Fans of point and click adventure games rejoice that the famous game developer Ron Gilbert has brought an entirely new pirate adventure in the form of Return to Monkey Island. It’s been an incredibly long time since gamers experienced the swashbuckling antics of Guybrush Threepwood. This modern entry in the venerable series picks up right where Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge left off.
If you’re someone who dove headfirst into this new iteration of the Monkey Island series, but still long for more point-and-click adventure games or even more pirate action, then there are plenty of similar games to check out. While point-and-click and pirate games don’t appear too often in the modern gaming landscape, luckily there are a wide variety of wonderful titles, both past and present, to satisfy your gaming needs.
eleven thimbleweed park
Thimbleweed Park might be as close as you can get to a pure, modern point-and-click adventure game, one that was actually created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Thimbleweed Park is a comically satirical but often creepy and mysterious game that takes place in and around the main location. If you think of a more fun version of The X-Files, then you get the idea here at Thimbleweed Park.
The game focuses on five unique characters who must work together to solve the riddle of a dead body, a fire, a ghost, and many other surprises. In true point-and-click style, you’ll explore locations for clues while solving tricky puzzles. Oh, and expect lots of laughs and giggles along the way.
10 The book of unwritten stories
If you’re looking for something a little more fantastical, packed with lots of wacky humor and medieval madness, look no further than The Book of Unwritten Tales. This beloved cult classic point-and-click adventure game asks you to uncover the mystery behind a powerful artifact that just so happens to be housed by famed gremlin archaeologist, Mortimer MacGuffin.
You’ll explore a myriad of fantasy locations as you collect hundreds of unique items that need to be used and combined to solve the game’s dastardly puzzles. The Book of Unwritten Tales is both cozy and charming, while offering plenty of surprises and laugh-out-loud moments.
Deponia is a unique and hilarious point-and-click adventure game starring two unlikely heroes, Rufus and Goal. Taking place in a quite literal dumpster of a world, this bizarre fantasy game asks you to find out why certain people can live high up in the lofty sky houses, while others must scratch their existence out of the stinking pile of trash. trash below.
While the game may sound quite comical and satirical (which it is), this game will still challenge even the most grizzled fans of the genre with punishing puzzle experiences. Fortunately, the humor is there to soften the edge a bit, but this is about as pure a point-and-click game as it gets.
8 under the jolly roger
If you’re looking for something completely different, at least in terms of gameplay, look no further than the swashbuckling Under the Jolly Roger experience. This indie hidden gem game is all about living a pirate life on the high seas. Part open world game, part management game, and part pirate action game, Under the Jolly Roger (while not perfect) offers a fascinating pirate-themed adventure to take part in.
What makes this game particularly special is the combination of gameplay elements. A large part of the game comes from participating in large ship battles and collecting supplies from sunken ships. These supplies can be used to upgrade your crew and pirate ship. On top of that, you can also head ashore to engage in sword duels against a variety of creatures.
7 Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Keeping with the pirate theme, another fantastic game to try is Sid Meier’s Pirates! This cult classic game continues to be discussed even decades after its initial releases. For the uninitiated, Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a game that wants you to live out your pirate fantasy. From intense one-on-one sword fights to elegant dance stages (yes, you read that right) and adventures on the high seas, this game will keep you in the mood.
The game may look a bit dated by modern standards and mostly feels like a compilation of minigames, however its best selling point is that it perfectly sums up the golden age of piracy in the Caribbean.
6 darkestville castle
It’s a real shame Darkestville Castle isn’t discussed much in modern point-and-click adventure discourse. This genre-agnostic hidden gem is a must-see for fans of all things point-and-click. In Darkestville Castle you step into the creepy shoes of Cid, an evil character who just doesn’t understand why others in the town of Darkestville don’t go along with his manic plans.
During your adventures in Darkestville, a place that looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie, you will find yourself thwarted by your arch-rival, Dan Teapot. The gameplay here is pretty standard as far as the genre goes, mostly requiring you to wade through every nook and cranny in every cozy and creepy place. Solving puzzles and conversing with NPCs will be the norm as you guide Cid through this fun adventure.
5 Batman: The Telltale Series
While Telltale might not be the studio they once were in the original days of their Walking Dead series, one of their best introductions was easily Batman: The Telltale Series. Fans of the Dark Knight really flocked to this game as it gave them a mature look inside the mind of the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne.
Spread across five different episodes, this narrative-driven adventure game lets you see parts of Bruce Wayne rarely seen in many of the Batman movies or games. In true Telltale fashion, this outing from Batman has you make challenging decisions that can bring about radical changes in Bruce’s inner circle and in Gotham City as a whole.
4 sea of thieves
Sea of Thieves may be the furthest thing from Return to Monkey Island in terms of gameplay, style, and even storytelling, yet it unabashedly thrives on making you feel like an adventure-seeking pirate. Sea of Thieves probably needs no introduction as it has quickly become a giant in the live multiplayer service space, but for those unaware, this game allows you and your friends to live out your fantasies. wildest pirates
From commandeering your galleon to customizing every aspect of your pirate and taking on devious quests for the game’s various factions, legendary developer Rare really stepped up their game when it comes to freeform exploration and gameplay. Just make sure you don’t drink too much grog before playing your herdy gerdy at the helm of your pirate ship.
3 Zack and Wiki: The Barbaros Treasure Hunt
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure is a 2007 Nintendo Wii exclusive game that instantly became a fan favorite. The game plays out like a fairly traditional puzzle adventure game, but one that draws you in with its charming Saturday morning cartoon art style and quirky story and characters.
Players take on the role of Zack, a character who wants to be the best pirate in history. Together with his quirky monkey friend Wiki, the two venture across sea and sand to solve puzzles, collect items, and investigate all manner of pirate events. Since the game was a Wii exclusive, most of the gameplay was handled with motion controls, for better or worse.
two dark side detective
The latest point-and-click adventure game on this list, The Darkside Detective is a great genre piece that’s easy to digest as it’s broken down into little cases that can be solved in almost any order you choose. Taking place in and around the haunted location of Twin Lakes City, you will investigate all kinds of dark and creepy cases.
In The Darkside Detective, you are a member of the Darkside Division, a group of people who are determined to rid their city of paranormal mischief. This pixel-art point-and-click game thrives on its sharp narrative and witty humor.
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