Games with Great Scenarios

by pylke | created - 29 Sep 2014 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

Some games with great scenarios and lasting impressions in random order

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1. Sanitarium (1998 Video Game)

T | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After a horrific car crash your character ends up in an asylum. You must find out how you came to be there and recover your identity.

Director: Martin Stoltz | Stars: Frank Schurter, Stephen Bennett, Brad Broman, Amanda Crocker

Votes: 358

2. Broken Sword: Circle of Blood (1996 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Mystery

George Stobbart, an American tourist in Paris, attempts to unravel a conspiracy when he witnesses a bomb attack on a small Parisian cafe.

Director: Charles Cecil | Stars: Rolf Saxon, Hazel Ellerby, Rachel Atkins, David Bannerman

Votes: 886

3. Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (1997 Video Game)

Adventure, Mystery

George Stobbart is an eyewitness to the kidnapping of his girlfriend Nicole Collard.

Director: Charles Cecil | Stars: Rolf Saxon, Flaminia Cinque, Dennis Chinnery, Stephanie Clive

Votes: 640

4. Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (2003 Video Game)


While George witnesses the murder of one of his clients, Nicole finds herself in a similar situation. They soon realize that both murders are connected.

Director: Charles Cecil | Stars: Rolf Saxon, Sarah Crook, Alison Pettitt, Andy Secombe

Votes: 386

5. Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (2013 Video Game)

T | Adventure

After a murder in a Parisian art gallery, George and Nico find themselves in a series of mysterious situations.

Directors: Charles Cecil, Joanna Green | Stars: Rolf Saxon, Emma Tate, Nicholas Boulton, David Shaw Parker

Votes: 246

6. The Longest Journey (1999 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

April Ryan is a young visual-arts student in Venice, Newport. She's been having some strange dreams lately, but little does she know about the important role she'll have in changing the future.

Directors: Didrik Tollefsen, Ragnar Tørnquist | Stars: Sarah Hamilton, Regina Lund, Louis Aguirre, Roger Raines

Votes: 1,010

7. Dreamfall: The Longest Journey (2006 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Ten years past the inexplicable technological collapse of 2209, in a renewedly rallying future world, twenty-year-old Zoë must set out for a journey to help a friend expose an ultimate conspiracy that may be connected with the recurring visions she have been seeing lately.

Director: Ragnar Tørnquist | Stars: Ellie Conrad-Leigh, Sarah Hamilton, Gavin O'Connor, Ralph Byers

Votes: 1,066

8. Indigo Prophecy (2005 Video Game)

M | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is forced to go on the run after he unwillingly becomes involved in a series of supernatural crimes that have haunted New York City.

Director: David Cage | Stars: David Gasman, Paul Bandey, Sharon Mann, Doug Rand

Votes: 2,572

9. Grim Fandango (1998 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Manuel Calavera is a travel agent in The Land of the Dead who has stumbled across a ring of corruption.

Director: Tim Schafer | Stars: Tony Plana, Maria Canals-Barrera, Alan Blumenfeld, Pamela Adlon

Votes: 2,950

10. L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)

M | Action, Crime, Drama

Cole Phelps, a war hero and rookie cop, moves up the ranks and solves dark cases in 1940s Los Angeles.

Director: Brendan McNamara | Stars: Aaron Staton, Michael McGrady, Adam J. Harrington, Sean McGowan

Votes: 13,139

11. The Secret of Monkey Island (1990 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Young pirate wanna-be Guybrush Threepwood sets out to pass the Three Trials, woo the governess Elaine Marley, reach the fabled Monkey Island and vanquish the nefarious ghost pirate LeChuck.

Directors: Craig Derrick, Ron Gilbert | Stars: Dominic Armato, Earl Boen, Alexandra Boyd, Leilani Jones

Votes: 2,586

12. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991 Video Game)

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Having vanquished the ghost pirate LeChuck with a soft drink, Guybrush Threepwood now seeks the treasure of Big Whoop. During his quest he discovers LeChuck is back from the dead. Once again.

Director: Ron Gilbert | Stars: Dominic Armato, Earl Boen, Alexandra Boyd, Leilani Jones

Votes: 1,993

13. The Curse of Monkey Island (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

After escaping an evil carnival, Guybrush encounters both his true love Elaine and his arch-enemy LeChuck. After defeating LeChuck Guybrush proposes marriage to Elaine, mistakenly using a cursed diamond ring, turning her into solid gold.

Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Earl Boen, Denny Delk

Votes: 2,304

14. Escape from Monkey Island (2000 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Returning from their honeymoon, Guybrush and Elaine find that Elaine has been declared dead, a ruthless Australian land developer is buying up the Caribbean, and all are in a race to discover the terrible secret of the Ultimate Insult.

Stars: Dominic Armato, Charity James, Earl Boen, Nick Tate

Votes: 1,206

15. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 - Launch of the Screaming Narwhal (2009 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure

After accidentally releasing a voodoo pox while attempting to permanently destroy LeChuck, Guybrush must investigate the cause of winds that are keeping ships from leaving Flotsam Island.

