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Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the getting-them-hooked-early dept.

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canolecaptain writes "One of my daughters (10 years old) has become interested in adventure games, and started playing Fate. It's been awhile since I've had time to play this type of game (since the Diablo 2 days), and I'd like to know what Slashdotters thought would be the best set of adventure games to start her on (PC preferred). Nothing too scary yet, so unfortunately, Diablo is out for the time being. I'd prefer one with multi-player so that we could quest together on ocassion."

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Titan's Quest (2, Informative)

ZiakII (829432) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357320)

You can do Titan's quest its alot more PG then Diablo, and also has multiplayer.

Re:Titan's Quest (1)

AngryDeuce (2205124) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357472)

Titan Quest is an AWESOME game...seconded.

Minecraft (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357322)

Setup a multiplayer minecraft server at your house, thats what my dad and my little brothers and I do, they play and every once and awhile my dad and I hop on and play with them.

Re:Minecraft (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357458)

Setup a multiplayer minecraft server at your house, thats what my dad and my little brothers and I do, they play and every once and awhile my dad and I hop on and play with them.

Same here..... Minecraft multiplayer

Day Of The Tentacle (4, Informative)

Cowclops (630818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357324)

Cartoony, Hilarious, and not impossibly difficult. And easy to acquire. A spectacular game all around and you can run it right in scummvm.

Really I recommend all of their games, but I'd suggest that as a best "first" game. Monkey Island 2 is my actual favorite scumm game, but its SUPER hard so not really a good "first" game.

Re:Day Of The Tentacle (0, Flamebait)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357550)

Yikes. You know you're from the Internet, when you're hesitant to even Google that, to see if someone's being a wise-ass and recommending something sick or not...

Re:Day Of The Tentacle (1)

cduffy (652) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357624)

You're not old enough to remember it?

Yes, it's a real game. Yes, it's kid-friendly. Also? AWESOME.

Re:Day Of The Tentacle (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357682)


DOTT was great.

So was Sam'n'Max Hit the Road.

Both had plenty of humor and decent puzzles.

Re:Day Of The Tentacle (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357628)

If you don't know about Day Of The Tentacle, you're not 'from the Internet'.

Re:Day Of The Tentacle (3, Interesting)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357804)

Can't recommend the old Lucas Arts classics enough. They're not multiplayer, but really you'll have a great time with your kid going through them, any of them really. Day Of The Tentacle, Monkey Island (the first 3, yes I actually liked the 3rd), Loom... hours of enjoyment guaranteed. I'd recommend Sam & Max too but my memory of them is way too vague to remember if it's appropriate for a child, ESRB rates the first one as "Teen". Probably best to judge by yourself on that one. Oldies but greaties.

scary (1)

jaxxa (1580613) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357330)

So not Amnesia The Dark Descent?

Re:scary (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357800)

Anything in the 'Leisure Suit Larry' series will probably be a winner.

Those aren't "Adventure Games" (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357342)

The only thing a hack'n'slash has in common with an adventure game is mouseclick-induced carpal tunnel.

classics! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357344)

monkey island, indiana jones, sam & max, full throttle, maniac manson, the one with the squirrels on mars, ...

Re:classics! (1)

zippyspringboard (1483595) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357372)

Monkey island!

Re:classics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357598)

Monkey island!

How appropriate, you suggest like a cow.

Re:classics! (3, Informative)

Cowclops (630818) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357376)

The one with the squirrels and mars (but incidentally no squirrles ON mars) is Zak McKracken. I love that game and like nobody knows about it.

Re:classics! (1)

guybrush3pwood (1579937) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357742)

I played it so long ago I forgot all about... until now

Tales of Monkey Island (4, Informative)

Immerial (1093103) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357808)

I would second or third the recommendation of Monkey Island. There is an remake available that's been ported to many platforms (PSN, Wii, PC, iOS, etc) called Tales of Monkey Island [] . My daughter (who is 7) enjoys it quite a bit. Some puzzles are a little too hard for her and I need to help her out, so it might be the right level for your girl. The humor helps a lot too, she might not get the puzzles but she enjoys some of the responses she gets for incorrect answers- keeping her from getting to frustrated with it.

