Adventure Gamers' Scores

  • Games
For 483 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
Lowest review score: 20 Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 483
483 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Who would expect a previously unknown Norwegian developer to create such an absorbing and compelling adventure game? The Longest Journey is, quite simply, one of the best adventures ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chariots of the Dogs sucked me in and completely immersed me with the joy that comes from playing a special adventure game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn’t a situation where one forces oneself to slog through Moby Dick because it’s a “classic”; The Secret of Monkey Island is still as fun as any other game you’ll play this year, and probably significantly more so, and everyone who loves adventure games should experience it at least once.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Insane, mutant tentacles. A frozen hamster. Three distinct playable characters. Time travel. Fake barf. Truly, this game has it all. One other thing Day of the Tentacle has in no short supply is charm. It's got that in spades. Everything about this game just comes together beautifully.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, Portal 2 is not an adventure game in the traditional sense, but genre fans will find plenty to appreciate in this story-driven obstacle course, because puzzle games don't get any better than this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever you call it, L.A. Noire is a monumental achievement that every console-owning adventure fan needs to experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever you call it, L.A. Noire is a monumental achievement that every console-owning adventure fan needs to experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's extraordinarily rare for a game to possess scenes of such powerful emotion, but Telltale have managed something special with The Walking Dead finale, and it'd be a tragedy to miss it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An ethereal, innovative, emotional cooperative experience, thatgamecompany’s Journey is one that any PlayStation 3 owner should take.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the kind of game that will have you showing up a bit bleary-eyed at work, because you couldn’t quite bring yourself to stop playing late into the night.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extremely succesful and balanced adventure, and a worthy sequel in a venerable franchise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no way around it: Runaway is an instant classic, and an absolute must-own for all adventure game fans.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have been looking for a great game that combines humour, a great story, appealing graphics, and long game play with a reasonable price, then Grim Fandango is what you seek. Quality has never been so much fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful? Stunning? Breathtaking? All words that can safely be used when describing Syberia's graphics. The level of detail is simply immense.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you loved the first one or thought that it would be excellent if only the puzzles were more challenging, this is a game you will not want to be without.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a long playing time, and loads of intrigue, this game is a sure bet for history buffs and casual fans...A must have, but clear your schedule as it takes between 50 and 60 hours to complete.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fateful return of a venerable series proves it still has legs even 10 odd years on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is so good that if I taught a class on interactive fiction I would use it as my example of how to create a great quality game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tells a story that is a masterful blend of challenge, characters and story. It is a definite game of the year candidate, and will likely earn a spot on many gamers' list of favorites.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Revives a true classic, and optimizes it for performance. An absolute must-play for any adventure fan with even a passing tolerance of insects. If you can't beat 'em... join 'em!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its charming gameplay, excellent use of the Nintendo DS features, truly funny dialogue, intricate plot, and personable cast of characters, this "soon to be a classic" title offers plenty of gaming enjoyment.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best adventure games currently available.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here is the Sam & Max episode you've been waiting for. Absolute, complete fun, and an effort that Telltale should be very proud of.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's remarkable that Telltale can still, at this point in the series, reinvent the entire concept and create such an original and delightful adventure experience. The best episode yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is by far the deepest, darkest game in the series, yet the superb writing means that it will also be the funniest you'll encounter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I'm prepared to recommend Professor Layton and the Curious Village wholeheartedly, it does come with a serious caution about expectations. If you're looking for a well-rounded adventure with plenty of exploration and a fully-integrated storyline, you simply won't find it here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For anyone with even a modicum of action gaming ability, then, deciding to pick the game up should be a no-brainer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven’t jumped onto the bandwagon yet, you are doing yourself a disservice by missing the best comic adventure games in the modern era.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not quite perfect, this Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is still the best port of an adventure game on the DS to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Either way, for puzzle fans it’s a brilliant way to spend your time, and so long as you’re playing, that’s really all that matters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I used the phrase "very good game-but like its predecessor, not quite great" to describe the previous episode. Lair of the Leviathan not only clears "great", but sails way into the depths of "historically fantastic."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That aside, this is the best time I've had with an adventure game – 2D or 3D, big or small budget – this year. With an original charm all its own, Machinarium is a real winner and an instant classic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So whether you're a newcomer or a LeChuck's Revenge veteran, it's definitely worth taking the trip back to the world of Monkey Island.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're the kind of person who enjoys the rush of simulated terror, follow the developer's advice: wait until sundown, put on some headphones, and start up Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Having come up with an intriguing premise, it would have been all too easy for Capcom to cut corners beyond that, relying on the gimmick alone to garner sales. Thankfully, that is definitely not the case with Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, which is a quality piece of work at every level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stacking mixes inventive gameplay with a charming visual style to produce an outstanding puzzle-adventure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stacking mixes inventive gameplay with a charming visual style to produce an outstanding puzzle-adventure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At nearly 4GB, The Book of Unwritten Tales isn't small in size or scope, and provides a huge amount of entertainment from start to end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A creation of obvious love and care, Botanicula is a must-play for those seeking a truly imaginative and entertaining adventure game
