August Community Game-Along: Point and Click Adventure Games

Adventure August

A new month, a new theme! Point and click adventure games weren’t a particularly requested genre, but I thought they’ve been overlooked enough in recent years that they’d make a great theme for a slow release month. Bonus: it’s a genre I’m not really familiar with at all, so it’s all new territory for me!

According to Wikipedia, point and click adventure games are a form of adventure games distinct from text adventures where players are required to search out items in graphically-represented environments to advance the plot. Hence their other nickname of graphical adventures. My general impression was that point and click/graphical adventure games were largely western-developed affairs, so imagine my surprise when I learned the game that’s largely considered the first point and click adventure title, The Portopia Serial Murder Case, was created by Yūji Horii of Dragon Quest fame!

The official hashtag for August will be #AdventureAugust, so use that to share suggestions, screenshots, and impressions of the graphical adventure games you’re playing! Long form content such as blog posts, podcasts, or videos are also highly encouraged. If you’re stumped with what to play, here are a few suggestions:

Clock Tower screenshot

Clock Tower series (various platforms) – How could I miss a chance to mention Clock Tower?! These point and click survival horror titles are focused on real survival, rather than combat, and often have the player running away from enemies and hiding, rather than combating them directly. Unfortunately, the later titles moved more towards straight survival horror rather than graphic adventure, so you may need to dig up an old copy of one of the earlier games in English, or purchase one of the Japanese PSN versions.

Bonus obscure Japanese title: Metal Slader Glory – this sci-fi graphic adventure game was the final title released by HAL Laboratory! Unfortunately, it never got an English release officially. If you’re lucky enough to have a Japanese Wii U, you can grab it on the Virtual Console.

Grim Fandango Remastered art

Grim Fandango Remastered (various platforms) – This title actually has the honor of being the game that inspired this month’s Community Game-Along theme. Combining a striking art style with film noir-style storytelling, Grim Fandango remains a favorite Tim Schafer game for many. You can grab it on Steam, iOS/Android, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 4, making it a great title to pick up if you’re looking for something to play this month!

Flower Insect screenshot

Flower Insect (browser) – If it isn’t apparent yet, I often try to pick relatively unknown yet still accessible titles to recommend for each game-along theme. While browsing for interesting point and click adventure games, I came across this interesting Japanese-developed browser title, which you can play for the amazing price of free. What’s more accessible than a free browser game?! Not only that, but the artist, Akira Noyama, has an eery, distinct art style that is definitely worth a look. The game is available in both Japanese and English, so why not give it a try?

I have no mouth and I must scream

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Steam) – I’m mostly including this because it’s what I’ll be playing this month! It’s apparently a brilliant horror graphic adventure based on a short story by the same name. Care to play along with me?

I know I’m terribly out of the loop when it comes to point and click/graphic adventure games, so I would love to hear what titles everyone will be playing, or what you would recommend others try! See you in #AdventureAugust!

About Anne Lee

Also known as apricotsushi. Anne can be written with the kanji for apricot (杏), and sushi was the most quintessentially Japanese thing I could think of when I was 13, resulting in my goofy, albeit memorable, nickname.

  • Westraid

    Really looking forward to August!
    I’ll be playing the lesser known
    CiNG game ‘Again’ from the creators of Hotel Dusk and Last Window (which
    I highly recommend playing for this month if you have a (3)DS). Another
    ‘main’ choice for the month is Dark Dreams Don’t Die, which I’m also
    really excited about.
    If I have time left, I’ll also play Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis on the PC and The Wolf Among Us on the Vita.

    For people who aren’t sure what to play, might want to look into some of these:
    Hotel
    Dusk & Last Window. Definitely belong to my favourite games ever.
    All the good things you hear about it are true. The story is great, and I
    absolutely adore the rotoscoping for the art. It’s a little more text
    heavy, but I’d really recommend looking into this. CiNG going bankrupt
    is something I’ll never really get over.
    Syberia 1 and 2. They have
    some steampunk elements and while they’re a bit old they still look
    good, have a great story and they’re a perfect fit for the genre.
    The
    Monkey Island games are typical P&C games. If you like funny games
    and want to master the art of sword-play, thievery, and
    treasure-huntery, this won’t disappoint. The remakes (The Secret of
    Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 SE: LeChuck’s
    Revenge) let you switch between the old and new artstyle with a press of
    a button, as well as having full voice over and remastered soundtrack.
    In
    addition to those, Telltale Games has a lot of neat games that fit the
    genre. I loved the Walking Dead, but there’s also Game of Thrones, The
    Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands.
    If you still need more,
    I haven’t played these myself, but heard great things about them: Trace
    Memory, Broken Age, Dreamfall, Broken Sword, Beneath a Steel Sky, Myst,
    Sam & Max, Gemini Rue.

    Thanks for choosing this theme, August is going to be so much fun!

    • apricotsushi

      Sorry for the belated reply, but wow, thanks for the super list of suggestions! I’m so glad you like the theme! I didn’t even think of Hotel Dusk and Last Window when compiling my list, but I’ve always been meaning to go back and find copies of those. I believe a friend lent me Hotel Dusk aaages ago, so I only played a couple hours of it… I also want to pick up Trace Memory someday! There are so many titles in this genre I’ve been meaning to check out

  • Allison Kleon

    I’ll be trying to finish the first season of the Walking Dead telltale game, I’ve put it off far enough. My copy of the second season is still shrink wrapped and waiting!

    • apricotsushi

      I’ve got a copy for my Vita, actually! It’s high time I play it, too…

  • I remember reading about “I have no mouth” on Hardcoregaming 101. That game looks dark and scary! They compared it to Silent Hill 2 which is one of my favorite survivor horror games 🙂 I just might buy that one as well since the writing is supposed to be from one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time.

    • apricotsushi

      Oooh, they compared it to SH2? Sounds good! I don’t play many horror games because as soon as things get scary I have a really hard time focusing enough to do any action stuff like combat and I always die haha. Maybe this will be more my speed! Would love to hear your thoughts if you play along!