My daughter also loves the Zelda series like Windwaker and the Twilight Princess. She likes these worlds and loves to play in them not just for the story line. Like playing fetch with the a dog in Twilight Princess, or placing the pigs in Windwaker in funny spots like try to get them on a roof, or in a water basin. She sometimes plays the older versions like Majora's Mask or the Ocarina of Time but sometimes seems a little turned of by the lack of detail/responses of the environment. [sigh] Kids these days! ;)

She also likes to play on my World of Warcraft account sometimes (with supervision, of course)- although I can see many reasons not to go that route (monthly $, stranger interaction, addiction/immersion). She likes to roleplay in the environment- go fishing, follow/talk to NPCs, sleep, eat, and sometimes go on a quest or two.

NetHack (3, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357346)

A great place to start for anyone. It involves a bit of imagination, but a fantastic game, and it's available for free on pretty much all platforms. It's the one I always find myself coming back to every once in a while. No multiplayer that I'm aware of unfortunately.

Re:NetHack (1)

WhollyFool (2238842) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357436)

My eight year old niece loves playing ADOM (a rogue-like) with me. (We've been playing since she had to ask me what c-o-r-p-s-e meant.) ASCII graphics, though, def not for all kids....

Re:NetHack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357456)

Also, make sure not to use spoilers. They make the game too easy. Nearly everything can be discovered through gameplay.

AFAIK, nobody has ever won Nethack without spoilers, so she could be the first.

Re:NetHack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357498)

If "nobody has ever won NetHack without spoilers", and thousands of us have been playing for years without winning, just how is it that spoilers "make the game too easy"?

Re:NetHack (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357748)

Spoilers, I guess, but...

One of the most important things to know is to write the name Elbereth on the ground. What ten year-old is going to think to do that? How many ten year-olds would even know the name?

Re:NetHack (1)

Spyware23 (1260322) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357528)

The imagination needed, or rather, willingness to put up with the lack of the great anchor that is known as graphics, might be too much strain for a ten year old. I do agree that NetHack and its companions (other text-based dungeon crawlers) are fantastic games and offer countless of unique experiences, but this is an ASCII dish usually served best to those who have had the opportunity to train themselves a little bit more in the areas of thought, language and patience.

Re:NetHack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357690)

Wait, what? You're saying things requiring imagination are best left for adults?

Bizzaro Slashdot?

Re:NetHack (4, Funny)

hweimer (709734) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357564)

Mother: So, Sarah, what did you learn in your computer club today?
Little Sarah [6 years old]: Well, Mommy, we played this neat new game
    called NetHack and I was an evil wizard who killed a priest with
    fireball magic and then sa.. sac.. sacrificed his corpse on an altar
    and then came a demon named Yee... Yeeno... Yeenoghu but he was a
    friendly demon and didn't hurt my wizard, but these policemen got
    angry and I had to kill them too and offer their corpses to my evil
    god, and then some more demons came but they were all friendly too,
    especially one who was called a suc... suc... it had something to do
    with sucking, and she took all my wizard's clothes off but I don't
    understand why, but Bobby said that she wanted to make babies with
    him and then... Mommy? Mommy? Are you OK?

[Blatantly stolen from this usenet posting [] ]

Zelda (5, Informative)

supersloshy (1273442) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357348)

Zelda Zelda Zelda Zelda. Since she's 10, she might get a kick out of Wind Waker due to kid-friendly themes (while still not being completely kid-sanitized) and a slightly better learning curve than, say, Twilight Princess or Ocarina of Time. You can't go wrong with Zelda, and Wind Waker is a really, really great game. Exploring those islands, filling my sea chart with maps of the islands and so on will live on forever in my memories because of the sense of discovery in that game. It was pretty easy to play, too, while still having challenging puzzles.

Re:Zelda (0)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357560)

Yes, this. Zelda is a platform-maker, easily one of the most recognizable video game characters along with Mario and Sonic.

Re:Zelda (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357740)

I was going to recommend this, too. I bought a GameCube pretty much just to play Wind Waker (well, and Metroid Prime).

You can get a GameCube on eBay for less than $30, and a copy of Wind Waker for less than $20 - adds up to no more than the price of a new PC or console game...

What do you consider an adventure game? (0, Redundant)

Missing.Matter (1845576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357354)

If you're lumping Diablo in the category of "Adventure" I'm curious as to your idea of the genre. When I think of adventure, I think of the old Sierra series (Kings Quest, Space Quest, Shivers, Phantasmagoria) or games like Myst, Syberia, Still Life, etc. I never played this Fate game, but looking at screen shots the genre you're looking for is "Action Adventure"

Re:What do you consider an adventure game? (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357468)

Fate plays exactly like Diablo, only it's PG. It's well made, but due to its nature, ultimately unsatisfying.

