The best PC adventure games of the 1990s

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There was a time when point’n clicks were at their peak. In the 1990s, many PC adventure games won the hearts of gamers. Here is a selection of nine cult games that you cannot miss.

day of the tentacle

Released after the mythical manic 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 looks forward to taking over the world. One of the heroes of the first episode, the intellectual Bernard, goes there with his comrades Hoagie and Laverne. Unfortunately, Bernard lets out the megalomaniac tentacle and nothing can stop him. Dr. Edison has a plan and sends our three young heroes back in time through time machines to restore order. Clearly, everything doesn’t go according to plan and everyone is thrown into very different time periods, leaving the player to switch between each character to unlock a plethora of situations. The game with a well-polished humor was entitled to a remaster available on Xbox Game Pass.

The best PC adventure games of the 1990s

simon the sorcerer

Series started in 1993 by Adventure Soft, simon the sorcerer He invites us to naturally embody Simon the sorcerer during various fantastic journeys. Despite himself, the 14-year-old plunges into another dimension. He then receives a letter from Calypso, the grand master sorcerer of Fleur Deli’s village, who informs him that he has been kidnapped by the powerful evil sorcerer, Sordide. Simon was chosen to deliver it. “Thanks to captivating music and careful paintings, Adventure Soft offered us an exceptional adventure that will have marked many memories.“, we wrote at the time in our test. Disappeared more than ten years ago and with five episodes on the clock, the license is also preparing to make its return in Simon the Sorcerer Origins, a prequel with a highly modernized artistic direction.

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Bounty hunter

Inspired by the cult universe of Ridley Scott, Bounty hunter It puts us in the shoes of Ray Mac Coy, responsible for taking the NEXUS 6, the most intelligent humanoid robots of their generation, out of circulation after a rebellion in a space colony. Developed by Westwood in 1997, the game is based on a very dark atmosphere and gorgeous 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 long for the genre with its many endings and investigation settings.

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gloomy fandango

It’s hard to miss this other LucasArt classic inspired by South American beliefs. You play as Manny Cavalera, the reaper, tasked with accompanying the dead on their long journey to eternal rest. Problem: All of his good clients systematically slip out from under his nose. Our protagonist must shed light on this matter and also make his own initiatory journey. Even today, the game remains a true nugget of black humor. And just like Day of the Tentacle, it got a remaster available on Xbox Game Pass: “Indeed, it would be a crime to miss Grim Fandango, an adventure game that seems completely insensitive to the passage of time and whose formidable universe, omnipresent humor and extraordinary soundtrack allow it to maintain its essential status after all these years.

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sanatorium

Sanitarium has unleashed passions and has established itself as one of the cult point and click games of the 90s. The player plays an amnesiac, a resident of an asylum who searches for his identity through gloomy and disturbing worlds. It was therefore about facing the demons of the past and escaping from the spiritual prison that awaits you. All this unfolds in 9 fantastic episodes. In our columns, the game had obtained the very good score of 17/20: “Sanitarium is certainly not perfect, however its grim atmosphere and unique story make it a flagship title and rank it among the best titles in the genre. Sanitarium is not played, it is lived.”

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The longest journey

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Within The longest journey, you play as April, a young 18-year-old teenager living in Newport, one of the largest megalopolises 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. Very soon, the little routine of her life will be shaken by very strange events. A game we rated 17/20 at the time: “A mystical setting where dreams and harsh reality intertwine as beautiful April realizes her responsibilities.This Funcom adventure game offered a design that has been remembered.


The Knights of Baphomet

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Within The Knights of Baphomet, the player plays Georges Stobbart, an American on vacation in Paris who reluctantly finds himself involved in an international conspiracy case, under the sign of the Templars. 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 secret of the Templars. A game rated 16/20: “When it was released in 1996, The Knights of Baphomet was presented as an essential thanks to a caustic humor and enigmas that left an enduring memory to all those who rubbed shoulders with him.


monkey island 2

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Monkey Island 2 is probably the episode that gives the license its golden letters. The setting picks up a bit after Monkey Island 1. Guybrush Threepwood once again embarks on an adventure full of twists and turns to try and find Big Whoop’s fabulous treasure. But his enemy resurfaces and puts new spokes on his wheels. A game rated 19/20: “Worked at every level, putting the player to work relying on his tenacity and real reasoning, dispensing his sometimes stupid and petty, sometimes subtle, corrosive humor, Monkey Island has marked an entire generation of gamers.”


all gas

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Remastered like his friends and also available on Game Pass, Full Throttle introduced us to Ben, who is responsible for finding his biker gang while unraveling the plot that weighs on the most important motor company. A cult title rated 17/20: “Full Throttle may not be the most famous of Lucasarts’ adventure games. However, it would be a mistake to forget it, because it is one of those games that immerse you in a unique universe and mark you for a long time..”

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