Adventure Games


Watch a City’s Politics Shift Through the Rear View Mirror of Your Cab in ‘Night Call’

It's not much of a detective story, but 'Night Call' does have some great mysteries.


Work Is Hell and the Dark Comedy 'Yuppie Psycho' Revels in It

Come work at Sintracorp! The coffee is awful, the workplace is toxic, and you don't really have much choice.


'Unavowed' is an Urban Fantasy That Gives Me Hope for the Genre

The genre has never been my favorite, but Wadjet Eye's adventure has me seeing it with new eyes.


This Frog Detective Game is Great Small-Scale Comedy

'The Haunted Island: A Frog Detective Game' is sweet, funny, and frustration-free.


This Buddy Cop Adventure Game Shows That You Can Do a Lot With a Little

'The Last Time' blends the vignette game with a classic adventure, with excellent results.


'Thimbleweed Park' Knows Why People Like Me Give Up on Adventure Games

In its casual mode, 'Thimbleweed Park' offers a blissfully frustration-free adventure.


How 'The Red Strings Club' Sabotages Its Hopeful Cyberpunk Vision

The new game from the creators of 'Gods Will Be Watching" has bold, refreshing ideas about future sex—but also a pitfall into transphobia.


How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s

In the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that ruined his reputation, Daryl Gates found himself in a point-and-click professional afterlife.


Parsing the Secret History of Adventure Games and Sierra

A new paper takes aim at our assumptions about Sierra On-Line and what the adventure game genre looked like in the 1980s.


Giving Sadness and Grief Their Due in a Superb Mystery Story

'Gray Skies, Dark Waters' makes wise use of the adventure genre in its exploration of loss and grief.


This 'To the Moon' Sequel Rights the Series' Ship

A game doesn’t need to be completely interactive, but it does need to have a point.


This Low-Fi Homage to Nancy Drew Captures Why We Love Detective Stories

The Francy Droo series shows what good puzzle design and mastery of the visual novel medium can accomplish.