are 4 "interactive novel" titles from Synapse Software that are extremely hard to find nowadays. Each game ... finest. The fun thing about this adventure is that you have to do thing in time. Usually you can wander around whereever you feel you want to go, but in this game that is not always possible.
Review 1: A potentially great game that is unfortunatelly bogged down by weak puzzles that don't fit well with the story. Like all other Synapse games, the high point of Brimstone is definite the story, ... as Brimstone. An old game, yes, but not a true classic. Review 2: Great story about the knight of the round table. The surroundings and characters are very well described. A nice game to play.
Review 1: A mysterious world of newage Templars is opening in front of us and the Broken Sword game. For this game you rather preserve plenty of free time, not because of the game would be so difficult ... is definitely a game designed for the gamers who love adventure games that have been taken to the next level. This game is by far the most fascinating adventure game you will ever experience.
This solid old game based on pen & paper RPG of the title is one of the few truly replayable adventures: each pair of agents you can select have different supernatural skills, which lead to different ... evidence of the Bureau's involvement. Despite some obscure puzzles and long-winded dialogues, the game is definitely an underrated adventure that's much better that its overhyped predecessor Hell.
Review 1: In my opinion the best parody game ever made, Bureaucracy is a hilarious game written by Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy creator Douglas Adams. The plot is simple enough: you have just moved ... bet. Die hard text adventure fanatics may find the game a little too easy, but you can't help but warm to the unique nature of it. A worthy addition to this site and a game that you should check.