Immerse yourself in some exciting interactive adventures.
Throughout video game history there have been hundreds of titles that belong to the hugely diverse adventure and action-adventure genres. The short list below includes just a few of those that are consistent with the tone and subject matter of this website. Preference has been given to excellent games, in addition to those that were innovative in some way. Although no series has all its games featured here, several have contributed multiple entries. A game some might feel should be included may not be—and vice-versa, which is the inevitable result of personal preference. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the list is not final; other entries will be added over time.
As with Escape & Adventure’s literature and film selections, the games are ordered chronologically, making it easy to chart their evolution and advancement over the years. This also highlights the inspiration some games provided for others. By clicking on any of the cover image links below, one will be taken to a separate page with an extensive and detailed retrospective of each game. If you get the chance, escape into them and enjoy some of the grandest digital adventures ever created.
Prince of Persia (1989)
The classic adventure platformer ‘Prince of Persia’ was released in 1989 and was the first game that really gave players the opportunity to engage in a swashbuckling adventure—complete with exploration, sword fights, and death-defying leaps of faith over spike-filled pits.
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (1992)
In 1992 one of the greatest adventure games ever made was released to the world. ‘Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis’ gave fans of the film series the chance to embark on their own grand historical and archaeological adventure with one of pop culture’s most well-loved heroes.
Tomb Raider (1996)
‘Tomb Raider’ is the game that introduced us to iconic archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft. It allowed us to adventure in a 3-D world for the first time and featured incredibly immersive and atmospheric environments, the likes of which one had never been able to experience before.
Tomb Raider: Legend (2006)
In 2006 a new lease of life was given to the then languishing decade-old series featuring archaeologist and adventurer Lara Croft. With the release of ‘Legend’ ‘Tomb Raider’ returned to form and Lara was brought back from the brink of oblivion to where she belongs.
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (2007)
The first in a four-part series of games, ‘Drake’s Fortune’ tells the story of a hunt for the lost treasure of El Dorado. The ‘Uncharted’ series went on to have enormous critical success and the first entry set a new standard for historical mystery-focused action-adventure titles.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
‘Uncharted 2: Among Thieves’ is the unabashed elite action-adventure extraordinaire of its generation, and probably of all time. It succeeds uniformly well with almost everything it attempts and offers an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable escape and adventure.
Far Cry 3 (2012)
Complete freedom in a dangerous tropical island paradise is a succinct way to convey the essence of ‘Far Cry 3’. Released in 2012, Ubisoft’s game allows players to partake in a wonderful story-driven experience set in a beautiful colourful open world somewhere in the South Pacific.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
In ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ Lara continues her late father’s quest to find a mysterious immortality-bestowing artifact known as the Divine Source. It is a fantastic and lengthy adventure game that manages to innovate while still capturing the spirit of—and paying homage to—the series’ origins.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (2017)
Ten years after the first entry of its much-lauded action-adventure series, Naughty Dog released ‘The Lost Legacy’. It provides a fantastic gaming experience combining the sense of adventure of the series’ earliest titles with jaw-dropping visuals and finely-tuned mechanics.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (2017)
No other civilization has the power to inspire quite like Ancient Egypt and ‘Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ brings it to life like never before. Entering its beautiful and detailed world as Bayek of Siwa on his quest for revenge makes one feel that they are participating in a grand historical epic.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)
Lara Croft takes her fight with Trinity to the South American jungle, where new dangers lie in wait. If interesting history, amazing archaeology, immersive environments, and atmospheric ancient ruins is what you are after, ‘Shadow of the Tomb Raider’ offers more than almost any other game.
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