There’s something missing in today’s video gaming scene that has really irked me for some time now. It’s not the absence of extreme violence or mind-numbing graphics; no it’s something far more important than that. It’s the omittance of the high quality adventure games that used to dominate the PC market. Even the company that basically paved the way for Adventure Gaming, Sierra On-Line, has deviated from their adventure gaming ways and have now allocated their resources towards the action-oriented crowds. Perhaps it was the departure of the Williams’ or the absence of the great Al Lowe, but the entire adventure gaming genre has seen a steep decline in recent years.
Back in what I like the call the ‘heyday of gaming’ (the late 80’s to the mid 90’s) there were two names that you could associate with quality adventure games, Sierra On-Line and Lucas Arts. Both of these companies were largely responsible for the huge influx of adventure games on the market at the time. By introducing gamers to characters that were loveable and storylines that were both engulfing and immersive, they succeeded in bringing to life some of the most beautiful tales of our time.
It wasn’t the fancy graphics or the bells and whistles that hooked me to these titles, in fact these games featured some of the most primitive graphics of their times. I fell in love with these games because of the grand adventures and stories that they allowed me to partake in. The writing abilities of talents such as Tim Schafer and Roberta Williams had the power to make me laugh one minute and drive me to tears in the next.
With the recent decline of adventure games I decided that I would pay homage to the games and series that have meant the most to me over the years. I’ve dedicated a large part of my life to the playing of adventure games that I actually own every single Sierra On-Line Adventure game ever made, including the Collector’s Packs that came out well after the discontinuation of the various series’. You may disagree with me on some of my selections but it’s warranted. Adventure games all touch us in different ways, I wouldn’t expect you to feel the same way about Leisure Suit Larry as I do. That’s the beauty of these games, although we’re all confined to a set and pre-determined path, how the images are determined is ultimately in the eyes of the beholder. Adventure games have this uncanny ability to transcend time, never losing their luster or appeal.
So come with me, as I list my 5 personal favorite adventure games of all time.
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