When I go to the Games section of Google Play, I see a ton of puzzle games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush, but where are the real games?
Okay okay, it's not like those aren't really games.... but where are the action games with in depth stories and more complex plots and gameplay? They are there, but with so many independent Android game developers, it can take some digging to find the ones worth downloading.
Good thing USgamer is here with a list of the 10 Best Adventure Games available on Google Play now! I personally am looking forward to Gemini Rue. A 16-bit, noir/cyberpunk adventure game set in the future? Sign me up!
The Walking Dead: Season 1 & 2 ($24.99 each)
I'm counting The Walking Dead Seasons 1 and 2 as a single game for the purposes of this article, even though you have to purchase them separately. With seasons 1 and 2, you'll get to experience the story of Lee Everett and Clementine as they attempt to survive during a zombie apocalypse. Both titles offer up some of the finest characters, characterization, and presentation you can find on Android and they're just as full-featured as their PC counterparts.
There is a trick though. While both games are listed as free on the Google Play Store, that's just the client. You still have to buy each episode ($5) or pay for the full season pass ($25) via in-app purchase.
Broken Sword 5: Episode 1 ($4.99) & 2 (5$.99)
Broken Sword 5 is a follow-up to the classic Broken Sword point-and-click adventure games on PC. You can pick up an improved version of the first game, Shadow of the Templars, on the Google Play Store, but these are all-new entries. The series follows the adventures of George Stobbart and journalist Nico Collard as they attempt to uncover an ancient conspiracy. Broken Sword 5 is full of great dialogue and it's more tongue-in-cheek than The Walking Dead; pick these games up if you miss the lighter adventure games of yesteryear. 1
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Gemini Rue ($4.99)
Gemini Rue is a cyberpunk adventure game taking place in the 23rd century, dealing primarily with the crime syndicate Boryokudan, who controls a popular drug called Juice. The story follows a few different characters and sticks close to the visual style of Lucasarts' original SCUMM adventure titles. Gemini Rue is a good, gritty adventure from start to finish and it's well-worth the $5 you'd probably spend on a McDonald's Value Meal or something.
Tiny Thief (Free)
Tiny Thief is a charming all-ages take on classic adventure titles. While most of the games on this list stick with an old-school 2D aesthetic, Tiny Thief looks like a lot of recent mobile titles: all bright colors and simple shapes. The benefit of this is the game stands out in a crowd. The gameplay is still the same - grab everything that's not nailed down, bring it to the right spot, and repeat - but it feels refreshing in its simplicity.
Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold, Episode 1
Another mobile adventure game in style of Lucasarts' classic SCUMM games, Fester Mudd is a three-episode adventure. In fact, it's best to think of Fester Mudd like Monkey Island in the Wild West. Fester and Guybrush may be brothers from another mother, but the game's overall quality and humorous writing remain consistent throughout. Of course, that because Fester benefitted from the work of former Sierra Entertainment writer and designer Josh Mandel. The only problem with the game? Episodes 2 and 3 are still nowhere to be seen.
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