Video games are in a state of constant change. This change leads to the creation of multiple genres and hundreds of different game modes for us gamers to pick from. In the modern gaming landscape of online multiplayer and open-world RPGs, many players find themselves drawn to the staple genre of point-and-click games. These games are known for their detailed storylines and for giving players the chance to make their own decisions. With new titles being made every year, we thought we’ll help you out by curating a list of the 10 (in our opinion) best point-and-click games you could play in 2023.
10 Best Point and Click Games to Play
Below is a list of what we think are the 10 best point-and-click games for you to try out.
1. Please, Don’t Touch Anything
Your coworker tells you to man his desk while he goes on his bathroom break with only one instruction-Please, don’t touch anything. This seemingly simple premise is expanded upon in this brilliant game that demands your attention and puts your multitasking skills to good use.
2. Thimbleweed Park
Inspired by games that they grew up on creators Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick made Thimbleweed Park, a love letter to point-and-click adventure games. Start the game as two FBI agents tasked to solve a murder in the conveniently named Town, solve puzzles, and uncover the mysteries that surround this quaint setting. Its charming art style and story will keep you hooked for hours on end.
3. Life is Strange
All seems normal when Max starts classes in the local high school of her new hometown except she realizes she has the power to rewind time. This game sets out to reinvent the point-and-click genre with its tight gameplay mechanics and riveting storyline. Accompanied by a timeless soundtrack, Life is Strange is a must-play for any avid gamer.
4. Doki Doki Literature Club
Maybe the most infamous game on this list, Doki Doki Literature Club is a deceivingly sweet anime dating simulator where you join the high school literature club at the invitation of your childhood friend Sayori. The game then takes a turn that few see coming and a journey that we highly recommend you take on your own.
5. The Walking Dead
Any list of point-and-click games is incomplete without the addition of a Telltale Game and The Walking Dead is ours. The game stands as the best the studio has to offer its fans as you travel the post-apocalypse in the shoes of felon Lee Everett. With four seasons and a prequel, The Walking Dead takes players on a journey of the human condition and holds a mirror to the worst we are capable of.
6. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
Why play one when you can play three? Play as the titular defense attorney Phoenix Wright as he makes his name in the justice system by solving and winning case after case. Quirky characters and a spectacular soundtrack runs through all three of the games with consistency. Gather all the evidence you can find and get ready to raise your finger in objection.
7. Papers, Please
As an immigration inspector, you are tasked with checking people’s passports to see if they can enter your country Arstotzkhan, but you also need money to run your home. The game stretches its premise to its full potential as it gets exceedingly difficult to juggle your responsible to both your country and family.20 possible endings and multiple game modes make Papers, Please almost infinitely replayable.
8. Twelve Minutes
A voice cast of James McAvoy, Willem Dafoe, and Daisy Ridley already made Twelve Minutes an intriguing buy for many players. But the game’s unique premise and suspenseful story are what makes it one of the best modern point-and-click games. A tragic 12-minute time loop is all you see play out in front of you, move and interact with the environment to stop the loop and uncover the answers you’re looking for.
9. Fallout 2
No point-and-click games list is complete without the addition of Fallout 2. The game deservingly holds the title of the most influential point-and-click game ever made. A vast open world brimming with detailed friends and enemies, the post-apocalypse waits for the player to make their move.
10. Grim Fandango
A classic from the 90s, Grim Fandango nails its tone and themes with perfection. A vicious blend of noir and black comedy, the game takes the player on a journey through the Land of the Dead in search of a lost soul. With a remastering in 2015, Grim Fandango is a must-play for gamers of all ages.
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