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Adventure games are back in style!

Okay, not really: the point-and-click genre peaked in the early ’90s, and is today mostly a niche. But it’s a pretty great niche!

And with the recent re-release of cult classic Grim Fandango, the success of TellTale Games’ The Walking Dead, and the first episode Game Of Thrones game, adventure games are experiencing a renaissance right now.

If you want to play some adventure games, but don’t want to pay, you’re in luck: the web offers a lot. Some of these titles are classics, some are hidden gems, but all of them are great for the adventure game fan (or anyone looking to become one!)

Download These Free Classics For ScummVM

If you love classic adventure games, you need to know about ScummVM, the emulator for classic point and click adventures SCUMMVM - A Point-And-Click Adventure Game Emulator SCUMMVM - A Point-And-Click Adventure Game Emulator Read More on any modern computer. Originally designed for LucasArts games, these days it supports a wide variety of others.

ScummVM’s website list of where to get games for the emulator includes a few classic titles that are now free. Here are the highlights. If you’d rather not take the time to set up ScummVM, you can also download these adventure games from GOG.com Retro Games: Grab A Classic For Free With These 6 GOG Downloads [Windows] Retro Games: Grab A Classic For Free With These 6 GOG Downloads [Windows] Good Old Games, or GOG for short, is a service that specialises in charming games of years gone by. If you’re a Windows user then you’ve pretty much got complete access to the entire catalogue,... Read More .

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  • Beneath a Steel Sky is a sci-fi game set in a post apocalyptic Australia. Escape the massive, enclosed city.

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  • Flight of the Amazon Queen is set in 1949. Joe King is flying a famous singer over the Amazon, only to crash land in the midst of a mad scientist’s plot, because why not?

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  • Lure of the Temptress a peasant tries to overthrow a sorceress; adventure ensues.
  • It’s not clear that Polish game TeenAgent was ever commercially released in English, despite demo versions of the game that spread across the planet. The full version is out there now, for free – check it out if you’re curious.

Note that ScummVM isn’t just for your computer: there are versions for Android, iPhone and more. You can even get ScummVM working on the Nintendo Wii Play Point-And-Click Adventure Classics On Your Wii With ScummVM [MUO Gaming] Play Point-And-Click Adventure Classics On Your Wii With ScummVM [MUO Gaming] Get classic, point-and-click adventures working on your Wii. Maybe you've got old copies of classics like Monkey Island or Day of The Tentacle collecting dust? Or maybe you want to try out classic games that... Read More , if you’re ambitious.

Play Classic Sierra On-Line Games…Online!

King’s Quest, from 1983, might be one of the most influential adventure games out there. It was among the first graphical adventures ever made, and you can play it for free – along with a few other classic Sierra On-Line titles – at Sarien.net.

I did, and died quickly.

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You’ll probably do better, though. Give it a shot.

Peasant’s Quest: King’s Quest Parody, With Trogdor

If you grew up playing King’s Quest, and somehow never got around to playing Peasant’s Quest when it showed up on HomeStarRunner.com ten years ago, you’re missing out on a treat. This is a pitch-perfect parody of King’s Quest and adventure games in general, where you try to defeat the Internet’s favourite wingalinged dragon.

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It even inspired a feature-length movie, believe it or not (you shouldn’t).

Find The Best Free Text Adventure Games

Think graphics are necessary? Think again. Some of the most influential adventure games of all time were text adventures 5 Great Interactive Fiction Games You Can Play Online Right Now 5 Great Interactive Fiction Games You Can Play Online Right Now Read More , also known as interactive fiction. These games are entirely text-based, and if you love adventure games you owe it to yourself to try a few.

Here are a few of my favourites, all of which you can download for free or play online at the Interactive Fiction Database.

  • Lost Pig is the cure for gaming cynicism. You play as a simple-minded orc, who just wants to find a pig that got away.
  • For A Change is an absolutely beautiful game that couldn’t exist in any other genre. I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t Google anything: just play.
  • Galatea is basically just you interviewing a statue. You read that correctly.
  • Shade is set in your apartment, and that’s all you need to know. Try it.
  • Photopia is a story-driven text that’s altogether hard to describe without spoilers. A great study of what the medium is capable of, and a fantastic story.

If you’re wondering about classic Infocom games, like Zork and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, you can find (unauthorized) versions of them here.

What Are Your Favourite Free Adventures?

We’ve pointed out thousands of classic DOS games you can play in your browser Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Emulate Classic DOS Games Right In Your Browser For Free Play retro DOS games in a couple of clicks, thanks to The Internet Archive. Read More , thanks to the Internet archive – explore that if you want more classic adventure games.

But in the meantime, I want your help. What are the best free adventure games I missed in this list? Fill me in in the comments below, so your fellow readers can play them!

  1. Eric Wardowski
    April 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I'd love to see The Colony (from 1988) brought back in a web form. Great game and one of the very first 3D environments.

    • Justin Pot
      April 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Can't find an online version, but it seems like there are downloads out there. Wonder if it could run in DOSBox?

  2. Ryan Dube
    March 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Boy, seeing that King's Quest intro graphic brought back a flood of great memories for me. Thank you. :-)

  3. Dave Girling
    March 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    The BBC (who else) have an online version of Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy with some added graphics at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml

    • Justin Pot
      March 16, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      That's a great link, thanks for sharing it!

  4. Michael Myers
    March 13, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    By the way, when I say "fixed graphics" I don't mean the game is all pictures, I mean like Atari Adventure style where the hero and monsters are icons. The hero looks like Sylvester Stallone in pixels with a sword. :). The cubes are hilarious.

  5. Michael Myers
    March 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    One day I discovered Castle of the Winds. It's a simple yet surprisingly deep dungeon crawler, for Windows 3.1. If you have DosBox with Windows, it is such an entertaining game to play. It is all fixed graphics, but the story line is fun, the gear is really well done, and the monsters range from giant rats to gelatinous cubes full of skeletons and loot.

    Epic gear, magic spells (even as a warrior), and big ol' rats. Play this game and its sequel COTW II, and you can't help but think, "Hey, this is where they got the ire for Diablo from!". I had recently paid $70 for Myst and played it for two hours. I played for about 16 hours straight.

    Easy to Google, and if you need a pre set up DosBox with Win 3.1, the link is easily provided.

    • Doc
      March 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      I've played both (the shareware, and bought COTW II on floppy!), and they are excellent.

    • Justin Pot
      March 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      This sounds awesome, I'm going to have to dig up my DosBOX Windows install!

  6. Guy
    March 12, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I don't even have an argument against that! :D

  7. Guy
    March 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Nice! These are the kind of games I want to play.

    Call me simple, but something like Assasins' Creed or Skyrim just has too much going on for me. System requirements are too much for the gear I run. Yeah, I'm cheap! :)

    • Justin Pot
      March 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      You're simple!

      Seriously, enjoy the games Guy.

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