Game News The Best PC Adventure Games of the 1990s
There was a time when point clicks lived up to their popularity. In the 1990s, many PC adventure games won the hearts of gamers. Here is a selection of nine cult games not to be missed.
Released after the mythical Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is cited as one of LucasArt’s greatest Golden Age masterpieces, designed in collaboration with Tim Schafer. Years after the events of the first game, one of Doctor Fred Edison’s creatures mutates after drinking water contaminated with the polluting machine. Equipped with two new arms, the purple little one now hopes to conquer the world. One of the heroes of the first episode, the intellectual Bernard, went there with his companions Hoagie and Laverne. Unfortunately, Bernard allows the megalomaniac tentacle to escape and nothing can stop it. Doctor Edison had a plan and sent our three young heroes back in time through time machines to restore order. Everything clearly doesn’t happen as planned and everyone finds themselves activated at different times, leaving the player to alternate between each character to unlock multiple scenarios. The game with well -polished humor is entitled to a remaster available on Xbox Game Pass.
Simon the sorcerer
Series started in 1993 by Adventure Soft, Simon the Sorcerer invites us to play Simon the Sorcerer in a natural way during many wonderful adventures. The 14-year-old immersed himself in another dimension. He then receives a letter from Calypso, grand master sorcerer in the village of Fleur Deli informing him that he has been kidnapped by the powerful sorcerer of evil, Sordide. Simon was chosen to save him. “Thanks to captivating music and smooth drawings, Adventure Soft offers us a unique adventure that will mark many memories.“, We wrote at the time of our trial. Lost for more than ten years and with five clock periods, the license is also preparing to make its return to Simon the Sorcerer Origins, a prequel to the artistic direction that is very modern.
Inspired by Ridley Scott’s cult universe, Blade Runner puts us in the shoes of Ray Mac Coy, responsible for removing NEXUS 6, the most intelligent humanoid robot of their generation, from circulation after a space colony rebellion . Developed by Westwood in 1997, the game relies on a dark atmosphere and optimal settings: “The density of the sets is also remarkable: the Bradburry hotel, the market or the hero’s apartment are models of the genre, full of details that make the adventure believable.“, we wrote at the time. With its five chapters, the game is considered relatively tall for the genre with many endings and investigative adjustments.
It’s hard to forget these other LucasArt classics inspired by South American beliefs. You play as Manny Cavalera, the reaper, tasked with accompanying the dead on their long journey to reach eternal rest. Problem: all of his good customers systematically disappear from under his nose. Our protagonist should shed light on this event and also make his own introductory journey. Even today, the game remains a real nugget of black humor. And like Day of the Tentacle, it got a remaster available on Xbox Game Pass: “Criminals really can’t get involved in Grim Fandango, an adventure game that seems completely insensitive to the test of time and whose terrifying universe, omnipresent humor and unique soundtrack allow it to maintain its status.“
Sanitarium unleashes passions and establishes itself as one of the cult point and click games of the 90s. The player consists of an amnesiac, resident of an asylum who seeks his identity through grief and frightening worlds. So it is a question of confronting the demons of the past and escaping the spiritual prison that awaits you. All of this reveals 9 beautiful episodes. In our columns, the game collected a very nice 17/20 mark: “Sanitarium isn’t really perfect, though, its sad atmosphere and its unique story make it a title in the lead and elevate it among the best titles in the genre. Sanitarium isn’t played, it’s brought to life. . “
The Longest Journey
In The Longest Journey, you play as April, an 18-year-old teenager who lives in Newport, one of Stark’s largest megacities, the world of technology. Far from being holy, the hero has a unique destiny, both in his own world and in the world of dreams. So very quickly, his little routine of life is disrupted by strange events. A game we rated 17/20 at the time: “A mysterious scenario where the dream and the harsh reality are intertwined as the beautiful April realizes her responsibilities“. This adventure game from Funcom offers a design that is memorable.
The Knights of Baphomet
In The Knights of Baphomet, the player consists of Georges Stobbart, an American vacationing in Paris who finds himself despite himself being involved in an international conspiracy case, under the guise of the Templars. Accompanied by Nico Collard, a journalist by profession, the player thus has the possibility to travel to Paris, Ireland, Spain or even Syria in search of the secret of the Templars. A game with a score of 16/20: “When it was released in 1996, Knights of Baphomet presented itself as a must have thanks to a caustic humor and enigmas that left an indelible memory for all who held it.“
Monkey Island 2
Monkey Island 2 was probably the stage that gave the license its gold letters. The scenario picks up a bit after Monkey Island 1. Guybrush Threepwood once again begins an adventure full of twists and turns to try to find Big Whoop’s unique treasure. But his enemy reappeared and put new spokes on his wheels. A game rated 19/20: “Working at all levels, putting the player to work relying on his strength and true reasoning, sending out his destructive humor sometimes stupid and kind, sometimes cunning, Monkey Island marks an entire generation of players.”
Remastered like its friends and also available on Game Pass, Full Throttle meets us with Ben, responsible for finding his biker gang while thwarting the plot weighing down the most important engine company. A cult title marked 17/20: “Full Throttle may not be the most popular of Lucasarts adventure games. However, it is a mistake to forget it, because it is one of those games that immerses you in a unique universe and marks you for a long time.. “
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