25 Best Console Adventure Games
Adventure games have a different connotation on consoles. On PC, adventure games almost always mean point-and-click or a variation of that style of gameplay. However, on a console there’s no mouse or pointer to click with. Usually, developers have to include other forms of gameplay together with the more common elements of adventure games, which are story elements, interaction and dialogue with NPCs, exploration of locations and scenarios, and puzzle elements. On consoles, there are very often action sequences included and other dynamics familiar to console gamers. Sometimes the genre is instead called action-adventure. As long as the games made the adventure a primary focus of the game, we still included them if they also integrated the adventure with other genres and gameplay mechanics.
Vincent is a normal salaryman with a somewhat normal life, With a girlfriend of 5 years or so named Katherine, Katherine is pushing to get married, and Vincent is a bit afraid to do the final tie-downs. During a night of drinking and contemplation of marrying with Katherine, Vincent meets a rather beautiful, young girl by the name of Catherine. Catherine’s charms and beauty are just enough to sway the intoxicated Vincent into sleeping with her, and after that night of sleeping with this mysterious girl, Vincent begins to have horrible nightmares of falling, and strange sheep men. The nightmares are slowly getting worse, and Vincent can’t shake off this strange feeling that Katherine knows of his cheating on her, as if that wasn’t enough, Vincent learns of unfaithful men, dying in their sleep, and his friend tells rumors of dreams….”When you have dreams of when you’re falling and you can’t wake up, you’ll never wake up again, and die.”
In an era increasingly defined by developers’ ever-growing fear of creating anything that isn’t a safe, conservative million-seller, Atlus’ willingness to create and publish something as unique as this is truly commendable. Best of all, it’s not just a weird game — it’s a great one, too.
The Walking Dead
Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead is about a world devastated by an undead apocalypse and the horrifying choices you’re forced to make to survive. Assume the role of Lee Everett, a convicted criminal, who has been given a second chance at life in a world devastated by the undead. With corpses returning to life and survivors stopping at nothing to maintain their own safety, protecting an orphaned girl named Clementine may offer you redemption in a world gone to hell.
The Walking Dead deals in a spectrum of emotion that few other games dare to take on, and it does so with aplomb. It’s utterly triumphant, crafting a narrative that proves the power of the medium by embracing what makes it unique, leading to one of the most memorable gameplay experiences ever created.
Tales of Monkey Island
While explosively stripping the evil pirate LeChuck of his demonic mojo, Guybrush Threepwood inadvertently infects the entire Caribbean with the arch-fiend’s expelled voodoo, which threatens to transform buccaneers into unruly pirate monsters. Pursued by a notorious cut-throat Pirate Hunter and a creepy French Physician who believes that Guybrush’s eerily-infected hand holds the secret of eternal life, Threepwood sails the seven seas in search of La Esponja Grande, a legendary sea sponge with unparalleled voodoo exfoliating abilities. But little does Guybrush know, his quest is part of a larger, more sinister plot, and good and evil are not always as they seem. Who can Guybrush trust? Where can he turn? Everything you think you know will be challenged as Tales of Monkey Island builds to its unexpected finale.
Tales of Monkey Island brings classic graphical adventure action to a new generation, along with a grand story, funny characters, and great acting to boot.
L.A. Noire is an interactive detective story set in the classic noir period of the late 1940’s. It blends action, detection and complex storytelling and draws players into an open-ended challenge to solve a series of gruesome murders. Set in a perfectly recreated Los Angeles before freeways, with a post-war backdrop of corruption, drugs and jazz, L.A. Noire truly blends cinema and gaming.
The strong cast of characters, compelling storyline and ambitious sense of scope makes this one of Rockstar Games’ best products yet.
How Far Will You Go To Save Someone You Love? Experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer – named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim.
Take the best Steinbeck novel you’ve ever read, takes the themes of judgement, human nature, what we need vs. what we want, and remove these themes from the novel. Take these themes and put them into a video game. Write the video game around these themes, all the while adding some of the best graphics you’ve ever seen, as well as some very intricate characters, title this video game “Heavy Rain”, and then release it to a widespread audience. That’s Heavy Rain in a nutshell.
Assume the role of Ico, a courageous young boy born with horns who has been delivered to a mysterious castle to be sacrificed so that, according to legend, the community will be saved. Attempt to escape the grounds and save a princess through a variety of mazes, brainteasers, and other puzzles.