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead may have more gore than puzzles, but by striking out in a new direction that focuses on atmospheric storytelling, Telltale delivers one their most compelling and enjoyable titles to date.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resonance took a long time to arrive, but this meaty, challenging sci-fi thriller has unquestionably been worth the wait.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Starved for Help more than fulfills the high expectations set for it, maintaining the tense immersion and bold story development of its predecessor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably the great detective's finest hour, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes makes for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure through the murkier side of Sherlock's psyche.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much a poem as it is a game, Kentucky Route Zero: Act I is the bizarre, lovely first leg of a road trip into the sad, strange heart of America.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an exquisitely told story set in a world overflowing with personality. It’s an immersive, emotional gem that’s not to be missed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gone Home does only one thing but does it superbly, telling a touching story solely through exploration that makes it well worth experiencing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A richly defined, innovative experience, Lost Echo is exactly what an iOS adventure should be, capturing the spirit of traditional adventure gaming with all the potential the platform has to offer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hats off to Telltale for not resting on their laurels with The Wolf Among Us, but stepping out and creating a new adventure series that is shaping up to be brilliantly bleak and gritty but joyously fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With his sixth globetrotting escapade, Professor Layton secures an enduring gaming legacy, with just a few little bumps on the way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly stylish, wondrously original vision wrapped in a neon-colored synthesizer from the future, FRACT OSC offers a surreal musical landscape that is only best described as interactive art.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Blackwell Epiphany is very polished and at times packs a real emotional punch, sending the series out on a high.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kentucky Route Zero’s excellent third act is no less weird than its predecessors, but hints at something unexpected: a coherent narrative.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A philosophically ambitious game that distinguishes itself from the crowd. A rewarding experience, but expect plenty of confusion along the way.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very humours game. With luminous graphics, dozens of different locations to explore, and a zany set of characters to interact with it is a value at the retail price of $30 US. Oh and it has toilets… lots of them.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a unique premise, a true understanding of Egyptian history and a love for mysterious revelations, the Toblers have created a monster of a game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unparalleled sucess at storytelling, and even the most stupefying crate puzzle can't overcome the ability to tell a great story.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be a conventional, paint-by-numbers murder mystery, but the resulting portrait is a rather generous one that provides two unique perspectives, a complex story, and hours of fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A true one-of-a-kind experience; unless you absolutely can’t handle the gritty material, you owe it to yourself to hunt down this quirky game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A quality adventure game even though the restyling of the old locations on Mêlée Island and Monkey Island is a bit of a mixed bag. The ending is long, satisfying and almost as disturbingly weird.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game has a suprising charm and beauty, with enough depth to keep you playing until the end. A solid pick that will surely satisfy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An incredible, audacious attempt that doesn't quite live up to its goals. Easily one of the most complex stories ever told in a computer game. Highly recommended as both the continuation of a great series and on the strength of its high points.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dreamfall is a triumph of (unfinished) storytelling that deserves to be in every gamer's collection, despite sacrificing a little too much gameplay for its own good.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The X-Files Game will delight fans of the series by placing them wholly inside a world of lies and conspiracy, complete with a torrent of in-jokes and interaction with their favourite series regulars. Even non-fans will enjoy this spooky sci-fi romp, due to its slick interface, gripping plot-line and highly immersive quality.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tailor-made for inventory lovers, but plenty here for every adventure gamer to enjoy. It's simple and modest, but offers great value for your gaming dollar.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puzzle lovers will delight; TLJ fans will be bored silly; still, this may well be the future of adventure games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the inclusion of repetitive mini-games is anything but evolutionary, this game is well worth a look for those who can handle some reflex action in their adventures.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the inclusion of repetitive mini-games is anything but evolutionary, this game is well worth a look for those who can handle some reflex action in their adventures.