2022 has been a bumper year for adventure games

Last year saw an adrenaline rush on many fronts in the adventure game genre, and not just because we got a brand new Monkey Island game. In 2022, adventure games have spread their wings beyond the often stereotypical hero’s journey limits, and it’s nice to see more games getting experimental and weird, and even quite vague with their endings at times.

It was also a great year to see how the various games’ approaches to role-playing, choice, characterization, and exploration gave the genre greater variety and nuance. A fortune-telling isn’t just about following a narrative thread of discovery, but a metaphorically rich medium for exploring emotion, revelation, and, if you’re lucky, some really good jokes. Here is an overview of my favorites this year.

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