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4 Adventure Games That Should be Brought to Steam/GOG
Unfortunately, most of the classic, great adventure games from the past are usually unable to be played on modern machines even with much fiddling of computer settings. Digital distributors such as Steam and Good Old Games come to the rescue in this case and make it easier for us to play these games. Not to mention bringing them to us at a cheaper price and eliminating the hunt for a copy.
So far, point-and-click adventures such as Myst, The Longest Journey, Phantasmagoria, Loom, and Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers have made their way onto Steam or Good Old Games, or even both. There are some other classics, however, that haven’t made the jump yet and it is startling that they aren’t on there already. Here are four games I would like to see on a digital distributor for the enjoyment of adventure game fans and those who would love to jump into the genre.
The Neverhood is a unique gem among the adventure game genre in that it uses claymation graphics throughout the entirety of the game. It achieved high markings from critics, but unfortunately did not sell well as adventure games were on a decline during the mid-90s. Nonetheless, it spawned a sequel called Skullmonkeys for the PlayStation 1, which was a platformer rather than an adventure game.
This particular game holds a special place in my heart as not just my first adventure game, but also one of the very first games that I ever played. The graphics, music, humor, and puzzles were incredibly enticing to me as a child and still hold up to this day. To be able to actually play The Neverhood in modern day – either through a digital distributor or by other means – would absolutely make my year, and I’m sure the same would be true for other adventure game fans as well.
There were hopeful signs last year that The Neverhood may be brought onto mobile platforms if the licensing rights could be re-acquired. However, there has been nothing said since then and the Twitter for “Neverhood Mobile” no longer exists. While I would much prefer for the game to make it to Steam or Good Old Games rather than a mobile platform, it’s better than nothing and I still hope it’s a possibility in some form or another.
Grim Fandango is probably the most popular adventure game that is on this list. Even though it did acquire high praise, awards, and frequently makes its way onto lists of top games of all time, it was considered a commercial flop and contributed to the death of LucasArts adventure games. Despite that, Grim Fandango is definitely a charming masterpiece that uses the concepts of film noir and Latin American belief of the afterlife to make a unique package of a game.
While I do own Grim Fandango, I’ve played very little due to the struggle of trying to get the game to work on a modern computer. Having to miss out on a must-play game because of annoying technical problems is infuriating. It’s a surprise that it hasn’t made its way onto digital distribution platforms already with its background of extraordinary acclaim. Perhaps licensing issues are to blame (much like The Neverhood's case), but hopefully we will see it make its presence on either Steam or Good Old Games soon enough.
The Curse of Monkey Island
The Curse of Monkey Island is where the series started changing elements from the previous two games – art style being the biggest. Some fans and critics condemned the cartoony graphics of The Curse of Monkey Island for bringing down the seriousness of the game. Nonetheless, the game still holds itself up highly both in the series and as an adventure game as well.
It’s difficult for me to pick my favorite Monkey Island game. Even if I were forced to choose, it would probably still be a tie between The Secret of Monkey Island and The Curse of Monkey Island. The former is an obvious classic that every adventure game fan should play at least once (and the special edition remake of it is on Steam already!), but the latter offers something different with its art style, humor, and being the first in the series to offer voice-acting. I’ve played through The Curse of Monkey Island countless times, but if it was to be put up on a digital distributor, then I’d definitely put my money down on a downloadable copy to play through another time.
Day of the Tentacle
Day of the Tentacle is the oldest game on our list. That doesn’t mean a thing, though. It is Tim Schafer’s and Dave Grossman’s first developed game on their own and helped establish the future of their careers and the adventure gaming genre in general. It’s considered one of the very best classic point-and-click adventure games on top of everything, and thus deserves an obvious spot on this list.
Here’s a shameful secret. I’ve never even played Day of the Tentacle before. As much as I really do want to play it, it’s uncommon to find across the realms of the internet and real world and costs a bit of money. Even then, I don’t even want to imagine the trouble of attempting to get it to work on modern computers. It’s heartbreaking for me and I’m sure others that are in the same situation as me feel the same. All these reasons are why I very much want to see Day of the Tentacle on Steam, Good Old Games, or another platform so that I finally can play it. Out of all the games on this list, I think it would be my most wanted, not to mention the most deserving.
The adventure game genre holds an immense amount of gems that I’ve had the pleasure of playing and still long to get my hands on. As we go on into the future, our computers become more powerful and modernized versus computers of the past, making it increasingly difficult to play those older games. While that happens, I hope that companies make a vast effort to bring us those older games to digital distribution platforms so that gamers who missed out are able to play now. Even if games on such platforms sometimes have problems anyway, it’s still better than nothing.
Which adventure games would you like to see appear on a digital distributor such as Steam or Good Old Games?
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