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A futuristic digital age has fully bloomed in The Moment of Silence with a relatable lead character, more comfortable dialogue, clear and original puzzles, striking graphical presentation and a full-package sci-fi adventure. One of the most entertaining adventures in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solid addition to the series and likely the best Nancy Drew game of them all. For those who crave a few evenings of gaming where charm, good looks and diversion come first, this is a definite buy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the classic cartoon adventures will find their fix with this brilliantly traditional adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A worthy ending for a long-standing series that doesn't quite reach greatness, but will likely please more than disappoint.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lot of the gameplay borrows from old conventions, but is presented in new ways that work well with the setting and plot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Spunky teenager Nancy Drew, though celebrating her 75th birthday, once again proves why she is still relevant in the 21st century.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scratches is a great adventure game that shouldn't be missed by anyone who enjoys a story well told within a scary, gothic presentation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent step forward from Telltale, and a game that everyone should be playing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must-have for puzzle fans and definitely worth a look for anyone who values an intellectual challenge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While not as good as the original, Phoenix Wright and his comrades still manage to entertain and deliver with a fantastic script and engaging courtroom drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't let the word "independent" concern you; this game is an excellent adventure that everyone should give a chance, especially those who like their horror mixed seamlessly with science and history.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, with its clever, elegant puzzles and a light-hearted plot loaded with twists, it is definitely the most enjoyable game I have played in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Culture Shock in every way looks, sounds, and feels like a true Sam & Max sequel. If you can forgive the ease of the puzzles and embrace the episodic concept, it is nothing less than a complete blast of fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    can easily recommend Overclocked, but in doing so I will reiterate that the game will not be for everyone. It is, first and foremost, a game that has a story to tell, and it's this tale that takes precedence over the whole adventure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can find faults without too much effort, but I can still say the same thing about this one I said about the first: it's a blast of pure fun, and provides the proper conclusion to a truly enjoyable series of adventures.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Atlantis isn't exactly a new premise for adventure gamers, the lovely depiction of seldom-used 1930s settings and the game's rich storyline saves The Secrets of Atlantis from being just another first-person adventure clone.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a traditional, puzzle-packed adventure with a modern graphical twist that manages to do justice to one of the most revered literary protagonists of all time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And by reducing the size and repetitiveness of the make-work puzzles, Her Interactive has done away with one of the biggest complaints about the games. When combined with an atmospheric and slowly unwinding storyline, these elements create an almost watertight game that even those who have grown tired of the series will enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, there is much to recommend in this handheld conversion, but if you’ve played the PC version already, bear in mind that it’s only a port.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So while Overture was a promising first endeavour, Black Plague is a Penumbra brought sharply into focus.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Moai Better Blues is a gorgeous game to look at and listen to and a unique, enjoyable experience as a whole.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At least I can say something that I haven't yet said to date—the ending makes me extremely interested to know where the story is going now, and with only thirty days between episodes, it won't be a long wait to find out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, What's New Beelzebub? is an overwhelmingly ambitious game that never stops for a breath, and by the end of the strange journey it nearly collapses under its own comedic weight and the strain of throwing every bizarre scenario and creative re-use of supporting characters at the wall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The simple interface, stunning graphics which are some of the best I’ve seen on the DS, and an intriguing storyline all add up to an enthralling adventure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an auspicious debut that should appeal to sci-fi adventure fans, even if you’re not familiar with the American astronaut and his “Perryverse”.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout that time I was both pleased and impressed, as Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy is a solid game with an intriguing story and fun, well-integrated puzzles.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the root cause, the story is solid on the whole, and these few foggy moments didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game rarely wows you in any one way, and the pace can drag at times in dry subject matter, but overall it’s both logical and accessible, and with its interesting approach to vampire lore and deftly crafted storyline, Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon is worth picking up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few awkward moments and the scarcity of thigh-slapping comedy, Ceville is nevertheless one of the better recent comic adventures, with excellent cartoony graphics and delightful music combining with the irreverent humor to add much to the whimsical nature of the game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are those who will dismiss Gobliiins 4 as a mere puzzle game, but unless you play adventures only for their stories, I can safely say that this game is worth the time of any point-and-click adventurer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If ultra-challenging puzzles are your thing, you might be disappointed, but if you’re all about the story and characters, you should book a trip on the next available cyclone to beautiful (and dangerous) Emerald City.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This reimagining significantly alters the Silent Hill formula, but for those willing to put up with the occasional frustrating chase sequence, Shattered Memories is a masterpiece of atmosphere and storytelling that demands your attention.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Secret Files 2 is a highly-polished, enjoyable sequel that’s better than its Tunguskan predecessor in several key ways.