Best Retro Point and Click Adventure Games For Your Smartphone
September 7, 2017 | By: AUKEY Admin
The point and click adventures of the 1990s brought many people into PC gaming, with its obscure puzzles, the need to collect every possible item just in case, and questions about how the central character managed to keep every item in their pants, in a digital version of Discworld’s The Luggage.
While we don’t see them as often on our PCs and Macs, these games are perfect for our smartphones and tablets. The touchscreen controls fit in with the mouse and keyboard controls that were used 20 years ago, and the adventures of old are being rediscovered by a whole new generation of gamers. While some people are writing new and original adventures, it’s the remastered versions of the classics that have caught our attention.
This is our list of the best retro point and click adventures you can play on your smartphone or tablet.
Myst ($4.99 iOS, $6.99 Android)
When Myst was first released in 1993, it defined point and click adventures for people and was said to have accelerated the sale of CD-ROM drives at a time when games were regularly purchased on 3.5” floppy disks.
At its time, Myst was a gorgeous game, with puzzles that took people months to finish the game. We asked around the office and a number of staff admitted that they never finished the game.
Since then, Cyan Worlds have worked to create iOS and Android versions of Myst which enhance the visuals, unforgettable words and thought-provoking puzzles within the original game.
They have adapted the control scheme to work for the touchscreens of today, included a complete hint guide and a new age to explore. It’s available on both Android and iOS, and will work with a Bluetooth controller if that’s what you prefer. Riven, the sequel to Myst, is also available on both iOS and Android ($3.99).
Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars – Director’s Cut ($4.99 iOS and Android), The Smoking Mirror ($4.99 iOS and Android) and The Serpent’s Curse ($4.99 iOS and Android)
These are three separate games, that were originally part of a 5 game set published between 1996 and 2013. It’s one of the most famous point and click adventure games in existence, dealing with unraveling conspiracies about the Knight Templars, a Mayan mystery and the Coptic Christians.
Each story individually holds up well under the conversion to the touchscreen format, with new puzzles and amendments to the plot that will encourage people to download the apps, even if they owned the original games.
Simon the Sorcerer ($3.99 Android)
At twenty plus years old, Simon the Sorcerer is a classic. It inimitable British style contains a typically humorous and challenging point and click title.
The app remaster is best designed for a tablet rather than a mobile phone, but the choice between high-definition graphics and original graphics lets you hark back to the days of yore (well, 1993).
One of the catches with games of that age is that you needed to find the individual pixel to find every interactive item. Simon the Sorcerer has introduced a hotspot highlight feature, so it’s easier to find those items.
Grim Fandango Remastered ($4.99 iOS and Android)
Grim Fandango came out of Lucas Arts’ long storied part in the point and click adventure era. The combination of the Mexican Day Of The Dead celebration with a film noir theme was intriguing, but the biggest forward step at its time was the use of 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre-rendered, unmoving backgrounds.
Since it has been remastered in the last two years, it has been given a full orchesteral score, the cast has been revoiced and the colors have been redone for the smartphones and tablets for today’s era.
Keep in mind that this is not an easy point and click adventure – you really need to think about your actions when playing this one through.
Day of the Tentacle ($4.99 iOS)
This bizarre, time travelling game from 1993 is up there as one of the best games ever, kicking off the set of classic point and click adventures from Lucas Arts. Honestly, go and download it now, you will love it!
The idea is simple – the three characters are trying to stop a delusional alien tentacle intent on taking over the wortd. However, those three characters are stuck in different time periods and they need to work together to get back together and stop the evil purple tentacle.
The visuals remain cartoony, the jokes remain stupidly ridiculous, and the puzzles will keep your brain working overtime, so it’s worth spending the money on it.
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (Free on iOS and Android)
Horror stories are often found to be a good way to direct a point and click adventure, and Jane Jensen’s 20 year old game stands the test of time. The voodoo-based murders have been updated with gorgeous graphics which breathe new life into every aspect of the game.
Gabe Knight remains the main character that you can’t forget, but it’s Grace, the assistant with a razor sharp tongue who continues to cut Gabe down every time he attempts to pick her up. Honestly, she deserves her parody account on Tinder.
New Orleans makes it a brilliant venue for much of this gruesome story, and the puzzles will challenge players throughout the whole game. Watch out for the finale – no spoilers here, but you definitely won’t see it coming.
The Last Express ($4.99 on iOS and Android)
The original game was released in 1997, and was revolutionary in that the game forced players to complete the game within a certain time frame. The argument for this was that trains only run for a certain amount of time on each route, so the mystery must be solved by the end of the route (3 days and 16 minutes).
The programmers did an excellent job of dealing with this by creating multiple endings, adding basic artificial intelligence and individual agendas to every non-player characters so that they adjust to player intervention (not bad for 1997)
This substantially increased the replay value of the game, as any change in the way someone played the game would impact on the result at the end. Such an adventure is definitely worth spending the money.
These are just some of our favorite point-and-click adventures that have been converted to a mobile format. Let us know which games you have tried.