Games of 2017: Adventure Games

By Julian Benson on at

Every day starts and ends with lists. I curate, summarise, and tabulate games from the web's furthest extremities. When I go to sleep, the last thing I see is release dates, and then I dream of lists. The list god must be fed, but how can I sate it? My arms, my hands, even my fingers form bullet points, pithy descriptions, and salient facts. I have shovelled games into its maw for weeks. The list god must be nearly full. Strategy games, action games, RPGs (Western and JRPGs) - and yet still, it hungers.

Here, List God, take the adventure games! All of them. May you choke.


Little Nightmares

little nightmares

Release date: April 28th | Developer: Tarsier Studios | Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Like a more colourful Limbo, in Little Nightmares you play a six-year-old child kidnapped and taken to an undersea resort for the cruellest, most horrible of adults. Escape these larger, stronger, hungry monsters if you can.

Crossing Souls

crossing souls

Release date: Spring | Developer: Fourattiv | Publisher: Devolver Digital | Platform: PC

Seemingly pulled from the ‘80s, Crossing Souls is a game inspired by films like E.T.. You play a group of children who discover an artifact that splits them between dimensions and draws the attention of the U.S. Army.

Night in the Woods

night in the woods

Release date: February 21st | Developer: Infinite Fall | Publisher: Finji | Platform: PC, PS4

A cat named Mae has dropped out of college and returned home to the dead end town she hoped to escape. Something’s amiss, though, and it’s for you to find out what.

Memoranda

memoranda

Release date: January 25th | Developer: Bit Byterz | Publisher: Digital Dragon | Platform: PC

A point’n’click adventure with magical realism coursing through its veins, Memoranda is about a woman who realises she is forgetting her own name. The whole game is a surrealist story exploring a town filled with people who all represent different sides of memory and damage.

Lost Ember

lost ember

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Mooneye Studios | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Explore a richly-detailed world as a wolf accompanied by a spirit ember. You can take control of other animals and turn their traits to your advantage in solving puzzles and exploring the world.

The Edgelands

the edgelands

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Marshlight Software | Platform: PC

On the trail of your lost cat you stumble from the modern world into a strange realm of myth and folklore.

Below

below

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Capybara Games | Publisher: Microsoft Games | Platform: PC, XB1

First revealed back in 2013, Below is a game that I’ve seen playable at press events - but never heard a whisper about a release date. I’m feeling good about 2017, though. It’s a roguelike adventure from the makers of Swords & Sworcery.

Mineko’s Night Market

mineko

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Meowza and kukubee | Platform: PC

By day Mineko and Abe run a food stall, which you’ll manage for them, but by night the two go marching through the food market eating everything they can lay their hands on. Sounds delicious.

Milkmaid of the Milky Way

milkmaid of the milky way

Release date: January 4th | Developer: Mattis Folkestad | Publisher: Machineboy | Platform: PC

A sweet point’n’clicker written wholly in rhyme,
The milkmaid rewards you for investing time.

Pithy lines, and puzzles aplenty to solve,
Get lost in this world, let the real one revolve.

Gerty: Robots in Love

gerty robots in love

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Quantum Sheep | Platform: PC

Play a robot who must find love lest his parents consign him to the rubbish tip and, somewhat more worryingly, prevent his planet’s GateKeepers from deleting his race from history.

Far From Noise

far from noise

Release date: 2017 | Developer: George Batchelor | Platform: PC

You’re in a car perched precariously over the edge of a cliff. Play through this single player narrative and try to not topple into the sea.

Dujanah

dujanah

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Jack King-Spooner | Platform: PC

Your country has been invaded and your fellow countrymen are being oppressed. As one of the doughty downtrodden it’s up to you to choose how to respond to these invaders. In exploring the world you’ll meet people and find tools that will help in resistance or escape.

Blackwood Crossing

blackwood crossing

Release date: 2017 | Developer: PaperSeven | Publisher: Vision Games Publishing | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

What starts with two children bored on a train journey soon descends into a Alice in Wonderland-style adventure through an increasingly surreal locomotive.

Jules chatted with the developers about the game in detail for a Britsoft Focus piece and wrote a preview about this unusual adventure.

Call of Cthulhu

call of cthulhu

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Cyanide Studio | Publisher: Focus Home Interactive | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Cyanide is keeping-lipped on exactly what you’ll be able to do in Call of Cthulhu, but it’s Cthulhu, so if you’re a seeker after Eldritch truth it’ll be required playing.

The Adventure Pals

adventure pals

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Massive Monster | Platform: PC

A boy, a giraffe, and his pet rock are on an adventure to save his grandfather from being turned into a hotdog. Whoever said there were only seven plots must be spinning in their oft-misunderstood-grave.

Detroit: Become Human

detroit

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Quantic Dream | Publisher: Sony | Platform: PS4

David Cage does Blade Runner (or at least that's what he thinks) in a sci-fi adventure game where you play a number of androids in a world dealing with AI sentience and what that means for humans. An impressive E3 reveal trailer suggests that there’s going to be a lot of choices and consequences throughout the game.

Full Throttle

full throttle

Release date: 2017 | Developer: DoubleFine | Platform: PC, PS4

A remastered version of the classic point’n’click adventure that cemented Tim Schafer’s reputation in the games industry.

