Top 25 best point-and-click adventure games on iPhone and iPad (iOS)
Talking, puzzling, and exploring, together in harmony
Updated on December 1, 2021: New entries added
From the late '90s onwards, gamers have been bemoaning the fact that they don't make point-and-click adventure games anymore. The golden age of LucasArts games such as Monkey Island had passed, and gamers have moved on to simpler, less cerebral fare.
Thankfully the rise of smartphone gaming has seen, if not a full-scale resurgence, then certainly a revived niche in the market for the humble point-and-click adventure. They're often spliced in with other genres, such as narrative games and puzzlers, but the DNA is there for all to see.
What are the point-and-click adventure games?If you've never played a point-and-click adventure game before, typical ingredients include a focus on puzzles and dialogue over action. Such games tend to feature at their core an elaborate chain of cause-and-effect puzzles involving the unlikely interaction and combination of multiple items.
Kicking back with a good point-and-click adventure is kind of the video game equivalent of curling up with a good book. You sit back, tune your brain to another frequency, and enter another world.
These 25 point-and-click adventure games of iPhone and iPad should be a great place to start.Original list by Jon Munday, updated by Cristina Mesesan.
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Day of the Tentacle might be old, but that doesn't stop it from being excellent. Like a fine wine, it's only matured with age. This remastered version adds new hand-drawn art, remastered music and sound, and commentary from creator Tim Schafer. The play style is exactly what one might expect from the title - fun, interactive, and packed full of quirky and ingenious puzzles.
Now let's be serious about this for a moment. The game might be super fun and featuring the story of a tentacle that plans to take over the world, you can't help but be amused. All of these are just a façade for what the game actually is - a masterpiece. So dig in, because we're sure you'll find it as appealing as we did!Download Day of the Tentacle Remastered from the App Store.
The Journey Down: Chapter One
The Journey Down is intriguing, funny, entertaining, and it really makes you think - Is this the right move? Should I tap on this? Should I go there?
The story behind this game is a pretty simple one. A couple of mechanics have an unexpected encounter with a certain lady that's looking for a certain book. What this is all about, however, I will not disclose. All you need to know is that the game is cleverly put together, and the touch of humour that sprinkles this game is unique.
For us, The Journey Down: Chapter One really encompasses all the things we love in a point-and-click adventure game. You can read our The Journey Down: Chapter One review to check out the average rating.Download The Journey Down: Chapter One from the App Store.
A point-and-click puzzler with a deeply nostalgic LucasArts feel, Thimbleweed Park revels in its throw-back control system, retro visual style, complex narrative and hilarious dialogue. You can take the puzzle out of a point-and-click adventure and it could still be viable, but you can't just add random puzzles to a game and call it a day. Well, here we've got a creation that far exceeded any expectations and set the bar pretty high for any other games in the genre.
In Thimbleweed Park you will have a fairly complicated and not-at-all simple interface, so right off the bat it's not easy on the eye. However, it more than makes up for it with its creative ways to... well, interact with stuff! You'll discover things you did not even know were possible, and test your problem-solving skills with the ingeniously-assembled puzzles.Download Thimbleweed Park from the App Store.
Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP
Point-and-click adventures don't come any weirder, more enigmatic, or more beautiful than Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP. What we mean by that is, of course, that we've got a masterpiece on our hands! This pixel-perfect game (literally pixel) is a super interactive adventure where the player will be faced with unexpected situations that will prompt unexpected results.
However, while you won't have super challenging puzzles, it's more than enough to just awe at the ingenuity of the game and the way it's perfectly imperfect.Download Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP from the App Store.
What if sci-fi met noir? And then they took a stroll down retro lane? Well, that's what Gemini Rue has to offer. It's a futuristic adventure cleverly designed to reminisce of some retro games that features two separate main characters whose stories intertwine. You get to experience all the elements of a well-put-together indie game, with its mandatory hints of romance and intrigue. It's almost out of this world!
The takeaway? If you like your adventures dark, gritty, and moody - go for Gemini Rue. Its narrative is simple but compelling, and the gameplay is better than you might expect!Download Gemini Rue from the App Store.
