Play news The best PC adventure games from the 1990s
There was a time when point’n clicks lived their heyday. In the 1990s, many PC adventure games won the hearts of gamers. Here’s a selection of nine cult games you must not miss.
Released after the legendary Maniac Mansion, Day of the Tentacle is cited as one of the greatest masterpieces of the golden age of LucasArt, 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 by a polluting machine. Equipped with two new arms, the purple tentacle now hopes to conquer the world. One of the heroes of the first episode, the intellectual Bernard, goes there with his comrades Hoagie and Laverne. Unfortunately, Bernard lets the megalomaniacal tentacles escape, and nothing can stop it. Doctor Edison has a plan and sends our three young heroes back in time via time machines to restore order. Everything clearly does not go as planned and everyone feels driven to very different periods, leaving the player to switch between each character to unlock a variety of situations. The game with a well-polished humor was eligible for a remaster available in the Xbox Game Pass.
Simon the wizard
The series initiated in 1993 by Adventure Soft, Simon the Sorcerer invites us to play Simon the sorcerer quite naturally during several amazing rides. The young 14-year-old has, despite himself, been thrown into another dimension. He then receives the letter from Calypso, Grand Master Wizard of the village of Fleur Deli, who informs him that he has been kidnapped by the powerful wizard of evil, Sordide. Simon was chosen to deliver him. “Thanks to captivating music and nice paintings, Adventure Soft offered us a unique adventure that will have many memories.“, we wrote at the time in our test. Disappeared for more than ten years and with five episodes on the clock, the license is also preparing to make its return in Simon the Sorcerer Origins, a prequel to the artistic direction highly modernized.
Inspired by Ridley Scott’s cult universe, Blade Runner puts us in Ray Mac Coy’s shoes, responsible for removing NEXUS 6, the most intelligent humanoid robots of their generation, from circulation following an uprising in a space colony. Developed by Westwood in 1997, the game relies on a very dark atmosphere and excellent 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 was considered relatively far for the genre with its many endings and exploratory configurations.
It’s hard to miss this second LucasArt classic inspired by South American beliefs. You play as Manny Cavalera, the harvester who is tasked with accompanying the dead on their long journey to reach eternal rest. Problem: all his good customers systematically slip away under his nose. Our protagonist will have to shed light on this affair and also carry out his own initiation journey. Even today, the game is still a true nugget of black humor. And like Day of the Tentacle, it got a remaster available in the Xbox Game Pass: “It would truly be criminal to miss Grim Fandango, an adventure game that seems totally insensitive to the ravages of time and whose formidable universe, ubiquitous humor and extraordinary soundtrack allow it to maintain its status, essentially after all these years .“
Sanitarium has unleashed passions and has established itself as one of the cult point-and-click games of the 90s. The player embodies a memory patient, living in an asylum, who seeks his identity through gloomy and disturbing worlds. It was therefore a matter of confronting the demons of the past and escaping the spiritual prison that awaits you. All of this unfolds over 9 amazing episodes. In our columns, the game had gathered the very nice score of 17/20: “Sanitarium is certainly not perfect, but its gloomy atmosphere and its unique history make it a flagship title and hoist it among the best titles in the genre. Sanitarium is not played, it is lived.”
The longest journey
In The Longest Journey, you play as April, an 18-year-old teenager living in Newport, one of the largest megacities in Stark, the tech world. Far from being banal, the heroine has an extraordinary destiny, both in her own world and in the world of dreams. So very quickly, his little life routine will be pressured by very strange events. A game that we rated at 17/20 at the time: “A mysterious scenario where dream and harsh reality are intertwined while the beautiful April realizes its responsibility“This adventure game from Funcom offered a design that has been remembered.
The Knights of Baphomet
In The Knights of Baphomet, the player embodies Georges Stobbart, an American on holiday in Paris who, despite himself, is involved in an international conspiracy case, under the sign of the Knights Templar. Accompanied by Nico Collard, a journalist by profession, the player thus has the opportunity to travel through Paris, Ireland, Spain or even Syria in search of the Knights Templar secret. A game rated 16/20: “When it was released in 1996, Knights of Baphomet presented itself as a must-have thanks to a caustic humor and riddles that left an indelible memory for all those who rubbed shoulders with it.“
Monkey Island 2
Monkey Island 2 is probably the episode that gives the license its golden letters. The scenario picks up a bit after that with Monkey Island 1. Guybrush Threepwood embarks on an adventure full of twists and turns to try to find Big Whoop’s fabulous treasure. But his enemy reappears and puts new spokes in his wheels. A game rated 19/20: “Working at all levels, the player began to rely on his perseverance and genuine reasoning, and released his caustic humor, sometimes stupid and evil, sometimes subtle, Monkey Island has characterized an entire generation of players.”
Remastered as his friends and also available on Game Pass, Full Throttle got us to meet Ben, who was responsible for finding his motorcycle gang, while thwarting the plot that weighs down the main motor company. A cult title rated 17/20: “Full Throttle is perhaps not the most famous of Lucasart’s adventure games. However, it would be a mistake to forget it, because it is one of those games that immerses you in a unique universe and that marks you for a long time.. “
We could also have mentioned: The Neverhood, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Beneath a Steel Sky, …