February 19, 2010 2:37 PM Subscribe
My boyfriend has been playing Psychonauts for the past couple of weeks and I like the concept of different worlds with different challenges, skills, and puzzles. I also enjoyed playing Myst. What other adventurous quests are there?
posted by divabat to Computers & Internet (31 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I liked about Psychonauts and Myst:
* The puzzles/challenges are direct manipulations of the environment (so not some random vaguely-related puzzle game like Puzzle Pirates - it's fun but not what I'm after)
* Part of the puzzle is working out what skills you need to solve it
* Aspects of other games (such as Psychonauts' beating up Censors to collect energy)
* The environment is fun, expansive, good for exploring
* You're not just pointing&clicking OR whacking bad guys OR playing mini puzzles...you're doing a mix of things
* Everything you do contributes to a larger story
My boyfriend suggested Jazz Jackrabbit, which I loved as a kid but isn't quite the same thing - it's a side scroller with limited controls and interaction. Rayman comes close. He also suggested Assassin's Creed (though he didn't like it much) and Half-Life (but I'm not a fan of gore). Something like MIT's The Game would be a good real-life equivalent.
Ideally it would be free and playable online, since I'm on an Ubuntu netbook, but I know that's rather reaching. We do have a desktop with Windows XP that's used for gaming, and my boyfriend buys games off Steam. Thanks!