For most people born in the mid-late 1970s to the early-mid 1980s, their childhood included the rise of video games as a dominant form of entertainment. One of the most popular genres during this period of time was Adventure Games. These are games where the player assumes the role of the main character in a story that generally involves a quest of some sort. The player is required to perform various actions and make use of several items that they carry around in their “inventory”.
In order to be successful, the player must use problem solving skills to advance throughout the game. It was and still is a great way to promote outside the box thinking while at the same time creating a fun experience. The success of the genre spawned many games attempting to take advantage of the growing popularity, but one of the front-runners for consistently producing quality games with high entertainment value was LucasArts. Here is the list of the Top 10 LucasArts adventure games:
#10: The Dig — you control Commander Boston Low who is stranded on an Alien planet in this sci-fi adventure game.
#09: Loom — play as Bobbin in this fantasy adventure where you must use musical related puzzles to advance in your quest.
#08: Full Throttle — you control Ben, a biker in a futuristic utopian society.
#07: Grim Fandango — the first LucasArts adventure game to use 3D graphics, this game focuses on Manny Calavera and takes place in the Land of the Dead.
#06: The Curse of Monkey Island — play as Guybrush Threepweed, a self-proclaimed pirate trying to rescue his lost love in this third installment in the Monkey Island franchise.
#05: Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis — this game takes the beloved film character Indiana Jones and sends him on another adventure looking for the lost city of Atlantis.
#04: Monkey Island II: LeChuck’s Revenge — the second game in the Monkey Island series has the player once again controlling Guybrush Threepwood on another rescue mission.
#03: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle — using elements of time travel, the player is able to play as several different characters while trying to save the world from a mutant tentacle.
#02: Sam & Max Hit The Road — play as Sam (a dog), one half of a quirky detective team assigned to solve a case that takes him and his partner Max (a rabbit) across the country.
#01: The Secret of Monkey Island — the first appearance of Guybrush Threepwood is a classic that has spawned four sequels and is the game that really pushed the success of LucasArts adventure games to a whole new level.
One of the most appealing aspects of LucasArts adventure games is that the player can never “lose” and is able to progress throughout the game as long as they can figure out what they have to do next. This prevents them from making a mistake and having to start their game all over again from the beginning. LucasArts adventure games are also filled with a great deal of humor to go along with the story to make the experience that much more enjoyable. If you want to play some fun and entertaining games, it is highly recommended that you check out some or all of the games from the list above.