Get it now, its haunting, original and actually a beautiful game. There are few games like this anymore with this sort of desolate atmosphere but the feeling of exposure and vulnerability when playing it is palpable. If GTA and third person shooters are your only bag it really won’t appeal, but for puzzle fans and gamers who are interested in emotive experiences buy it. Thank me for it later.
Shadow of the Colossus
In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth.
Long stretches of riding across deserted, yet gorgeous, environments, punctuated by moments of sheer, adrenaline-pumping terror. The shockingly realistic animations (especially for your horse and the colossi), vast, streaming landscape, stirring soundtrack, and wistful story all combine with the game’s minimalist gameplay to create a videogame experience unlike any other.
From the mind of Tim Schafer (Monkey Island, Grim Fandango) Psychonauts is a wildly surreal action adventure game where personal paranormal powers are unlocked in order to plunge into the minds of bizarre characters. Journey deep into these crazy worlds of infinite possibility to thwart the secret plan of an evil madman and realize the ultimate dream of joining an elite force of psychic superheroes, the Psychonauts. Delve into people’s minds as Raz, a powerful young cadet at psychic summer camp. While working on his levitation merit badge, Raz discovers that someone is kidnapping psychic children and stealing their brains. In order to foil this evil plot and earn the title of Psychonaut, Raz must project himself into the minds of one bizarre character after another to battle their nightmares and mental demons. He does all this while continuing to earn his psychic merit badges in Telekinesis, Clairvoyance, Pyrokinesis and more.
It’s one of the most original, creative and inspired titles out there and even better–it’s one of those rare videogames that can actually make you laugh out loud.
This was my favorite adventure game of 2009 and I would say it borders on being both art and an adventure game. Machinarium is independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost 2. A little robot who’s been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend. It may sound deceptively simple but it’s a fantastic, rewarding, deeply satisfying adventure with one of the most beautiful game worlds you’ll see this side of a team Ico game; it’s a rare must-play.
Right from the start it conjures an atmosphere of being something special, but to keep that level of quality up consistently over 60 hours ensures that this will be a game that will be talked about for years to come…A work of art, you might say.
In Okami, the legendary monster Orochi has come back to life and turned the world into a veritable wasteland. Players must assume the role of a wolf, an embodiment of the sun god Amaterasu, which is capable of wielding unimaginable power. The state of the world lies in gamer’s hands as they must fight ominous beings and reclaim the earth from a curse that plagues it. It is crucial to help Amaterasu make the world a place where all living creatures can dwell once again.
Back to the Future
Telltale Games, the studio behind Tales of Monkey Island and the Sam & Max episodes, turns cult time travel flick Back to the Future into an episodic adventure. Back to the Future: The Game successfully translates what made the original movie great into a fun, challenging, imaginative and funny adventure game that’s often a joy to play. Telltale has crafted a loving tribute to the film. It’s often funny, witty, and mad.
Folklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales. Set in the mysterious town of Doolin, two strangers, Keats and Ellen, are drawn together to uncover a mysterious legend in a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. They soon learn that the town serves as a gateway to fantastic realms, full of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve the mystery of the town, and their past, the pair must journey through these worlds to uncover its secrets.
A great deal of the magnificence in Folklore comes from the little details: the serenity within a field of bristling flowers and cascading petals, or the charm of a stairway that rings with laughter when your character’s foot falls upon it – these are just a few of the many moments that may bring an awed smile to your face.
Sam and Max series
An overarching story broken up into multiple hilarious adventures, the Sam and Max series carries an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight. If you can appreciate the bizarre style of writing and humor, there’s a good, lengthy, old-fashioned, point-and-click adventure to be had.
Zack and Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure
Every once in a while we stumble upon a surprisingly excellent videogame – a title whose smart play mechanics and stylized visuals are so well married that we’re taken aback by the end result. Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure is a dumb name, plain and simple, but don’t let that or the “kiddie” exterior deter you from picking it up because this is one of Wii’s very best offerings. Not only is it beautiful, taking visual cues from Wind Waker, but it’s really clever and equally rewarding.
