|A Tale of Two Kingdoms||Windows||Link|
|Adventures in the Galaxy of Fantabulous Wonderment||Windows||Space adventure where you explore the galaxy, trade, fight, etc. Has quite a few culture references some may not pick up on.||Link|
|Ao Oni||Windows||A freeware horror game done in RPG Maker. Similar to Clock Tower but with a more cliched plot. A group of middle schoolers go to investigate a haunted mansion where people supposedly do not return from, because they are devoured by a blue demon. Even though the Ao Oni looks laughable, there are some genuinely scary moments in this short game. |
|Beneath a Steel Sky||Windows|
|Classic adventure style game that follows Robert Foster on a journey through a cyberpunk-esque metropolis. Requires ScummVM to be played, or you can download it from GoG.com. Also available as an iPhone app, but it costs cash, apparently. Fun fact: the background art is drawn by Dave Gibbons of Watchmen fame.||Link|
|Ben There, Dan That!||Windows||Ben There, Dan That! and its sequel, Time Gentlemen, Please! are two hilarious and silly indie adventures with MS Paint graphics filled with meta humor humour and references to old LucasArts games. Plays just like Sam & Max Hit the Road and obviously took a lot of inspiration from it. You can get both at once for five bucks on Steam or just download Ben There, Dan That! for free.||Link Lost|
|Chzo Mythos||Windows||Before he became "Internet Famous" for his witty video game reviews, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw actually made some games himself. A number of them turned out to be quite good, the best of which is the series of adventure/horror games known as the Chzo Mythos. Prepare for pixelated, but disturbing, scenes of slaughter.||Link|
|Clown's Pavilion||Windows||Link Lost|
|Darkverse||Windows||Currently InDev, you can fly around shooting up enemies, upgrading your ship and taking missions; Currently saving only saves your ship Configuration.||Link|
|Dead Cyborg||Windows||A free sci-fi adventure where you explore 'the meaning of life and death... in a rusty post-apocalyptic metan and concrete world'; Released in episodes, currently only 2/3 have been released.||Link|
|Dink Smallwood||Windows||You play as Dink Smallwood, A pigfarmer in a small village. Shit-ton of mods made by the community. Released as Freeware back in '99.||Link|
|Egress||Windows||Egress is a short form sci-fi adventure game set in the outer reaches of space. The story begins when you, the commander of a two man recon team, are sent hurtling into space during maintenance on an interplanetary probe. After a sudden attack from an alien black substance, you awake on a mysterious planet.||Link|
|Façade||Windows||An short interactive fiction in which you try to fix Trip and Grace's marriage. Just don't say melons.||Link|
|Gravity Bone||Windows||Stylish spy quest, very short but very good.||Link|
|Ib||Windows||You play as a young girl named Ib who takes an adventure through a demented art gallery. The game has a grim atmosphere and a heavy focus on psychological horror (with a few jump scares to thrown in). There are multiple endings as well to add interest.||Translator's blog, download is link lost|
|King's Quest III : To Heir is Human Redux||Windows||This is a recreation of the original 1986 game. Good quality voice acting and music. It is also difficult, but still fun.||Link|
|Mogeko Castle||Windows||An unsettling tale of Yonaka Kurai and her journey through Mogeko castle. All sorts of jokes and creepy ends await in this horror adventure game built in RPG Maker.||Game description & D/L Link|
|Neftelia||Windows||An adventure/mindfuck game that has somewhat the same atmosphere as Yume Nikki. Notoriously difficult to get running, however.||Game|
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|Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy!||Windows||Link|
|Octodad||Windows||Octodad is a highly ambitious freeware game by a team of students from DePaul University. To quote the official site, Octodad is a third-person adventure game about destruction, deception and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodian nature a secret from his human family.||Link|
|Photopia||Windows||Arguably one of the most introspective, haunting interactive fiction games ever created. The story revolves around the life and development of a precocious twelve-year-old girl. However, you never play as her. Instead, you play as several different characters who care for her in different ways.
Along with these perspective shifts, you're also playing through vivid, dreamlike fantasy sequences. There's a common, but subtle underlying theme that is made clear as the game progresses, and one of the last scenes is open to interpretation.
|Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die!||Steam||The fourth episode of Sam & Max Season 1 is free to download. It is of course a good old adventure game with a simple point & click interface and lots of humour. Features about 4 hours of gameplay. Why the fourth one? Who knows, maybe it's because a certain event in it has a rather large impact on the rest of the series and gets referenced frequently, so people who only bought seasons 2 or 3 would know what's going on. In any case you don't really need prior knowledge about Sam & Max to play this one.||Link|
|Slouching Towards Bedlam||Z-Machine||In a dystopian Victorian Steampunk setting, in an alternate timeline, you play as the new head of the local insane asylum. When the game starts out, you're listening to a recording by your predecessor, who rambles about why he committed suicide.
This sparks a chain of events that lead you to explore the asylum and the surrounding city and discover the big secret behind everything, at which point you are absolutely, completely free to choose how to respond, with almost no prompting whatsoever aside from the in-game hints system. The writing is heavily atmospheric. This award-winning work of interactive fiction features five different endings and highly advanced NPCs.
|Space Funeral||Windows||Space Funeral is a short psychedelic RPG filled with bizarre characters, surreal settings, and Lynchian dialogue. You play a man named Phillip who must travel to the Blood Cavern with Leg Horse in order to make the world right again. The game is also noted for its terrific music.||Link|
|Spider and Web||Z-Machine||You're a highly trained spy with a wide variety of high-tech gadgetry, and you've been taken captive by your enemies and are being forced against your will to re-live the last hour of your intrusion into their secret compound.
This game has quite a few traditional puzzles, but most of them focus entirely on perspective, on the relationship between the player and the protagonist, and require plenty of lateral thinking to solve. You're also given a wide variety of choices on how to respond to your captors, and the dialogue is rather interesting.
|Stargate Adventures||Windows||A Point-and-Click adventure game where you play as Jack 'O Neall; Takes place between Seasons 8 and 9.||Link|
|Twisty's Asylum Escapades||Windows||Twisty's Asylum Escapades is a dark, 3D, single player, action adventure video game and is the premier gaming project by the masterminds at Twisted Jenius. You play as Twisty; the evil, disembodied floating brain with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth, as he makes his way through this bizarre mental facility, fighting enemies and solving puzzles in order to secure his own "early release" from the asylum.||Link|
|Which||Windows||A short game where you look for a way to open the door out of the small house. Lacks any sort of options and the 'low' quality version is still pretty high so be sure your PC is good enough.||Link|
|White Chamber, The||Windows||You wake up on a ship in space, encounter some very horrifying scenes (despite the cartoonish art direction), and slowly piece together what the hell was going on (it wasn't pretty). This is one you can finish in a couple of hours, but has received very high praise from critics for its clever puzzles, chilling atmosphere, and terrific story.||Link|
|Yume Nikki||Windows||Wander around a little girl's dreams (most of which are extremely disturbing) while collecting abilities, most of which don't do squat. The gameplay is mainly about exploration, as you are not given any specific goal nor given any clue about where to go, and the places available can sometimes be very large. The game heavily relies on atmosphere. Definitely an interesting experience, nonetheless, give it a try. This game has it's own *chan.|
Has several fangames and fan-sequels in the same vein, some linked here: