Point-and-click adventure game fans are excited to announce that famed game developer Ron Gilbert has come up with an all-new pirate adventure, Return to Monkey Island. It’s been an incredibly long time since players have enjoyed the swashbuckling shenanigans 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’s dived headfirst into this latest iteration of the Monkey Island series but still longs for more point-and-click adventure game goodness or even more pirate action, then there are plenty of similar games out there To try. Luckily, while point-and-click games and pirate games don’t appear all that often in the modern gaming landscape, there’s a smorgasbord of wonderful titles, past and present, to satiate your gaming needs.
11 Thimbleweed Park
Thimbleweed Park is perhaps the closest thing to a pure, modern point-and-click adventure game actually developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. Thimbleweed Park is a hilariously satirical, yet often spooky and mysterious, game set in and around the titular location. If you’re thinking of a funnier version of the X-Files, think about it here at Thimbleweed Park.
The game revolves around five unique characters who must work together to solve the mystery of a dead body, a fire, a haunted spirit and many other surprises. In true point-and-click fashion, you’ll scour locations for clues while solving tricky puzzles. Oh, and expect lots of laughs and chuckles along the way.
10 The Book of Unwritten Stories
If you’re looking for something more fantastical, full of whimsical humor and medieval weirdness, then look no further than The Book of Unwritten Tales. This popular classic point-and-click adventure cult game challenges you to uncover the mystery behind a powerful artifact that just so happens to be housed by the famous gremlin archaeologist Mortimer MacGuffin.
You’ll explore a variety of fantasy locations while collecting hundreds of unique items to use and combine to solve the game’s insidious puzzles. The Book of Unwritten Stories is both cozy and charming, yet full of surprises and laughs.
Deponia is a unique and hilarious point and click adventure game featuring two unlikely heroes, Rufus and Goal. This strange fantasy game, which literally takes place in a world’s garbage dump, challenges you to find out why certain people live high up in the lofty sky houses, while others have to scrape their existence in the stinking pile of garbage below.
While the game might sound pretty funny and satirical (which it is), this game will still challenge even the most hardened genre fans with punishing puzzle experiences. Luckily, the humor is there to soften the edge a bit, but this is about as pure as a point-and-click game.
8th Under The Jolly Roger
If you’re looking for something completely different, at least as far as gameplay is concerned, then look no further than the swashbuckling Under the Jolly Roger experience. This hidden jewel indie game is all about living a life of pirates on the high seas. Part open-world game, part management game, and part pirate action game, Under the Jolly Roger (though not perfect) offers an immersive pirate adventure to take part in.
What makes this game special is the combination of gameplay elements. Much of the gameplay comes from participating in large ship battles and gathering supplies from sunken ships. These supplies can then be used to upgrade your crew and pirate ship. In addition, you can also go ashore to engage in sword fights against a variety of creatures.
7 Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Staying on the topic of pirates, another fantastic game that you should check out is Sid Meier’s Pirates! This cult classic is still being debated decades after it was first released. For the uninitiated, Sid Meier’s Pirates! is a game that will make you want to live out your pirate fantasy. From intense one-on-one sword fights to elegant dance scenarios (yes, you read that right) to high seas adventures, this game will have you excited.
The game might feel a little dated by modern standards, and mostly feels like a compilation of minigames, but 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 that Darkestville Castle isn’t much discussed in modern point-and-click adventure discourse. This hidden gem of the indie genre should be sought out by fans of all things pointing and clicking. In Darkestville Castle, step into the spooky shoes of Cid, an evil character who just doesn’t quite understand why others in the city of Darkestville don’t follow his insane plans.
On your adventures in Darkestville, a place that feels like something straight out of a Tim Burton movie, you’ll be slowed down by your arch-rival Dan Teapot. The gameplay here is pretty standard when it comes to the genre, and mostly requires you to scour every nook and cranny in every cozy and spooky location. Solving puzzles and chatting with NPCs will be the norm as you guide Cid through this humorous adventure.
5 Batman: The Telltale Series
While Telltale may not be quite the studio they once were in the original days of their Walking Dead series, one of their best shows was easily Batman: The Telltale Series. Fans of the Dark Knight really flocked to this game as it required a mature look inside the head of the man behind the mask: Bruce Wayne.
Spread over five different episodes, this narrative adventure game allows you to see parts of Bruce Wayne that are rarely seen in many of the Batman movies or games. In true Telltale fashion, this Batman outing will have you making challenging decisions that could bring about far-reaching changes in the inner circle of Bruce and Gotham City as a whole.
4 Sea of Thieves
Sea of Thieves might be the furthest removed from Return to Monkey Island in terms of gameplay, style, and even narrative, but it unabashedly thrives on making you feel like a pirate out on an adventure. Sea of Thieves probably needs no introduction as it has quickly become a juggernaut in the multiplayer live service space, but for those who don’t know, this game allows you and your friends to live out your wildest pirate fantasies .
From commanding your galleon, to customizing every aspect of your pirate, to taking on underhanded quests for the game’s various factions, legendary developer Rare has really upped their game when it comes to freeform exploration and gameplay. Just be careful not to drink too much grog before playing your herdy gerdy at the helm of your pirate ship.
3 Zack & Wiki: Quest for the Treasure of Barbaros
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure is a 2007 Nintendo Wii exclusive game that was instantly loved by those who happened to play it. The game plays out as a fairly traditional puzzle adventure game, but one that pulls you in with its charming Saturday morning cartoon-like art style and quirky story and characters.
Players follow in the footsteps of Zack, a character who aspires to be the greatest pirate of all time. Along with his crazy 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 done with motion controls, for better or for worse.
2 The Darkside detective
The last point-and-click adventure game on this list, The Darkside Detective is an excellent genre piece that’s easy to digest as it’s broken up into small cases that can be solved in almost any order you like. In and around the very haunted Twin Lakes City, you’ll investigate all sorts of dark and spooky cases.
In The Darkside Detective you are a member of the Darkside Division, a group of people determined to rid their city of paranormal shenanigans. This pixel art point and click game thrives on its sharp narrative and witty humor.
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