2022 has been a great year for adventure games. Once again, video games manage to entertain us, move us, make us laugh and, on rare occasions, even bring tears to our eyes.
The titles on our list of the best adventure games of 2022 underscore how video games can be a powerful medium, capable of leaving a rather deep imprint on us, with stories that can make us dream, escape from reality, or become inextricably entwined with our lives. So, let’s take a look at our top picks for the best adventure games released this year.
Also on Wccftech’s Best Games of 2022 lists: shooters, fighters, and platformers.
Dusk Falls (9.5)
Dusk Falls is the first indoor/night game, published by Xbox Game Studios and available from version on Xbox Game Pass. However, these developers are not newbies in the industry, as the studio can count on the famous names in the field. Interior/Night is, in fact, co-founded by former Quantic Dream veteran Carolyn Marshall, and supported by other Quantic Dream and Sony veterans.
Therefore, it is not surprising that As Dusk Falls is able to capture the player’s attention from the first minutes of the match. The story deals with the dramatic ups and downs of two families whose destinies relentlessly weave together in a motel in Arizona. The choices made through the game profoundly affect the development of the story, making it highly replayable. Moreover, its gorgeous art style, which has a well-made hand-drawn effect, differs well from most of the IPs published in recent years. In our review, Roach wrote:
“As Dusk Falls is a wonderful game that draws your attention back to where you rightly deserve to be, over the meandering choices and difficult decisions of desperate people trapped in a desperate situation.”
Immortality is the latest game from Sam Barlow, the great brains behind Her Story and Telling Lies. In this adventure, players investigate the mysterious disappearance of Marissa Marcel, a model-turned-actress who has starred in three movies. However, these have not been released.
The game doesn’t tell you exactly what to do and how to do it, but that’s exactly what you’d expect from a Barlow game. Unraveling the mystery behind the disappearance of the actress may not be easy, as not all footage is available from the start. Every little aspect needs to be checked out in detail, but it’s definitely worth it. The Story of Immortality is another great masterpiece by Sam Barlow.
Return to Monkey Island (8.0)
When a new Monkey Island sequel was announced in April with original series creators Ron Gilbert and Dave Grossman, gamers could hardly believe it. However, everything turned into reality once Return to Monkey Island came out on PC and Nintendo Switch in September. Later, the game was also released for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S.
Returning to the Island of the Monkeys is exactly what fans were hoping for, and more than that. It really is a must-have for anyone who grew up with the series and an excellent opportunity for young gamers to catch up on previous titles before playing the new chapter. Just like the other games in the saga, Return to Monkey Island is a point-and-click adventure with tons of puzzles to solve, well-crafted characters, and an engaging storyline. This is what Nathan wrote in our review:
Return to Monkey Island brilliantly delivers the charm, humor, and sharp puzzles the series is known for, while also offering a few tweaks to make things less intimidating for the new crew members. A reluctance to try anything too bold in terms of design or storytelling softens the proceedings a bit, but Longtime Monkey Island fans should enjoy the ride even if the series sails a little too well.”
Pentiment was one of the biggest surprises of 2022. This historical, narrative-driven game, set in the 16th century, was developed by Obsidian, the same studio that worked on Fallout: New Vegas and two pillars of Eternity. And that alone could already be enough to pique the interest of all the hesitant gamers who haven’t tried out the title yet.
The game follows the actions of Andreas Maler, a painter who has been involved in a series of murders over the course of twenty-five years. Players will conduct their investigations, and each decision will greatly affect Andreas’ fate. However, a well-crafted story isn’t Pentiment’s only strong point. The art style of this game is inspired by 16th century illustrations, which makes it an original piece of art. Nathan wrote in our review:
“Pentiment won’t be for everyone. She’s bookish, sometimes a little dry, and requires you to take her questions about the nature of religion, art, and other topics seriously if you want to get the most out of her narrative. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then you can look forward to a rich, well-researched world that you’ll really feel a part of and a great story that serves up many memorable twists and turns. Pentiment will leave an indelible mark on you if you give it a chance.”
Syberia: The World Before (7.5)
Five years after the third installment, Syberia: The World Before marks the return of the iconic series on PC and consoles. The game is a direct sequel to Syberia 3 and, for the first time, features two different main characters: the popular Kate Walker and Dana Rose, a young aspiring pianist.
The well-crafted story, which develops on two different timelines, is the game’s greatest strength. The plot flows well and the various puzzles and riddles are well designed and capable of entertaining. Indeed, a worthy farewell to Benoit Sokal, creator of the series, who passed away last year. Here is what Francesco wrote in our review of the game:
Syberia – The World Before is a return to form for the series, a solid all-around adventure game that features an engaging story that nicely blends two different timelines, charming characters, and good puzzle design. However, the experience leaves something to be desired when it comes to innovation, which makes the game A must-have just for fans of the series.”
While we only selected five titles for our main list, there are still other great adventure games released this year worth mentioning: