Top Nerdy 10: Nostalgic Adventure Games

Greetings, Curious Crowd, and welcome to another Top Nerdy Ten. I’m your host, Rach. In honour of nerdstalgia week, this TNT is a countdown of my favourite adventure games from Sierra and LucasArts. Cue the MIDI intro music! 

10. Mixed-Up Mother Goose

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The title really says it all. Just a fun old school Sierra kid’s game. Not to mention I’m a huge fan of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Jack, Jill, Humpty, Mary, and her little lamb, all of it.

9. Sam & Max Series


Based on Steve Purcell’s comics, Sam & Max aren’t your typical buddy cops. But don’t let this canine/rabbit duo fool you, these two know how to get the job done. Errr, I think…

8. The Space Quest Series

tnt11-12Star Wars fan? Trekkie? Space Quest follows the misadventures of Space Explorer/Janitor, Roger Wilco. Puns abound.  Oh, them glorious puns.

7. The Dig


Tonally, this game is quite different compared to the others on this list. The storyline was much more serious (Asteroid + Earth = AHHH!!!!). Plus the puzzles were slightly more difficult than your typical adventure game, but it was still a lot of fun.

6. Maniac Mansion & Day of the Tentacle


This game reminded me so much of the Scooby Gang (Buffy reference anyone?).


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Magic spells, music, mythology, oh myyy! For a game that came out 25 years ago, the storyline was perhaps the most compelling part about LOOM.

4. Grim Fandango


If you’re a fan of film noir, this is your dream game. Not only is the world populated with wacky characters, but it has an equally fun, jazzy, soundtrack.

3. The Monkey Island Series


To this day I maintain that the best part of the entire series is the Insult Sword Fighting. Also, how badass is the name, Guybrush Threepwood?

2. Full Throttle


My dad actually won a copy of this game back in the day and my brother and I spent hours trying to work through each challenge as quickly as possible. Damn, forks. Ben and Mo forever.

1. The King’s Quest Series

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This game was a family affair for us. Even after all these years, I still remember how frustrating KQ VI was. Do not even start with us and the swamp ooze… Last month, the iconic Sierra series was rebooted and released on Steam so be sure to check that out!


What were your go-to adventure games growing up? Let us know in the comments below.

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