If you want co-op play, there's always Neverwinter Nights. Should be suitable for a 10 year old.

Re:What do you consider an adventure game? (1)

cheeks5965 (1682996) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357496)

king's quest, bizznitches! best game evar.

HER Interactive (1)

Majestic Fear (82230) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357368)

Depending on what she is interested in there are the Nancy Drew Mystery titles from HER Interactive.

Re:HER Interactive (1)

Immostlyharmless (1311531) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357450)

I *totally* second this, most of the puzzles aren't crazy hard, they have moderated forums for if she does get stuck, and the games are designed for young woman, IE no fly under the radar sexual references and such. My 8 year old plays these with her mom and they BOTH love them. (I've played through a few of them myself...)

Dungeon siege (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357384)

Dungeon siege isn't to bad.

I thought the gerne "Adventure"... (4, Informative)

ferongr (1929434) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357386)

...didn't include hack-and-slash dungeon crawlers/RPGs.

If you're looking for actual adventures, then the Syberia series is a good point to start. Modern in their design, accessible mechanical puzzles and a wonderful non-violent story. There's also Amerzone, Myst and The longest Journey.

Re:I thought the gerne "Adventure"... (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357630)

I was going to suggest The Longest Journey as well but noticed it had an ESRB rating of M for language (although I don't remember anything specifically wrong with the language used in it).

Also, I recently played "Lost Horizon" which although it has mixed reviews (most negative reviews saying it was "too easy") I found a lot of fun to play and quite amusing in places. A didn't find the puzzles too easy, in fact I found them to be a refreshing "balance" and at least all the solutions were logical.


if you say "adventure games"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357392)

..I'd say Sam & Max. Now if you didn't actually mean "adventure" games, perhaps League of Legends would be sufficiently fluffy >_> Sad fact is that good cooperative games on PC are rare, ones without blood shed are even rarer.

adventure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357400)

You seem to have adventure games confused with hack&slash RPG..
Machinarium is a good single player adventure game.
Spiral Knights is a fun co-op hack&slash RPG.

The cuteness factor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357410)

at slashdot just shot upward with the phrase "so that we could quest together on ocassion"

The Longest Journey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357422)

Relatively easy, quite long, encourages reading, extremely funny, and the story is one of the best I've ever seen. I got a tattoo of the Symbol of the Balance from that game on my back. There's two deaths that occur that come to mind that might be a bit scary to a child though.

The tomb raider series! (1)

Zandamesh (1689334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357426)

I loved playing those games when I was younger! I think I was around 10 years old when I started playing those.

Secret of Monkey Island! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357430)

I highly recommend any of the Secret of Monkey Island games. They've been updated recently enough to look great on a modern PC/MAC/IOS device.

Lost Horizon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357434)

Deep Silver keeps the Adventure genre alive and kicking in Germany, and Lost Horizons was a recent (and beautifully rendered) addition to their collection. Lost Horizon is one of the many Indiana Jones-esque clones (all based on the original 1933 Lost Horizon novella.)

If you are more of a fan of retro gaming, Torin's Passage was one of my favorites around age 8 or 9, and in a recent playthrough I was pleasantly surprised at how well the graphics held up.

Re:Lost Horizon (1)

Psychotria (953670) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357684)

I can definitely recommend Lost Horizon as well. It sure had a lot of fun playing it and, yes, it is beautifully rendered. Quite cheap as well, which is always a bonus!

When you said Adventure (2)

tdillo (253373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357440)

I was thinking like Syberia or Dreamfall, especially for a young girl. But then I looked at the game Fate and I believe I'm maybe in the wrong genre.

Nintendo, Beyond Good and Evil. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357442)

In a year or two years, let her play Beyond Good & Evil (PC/Gamecube). It's a fantastic action-adventure game packed with a compelling story-line, likable characters and best of all: a (good) female heroine. Until then, you could get her the Zelda's, Mario's and other things Nintendo. If she/you owns a Wii, you have to your disposal the entire library of games from the GameCube and a large portion of games from Nintendo's older systems.

