We’ve rummaged through the archives to evaluate the best stories, the most memorable characters, and the most satisfying puzzles on a quest to decide which PC adventure games are the very best. We haven’t strictly defined the genre—we’ve included traditional point-and-clicks as well as new forms—but as a general rule these are exploration, puzzle, and story-driven games that value atmosphere, dialogue, and discovery over action or stats.
The bulk of this list was written by professional adventure game connoisseur Richard Cobbett in 2016, though as of April 2017, the PC Gamer staff has tossed a few newer games into the great adventure pile. There’s enough adventuring here, spread across four pages, to last you a year… or maybe more.
We’ll continue to update this list with new and old games as the resurging genre continues to deliver hits.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
As far as most adventure gamers are concerned,…