Director: Michael Stemmle | Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Adam Harrington, Tim Talbot

Votes: 249

16. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 - The Siege of Spinner Cay (2009 Video Game)

Adventure, Comedy

Guybrush travels to the Jerkbait Islands to learn more about a sponge capable of curing the voodoo pox. But he soon runs into trouble.

Director: Mark Darin | Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Kevin Blackton, Roger Jackson

Votes: 180

17. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 - Lair of the Leviathan (2009 Video Game)

Adventure, Comedy

Guybrush and Morgan LeeFlay find themselves in deep trouble after their ship is swallowed by a manatee.

Directors: Joe Pinney, Jake Rodkin | Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Kevin Blackton, Alison Ewing

Votes: 189

18. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 - The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood (2009 Video Game)


Guybrush is arrested and put on trial for his past actions.

Director: Michael Stemmle | Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Kevin Blackton, Nikki Rapp

Votes: 182

19. Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 - Rise of the Pirate God (2009 Video Game)


Guybrush must escape from the crossroads of the afterlife and thwart LeChuck's rise to power.

Directors: Mark Darin, Jake Rodkin | Stars: Dominic Armato, Alexandra Boyd, Earl Boen, Alison Ewing

Votes: 175

20. Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999 Video Game)

M | Horror, Mystery, Drama

The investigation of a kidnap leads Gabriel to the French village of Rennes-Le-Chateau where a dark and sinister mystery lies ready to be solved.

Stars: Tim Curry, Charity James, David Thomas, Philippe Bergeron

Votes: 473

21. Still Life (2005 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A young FBI agent is on the trail of a brutal serial killer. She discovers that her grandfather worked on a very similar case in Central Europe more than half a century earlier.

Stars: Claudia Besso, Mark Camacho, Sven Eriksson, Holly Gauthier-Frankel

Votes: 267

22. Machinarium (2009 Video Game)

Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A point-and-click adventure in which a humble robot must free his friend from the clutches of the nefarious Black Cap Brotherhood and save the control tower of the Steampunk-like city of Machinarium from being blown up.

Director: Jakub Dvorský

Votes: 274

23. Alpha Polaris (2011 Video Game)


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Director: Wendee Lee | Stars: Marc Graue, Alexa Kahn

Votes: 11

24. Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper (2009 Video Game)

Adventure, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes is now up against England's most violent & mysterious killer.

Stars: Rick Simmonds, David Riley, Kyle Nitcher, Lesley Staples

Votes: 93

25. Gray Matter (2010 Video Game)


Gray Matter is the first adventure game by renowned author Jane Jensen since the release of Gabriel Knight 3: the story mixes eerie goings-on with supernatural events in best Jensen-style. ... See full summary »

Director: Lorelei King | Stars: Phillipa Alexander, Sacha Dhawan, Karen Hayley, Steven Pacey

Votes: 110

26. The Black Mirror (2004 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Following the death of his grandfather, Samuel Gordon heads back to Black Mirror, the family's ancestral home, to investigate the matter.

Director: Desmond Oku | Stars: Tony Daniels, Daniel Kash, Wally Michaels, Thomas Hauff

Votes: 227

27. Black Mirror 2 (2010 Video Game)

Adventure, Horror, Mystery

12 years after the first game, a series of strange events takes young photography student Darren Michaels from his small, quaint seaside town of Biddeford, Maine to a small European tourist trap town and its old castle.

Director: Andrew Grant | Star: Tony Babcock

Votes: 128

28. Black Mirror III (2011 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime, Horror

Darren alias Adrian is now possessed by the spirit of evil Mordred, so he teams up with a renegade female priest to try and find a way to exorcise and destroy Mordred and save himself.

Directors: Michael Holzapfel, Andrew Grant | Stars: Tony Babcock, Don Berns, Razie Brownstone, David Burfoot

Votes: 95

29. Resonance (2012 Video Game)

When a brilliant physicist dies unexpectedly, the race is on to secure his work before it falls into the wrong hands. The lives of four characters become entangled as they fight against the clock to find the scientist's secret vault.

Votes: 73

30. Blackwell Unbound (2007 Video Game)


The sound of a lone, ethereal saxophone drifts over the Roosevelt Island promenade, while a series of accidents plague a construction site. The citizens of Manhattan take no notice of these events, let alone think they are connected.

Stars: Dani Marco, Abe Goldfarb, Daryl Lathon, Francisco Gonzalez

Votes: 97

31. Blackwell Convergence (2009 Video Game)

Bizarre connections are a dime a dozen for the Blackwell family, but just how far back to they go? Medium Rosangela Blackwell and her spirit guide Joey Mallone are about to find out.

Stars: Rebecca Whittaker, Abe Goldfarb, Dave Gilbert, Francisco Gonzalez

Votes: 91

32. Blackwell Deception (2011 Video Game)

Street psychics make a fortune preying on the gullible and milking them dry. So when these victims begin dying and leaving confused spirits behind, it can only take a genuine psychic (and her wayward spirit guide) to clean up the mess.

