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Best Point & Click Adventure Games

Best Point & Click Adventure Games

Point and Click adventure games excelled in the early 90s on PC. They're a natural fit for touch screens, and the style has seen a renaissance in the App Store. This list includes the best point-and-click adventure games for iOS.

Lumino City

Immersive 3-D puzzle adventure

Lumino City
Interact With Handmade Worlds

For those who like interacting with mini worlds filled with interconnected mechanisms.

Lumino City s arguably the best game of the year in 2015. The game is beautiful, the music is outstanding, controls are simple to learn, the puzzles are terrific, and the story is rather captivating and immersive. This is a puzzle adventure that is worth every penny and highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre.

Why we love it

The graphics in Lumino City are stunning. A big reason behind this is the fact that everything that you see in the game was created by hand out of real-world materials. The entire game is based off of a real life model city that the developers created from scratch, and the results have paid off.

For those who...

  • Love style
  • Want something new
  • Enjoy real world experiences

Not for those who...

  • Don't have patience
  • Rather be shooting things
Love You To Bits

An endearing point-and-click puzzle adventure

Love You To Bits
Solve puzzles

For those that love puzzles, charm, and a love story.

Love You To Bits is a point-and-click puzzle adventure game. Players take the role of Kosmo and help him solve puzzles throughout the galaxy while discovering new planets and life forms, all on a quest to collect the broken pieces of Nova in order to rebuild her.

Why we love it

The plot of the game is a rather cute and touching one, and the puzzles are not too difficult but still provide enough challenge to make you think.

For those who...

  • Like cute and endearing stories
  • Enjoy puzzles
  • Like point-and-click games
  • Want adventure in space

Not for those who...

  • Don't like cute and adorable
  • Don't have feelings
  • Don't like point-and-click games
  • Don't like puzzles
The Room Three

Navigate a series of puzzling trials devised by the mysterious Craftsman

The Room Three
Interact With Life Like Boxes

For those that enjoy challenging puzzles presented through immersive 3D design.

The story of The Room continues with trials set by a creepy new nemesis, The Craftsman. As you explore huge areas and tiny ones, the challenges feel increasingly epic, and a better-than-ever hint system ensures that finding solutions is super-rewarding. Can you unravel the secrets of the remote island you've found yourself on?

Why we love it

The Room Three is beautifully crafted with a chilling atmosphere, mind-bending puzzles, and a collection of gorgeous visuals. It will bend your mind as you try to unravel the puzzles behind the island and the mysterious Craftsman. Enjoy the puzzlings trials and keep your wits about you.

For those who...

  • Love puzzles
  • Have a knack for spotting hidden features and objects

Not for those who...

  • Don't enjoy beautiful graphics
  • Don't like puzzles
Batman - The Telltale Series

Explore the Psyche of Bruce Wayne in Batman - The Telltale Series

Batman - The Telltale Series
It's your call

For anyone who likes Telltale's episodic games and loves Batman.

Telltale has been on a roll with their point and click adventure games including The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Minecraft Story Mode. Their latest effort is Batman, and it offers an all new take on the caped crusader. The familiar Telltale style is included with touch decisions to make within intricate dialogue as well as quick action swipe gesture sequences. The game relies on fleshing out Bruce Wayne as more than just Batman's alter ego, and delivers the most action of a TellTale game to date when you put on the suit. You get to do everything that Batman does including fight enemies, investigate crime scenes, and interact with the city as Bruce Wayne.

Why we love it

The graphics are good, the music and sounds are immersive, the voice acting is amazing, and there are intuitive controls. It's Batman, what more do you need?

For those who...

  • Enjoy Telltale's episodic games
  • Are big fans of Batman
  • Love a good adventure

Not for those who...

  • Don't like episodic games
  • Don't care for Batman or Bruce Wayne
  • Want a casual puzzle game
The Trace: Murder Mystery Game - Analyze evidence and solve the criminal case

Solve the criminal case in this exciting murder mystery

The Trace: Murder Mystery Game - Analyze evidence and solve the criminal case
Point and Click Case

For those who like thrilling murder mysteries

A point and click adventure game that pits you as a homicide detective. The goal is to solve a series of inter-connected murders by investigation crime scenes in the classic point and click style. You play as a detective called to an auto body shop to investigate a dead body. That leads to uncovering a series of clues and puzzles to help you solve the case.

Why we love it

We always enjoy a good murder mystery, and this game puts you right in the action. Gather up all of the evidence and clues, and see if you can figure it out on your own.