In this game, you are in control of a cute little pirate named Zack who’s out to solve puzzles and discover the legendary treasure that was hidden away on Treasure Island by the great pirate Barbaros. Played with the Wii Remote like a classic adventure game, gamers point and click at objects they would like to use as they try to solve puzzles and get further into the game. Once you figure out what you need to use to solve a puzzle, you also need to discover how to use it, which is often by a series of natural motions and button presses with the controller. Puzzles start off simple but get tougher as the game progresses.
Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
With Fatal Frame 2 we are presented with what is probably the scariest, most haunting and most unsettling of survival horror games! This is not hyperbole. It’s the feeling most people who have actually played the game are left with. The story is well-created and depressing, you just want these girls to be happy no matter what. You feel the fear of the loss they have, and the horrible things which happened before their time begins to surface again. The battle system itself is serviceable, but since the story-line is so great and touching, it does not really matter. Play it, if you dare. But beware: You will see/hear things and be scared for life. The game actually generates emotions: fear of the unknown, an impending sense of dread, and utter confusion due to the mind-bending plot.
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule, a young farm boy named Link must awaken the hero – and the animal – within. When Link travels to the Twilight Realm, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious girl named Midna. Using the power and unique control of the Wii console, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess features precise aiming control using the Wii Remote. The Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controller are used for a variety of game activities, including fishing and special sword attacks. Players ride into battle against troops of foul creatures using an amazing horseback combat system, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.
Mixing the classic Zelda formula with a more mature tale, Twilight Princess is an epic of the highest caliber that gamers will not want to miss.
Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Explore a massive, multilayered world that seamlessly blends soaring exploration in a sea of clouds with intense ground-based adventuring that blurs the line between the main world and traditional Zelda dungeons. Link soars through the skies on the back of a noble bird and dives beneath the clouds to the continent below in an epic quest that lays the foundation for the events in the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. * Prepare for intense puzzle-solving as only The Legend of Zelda games can deliver. Exploration of the forests, volcanoes and deserts requires players to think on their feet as they solve puzzles, overcome obstacles and escape deadly traps. Once they find their way to each dungeon, they are confronted by even more puzzles guarded by fiendish enemies.
Overall, this is the best experience I’ve had playing a Zelda game since Ocarina of Time and I’d have to say they are pretty equal in my opinion. Either way, you won’t be disappointed getting this game, it’s a masterpiece. It’s pure Nintendo magic.
Silent Hill Shattered Memories
While the game shares its twisting plot with the original PlayStation game, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories takes a different path in many, many ways. Characters can be approached but offer different responses and be found in different places, while new clues and gameplay paths can be followed. The title follows Harry Mason, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his missing daughter, Cheryl. A broken man, Mason’s investigations lead him to the mist-shrouded, snowy streets of Silent Hill: a malevolent town where the shadows play host to a wealth of evil, misshapen creatures. Designed to make full use of the Wii’s unique controllers, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories uses the Wii Remote as a torch and cell phone as Mason looks for clues. The torch is vital for scouring the darkened, abandoned buildings of Silent Hill, while the phone acts as a secondary user interface, allowing the player to access maps via its GPS capabilities and take pictures of interesting elements. Likewise, the Wii Remote also can be used to pick up, examine and manipulate items to solve puzzles along the journey. Such technology was not available when the original Silent Hill was released in 1999, and its inclusion showcases Konami’s determination to enhance the playing experience with new, available technology. Also new to Shattered Memories is a psyche profile element, which monitors every aspect of player’s reactions – from where they explore first, items that have been examined, and their reaction to those they meet. Small visual elements will also be altered slightly, adding to the oppressing atmosphere where nothing is what it seems. The psyche profile will adapt Harry’s actions as and when he meets normal-looking people or the game’s many inhuman denizens.
One of our favorite survival horror game of all time. Mind blowing graphics and effects and a truly involved, dark story with many twists depending on how you play and answer the psych profiles. A melancholy game for those with true “mature” tastes.
Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon
A truly excellent, criminally underrated game– sure the gameplay may not be the greatest, but that’s not what Fragile is trying to impress you with. The story, music, atmosphere, and art direction are where it’s at here, and it’s all masterful. If you want a beautiful, emotional game with a post-apocalypse setting that is actually worth caring about, you need not look any further than Fragile Dreams. A new generation beauty with a wonderful story and OST. A beautifully designed game, like reading a book; a unique adventure. Although it is not for everyone because it has a strong focus on enjoying the beauty rather than exciting battles, it is a unique game that no person who has an appreciation for wonderful-realized worlds should miss.
