Long before Dan Brown published Angels and Demons and reignited general interest the world's favorite secret group, the Crusaders cum Illuminati (which would not only lead to a book series with a film tie-in, but also inspires Nicolas Cage's whole National Treasure film series), we old school gamers already had: Broken Sword. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is all about a man who gets to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (or right place at the right time, if you happen to be an optimist) -from an unsuspecting tourist to reliable protagonist, George Stobbart becomes the perfect anchor and hook for players wading into this deceptively rich and deep story. If you love solving wonderful mysteries (especially about ancient groups that hold power over the world), then this is one point and click game you should not miss out on.
It is easy to call any old game a 'classic'; but to actually be timelessly fun enough to earn the monicker takes a lot of effort. In this regard, The Last Express has a gameplay experience that certainly qualifies. Welcome to the Orient Express, a one stop rail ride onboard the most famous train in the world. The route goes straight from the beautiful city of Paris to the exotic city of Istanbul, the era is the delicate early war period of 1914, and your co-passengers are a litany of the most suspicious yet interesting individuals to ever be affected by the current tides of politics and war. This incredible murder-mystery train ride may be on a railroad, but the paths you can take to the ending branch out to many paths.
What is it like to be the only private private investigator in the world? Detective Lewton can answer that question. Discworld Noir is a beautifully funny mix of crime mystery drama and Terry Prachett-ness. Those of you not familiar with the Discworld books will want to do a bit of reading before jumping in -while the game is friendly to those new to the story, there are a lot of cute and interesting references that would certainly be missed out on. The story is a combination of puzzle solving, exploration, some adventuring, and of course, detective work. If you love a good noir story (even one with plenty of very appropriate jokes), then this classic game should be on your to-play list.
Amanita Design's Machinarium is a point and click puzzle game about Josef, the little robot that can. Help him save his beloved Berta from a life of cooking for the bad guys. Talk to friendly robots to gather valuable clues, solve puzzles to get past tricky situations and find your way to the tower in the city. Keep your wits about and beware the Black Cap Brotherhood; they're plotting something big, something only Josef can put a stop to -- if you can keep him in one piece, that is.
'Machinarium pushes the boundaries when it comes to what we know about traditional point and click titles. First, it has no dialogue save for a few text tidbits at the start. Its puzzles are confined to a single screen, and it's not afraid to lend a hand when needed. It's different, and it's infinitely more interesting because of it. To sum it up, Machinarium is one of those rare games that brilliantly executes radical ideas.'