If you want a Diablo-like game (4, Informative)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357444)

Torchlight. It was made by many of the people who made Diablo 2, but it's significantly less "scary". Good fun, if a bit repetitive towards the end. And cheap, too - It was only $20 at release, and is probably down to $10-15 by now. And it even has a "netbook" mode to run on low-end hardware, in case you haven't upgraded lately.

longest journey / Grin Fandango (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357462)

Funny , very clever, not so difficult and beautiful. I also recommend Grin Fandango, very funny , not too difficult and the characters are great!

Re:longest journey / Grin Fandango (1)

atari2600a (1892574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357490)

Just played TLJ for the 10th-ish time, first time in about 5 years. I was actually surprised about the amount of sex, cussing, drug use in the game!

Monkey Island (2)

fangmcgee (1716754) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357476)

The whole Monkey Island series, which ranges from 8-bit to 3D modeling, is awesome for big and little kids alike. Who doesn't like pirates?

Re:Monkey Island (1)

MadeInUSA (2028028) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357640)

I agree - Monkey Island doesn't support Multiplayer but you can try to solve the puzzles together, which are difficult but hilarious. It's really the best choice for this age, and like a Pixar movie, it has jokes for all ages, understood differently by all ages (think Shrek).

If you are looking for something with more action without much of a plot (considering that you mentioned Diablo), you might also want to try Nintendo's Super Metroid. It's very action oriented but it has some great puzzles and it will challenge her motor skills as much as her intellect. There is a great review for the game here : [] .

Syberia I & II (2)

atari2600a (1892574) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357480)

Beautiful artwork, music, compelling story, etc. You really can't go wrong!

Assorted adventure games (1)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357488)

Neverwinter Nights can be picked up for $10 and runs on older machines. There is a huge amount of content out there, though the engine is a bit dated, people have made lots of things.

Minecraft is the mainstay in our household, perfect for a ten year-old. Build, explore, mine, and create your own world.

We had a good time with Trine, and up to three can play. It's a pretty game, though hooking up multiple mice and keyboards to a PC can be tricky.

Re:Assorted adventure games (1)

xMrFishx (1956084) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357734)

I absolutely loved Trine. I got the warm fuzzy feeling from it's simple yet nice plot, it has two monsters essentially, a skeleton and a big skeleton, mixed with plenty of physics puzzles. I'm also an oldschool NWN player, so yeah I second that with it's expandability. There's thousands of player-made modules around, some of which should be suitable, the OC is a little droll, mind you. Personally, though I hear good things about Dreamfall. I have yet to play it, but can someone confirm that's a highly rated adventure or not. There's also mechanarium (sp?) which is I believe a point-and-click adventure you could look into. Try something like for trailers and various game vids or youtube and preview a few in-case you're worried about the scare aspect that may or may not be in some of these.

Torchlight (2)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357512)

Torchlight is very much like Diablo, but not as scary, IIRC. Look into it. You can turn off any simulated blood, IIRC. There is a demo available at Gamefront [] file hosting.

BTW. These are TPL's (Third Person Looters), not adventure games. Usually, Diablo and FATE get called an RPG, which is a good enough classification. I almost recommended Zork I, based on the "adventure" genre, but then decided to RTFS. You can only imagine how disappointed your daughter would be cracking open a text adventure, wanting FATE instead!

If she gets into actual "adventure" games, the HER Interactive Nancy Drew series is a lot of fun, and has light to pretty difficult puzzles to solve.


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Re:Torchlight (1)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357574)

Your sig is related to the topic at hand! Except it should have something about it being dimly lit by a monitor, where you're likely to be eaten by a Guru.

Outcast (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357522)

Best Adventure game EVER.

Seriously. The dude runs like an idiot, but otherwise the game is simply amazing. Good Old Games ( has it for like $5. Go get it. Now.

old LucasArts games rock! (1)

elPetak (2016752) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357530)

Pretty much all old LucasArts games are awesome.
Not sure if all of these were Lucas' but they are excelent adventure games.
Maniac Manison, Day of the Tentacle, Zak Mackraken, the Indiana Jones saga, the monkey Island saga, Full Throttle, Sam & Max, and more.
And of course, "The Dig"

Depends what you mean by "Adventure" games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357542)

Usually when I think of "Adventure" games, I'm thinking stuff like the old point and click games like King's Quest and Monkey Island, not Diablo. It sounds like you're thinking more of Action RPGs or hack and slash dungeon crawlers.

