Looking for a point-and-click adventure on Xbox Game Pass? You have come to the right place.
Point-and-click games may be considered “old fashioned” by some. Admittedly, they date back to a time in the early 1990s when PC adventure games were all the rage. And indeed, the name “point and click” comes from the literal action of pointing and clicking with your mouse. On console, the action may have changed somewhat – modern point-and-click games have evolved to be 3D, or at the very least to support controller input. But the experience is much the same.
Great point-and-click games tell an excellent and engaging story. They contain puzzles that make us scratch our heads to solve, as we search the area for clues as to what we’ll do next. They make us feel like detectives as we figure out what to do next. And luckily, if you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, there are some great point-and-click games you can sink your teeth into. Read on as we discuss five of the best.
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Grim Fandango Remastered
You simply can’t talk about the best point and click games without including sinister fandangoone of the best point and click games all time. The remastered version was released in 2015 and recently made its way to Game Pass. Okay, this is a game that originally came out in 1998, so it’s a bit dated now. But don’t let its slightly blocky visuals put you off. It remains one of the best adventure games out there, telling a thoroughly engrossing story and featuring some truly brilliant characters.
You play as Manny Calavera, a sort of grim reaper. He works at a travel agency in the afterlife, trying to sell travel packages to recently deceased people. When he meets Merche, one of his clients, he is instantly taken with her. But she can only afford the most basic afterlife package — and Manny wants her to have the best. And so, with his big orange mechanic friend Glottis, Manny embarks on an adventure to find her and deliver the package she deserves.
They just don’t make them that way anymore. If you want one of the best point-and-click games on Xbox Game Pass, this is it.
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Double Fine is the master of classic point and click games and games of 2015 broken age very clearly explains why. It tells the story of two very different characters: there’s Shay, a young boy who’s lived his whole life inside a spaceship, and Vella, who grew up on a tropical island. Their two stories are seemingly very different, and as you play you’ll switch between their perspectives, jumping between two locations that couldn’t be further apart.
broken ageThe art style is second to none, but it’s the characters and locations that bring the game to life. As with any point-and-click game, some of the puzzles are a bit obtuse. But don’t let that deter you from diving into this glorious adventure. It will warm your heart and test your brain, and you will walk away from broken age loving every moment of it. It’s undoubtedly one of the best point-and-click games on Xbox Game Pass.
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Full Throttle Remastered
If you’ve been playing since the early 90s, you might remember Full throttle. This LucasArts game was a hit when it was released on PC in 1995. It has since undergone a complete facelift, bringing it up to modern standards, and has been released on consoles. It’s still the same game we know and love, telling the story of Ben Throttle, leader of a biker gang. It just has much prettier visuals than it did about 20 years ago.
Ben is the leader of the Polecats, a motorcycle gang that somehow gets into trouble. And so, as Ben, you must navigate your way through dodgy deals, shady characters, and murders. This is not the ideal situation to be in. But Ben is a badass, and as long as he has his trusty bike, nothing will phase him. With a truly original story, Full Throttle Remastered is one of the best point-and-click games on Xbox Game Pass. And just like the two games that preceded it on this list, it was created by the legend that is Tim Shafer. What else do you need to know?
Twelve Minutes isn’t your typical point-and-click adventure, but we think it still deserves a spot on this list of the best on Xbox Game Pass. Released in 2021, this is an unusual tale about a time loop. Coming home from work, you think you’re about to settle down for a typical, relaxing evening with your wife. But it looks like you’re stuck in a time loop; one that lasts exactly twelve minutes. During these twelve minutes, a parcel things happen: a hitman knocks on your door, accusing your wife of murder. What do you do? How to break the time loop? It’s up to you to figure it out.
You’ll have to experience the same 12 minutes over and over again, but you’ll retain the information you collect on each timer. So, by snooping around your apartment, interacting with objects, and coming up with a plan on how to deal with the hitman, you’ll soon begin to figure out what’s going on. It might not be a bit different from other point-and-click games on Xbox Game Pass, but it’s still one of the best.
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Spine puts you in the shoes of a private detective, but not just any. You are a raccoon. You see, in the world of Spine, a dystopian, post-noir version of Vancouver, everyone is an anthropomorphic animal. And so a raccoon in a trench coat is not so unusual.
Rather than being a simple point-and-click game, however, Spine includes CRPG elements, and so engaging in in-depth dialogue with other characters is just as important as exploring, finding items, and researching important information. Spine takes place in a beautiful, pixelated world that is simply a joy to explore, and that alone is enough for us to recommend it as one of the best point-and-click games on Xbox Game Pass. Shape your character, choose your own path, and perhaps learn a little more about humanity while you’re at it. It’s an adventure worth embarking on.
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