Point-and-click adventures are among the oldest genres in the gaming world: fans have been clicking and puzzling their way through bizarre worlds, sci-fi dramas and classic knight stories since the mid-1980s.
Many of the true classics are still available to buy and play in updated versions (and they’re comparatively cheap). These five are still some the best in their genre today.
Day of the Tentacle – time travel in a port-a-loo
Day of the Tentacle is downright bizarre from start to finish. Three friends travel through time in a portable toilet, trying to stop a purple tentacle from taking over the world.
The absurd story is presented in a fever-dream aesthetic full of impossible architectural elements, crooked angles and curved interiors. It’s precisely this mix that makes “Day of the Tentacle” a real classic.
The game offers exciting time travel adventure with challenging, but never unfair puzzles. And where else can you zoom into the 18th century in a portable toilet and watch the American founding fathers at work?
The Secret of Monkey Island – “behind you, a three-headed monkey!”
That strange exclamation comes from another classic: The Secret of Monkey Island. In this humorous game, young Guybrush Threepwood dreams of becoming a pirate.
Players help him on this mission and experience dozens of funny moments on the journey as well as a scary showdown with a zombie villain. Add in lovingly-detailed graphics and a catchy soundtrack and you have a game with tons of charm.
How much fun The Secret of Monkey Island is is proven by its reputation among fans. Despite having more than 30 years under its belt, the game is still one of the best-known and most popular point-and-click titles of all time.
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade – a holy grail quest
Alongside Lara Croft, Indiana Jones is probably the most famous archaeologist in the world. The bullwhip-wielding daredevil featured in games as well as movies and the “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” game released in 1989 sees him searching for both his father and the Holy Grail.
The game basically tells the same story as the movie that was released in the same year, but the game repeatedly deviates from the original film. Dozens of puzzles await, as well as one of the most beautiful and elaborate intro sequences of the entire genre.
Those who play “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” today have plenty to look forward to: lots of humour, tons of puzzles, including some real head-scratchers, and some beautiful pixel landscapes.
The Dig – tough puzzles to solve on an Earth-bound asteroid
The Dig is also, in a way, about archaeology. However, players in this game do not rummage through old ruins and desert landscapes, but are instead on the surface of an asteroid that’s rushing towards the Earth. A small expedition team sent to blow up the dangerous rock come across a surprising discovery.
We won’t reveal more because The Dig is most exciting when you don’t know too much about the story. Originally, a movie of the same name was to be released at the same time as the game in 1995, but that never happened. Superstar director Steven Spielberg was one of the creative impulses behind the original project.
The game is worth playing today because it stages an exciting drama in the depth of space with five researchers play the leading role. It’s full of twists and turns and at times becomes extremely tricky.
Simon the Sorcerer – unexpectedly called on to save the world
Simon, the main character in Simon the Sorcerer, is a completely normal youth who one day suddenly ends up in a fantasy world thanks to a magical book. Now he has to become a magician and put an end to the main villain Sordid.
The inhabitants of his new world are bizarre and weird, such as socialist woodworms who crave revolution, a striking bridge troll, and a princess in the shape of a pig. Humour is very important in this adventure from 1993 and makes Simon the Sorcerer a very entertaining adventure.
There are lots of funny moments and encounters for long-suffering Simon and it makes for a solid point-and-click adventure with imaginative puzzles and beautifully pixelated scenery. – dpa