Fragile Dreams finds protagonist Seto exploring an eerie and abandoned world, seemingly populated only by haunting ghosts and demons. As this lonely and lost soul, players encounter memorable characters, and discover the back story behind scavenged items that provide insight into the population’s last days before a devastating apocalypse. Amidst this strangely beautiful atmosphere, players utilize the Wii Remote as a flashlight to illuminate Seto’s surroundings, solve puzzles and interact with the bleak, devastated environment, set to a moving, emotional soundtrack.
Double fine has done it again! Costume Quest is a creative and adorable Halloween themed adventure game that carefully combines turn-based battles with small RPG elements. It’s filled with little morsels of in-jokes, clever dialogue and some truly imaginative visuals. CQ is a unique game that brings back the days of trick-or-treating with the wonder of being something greater the one day of the year where costumes bring out the adventurer in all of us. The characters are sweet and brave and their costumes are colorful and reminiscent of home-made costume making. There are two full quests in the game and plenty of achievements to forage for. If you have a need for fun with a Halloween theme you can’t do any better than Costume Quest!
Another Code R
The tale of Ashley Mizuki Robbins and her missing father was the premise for Another Code: Two Memories, an adventure title for the Nintendo DS that took great advantage of all the system’s features. Now Ashley is back, two years on from her exploits with ghostly friend ‘D’ on Blood Edward Island trying to find her father, and another mystery is at hand.
Nintendo was wise to enlist CING once more for this second edition of Another Code as the developer has taken the best elements of both its previous DS titles, Two Memories and Hotel Dusk, poured them onto the Wii and mixed in a whole host of clever extras that make this by far the most enjoyable adventure for Nintendo’s home console so far.
Beyond Good & Evil
I could go on and on about the immersive gameplay and just plain brilliant game design waiting for you in Beyond Good & Evil, but I would rather you go out and get your own copy and start enjoying it for yourself.
The planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a ruthless alien race. Despite the assurances of the Alpha Section defense squad, the war drags on, terrorizing the once-beautiful planet and crushing the faith of the people. From the rubble of a tiny island rises Jade – a rebellious young action reporter left traumatized by a brutal attack. When Jade is hired by the rebel organization IRIS, she learns that the Alpha Sections are secretly trafficking humans to the enemy. Still wary of who to believe, she sets out to expose the gruesome conspiracy and bring proof to her people. Armed with her camera, dai-jo staff, and unflinching resolve, Jade plunges into a sinister web to untangle the truth and restore justice to her planet. But as she earns the trust of her beleaguered people, Jade discovers that sometimes, in order to find the truth, you must look beyond good and evil.
Journey is a marvel, a hallucination of gameplay that feels as deep and immersive as the borderless desert where it begins. Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. You wake alone and surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop which is your goal. Faced with rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves and howling winds, your passage will not be an easy one. The goal is to get to the mountaintop, but the experience is discovering who you are, what this place is, and what is your purpose. Travel and explore this ancient, mysterious world alone, or with a stranger you meet along the way. Soar above ruins and glide across sands as you discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization.
Here comes another brilliant piece of creativity from the mind of Tim Schafer. The adventure of Stacking requires players to capture and stack dolls together, then use each doll’s unique abilities to solve the game’s challenges. As more puzzles are solved, new dolls are acquired and the game’s visually lush, carefully constructed story unfolds. Incredibly stylised, unique, and intuitive. An artistic demonstration of what can be done with an interactive medium.
Portal is a magnificent puzzle adventure game. The titillating wrongness of every solution and the wonky thinking required to get there make you feel like a space-folding genius, and yet you’ll almost never get stuck. It’s extremely short but manages to leave you with an eternal character in GLaDOS, the evil AI computer, who has permeated pop-culture. Plus she gets to sing her own song at the end.
Portal 2 is a longer, funnier, more emotional plummet through Aperture’s perplexing laboratory, and its meticulous detail, perfect pacing, and kinetic, mind-expanding puzzles make it a blazingly memorable experience. Whereas the original Portal came off feeling like a short, but free gift to gamers for buying The Orange Box, Portal 2 is developed into a full game.