For those who...

  • Like murder mysteries
  • Enjoy detective games
  • Like to think

Not for those who...

  • Are sensitive to crimes
  • Don't like to use their head
  • Want a more action-packed game
Tengami

An atmospheric adventure set inside a Japanese pop-up book

Tengami
Unfold The Path Forward

For those that prefer methodical puzzle experiences and pop-up books.

This is not a book, but a game inside a pop-up book. Tengami plays like nothing else before it. Reach directly into the world to flip, fold and slide parts of the world to delve deeper into your mysterious journey. Enjoy experiencing the dark forests, abandoned shrines, and tranquil mountain waterfalls while you unravel the secret behind the lone dying cherry tree.

Why we love it

Tengami’s world is built as an authentically folding three dimensional pop-up book with an all new technology created just for this game. Everything seen in the game could be recreated in real-life with just paper, scissors and glue. It features 
a beautiful and original soundtrack by renowned composer David Wise to accompany your adventure.

For those who...

  • Love tranquil, serene adventures
  • Want to enjoy gorgeous graphics that could be recreated with just paper, scissors, and glue

Not for those who...

  • Are looking for fast-paced action
  • Don't enjoy haunting soundtracks
Assassin's Creed Identity

Unravel your identity in the first Assassin's Creed action RPG.

Assassin's Creed Identity
Action RPG

For those that enjoy Assassin's Creed on the console, or like a deluxe 3D iOS experience.

Identity is an action role-playing game that lets you create, customize, and play as Assassins during the Italian Renaissance, with story missions set in the Coliseum, Florence, and other key locations of the era. The game features three classes (each with its own strengths and weaknesses), open sandbox levels, and various customization options. It also lets you train two different Assassins and hire your friends and other players to assist you in completing objectives.

Why we love it

First of all, Assassin's Creed Identity is the first mobile game to incorporate the third-person urban traversal gameplay style established in the main console titles in the Assassin's Creed franchise. It also boasts stunning graphics with custom-made HD textures, shaders, and models made possible with the Unity game engine. Moreover, it features an Italian Renaissance setting with support for open-map exploration for each location.

For those who...

  • ... are fans of the Assassin's Creed franchise. ... enjoys playing action role-playing games. ... appreciates games with gorgeous graphics.

Not for those who...

  • ... tend to veer away from role-playing games. ... gravitate toward casual games.
The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries

Explore the untold story of Michonne.

The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
Michonne

For those who enjoy The Walking Dead, TellTale games, or any cinematic adventure.

Typical of Telltale’s games, The Walking Dead: Michonne is a cinematic interactive adventure game of choice and consequence, where every decision the player makes influences the flow of the story. In this three-part miniseries, players will tap and swipe to kill zombies and ultimately find out what separated Michonne from and what brought her back to her trusted group.

Why we love it

It's developed by Telltale, so you can expect to enjoy high production values with cinematic graphics and sounds. And the quality is not only superficial, as the game features a complex and deep story about loss and regret. Plus, the game effectively fills in the blanks left by the absence of one of the iconic characters in the "Walking Dead" series.

For those who...

  • ... are fans of Telltale's games, the "Walking Dead" comic books, or the "Walking Dead" TV series. ... enjoy story-driven adventure games.

Not for those who...

  • ... are not fans of any entry in the "Walking Dead" franchise. ... want games that aren't too deep and complex.
Rusty Lake Hotel

A hotel where everything is worth dying for

Rusty Lake Hotel
Strange Puzzles

For those who like a good puzzle adventure game with a fun twist.

A puzzle adventure game for iOS that delivers animal personification, and mystery. The game delivers familiar elements for the genre, and yet easily stands on its own with a fresh approach and storyline. There’s an overarching puzzle scheme that is developed by solving little puzzles in each room of the guests. You get to explore each of six rooms one at a time, trying to solve each little brain teaser that you uncover.

Why we love it

Rusty Lake Hotel offers a unique art style that is sure to turn heads, and the puzzles themselves can be rather challenging, but it is still fun. It's a refreshing experience that everyone should try on their Apple TV.

For those who...

  • Like unique games
  • Love animals and don't mind seeing them in a new light
  • Enjoy puzzles

Not for those who...

  • Don't like puzzles
  • Want a casual game
  • Get weirded out by personified animals
Isoland

Explore an island in the Atlantic Ocean as you solve the puzzles and surrounding mysteries.