Stars: Rebecca Whittaker, Abe Goldfarb, Edward Bauer, Julia Doolittle

Votes: 88

33. Blackwell Epiphany (2014 Video Game)


A dead man's soul cries out against the force of a ferocious blizzard. The police is powerless to stop it, so the duty falls to the only ones who can. What force could be so powerful and so malevolent? Rosa and Joey mean to find out.

Stars: Abe Goldfarb, Rebecca Whittaker, Erin Winebark, Jim Mullins

Votes: 96

34. Gemini Rue (2011 Video Game)


Gemini Rue is a cyberpunk graphic adventure game made by Joshua Nuernberger, and published by Wadjet Eye Games. The game uses a point and click interface to interact with the environment to... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Nuernberger | Stars: Brian Silliman, Joe Rodriguez, Clay McLeod Chapman, Abe Goldfarb

Votes: 140

35. Shardlight (2016 Video Game)

Adventure, Sci-Fi

The world ended on the day the bombs fell. Since then, it's always been like this: disease, hunger, death. The ruling Aristocrats - a faceless oligarchy that controls all resources - have ... See full summary »

Director: Francisco Gonzalez | Stars: Shelly Shenoy, Ben Britton, Philip Callen, Andy Chmelko

Votes: 84

36. Kathy Rain (2016 Video Game)


Set in the 1990s, Kathy Rain tells the story of a strong-willed journalism major who has to come to terms with her own troubled past as she investigates the mysterious death of her recently... See full summary »

Stars: Kyle Arzaga, Andy Chmelko, Matthew Cohn, Colleen Gallagher

Votes: 118

37. Das Schwarze Auge - Satinavs Ketten (2012 Video Game)


In Andergast, King Efferdan awaits a state visit from high-ranking dignitaries. For centuries the kingdom has been at odds with neighboring Nostria, but now first steps are being undertaken toward a lasting peace.

Directors: Kai Fiebig, Franziska Reinhard | Stars: Sascha Draeger, Stephanie Kirchberger, Robert Missler, Sönke Städtler

Votes: 35

38. The Whispered World (2009 Video Game)

When the fate of a world hangs in the balance, an unusual hero, a sad 12-year-old clown, arises.

Director: Marco Hüllen | Stars: Peter Bieringer, Sinikka Compart, Holger Dexne, Thomas Fitschen

Votes: 28

40. Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes (2011 Video Game)


Lilli is the best-behaved little girl in the world. She executes all her chores in a diligent manner, no matter how unfair they may be, but her innocent way of carrying out the orders of others has something both tragic and eerie about it.

Director: Jan Müller-Michaelis | Stars: Sinikka Compart, Alianne Diehl, Thomas Fitschen, Alexx Grimm

Votes: 39

41. The Night of the Rabbit (2013 Video Game)


Join young Jerry and follow a peculiar white rabbit to the wondrous realm of Mousewood, a land where critters can speak and where mystery abounds.

Directors: Matthias Kempke, Mark Estdale, Joanna Green | Stars: Jed Kelly, Wayne Forester, Steve Furst, Peter Marinker

Votes: 28

42. A New Beginning (2010 Video Game)


In the far future, due to ecological disasters, life is only possible in caves deep under the ground and the human race is about to disappear. Some inventors were able to develop a time machine and they send some researchers back in time.

Director: Jan Müller-Michaelis | Stars: Gunnar Bergmann, Uke Bosse, Daniel Budiman, Sinikka Compart

Votes: 35

43. Her Story (2015 Video Game)

Adventure, Crime, Mystery

You're shown VHS recordings of a police interrogation. Who is the woman that's being questioned, is she guilty and what is her crime?

Director: Sam Barlow | Star: Viva Seifert

Votes: 196

44. Mafia III (2016 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

After the murder of his surrogate family at the hands of the Italian mafia, Vietnam War veteran Lincoln Clay seeks vengeance on those who took away the only thing that mattered to him.

Directors: Haden Blackman, Matthias Worch | Stars: Alex Hernandez, Lane Compton, Gordon Greene, Rick Pasqualone

Votes: 2,287

45. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (2013 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy

An emotional account of two brothers journey into the wild to bring the medicine for their father's ailment.

Director: Josef Fares | Stars: Carl-Magnus Lilljedahl, Norea Sjöquist, Kimberly Durley

Votes: 1,205

46. Gone Home (2013 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

A woman returns home after a long absence. She finds it ominously empty. In an attempt to find out where her parents and sister are, she goes through their things. What she discovers will shock her and fascinate her.

Directors: Steve Gaynor, Johnnemann Nordhagen, Karla Zimonja | Stars: Sarah Grayson, Sarah Elmaleh

Votes: 1,312

47. Inside (2016 Video Game)

M | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

Director: Arnt Jensen

Votes: 1,643

48. Limbo (2010 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A boy wakes up in a forest and sets off to find his sister.

Director: Arnt Jensen

Votes: 3,739

49. Murdered: Soul Suspect (2014 Video Game)

M | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

A detective, murdered by a serial killer, returns as a ghost and must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.

Director: Yosuke Shiokawa | Stars: Jason Brooks, Cassidy Lehrman, Travis Willingham, Tiffany Espensen

Votes: 840

50. Secret Files: Sam Peters (2013 Video Game)