29 Essential, Must-Play Adventure Games

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The best adventure games from every subgenre. By Richard Cobbett

Ah, adventure games — the only genre with more lives than the luckiest cat. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, they were our passport to incredible worlds of humour and imagination. After a bit of a lull in the early 2000s, they’re now making waves again with hits like Telltale’s The Walking Dead and fantastic indies made by long-time fans. Best of all, the classics of the ‘90s can still be enjoyed today. Technology dates fast, but good stories and humour last forever.

But if you’ve never played an adventure game, getting started can be intimidating. With such a massive library of must-play classics, where should you start? Even if you already love the genre, there are bound to be a couple essentials you’ve missed — but which ones?

Worry not. IGN has your back. Join us as we take you through the history of the adventure game genre, from its fascinating origins to its indispensable classics, and all the best ones (new and old) worth playing today.

Most adventure games earned their reputation in the good way — by playing fair and by taking us to wonderful