Isoland
Explore the island

For those who like story-based, logic puzzle games.

The riddles and puzzles in Isoland will test your creative thinking and the interesting story will entertain you. The game has amazing visuals with its unique illustrative design and the entire experience is wonderfully immersive for those who enjoy this genre.

Why we love it

You are a researcher who travels to a mysterious island upon your friend’s request. But, once you arrive you realize that you are trapped, just like the rest of the inhabitants. You are tricked, tested, and troubled by the secrets you unravel. Welcome to Isoland.

For those who...

  • Like story-based games
  • Enjoy logic puzzle challenges

Not for those who...

  • Prefer score or level-based games
  • Dislike puzzle challenges
Lifeline: Whiteout

How to save a life.

Lifeline: Whiteout
Help a lost survivor

For gamers who enjoy a choose-your-own adventure.

Just like the other games in the series, you’ll interact with V. Adams through real-time notifications. While the gameplay dynamic is familiar to anyone who has ever played a choose-your-own-adventure, the Lifeline series has been popular for a great reason.

Why we love it

The previous games have done a great job developing characters you’ll truly care about along with throwing in a great dose of suspense. And Lifeline: Whiteout continues that tradition. It's highly recommend.

For those who...

  • Enjoy choose-your-own adventures.
  • Like suspenseful games and want to care about the characters.

Not for those who...

  • Are looking for a game with tons of action.
  • Don't like to wait.
Agent A: A puzzle in disguise

Secret agent puzzle action

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise
The House Is Full of Secrets

For those who like classic point and click adventure games, and spy movies.

Agent A: A puzzle in disguise provides challenging puzzles encased in an immersive story. With retro-style imagery and a classic tale of cat and mouse, you must use your secret agent puzzle-solving skills to locate and capture Ruby La Rouge.

Why we love it

For a challenging game full of logic-based puzzles and riddles, Agent A: A puzzle in disguise is an entertaining adventure. The interesting secret agent story, ingenious gadgets and devices, and enjoyable, casual gameplay make this puzzler a winner.

For those who...

  • Enjoy fast-paced adventures
  • Dislike puzzle games
  • Prefer intense, action-packed gameplay

Not for those who...

  • Enjoy story-based puzzlers
  • Like clever, challenging puzzles
  • Prefer relaxed gameplay
République

Keep Hope alive in this thrilling, stealth adventure.

République
République

For those who like stealth games that are rather thrilling to play.

In Republique, you receive a phone from Hope who is trapped and trying to escape a totalitarian state. You use the security cameras to help her find a way out. With puzzles, strategy, and decision-making, it is up to you to save her.

Why we love it

If you enjoy immersive games with a series of episodes to keep you enthralled, then Republique is the game for you. It contains a thrilling story, easy controls, and perplexing situations and puzzles.

For those who...

  • Story-based games
  • Immersive games

Not for those who...

  • Prefer arcade games
  • Dislike episodic games
Paul Pixel - The Awakening

Save the Earth From Zombies as Paul Pixel

Paul Pixel - The Awakening
Interact with the world

For anyone who likes zombie-themes and point-and-click adventure games with humor.

