Adventure games are some of the most popular titles on the Play Store. This genre lends itself well to touchscreen gaming, so it fits in well with our action game roundup. Of course, there are quite a few point-and-click adventure games on the platform that lean into niche genres like escape room games. The genre only expands from here, encompassing a wide range of titles. So, whatever your adventurous taste, there are tons of interesting titles to play, ranging from indie favorites to AAA giants. So buckle up because it’s time to start our adventure with today’s adventure games roundup.
LucasArts was then known for its extraordinary point-and-click adventure games like Maniac Mansion. Two of the people who worked on these classics created Thimbleweed Park. It lives up to the quality of LucasArts, which is exactly why it’s at the top of today’s round-up. It’s a fresh game that plays like the classics of yesteryear and offers a fun sense of humor with a story that pays homage to the X-Files. Undoubtedly, Thimbleweed Park is one of the best point-and-click adventure games out there, and it plays perfectly on Android, making it worth the $10 price tag.
Heaven: Children of the Light
Thatgamecompany has seen some hits on consoles with games like Journey, Flower, and Flow, and it’s taken those hits and created a free-to-play mobile game that actually rivals Journey. In fact, Sky: Children of the Light plays similarly to Journey and offers a similar seamless online experience, where you can play with friends and explore an alien world while piecing together the evolving story. Bordering on a live service game, Sky: Children of the Light features events and continuous updates and is simply unique, and while it can feel directionless, part of the fun is finding out what’s going on in the world.
An oldie but a goodie, 80 Days first landed on Android in 2014. This is an adventure game in which you will take on the role of a rich world traveler assistant, so you will make all the plans to help your employer navigate the globe in 80 days. It’s up to you to choose the destinations and places to shop. it all rests on your shoulders. That means you might not make it all the way around the world on the first, third, or tenth try. But part of the fun is figuring out the best routes while you watch the action unfold after each choice you make. The game is a delight and despite its age it’s holding up quite well.
In 2003, Amanita Design launched Samorost, a whimsical browser-based adventure game that featured beautiful vistas supported by mind-bending puzzles. But in 2009, the developer really hit it off with Machinarium, greatly improving its mind-bending gameplay. To date, Machinarium is one of the best games by Amanita Design thanks to its wonderful graphics and challenging puzzles. It’s easily one of the best adventure games for Android, which is exactly why it’s on today’s list. Best of all, if you’ve already experienced Machinarium, Amanita Design offers a handful of similar adventure games on the Play Store, all of which are excellent experiences well worth their asking price.
Layton: Curious Village in HD
The Professor Layton series debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2007, an adventure series in which you seek clues to solve puzzles by solving puzzles. The first title is called Professor Layton and the Curious Village and was finally ported to HD mobile in 2018. While it took a while for all three titles in this series to be released on Android, they are all available now. Curious Village is the perfect place to start as this is the game that started the series. And remember, this is a level 5 game, the same people behind the RPG series Ni no Kuni, and a handful of Yo-kai Watch. Animation is a clear forte of this studio, and Layton: Curious Village HD showcases that talent brilliantly.
Ace Attorney Trilogy
Since we’re already talking about classic Nintendo DS ports with the Layton series, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the Ace Attorney trilogy. This is a much more recent release, having only landed on Android in 2022, and it collects all three titles from the original trilogy, in HD of course. Similar to Layton, you investigate by solving puzzles, but you can also take your case to court where things get really interesting. After all, Phoenix Wright is a defense attorney, so you must present evidence to acquit your client. This all plays out in a typical adventure game format, mostly through text and cutscenes, and the move to HD means the game looks great on phones and tablets alike. Sure, the collection is pricey, but it’s a full-featured release from Capcom that offers three separate titles to play through, which is actually a pretty good deal.
Night School Studio’s Oxenfree might not be the most well-known game in today’s roundup, but it’s well-reviewed everywhere it sells, all thanks to its ’80s-esque adventure that sees a group of friends accidentally opening a ghost game called Rift . It will be your task to figure out how to close the unnatural phenomenon by traveling through a mysterious island while solving puzzles. The game is beautiful to look at thanks to its atmospheric graphics, but the story is pretty good too. The dialogue between the group is quite excellent, especially as your choices affect the behavior of the group. This opens up replayability and ensures that the 5 hour story lasts much longer than a single playthrough.
life is strange
Last but not least is Life is Strange, an episodic adventure game from Square Enix. This release features the complete five-part collection that makes up the first title. The game is free to try and if you like what you see you can buy each chapter piece by piece or go all out and unlock all content for $11 through an in-app purchase. Multiple endings are offered, so your choice is important. As this is a game that has won multiple awards for its story, Life is Strange is easily one of the hardest hitters in today’s roundup. So if you have yet to play, this is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for something a little more modern.
This marks the end of today’s adventure game recap. I hope everyone was able to find some quality games, whether you’re into titles themed after the classics like Thimbleweed Park or prefer something more open-ended like Sky: Children of the Light. Of course, like all AP summaries, this is a growing list. So if you want to see something added, give a listen in the comments below. Until the next update, have fun and have fun!