    I've only played the demo, so I can't say how "scary" it might get in later parts, but Torchlight is enjoyable, and made by the same developers behind the original Diablo. The aforemention Titan's Quest is also not a bad option.
    If you're not limited to PC, Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance 1 & 2 are both pretty good, and I can't think of anything particular scary in either (although there are a lot of giant spiders at one point)

  If playing together is what you're looking for, you could also consider some free MMOs, like D&D Online or LOTRO. If trying LOTRO you might both want to play the same race, so you can start in the same areas. I think you'll have to run the very first intro quest solo, but you can team up for pretty much anything after that. If you start as different races you'll usually be in the same quest areas by level 15 or so (when all races converge around Bree). You can set LOTRO chat filters to leave out the OOC channel and filter profanity if that's your concern - chat is generally pretty civil. Teamwork in DDO is definitely easier with voice chat on, so you can run into some idiots that way.


My favoriteS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357546)

Either tic-tac-toe or Global Thermonuclear War....
In the end, they are both the same.

Oh yeah, and Rogue

Absolute best (2)

Eadwacer (722852) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357566)

Oregon trail. Learn history and epidemiology.

Tes:4 (1)

phrostie (121428) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357568)

not multiplayer (I wish it was), but Oblivion is really good.

Myst (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357580)

I gave my niece Myst as her first true "adventure" game and she loves it.

I realized she'd like it when one of her Hidden Object games was half adventure game and she really liked that aspect, so it wasn't just out of the blue.

Depends what you mean by adventure (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357592)

If you really mean adventure games, then I would recommend The Whispered World, and anything from Telltale.
But it sounds like you mean hack-n-slash RPG, in which case I would recommend Torchlight.

Colossal Cave Adventure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357594)

You can't get more classic than Crowther and Woods' Colossal Cave Adventure []
It was the first adventure game ever created! (Crowther wrote it for his daughters.)

King's Quest (1)

loom_weaver (527816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357606)

Oldie but a goodie!

Going Outside is a good adventure (5, Insightful)

enjar (249223) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357608)

It's not on the PC, but it's pretty cheap.

You can quest together on occasion.

It's generally not scary.

Re:Going Outside is a good adventure (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357720)


oh man....i never thought of this. A++ would read from again

Re:Going Outside is a good adventure (1)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357802)

It's generally not scary.

Man, what patch version of RL are you playing?

Re:Going Outside is a good adventure (0)

steevven1 (1045978) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357812)

I just Googled "Going Outside." FML.

Little Big Planet 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357614)

The creation tools are very awesome and easy to use. I can design levels for her with her input. She gets a total kick out of seeing her thoughts come to life.

Make your own quests and puzzles for her to solve:

Aventure-y or adventures? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357632)

Diablo is an action RPG, not an adventure game. Adventure games are story-heavy and typically focus on puzzle-solving rather than hacking and slashing or other tedious and repetitive "challenges". This makes a big difference, and while a game such as Diablo require little else than persistence to finish the game, adventure games require brains (or a walkthrough). If adventure games are really what you are looking for, how smart your kid is and how much you want to participate in it will matter a great deal. Most classic and PC-based adventure games have puzzles designed to challenge adults.

That said, one adventure game I would recommend pretty much no matter what is Machinarium. It has a simple and cute story, which is not told through long speeches, in fact there is no talk at all, but rather through a few animated thought bubbles. It is pretty short and has fairly simple puzzles, though you might have to give a helping hand once in a while, especially towards the end.

Other good adventure games are The Longest Journey, The Neverhood, Grim Fandango and the two Syberia games. You might also want to try Beneath a Steel Sky, which is now free, although there is one scene where a guy gets his head cut off, I think, and the end might be a bit creepy. It is an old game with pretty low resolution though, so not very graphic.

ScummVM (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357636)

ScummVM is your one stop for Adventure games. The original point & click adventure games. It's free and available on any platform, but you will require original game files. Many can be had at Good Old Games, as well as the usual less legal options.

Start off with some of the Humongous Entertainment games. Freddie the Fish or Pajama Sam. Great for kids, and fun to play together. Then move to LucasArts games. Day of the Tentacle is very funny and colorful game. LOOM is beautiful, and fairly straightforward to play. The Dig is epic sci-fi, and not too complex either. Sierra games are for the advanced student.

Then just let her loose on Just Adventure [] and let her see what she likes.

Re:ScummVM (1)

guybrush3pwood (1579937) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357784)

[...]as well as the usual less legal options.

When you say "less legal", you actually mean "plainly illegal", right?