Paul Pixel ($1.99) by Xoron GmbH is a classic point-and-click adventure game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where alien zombies have taken over. If you’re a fan of the point-and-click genre and love some zombie apocalypse action, then Paul Pixel is the game for you. I know that zombies have been a sub-genre in the horror category for a long time, but it just seems to have become even more popular after “The Walking Dead” hit the airwaves. For me, I definitely got into the zombie thing much more after I fell in love with “The Walking Dead,” though I still have my own qualms regarding the show. I doubt I’ll get into every single zombie apocalypse themed show, movie, or game, but hey, I know how the gist of them go by now anyway. And as a person who grew up with 8-bit pixelated games, Paul Pixel immediately caught my attention when I saw it on the App Store this week, so I had to give it a try. In terms of visuals, Paul Pixel is beautiful and pays a nice homage to the retro pixelated games that I grew up with. It is also a bit reminiscent of Sword & Sworcery (http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/04/what-is-this-sworcery-superbrothers-sword-sworcery-ep-updated-for-the-retina-ipad)’s style, at least with the main character sprite. Even though Paul Pixel is done up entirely in hand-crafted pixel art, there’s still a lot of detail to be found in the game, and the colors range from nice and vivid brights to darker, gloomier tones when necessary. Animations are super smooth and fluid on my iPhone 7, so I did not experience any lag or choppy frame rates. The game’s soundtrack is also a treat, as the chiptunes are made on an original Commodore C64 SID, so it’s genuine like back in the good old days. In terms of visuals and audio, Paul Pixel is quirky and delightful, serving as a nice tribute to classics. The game starts out with a cutscene that’s done rather well, and it sets up the plot for the game. In the beginning, you will see a giant alien spaceship flying over the towering skyscrapers of a metropolitan city, emitting familiar beeps and boops. You’ll soon discover that the ships don’t just bring aliens, but they unleash a horde of brain-eating zombies unto the Earth, causing chaos and destruction as we know it. Then you’ll find Paul Pixel in his home, just chilling, until he turns on the TV and discovers that he’s living in a city that is now under quarantine. The objective of the game? To get out of the city, but then it’s up to Paul Pixel himself to save the world, naturally. If you have a good sense of humor, you will appreciate all of the game’s ludicrousness, and there are even references to pop culture that you may find hidden later on. Either way, it’s a nice homage to everything. Controls in the game follow the traditional point-and-click techniques of older games, but everything here has been optimized for touch screens. To get Paul to move, just tap on where you want him to go to. Once he is next to the edge of the screen, he is able to move on to the next area if need be. To interact with objects in the environment, just tap on them. If they require another object first, the game informs you of what you should look for. Tapping on smaller items lets you carry them in your stash, and you can access the stash at any time by tapping on the hand icon in the bottom right corner. Select the item you want to use, and it will show up in Paul’s hand so you can go to another object or NPC and interact with them using the object. While the controls work well enough, I did find that it can be a bit clunky at times. Another thing I don’t particularly like is the fact that when characters speak, there’s no way to go through the dialogue faster, so you just have to sit there and read it rather slowly. I wish that there was a way to just tap to advance the text, so hopefully the developer can consider adding that in a future update. Like every point-and-click adventure game, Paul Pixel has a good amount of puzzles that you have to solve before you can advance in the game. They’re not too difficult and are usually pretty easy to solve if you are observant of the areas you’re in. There will be a bit of back-and-forth as you take closer examinations of the environment for key items, but it isn’t anything too tedious. I’m still pretty early on in the game, but it seems that the game is not too long — the App Store description says that the entire game can be played through in about three hours. Despite the short game time, I think Paul Pixel is still worth checking out. I love the vintage pixel art style, and the SID music is top-notch. As a big fan of retro chiptune music, I found the soundtrack of Paul Pixel to be wonderful to listen to as I play, and it’s rather soothing despite the post-apocalyptic game setting. Controls work decently enough but could use further refinements to make it more intuitive and less clunky, in my opinion. I also hope that there will be a way to make the dialogue text go faster, because it feels a bit slow at the moment. Still, it’s an amusing way to pass a few hours for just two bucks. I recommend giving Paul Pixel a try if you’re into zombie-apocalypse themes and enjoy point-and-click adventure games. Paul Pixel - The Awakening is on the App Store as a universal download for your iPhone and iPad for just $1.99 (http://getapp.cc/app/947548754).

Why we love it

Paul Pixel has awesome retro pixel artwork, delightful SID chip tunes, easy controls, and challenging puzzles to solve as you progress through the story.

For those who...

  • Like post-apocalyptic zombie themes
  • Enjoy point-and-click adventures
  • Like to solve puzzles

Not for those who...

  • Don't like point-and-click adventure games
  • Don't care for zombie themes
  • Don't like puzzles
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

The zombie apocalypse saga continues in season 3 of Telltale's acclaimed series

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier
Meet Javier

For fans of “The Walking Dead” and Telltale’s brand of interactive gaming

Like its predecessors — and like most of Telltale’s other titles, for that matter — The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure game of choice and consequence. As such, it challenges you to make the right moves at crucial points in the game since every decision you come to will impact the later events and elements in the story.

Why we love it

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier marks another victory for Telltale in terms of storytelling, character development, and graphics rendering. And it hardly matters whether you’ve played the first two seasons to enjoy this season or not. If you have, then you can load your saves from the previous seasons and expect to gain extra meaning out of the third season. If not, then you’re in for a treat: a brand new story centered on a brand new character, essentially about the choices people make in times of great crisis.

For those who...

  • you’re a fan of the “Walking Dead” franchise.
  • you enjoy games focused on interactive storytelling.

Not for those who...

  • you’re averse to gore and violence.
  • you prefer games with instant gratification.