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Overlooked point and click Steam games you need to play
By Sam Jones - 23rd Jan 2018Games
From classics to remasters - Our pick of the best point and click PC games
It was an early gaming genre that has continued to entertain gamers for decades, who doesn't love a good point and click adventure.
Games of this particular style often have hours of entertaining narrative and provide plenty of opportunities to explore your surroundings to find clues and characters as you progress through each level. Some have moved with the times and now feature high-end, impressive graphics - while others remain in the 8-bit pixel era, yet they're still firm favorites among the gaming community.
Here, we take a look at some of our top choices for point and click Steam PC games which we think that you should check out.
Since the first installment back in 1996 with Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars - which was re-released with additional gameplay and enhancements in the Director's Cut - players have enjoyed travelling to bustling virtual cities and eerie temples as they attempt to solve the mysteries of the Broken Sword universe.
As well as the original Broken Sword Trilogy, Revolution Software has released two more games in the series - the most recent addition being Broken Sword 5 - The Serpent's Curse, with George and Nico on the trail of a stolen painting, and a murderous conspiracy.
The Serpent's Curse was also the first game in the series to move towards 3D character designs, with a cel-shade effect.
In the 1990s, players were introduced to the comical exploits and misadventures of wannabe-pirate Guybrush Threepwood in The Secret of Monkey Island. Throughout the series, including sequel Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush must prove his worth as a pirate whilst facing ghost pirate nemesis LeChuck.
These colorful, quirky point and click adventures developed from 2D to 3D animations, with the latest installment being the 2009 released Tales of Monkey Island, developed by Telltale Games.
When fans of the movies wanted more Indiana Jones in their lives, along came the point and click adventure series from LucasArts. Since the days of the Atari 2600, right up to current PC and consoles, there has been dozens and dozens of Indiana Jones-based games released.
Two in particular that spring to mind are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - in which Indi must prevent Adolf Hitler from obtaining the Holy Grail - and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, where our avid adventurer must explore over 200 locations to prevent Nazi agents from getting their hands on a weapon more dangerous than the atom bomb.
An easy and engaging game for beginners and veterans alike, Loom tells the tale of the ancient guild known as Weavers, who wove the very fabric of reality itself. Now, a strange power has swept the Weavers into oblivion, leaving behind one Weaver boy to unravel the mystery.
You must help young Bobbin rescue his Guild, heck, you just might save the universe from an unspeakable catastrophe in the process!
Leisure Suit Larry
First released by Sierra On-Line in 1987, Leisure Suit Larry became a worldwide success for his risqué humor and never-ending quest to find 'love'. In 2013, Larry Laffer returned in Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded - a remaster rebuilt from the ground up, including all hand-painted backgrounds, characters, state-of-the-art 2D animation and music from BAFTA-winning composer Austin Wintory.
Interact with your surroundings and pluck up the courage to talk to lovely ladies, you never know where it might lead.
In this point and click adventure, players control a strong-willed college girl with a knack for detective work (and a Harley bike) who returns to her hometown after moving away during her childhood. Set in the 1990s, Kathy starts investigating a local mystery and the legacy of her recently deceased grandfather.
With over 4,000 lines of dialogue and 40+ hand-drawn environments, Kathy Rain tells a compelling tale of mystery and intrigue - with suspense and humor.
Wow, the character graphics make them look like real people... oh wait, they are!
Known for its digitized live-action actors, which was quite revolutionary for its time, the Tex Murphy games series follows the adventures of detective Tex Murphy in a post-nuclear futuristic San Francisco setting. The franchise has had different gameplay elements across the six games released, but it was Tex Murphy: Martian Memorandum that was predominantly based around the more traditional point and click adventure genre.
Bizarre characters and wacky humor are but a few key components that make Deponia a pleasure to play through. Developed by Daedalic Entertainment, the game follows the adventures of Rufus and his quest to escape the vast garbage dump and live among the rich.
Witness the first graphic adventure by Tim Schafer in 16 years. Broken Age is an historic, record-breaking Kickstarter campaign - featuring point and click gameplay with beautiful 2D hand-painted artwork, as well as an original orchestral soundtrack and an all-star vocal cast including Jack Black, Elijah Wood and Jennifer Hale.
The game focuses on two main characters, Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, who are two teenagers in strangely similar situations, but radically different worlds. The player can freely switch between their stories, helping them take control of their own lives, and dealing with the unexpected adventures that follow.
Key features in the game, as described by publisher THQ Nordic, includes 'pointing' and 'clicking' - so this definitely fits in well with our list!
Giving off a Lara Croft/Tomb Raider vibe, the Syberia series follows the adventures of Kate Walker - a New York lawyer whose simple business trip leads to an exploration across the world to unlock the mystery of 'Syberia' and the genius inventor, Hans.
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