The Most Beautiful Cartoon-Style Adventure Games

After LucasArts' brilliant 1993 game Day of the Tentacle, cartoon-style point-and-click adventure games slowly became their own sub-genre. Although the genre has had its ups and downs, these games are still around: Think Gemini Rue or the new Broken Sword.

Here's our collection of the most beautiful cartoon-style adventure games.

Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror (1997 - PC/PlayStation, 2010 - iOS)

The Curse of Monkey Island (1997 - PC)

Runaway: A Road Adventure (2003 - PC)

Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer (1995 - PC)

Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (1996 - PC, 1997 - PlayStation, Sega Saturn)

The Last Express (1997 - PC, 2012 - iOS)

Ace Ventura (1996 - PC)

King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride (1994 - PC)

Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love For Sail (1996 - PC)

Toonstruck (1996 - PC)

And as a +1, a sad reminder that we almost had a Warcraft adventure PC game,

WarCraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans (cancelled in 1998)

Any other adventure games in this style that look good? Post them in the comments section below.

Sources: Adventure Gamers, HardcoreGaming101, The Last Express FB, Wowpedia, The Discworld Game Pages


    Grim Fandango.
    Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis. Cartoon art not so much though.
    I also think the Monkey Island remakes deserve a mention. Switching between the old and new graphics on the fly was great.

      Grim Fandangos atmosphere was really cool - but it's not really cartoon style.

    Toonstruck! Best adventure game I've ever played. Sadly I've never been able to get it running on XP or newer OSs.

      You need to play more adventure games, then :-) But you can run Toonstruck in ScummVM these days. Works perfectly, I just played through it on my phone.

        Yeah, it might be the nostalgia talking. I've never been a big player of adventure games either. Something about Toonstruck just clicked with me.

        edit: Forgot to say cheers for bringing ScummVM to my attention.

        Last edited 23/03/13 9:21 pm

          No worries. Wasn't trying to put you down for Toonstruck, just that if you actually like it and it's the best you've played then there are a lot of other really great games out there you would probably also enjoy :-D

    What about Daedelic Entertainment games?
    The Whispered World and Deponia are fantastic, at least artistically speaking.

      It's a little sad that Daedelic's games are probably the best adventure games of the last decade, because they have plenty of design issues and average writing.

      Some nice graphics though, you're right there.

        I think they hit their stride with Deponia. That almost feels like a LucasArts game to me!

    I cracked up at "Da Vinci, what are you doing?"

    Where the frig is Chaos on Deponia?!?

      That game was stunningly beautiful.


    where is PROFESSOR LAYTON!!!???? i love that gameeee!!! XD

      Really dont think Id classify as adventure. As much as I love Layton, its more of a straight puzzle game.

    Toonstruck! This game needs to be re-released!

    I always loved how the clock in Puerto Pollo kept time in CMI! :D

    Even though Toonstruck wasn't that good I still would've liked the Who Framed Roger Rabbit-like FMV sequel they had planned.

    Last edited 23/03/13 11:20 am

    There was a fairly lesser known game called 'UFOs', which had a really great cartoon style -

    Trying to think if there's any others...

      Anna's Quest! (In all seriousness, one of the prettiest adventures I've played in a long time!)

      Last edited 23/03/13 12:20 pm

    Sam and Max hit the road, one of the all time classics

    Tony Tough had pretty nice cartoon graphics. Neverhood is a little different, but I love its style. Definitely one of my favourite games.

    The problem I have with most modern adventures is that there are very few made in English. Even if they started as decent enough games, no matter how good the translations are the writing almost always ends up lacking.

    Anyway, if you like adventures you should check out The Adventure Shop. It's what they do.

    Last edited 23/03/13 3:26 pm

    Didn't know that Ace Ventura had a game. Was it any good?

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