In the 1990’s I used to play lots of adventure games. I continued with loving them later in the 2000’s and I still play some these days (although there are very few that are somehow innovative or non-linear).
This is a list of games I used to love, in no particular order:
Cruise for a Corpse
Not just your regular side view adventure. Innovative player’s character that changes size based on distance, kinda vector-like. Whodunnit story similar to the Murder on Orient Express.
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War
Hybrid adventure game with some (mostly easy) RPG elements. Also known as Hero’s quest 3. Released by the beloved Sierra On-Line.
Leisure Suit Larry 1 (and the series)
First of the successful adventure series with slightly adult theme.
Conquests of the Longbow – The Legend of Robin Hood
Robin Hood-themed adventure game and conquest of Sherwood forest. Some strategy and RPG elements in the end.
Waking up locked in the hospital room and can’t remember a thing. Amnesia and psychiatric ward. Long time before amnesia and horror games were cool. Character is navigated by cursor keys, some parts require quick action to go undetected. With some digitized voice and sounds.
Amazon: Guardians of Eden
The engine is similar (or possibly) the same as Countdown. Digitized video and sounds.
You say you miss the Monkey Island? Me too as well as plenty of other adventures, but let’s keep something for the part 2 of this blog post.