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Added by List-All on 13 Feb 2008 05:22
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Top 20 Adventure Games

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People who added this item 184 Average listal rating (117 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 0
Day of the Tentacle - PC Games
Words fail me; the words have not been invented for Day of the Tentacle. I've exhausted my meager vocabulary. All I can say is that from the moment I was enchanted by it nine years ago, the joy has never been lost. Replaying this game last month gave me the same magical feeling I had the first time, and reminded me why I love adventure games so much. In every aspect, every area, this game is one of the greatest. The greatest introduction, the greatest characters, the most innovative graphics, the greatest voice acting (certainly the best in a comedy), the greatest humor, the greatest story, by far the most creative and ingenious puzzles, and the greatest ending, a final touch that left me laughing for what felt like an hour. Laughing was all I could do during this game when I wasn't admiring the beautiful graphics. (LINK)
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People who added this item 309 Average listal rating (208 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 0
What immortalized Monkey Island was the sheer insanity of the game - the game never lets up. The humor is at times devious and subtle, and at times overt and absurd, but I can't remember one single joke that failed from the first Monkey Island, and I don't think I can say that about the three sequels. But beneath all the laughs and all the hilarity, is an almost tender love story. Guybrush Threepwood is right up there with Tex Murphy and Gabriel Knight as the most beloved adventure hero because even through the laughs, he was given a very human element. - (LINK)
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Coming two years after the technially proficient, but poorly executed King's Quest V, Roberta Williams and Jane Jensen together created an epic game, the epitome of a fairy tale adventure, a beautiful and touching family treasure that still feels magical. The game was so amazing when it was released, game stores would run the introductory sequence in repeat mode on their in-store demo computers. With a beautiful soundtrack, a memorable introduction sequence that featured voice-acting, twelve different potential endings, and one of the most wonderful fairy tale stories ever written, the game as originally released was just simply breathtaking. (LINK)
What's really impressive is the balance in the game, in every area imaginable. The game is long, but never runs into pacing problems. It is suspenseful and dark, yet light and humorous at all the right moments. The puzzles are plentiful, but never so difficult to cause frustration (okay, except for the stupid chessboard). But it was the unfortunate victim of the single most inept marketing job in history by Virgin, who changed the US name to Circle of Blood and adorned it with the single ugliest cover art in history. Thankfully, European sales were very strong, and the PlayStation conversion of the game sold well enough to warrant a very good sequel. (LINK)
His name is Gabriel Knight, a womanizing failure of an author who owned a barely-surviving bookstore in New Orleans. A non-hero if ever there was one. His books go unnoticed and his store has no customers; all his hope is pinned on a novel he is working on about the series of voodoo-related murders occurring all over town. Gabe's family history soon plunges him, quite unwittingly, into a dark ring of secrets that every adventure fan has etched on their minds. (LINK)
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People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (189 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
Grim Fandango - PC Games
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People who added this item 205 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 0
The Longest Journey - PC Games
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The Last Express - PC Games
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Maniac Mansion - PC Games
People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Beneath a Steel Sky - PC Games
People who added this item 252 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 8.9 IMDB Rating 0
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People who added this item 154 Average listal rating (102 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
Full Throttle - PC Games

Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time
posted at www.adventuregamers.com

by Evan Dickens

So how does one come up with a list of the Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time?

Would you believe darts and a bulletin board?

Okay, maybe not. But I would be foolish to think that this list in any way represents some sort of objective truth about the greatest adventures ever. It is simply one hardcore adventure purist’s attempt to somehow come up with a fair ranking for the truly great games.

What factors are at play here? Well, there are really multiple attributes that a Top 20 Adventure must possess. There is a historical quality attribute; at the time this game came out, what kind of score did it deserve? There is an innovation factor; how much did this game contribute to the progress of the adventure genre? There is a progress of time factor; in the years since the game has come out, how well has it held up? And of course, there is the all-important fun factor, which needs no explanation. These factors are taken together in an attempt to assign each game one overall “greatness” number, but don’t think this is a completely mathematical process. Sometimes, I just look at a game and say, “You know what? Game X should be ranked over Game Y, because I say so.”

I attempted to compile a similar Top 20 list in 1999. This list is different in a very important way: this time, I played through each of these twenty games within the five months prior to writing the countdown, which I did not do last time. I also played through the games that were contenders for the list, just to be sure I was ranking everything properly. I believe this list is more fair and balanced as a result, but I don’t expect it to be disagreed with to any lesser extent.

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