My Top 10 Classic Point and Click Adventures

My favourite gaming genre has to be the classic 2D point ‘n’ click adventure. Although there are equivalents today still appearing, for me the best of the best are already out there from years gone by and some playable on many platforms thanks to the marvelous ScummVM engine.

I am still working on MIDI music enhancements for various games such as Simon the Sorcerer, Discworld, Beneath a Steel Sky, Inherit the Earth, Flight of the Amazon Queen and another (which I will be announcing in the next week or so) and I am hoping to share my admiration for a genre that should never be forgotten.

With this in mind, here is my top 10 point and click adventure list of which I consider personally to be the most memorable of all time:

  • 1) Simon the Sorcerer – Adventure Soft
    This was actually my first game on the PC after playing and loving the subtitle-only version on the Acorn Archimedes. I was so excited when I heard I would be getting a PC that I rushed down to the shops to buy the talkie version of the game on PC CD-ROM in anticipation of it arriving. Full of charm and magical statements, Simon the Sorcerer is my favourite game of all time never mind just point and click adventures.
  • 2) Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars – Revolution Software
    Full of mystery and intrigue, George Stobbart goes on an adventure taking you along with him in this fantastic quest full of fascinating locations (my favourite being Ireland) and lovable characters.
  • 3) Full Throttle – LucasArts
    Dazzling video animation and music for the time (in fact the reason why I upgraded to 8mb of memory… wow!) with murder, leather jackets galore and eerie settings. Only as Ben, leader of a biker gang called the Polecats can you solve the mystery and save the day.
  • 4) Discworld – Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions
    Follow Rincewind in the Discworld universe created by Terry Pratchett to rid the enormous turtle world of a ruthless rampaging dragon. Starring the voices of Eric Idle, Jon Pertwee and Tony Robinson this title provides masses of humour and bizarre puzzles.
  • 5) Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror – Revolution Software
    Continuing on from the success of the first in the series, join again George Stobbart as he is yet again flung into chaos and sets of for another trek across multiple locations. Not quite as interesting a subject as the Templars, but still a great romp through wonderful gaming heaven.
  • 6) Simon the Sorcerer II – Adventure Soft
    In Simon the Sorcerer II: The Lion, the Wizard and the Wardrobe, Simon’s voice may have changed (from Chris Barrie to Brian Bowles), but the magical adventure continues. The return of the Swampling with his own fast food chain is probably the highlight of the entire game as you read through the items on the menu. A very good sequel, but lacked the exploration I adored so much from the original.
  • 7) Day of the Tentacle – LucasArts
    Another gem of the many from LucasArts, the title features a tentacle (yes a tentacle stay with me here!) who is bent on taking over the world. It is up to Bernard Bernoulli, Hoagie and Laverne to travel in time thanks to Dr. Fred’s Chron-o-John’s (time travelling toilets believe it or not!) to stop this mad tentacle from reaching his goal.
  • 8) Sam & Max Hit the Road – LucasArts
    Welcome Sam and Max the Freelance Police in their hysterical journey to locate the missing Big Foot (or Sasquatch). Featuring the two characters, Sam a large dog and Max a crazy rabbit allows for double the fun in every aspect of the game.
  • 9) The Gene Machine – Divide by Zero
    One of the unsung heroes of point and click adventuring, The Gene Machine features an unusual lead character with the very pompous yet amusing Piers Featherstonehaugh (pronounced Fanshawe). The locations and animations are very appealing as they are set mostly in Victorian England from the dark and gloomy slums to the darn right posh establishments. A great classic that requires a stiff upper lip at all times to be enjoyed properly.
  • 10) Touche: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer – Clipper Software
    Not the most amazing graphics ever seen in this genre, but some of the best laugh out loud moments for me have come from this game. With a noble quest in one hand and a sword in the other, Geoffroi Le Brun is set to travel around France in an attempt to fulfil the dying wish of a nobleman taking his will to the rightful heir.

I am sure there are some of you are wondering why I haven’t mentioned Monkey Island and maybe some other classics, but these are my top 10 point and click adventure games that I played the most and enjoyed.

Make sure you consider your top 10…

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.