The State of Adventure Games

When it comes to adventure games, I have been focusing on the past, working my way up to the present day. Up until this point, I have been a player only and therefore haven’t really been paying attention to the current state of things.

As 2018 rolled around and I finally committed to creating my own game, I realised that I had no idea what the current market for adventure games was actually like.

I spent a few hours searching Steam, GoG, the App Store, and the excellent Adventure Gamers site and found a vibrant and innovative adventure game scene, almost exclusively driven by indie developers.

2017 saw the release of a variety of interesting and critically acclaimed games but, as I am working my way through my list of adventure games chronologically, I have not yet played any of these (except Night in the Woods, which I loved). However, here are all the ones that piqued my interest and that I hope to get around to sometime this year. In no particular order:

  1. Bertram Fiddle: Episodes 1 and 2
  2. The Darkside Detective
  3. Night in the Woods
  4. Thimbleweed Park
  5. Gorogoa
  6. The Frostrune
  7. Memoranda
  8. Paradigm
  9. Milkmaid of the Milky Way
  10. Tiny Echo
  11. Darkestville Castle

The Future

We’re barely into 2018 and I’m already excited about these games due to be released this year:

  1. Lamplight City
  2. Growbot
  3. Unforeseen Incidents
  4. Kentucky Route Zero Chapter 5?
  5. Simon’s Adventure Game(!)