Hard for me to pick between Grim Fandango, Monkey Island 1 and Sam & Max, but I think the characters and worlds in Grim Fandango have had the longest-lasting impression on me. Only one on the list I haven’t played is Zac McKracken …
Zac Mckracken is my least favourite, it’s just too easy to put loads of time in and then become stuck so that you can’t finish the game - I’ve never competed it since I always got myself into a situation that it’s not possible to recover from
Oh, you should play Zak at earliest convenience! It’s a great adventure. I have always had hard time to pick my favorite between Zak and MI2.
Zak is nearly on top, but Monkey 1+2 just got me right away as a child. Come on, beeing a reporter against beeing a pirate
It really is a tie of Maniac Mansion and Zak for me. Maniac Mansion because I´m exactly into those B-Horror Movies it was inspired by and Zak because I find the stuff that one was inspired by fascinating.
Maniac and Zak where both fantastic, they are still. And they got me into the adventure games. I never wanted to miss them. That creepy House and family, and that aliens and huge story in Zak + traveling to mars. Artifacts, secrets and so on, it was like getting sucked into the C64. But when Secret of Monkey Island came, it was the best game I had ever seen or played. And they are still, part 1 & 2.
Maniac Mansion got me so scared as a kid. I screamed literally at my screen, everytime i ran away from Edna
But my favorite adventure is definitely Day of the Tentacle. No other made me laugh so hard in front of a computer!
The more I replay The Secret of Monkey Island, the more I like how the character is introduced, how areas keep opening and how the dialog gets you into the story of the island… Pure genius. I haven’t seen that level of storytelling in any other adventure… Despite that, there are others with maybe better puzzles, but as a whole, Monkey 1 is the best for me.
Yeah, for adventure games, the story is more important than for any other genre of games.
Well, it’s quite obvious what is my favourite adventure game.
Even after having completed Thimbleweed Park, Zak McKracken is still at 1st position in my personal list.
Because in Zak you could:
- travel everywhere all around the world, anytime
- look at your CashCard, and find ways to recharge it. In many ways, and with intelligence
- wake up the bus driver in many ways
- die. But only if you asked for it!
- find a solution to a puzzle in more than one way. The way you chose affects your “karma”, and your punishment afterward (in time spent to purificate yourself)
- go to jail for pirating the game
- use animals (for a short time) to do things impossible for humans
I think that “Monkey 2” is a better game than “Monkey 1” from many points of view, but the first chapter of the story will always have a special and warm place in my heart.
It was the first time that I really identified with a game character: this young, inexpert and clumsy chap wanting to be a pirate took me in a magical and eventful adventure that I’ll never forget.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis! Such a great atmosphere, graphics, story, characters… Also, you could play the game in three different modi (solo, team, action), each game mode completely changing the story until the final chapter, where it all comes together again. So really high replayability! As one of the first Lucasarts games using iMuse, the dynamic music was also amazing.
How I wish someone would make another Indy Scumm game. There are a few promising fan games in development like Indiana Jones and the Fountain of Youth, but still no full release. Hopefully one day!
I am torn between Monkey 2 and Indy 4. Monkey 2 has the best puzzles and music. But Indy4 has two characters that move together, tease each other, and bond during the game. And has many body gestures in dialogs. Unsure which is the best.
Although being MM and ZMKATAM two games that carved in my videogamer past (they were the two very first adventures I played on my C64, excluding some text-adventures), and played them to death…
… my preference goes to “The Secret of Monkey Island”. The first one. Is such a “perfect” game… I simply can’t get sick of it…
MI2, the story was hilarious and well-paced, the ending nearly perfect. And Guybrush in a pink dress and his boots.
This is a really tough questions cause I loved them all.
I voted for The Dig … I think it’s a lesser known game and deserves some love.
I remember how I cried in the end of the game. For those that don’t know the game, it’s avaible on gog.com. Check it out
Totally love The Dig! The music, the story, the characters, the puzzles. The world feels a bit empty at times, but guess that’s part of the atmosphere. Too bad we only have one vote, as I do love nearly all of the games listed!
Full Throttle is the only one I haven’t played, and the one I enjoyed least is the original Maniac Mansion.
They remastered Full Throttel … you should get that.
My first Lucasfilm adventure ever was Last Crusade on Atari ST, so I had to choose that, it’s a beloved adventure and a great memory, also because I loved Indiana Jones movies (I think credits for creating Indy goes entirely to George Lucas if I remember correctly it was an old comic book character). But Secret of Monkey Island is the perfect adventure, all is perfect (story, animations, backgrounds, dialogues, puzzle).
Zak is the most difficult and I never managed to finish it as a child! I loved the dig, I played DoTT last month on PS4 for the first time! (incredible) and I think the only one I’m missing now is LOOM (don’t ask me about it). I forgot Fate of Atlantis… wow, but it came after Last Crusade, sorry!