Wcctech’s Best Adventure Games in 2021
Wanderlust is an inherent trait of humanity. We all want to see, hear and experience new things. Some want to climb mountains, and others want to explore strange cities. Some just want to talk to a stranger. Adventure games offer a chance to satiate that feeling in one way or another, and these games offer some of the best adventures available this year.
Without further ado, check out our list of the best adventure games of 2021 and vote for your own favorite in the poll placed at the end of the article.
Check out Wccftech’s other lists of the best games of 2021: Fighters, Platformers, Strategy & Simulation, Shooters, Sports & Racing, RPGs, Horror and Indie.
There are old stories of how audiences reacted to new storytelling techniques. You can imagine children running away in fear as the Shadow Caster begins to spin. You’ve heard of adults diving for cover when a filmed train appeared to be hurtling towards them. Most of these stories are fake or exaggerated, but playing Mundaun feels like something is popping off the screen.
It looks hand-drawn, but not in a cute way. Looks like the doodles of an uncomfortable nightmare come to life. And it feels like that. Mundaun is an exploration of hostile landscapes and strange old world practices. If you like Folk Horror, you’ll love Mundaun.
To the east
Eastward is a ruined world adventure. It’s not quite post-apocalyptic, but it doesn’t get any better. There’s a coziness to the setting that the beautiful pixel art perfectly highlights and intensifies: like sitting under a blanket and watching a storm overhead.
The story involves a father/daughter relationship, which isn’t exactly groundbreaking but is well-managed, and the journey through the declining world is so imaginative and thoughtful that you can get carried away in the most cliched areas. There’s a certain way to fight, but the core of the game is more like Studio Ghibli and the movies that exist at the end of things.
Life is Strange: True Colors (9.5)
Life is Strange: True Colors is the next installment in the Life is Strange spin-off games from Deck Nine studio. These are the talented minds behind Before the Storm who explored the life and relationship of Chloe Price and Rachel Amber. In True Colors, however, they had full reign to introduce new characters and settings.
Life is Strange 2 was a bit of a mixed bag for fans. While some enjoyed exploring American culture as a whole, others preferred the more detailed examination that resulted from focusing on a single setting. True Colors does just that, letting you fall in love with the characters, places, and tragedies of small-town Colorado.
You play as Alex, a young woman with the gift/curse of magical empathy. She can sense the emotions of those around her, reading their thoughts to identify what makes them feel that way. But it comes at a cost, and strong emotions can infect it, making situations worse. His adventure revolves around his brother and the town where he settled. It is truly an incredible story and a heartbreaking journey.
The Forgotten City (8.5)
The Forgotten City is likely to become one of the most underrated adventure games of the decade. It’s utterly fantastic, redefines the genre, and contains some of the medium’s best storytelling to date. And it all started as a Skyrim mod.
The adventure of The Forgotten City is wrapped in classic mythology, but that’s only the first layer. As you explore the doomed titular city, you quickly discover ruins beneath the buildings and various stories connected to them. The town is governed by the mysterious Golden Rule which, if broken, dooms everyone, regardless of their involvement in the transgression. Remnants of the civilizations that attempted to survive under this system are all around you, but nonetheless, there is hope and agency in the characters you meet on your journey. There’s so much to explain about this game, but it’s worth discovering most of it for yourself.
There have been many simulation games that give you insight into the professions of train drivers, truck drivers, bus drivers, pilots and so many other jobs. Those who like these games are satisfied with the technical accuracy and complexity. Lake is not that game.
In Lake, you play as a temporary postman, covering a single route for two weeks. The scenery is beautiful but unremarkable, which makes it all the more fascinating to travel the same roads. There is also a story, a slice-of-life drama that unfolds among the people of the small town where you deliver. You won’t see any major twists or alien landscapes, but you’ll have the chance to escape.
If you’re looking for the aforementioned alien landscapes, look no further than Sable. Inspired by the sci-fi landscapes of Star Wars and Dune, this quiet adventure has you cycling through the desert landscape in search of a mask that matches your personality.
There is no grand planet rescue mission or princess to rescue from a castle. You are simply seeking where you belong, and in doing so you must discover the world in which you dwell. It’s a fantastic trip that lasts the time it takes you to find accommodation.
Part narrative adventure, part roguelike exploration, Road 96 is an unusual, challenging, and beautiful journey along a road to the border of a fictional country. You play as a series of teenagers each seeking their own escape from an inspiring authoritarian government. Each teenager starts at the wrong end of route 96 and you have to drive them down the highway.
Each breakpoint gives you a glimpse of the world they are trying to escape from. You will also be able to meet strangers representing the changing ideologies and why the teenagers chose to flee. You have surprising power throughout the story, though you don’t really know how your choices changed things until you reach the end.
One of the more experimental adventure games on the list, Road 96 offers something interesting and different for those yearning to explore.
Life is Strange: True Colors 35%, 15 voice
15 votes – 35% of all votes
The forgotten city 21%, 9 voice
9 votes – 21% of all votes
Route 96 14%, 6 voice
6 votes – 14% of all votes
To the east 12%, 5 voice
5 votes – 12% of all votes
Sable 12%, 5 voice
5 votes – 12% of all votes
Lake 7%, 3 voice
3 votes – 7% of all votes
Mundaun 0%, 0 voice
0 votes – 0% of all votes