This was started out as an email lilysea
, who was looking for games like Broken Age, but if I make it a post I can share with other people and maybe get more suggestions! Also warning if any of these require hand and eye coordination or fast reflexes.
I love that there's this resurgence in the genre and that most of these are like $10 and playable on the Mac. I haven't included any visual novels because that's a different genre. Note that many of these are on sale right now on Steam!
Old game I liked but haven't played in over a decade:Legend of Kyrandia 2: The Hand of Fate
: Fun silly high fantasy with a female protagonist
Games I have enjoyed recently on the Mac:Gone Home
: Really good storytelling, very simple puzzles, you are a young woman coming home to an empty house figuring out what's up with your family. Currently one of the gayest games I've played :) Broken Age
: Charming, funny, and gorgeous intertwined story of two teenagers (one a black girl omg) in a fantasy/scifi setting. Story stops abruptly halfway through because the second half is still in production.Myst
: Updated version of the classic walk around puzzle game. Atmospheric and pretty. The Blackwell Legacy
(and the next 2 games in the series): Grumpy, cynical women reluctantly badgered into saving people with their psychic powers. Has some dark tropey stuff about ~madness~.
Haven't played but heard good things about, available for Mac:Wolf Among Us:
A prequel to the Fables graphic novels, you are Bigby Wolf solving a murder mystery. Lots of difficult decisions, some of which must be made quickly.The Walking Dead
: Zombies, if you like that sort of thing. (And good characters and stuff, apparently? But also ZOMBIES)Kentucky Route Zero
: Eerie road trip through abandoned parts of America.Sam and Max Hit The Road
: over the top dark humour shenanigans Syberia
: Art nouveua steampunk with female protagonist Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
: What you'd expect given the title?Machinarium
You are a little robot making their way through a mechanised dystopia. I got bored and stuck on the puzzles but lots of people love it. To The Moon
: Bittersweet, about doctors helping dying people in their dreams. One of them is a woman?
The rest of these games aren't available for Mac, sorry Lily!
My ABSOLUTE FAVORITES a decade ago but they're not available for Mac:Monkey Island
: Hilarious tropey pirate adventure, very Pirates of the Carribean. Don't like the look of the new art but ymmv.Gabriel Knight
: moody supernatural murder mystery in New Orleans. Kinda racist in it's depiction of voodoo. Good Old Games has the original version with Tim Curry and the dated but more artistic graphics. Had a reaction time bit at the end I never got past, I vaguely recall hearing they may have removed that in the new version.Gabriel Knight 2
: BISEXUAL GERMAN WEREWOLVES. For a long time was the gayest game I had ever played, but it's all very Tragic Gay and even in like 2002 the graphics was super dated. The "piece together the ~secret history~ from real historical objects" puzzles were very well done in this and the next game. Gabriel Knight 3
: steals from all the same sources as the Davinci Code but makes more sense AND has vampires.
Haven't played but heard good things about, just Windows:Lifeless Planet
: You are a cosmonaut on a lifeless planet, figuring out it's secrets
Not currently available for modern Mac or PC:
Gateway: old game based on the Frederic Pohl scifi book. Haven't played myself.
Day of the Tentacle: old scifi humour I never had the chance to finish, an update is coming!
Ghost Trick: DS/phone game I have heard good things about. You are a ghost solving your own murder?
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: super fun legal trials and mysteries, DS/phone only.
Hotel Dusk: Moody noir murder mystery, DS/phone only.