Jenny LeClue

jenny leclue

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Mografi | Platform: PC

Jenny, a young detective, faces her first real challenge when her mother is accused of murder. It falls on your shoulders to find the truth.

Rime

rime

Release date: May 2017 | Developer: Tequila Works | Publisher: Grey Box, Six Foot | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1, Nintendo Switch

First revealed back in 2013, Rime drops you on an island filled with puzzles to solve if you’re ever to escape. The game is finally set to launch, thankfully its art style, which is much like Journey and Wind Waker, has a timeless quality to it.

Thimbleweed Park

thimbleweed park

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Terrible Toybox | Platform: PC

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert returns to the genre where he made his name with the Twin Peaks-inspired point’n’click adventure game Thimbleweed Park. Mystery, jokes, and murder aplenty.

Chuchel

chuchel

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Amanita Design | Platform: PC

From the makers of Machinarium, Samorost, and Botanicula, Chuchel promises to be a lovingly-detailed and surreal adventure with cracking music.

Danganronpa 1 & 2 Reload

danganronpa

Release date: March 17th | Developer: Spike Chunsoft | Publisher: NIS America | Platform:PC, PS4, PS Vita

If you’ve not played the first Danganronpa games and are looking to pick them up in a single package, then that’s an oddly specific request. Luckily for you Spike Chunsoft is all over that shizzle.

Detective Gallo

detective gallo

Release date: Mid 2017 | Developer: Footprints Games | Publisher: Adventure Productions | Platform: PC

This colourful film-noir-inspired point’n’click puts you in the coat and fedora of detective Gallo, the finest investigative rooster the world has ever seen. Though that may be because he's the only rooster-turned-detective around. He's hard-boiled, geddit.

Divide

divide

Release date: January 31st| Developer: Exploding Tuba Studios | Platform: PS4

An isometric adventure game which is also a twin-stick shooter. You’ll investigate Divide’s sci-fi world (which, thanks to the synth score, is giving me Blade Runner flashbacks) but when the going gets tough you’ll draw a laser pistol and investigate the old-fashioned way.

Syberia 3

syberia 3

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Microids | Platform: PC

Kate Walker is back after a ten year hiatus. Now in full 3D, the old adventure series looks a little more Uncharted than your standard adventure game. Don’t expect a Naughty Dog-style action game though, this is a methodical adventure.

Hiveswap

hiveswap

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: What Pumpkin | Platform: PC

Monsters have overrun the garden and broken into your house. You’re going to have to point’n’click your way towards finding a way to kick them out of your planet.

Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove

toejam and earl

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Humanature Studios | Publisher: Adult Sim Games | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Following a mishap with a black hole, Toejam and Earl are back on Earth searching for the parts to their rocketship. Part new game and part throwback, new features like 4-player co-op rub up alongside returning secrets like Level 0.

The Wardrobe

the wardrobe

Release date: February 15th | Developer: C.I.N.I.C. | Publisher: Adventure Productions | Platform: PC

Skinny’s friend Ronald is in danger, and it is up to Skinny to save him. Things aren’t made easier by the fact that Skinny died from an allergic reaction to a plum and is now a skeleton that lives in Ronald’s wardrobe.

The Pillars of Earth

pillars of earth

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Daedalic Entertainment | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

The adaptation of Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth series into an adventure game is set to be released sometime this year by Daedalic. The books centre around the construction of a cathedral in a town called Kingsbridge, though how closely the game will follow the books is still unclear.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series

guardians of the galaxy

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Talltale Games | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

Telltale hasn’t said much about its take on Guardians of the Galaxy, like when it will be set or what the Guardians will be getting up to, but we know it is due out this year and it will probably play like every other Telltale game.

Tacoma

tacoma

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Fullbright | Platform: PC, XB1

Following on from the success of Gone Home, Tacoma is a game set in the lunar transfer station, 200,000 miles away from Earth. Fullbright is keeping details of the game under warps but suffice to say it looks like something has gone wrong and it’s on you to find out what.

State of Mind

state of mind

Release date: Early 2017 | Developer: Daedalic Entertainment | Platform: PC, PS4, XB1

What with Deus Ex being put on ice for the conceivable future, you may want to take a closer look at State of Mind. It’s a new adventure game that explore transhumanism in a dystopian corporate future. Sound familiar?

Somewhere

somewhere

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Oleomingus | Platform: PC

A surreal first person adventure that takes you through a fractured world filled with bizarre sights. Like a field of cars with with antlers, a world of columns fitted with telescopes, and grand halls that looks like they’re straight out of an Escher sketch.

Return of Obra Dinn

obra dinn

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Lukas Pope | Platform: PC

Lukas Pope, the developer behind Papers, Please, has been working on this time-travelling investigation game for almost three years now. You’re tasked with finding out what happened to the Obra Dinn’s crew after the East India Trading Company vessel drifts into port uninhabited.

Knights and Bikes

knights and bikes

Release date: 2017 | Developer: Foamsword | Platform: PC, PS4

From one of the founders of Media Molecule, Knights and Bikes is a co-op exploration adventure with a lovely craft paper aesthetic.


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