Torin's Passage (1)

lyinhart (1352173) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357652)

If you're looking for a good old school point-and-click adventure game, I highly recommend hunting down a copy of Torin's Passage: []

Lowe designed the game so he could play it with his daughter - he's most famous for working on the baudy Leisure Suit Larry titles. That having been said, there's some sly humor there that only adults will understand. But at heart, it's a fun family game - there's even a hint system so little kids don't get too frustrated with it.

The Windows version never worked well even on Windows 95, but the DOS version should run perfectly in DosBox.

The best game by far is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357678)

The Secret of Monkey Island...
your daughter will be part of an amazing pirate world as guybrush threepwood she will learn how to use her wit and her sword...
and overall gain values... not to mention she will learn from an early age that women kick our butts at the end of the day no matter how muscular we pretend
to be... like Elaine kicked Guybrush's butt several times...

Recettear (1)

sandelaphon (665415) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357688)

Recettear: an item shop's tale is a good one.

Zork (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357704)

Zork is pretty much a port of the original "Adventure" game.

Guild Wars (2)

bhagwad (1426855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357712)

Great MMORPG with no monthly fees - just a one time purchase. Excellent depth, replay value, HUGE and beautifully detailed world and inherently multiplayer. It's quite complex though and I'm not sure whether 10 year old will get that much into depth.

Re:Guild Wars (1)

cybervudu (688663) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357794)

Awesome game, does have some slightly mature content and, as usual, there will be jerks that like to use bad language. Try pre-searing, good area of the game to start anyway.

one word... (2)

freeze128 (544774) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357718)


WoW? (1)

screwzloos (1942336) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357724)

Ignoring the drivel that goes through trade chat (which can be turned off), World of Warcraft by itself isn't unreasonable for a father/daughter pair in her age group - it starts off easy, there's plenty of reading, it's actively rewarding, and there's lots of action and content to go through. If you want to be able to play with her, it's hard to go wrong with an MMO like that. It's designed with group play in mind. Then again, introducing her to that may be the first step down the long road of lifelong nerdiness, so exercise discretion.

I'd also give another vote for Minecraft, especially if you can set up (or find) a multiplayer server to play on with her. Double on the nerdiness there, though.

MUD or a MUSH. (1)

mas5d2 (1733854) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357728)

MUD or a MUSH. Get 'em reading while they're blasting something away with magic missiles!

Immersive and promotes creativity... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357758)

How about Falcons Eye [] for a Diablo type genre, Elderscrolls [], Ryzom [] or perhaps or have a look on here [] for some more like Exult, Wesnoth


Wiz 101? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357776)

My son is 7 and likes Wiz 101. It's free up to a point, but would need to buy crowns or subscription to continue further into new areas...

Lego series (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357780)

While not strictly RPG, I loved playing the Lego series with my kids (Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Pirates of the Caribbean was recently released). There are puzzles to solve and you get to run around through movie scenes and it's easy to play 2 players at once.

SpyFox (1)

GeneralSecretary (1959616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357786)

SpyFox is a great series of games. It's a bit old, but cartoon graphics

Baldur's Gate (2)

Quinn_Inuit (760445) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357788)

It's not super-scary and extremely funny, with great characters and interactions. I recommend the TuTu mod for it, though it does flesh out some of the darker corners of the story. For instance, she should under no circumstances ask Kivan about what happened to his girlfriend.

Hunt the Wumpus (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357792)

Or maybe Animal.

Baldur's Gate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36357810)

Nothing else ever came close.

Chrono Trigger (2)

w3rdna (253598) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357814)

King's Quest series (1)

dirkdodgers (1642627) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357816)

Different angle than what you're asking for, but I think a better game for a child than a mind-numbing hack-n-slash.

Probably best to start with King's Quest V for the semi-modern graphics. Earlier than that might turn a kid off to the series.

Ratchet & Clank (1)

Max6fitz (2186722) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357820)

Ratchet & Clank for the PS3 or the PS2 are really great games they do have a bit of cartoonish violence but they are all great funny games they are pretty kid friendly too I think. I'm not acually sure if they are formally classified as Adventurer games though.

Darby The Dragon (1)

JMandingo (325160) | more than 3 years ago | (#36357822)

If you can find it, Darby the Dragon is absolutely wonderful. It is tons of fun, has lots of creative mini-games, and has GREAT music. My two daughters both played through it numerous times.

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