The Silent Age
The Silent Age is an excellent indie adventure set in a dystopian future. You play as a janitor who discovers an item that allows him to travel in time. And he uses it to - you guessed it - save the world. You'll have to make decisions that will impact your future, and let's be honest. Who wouldn't do that if the outcome would be a much better future?
Come up with ingenious solutions and interact with the character in, to say the least, interesting ways. The game is a must-play, and if you want to enjoy it on an even bigger Apple screen, the devs have also made it available for Apple TV!Download The Silent Age from the App Store.
Beyond a Steel Sky
This sequel to the legendary Beneath a Steel Sky presents another classy slice of cyberpunk science fiction adventure. This time it's in full 3D, albeit still with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons at the artistic helm. It's an adventure that will take you into a whole new universe, and give you a one-of-a-kind experience.
For us, Beyond a Steel Sky is a game that easily makes the list of the best point-and-click adventure games for iPhone. There is no doubt about the game's quality - it's got everything that you might need, so make sure to give it a shot (if you haven't done so yet).Download Beyond a Steel Sky from the App Store.
The Walking Dead: The Game
Telltale is the king of the modern point-and-click adventure game, and the Walking Dead: The Game offers a great showcase for its popular blend of tough narrative decisions, QTE action, and light puzzling. However, it might not be for the faint of heart. The sheer amount of characters meeting untimely deaths and zombies popping up out of nowhere is ridiculous. If you know The Walking Dead, then you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Along with The Wolf Among Us, is one of the best point-and-click story-driven adventures for iOS devices that you might ever find. Distinguishing themselves with a unique art style, the gameplay is as engaging as it is appealing - to most of us, at least!Download The Walking Dead: The Game from the App Store.
There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
A high-concept game-within-a-game that nonetheless doesn't take itself at all seriously. There Is No Game is deeply meta, tugging and twisting at the video game format in delightfully clever ways. With a unique approach to point-and-click adventure games, this masterful creation cleverly encompasses what no game ever could - creating no game (mind the pun).
If you want to try out one of the best point-and-click adventure games for iPhone, then make sure you give this one a shot. Chances are it'll leave you in more awe than you might believe possible.Download There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension from the App Store.
It might be a few years old now, but Machinarium is still one of the best point and clickers out there. Featuring an artful sense of character, storytelling, and beautiful design (of both the characters and the environment), it could easily be considered one of the best. However, what differentiates it from the many others is the soothing atmosphere you'll be delving into. With mindful puzzles and various bits and pieces that will fall into place, you'll find yourself agreeing with us guaranteed.
Oh, and if the name sounds familiar, that's probably because this gorgeous hand-drawn creation is also on PC! Fear not though, the port has been done flawlessly, so you can enjoy the full experience on your iPhone without fear of missing out on key elements. Read our complete Machinarium review!Download Machinarium from the App Store.
The Stillness of the Wind
It might control like a point-and-click adventure, but The Stillness of the Wind is more concerned with telling a moving story about life and loss than solving silly puzzles. The game is exactly what a good story or a good book feels like, except with stunning visuals and a more hands-on approach.
This one's a bit special, in the sense that it's going to give you a one-of-a-kind experience which you cannot describe as anything other than amazing.Download The Stillness of the Wind from the App Store.
A deeply mysterious adventure with a beautifully artsy aesthetic, OXENFREE is packed with excellent writing, top-notch voice acting, and interesting characters. The best part about it, though, is by far the gameplay. It's got some next-level mechanics that will make it a game worth a replay.
Oh, and did we mention - it's pretty spooky too! With enough play time to keep you busy for quite a few hours, we're positive that you'll find OXENFREE to fill your mandatory dose of high-quality point and click adventure!Download OXENFREE from the App Store.
This deeply unsettling point-and-click adventure from Matt Gilgenbach deals with weighty themes like depression and mental illness in a suitably grim, unsettling way. If you're a horror games consumer, then you definitely know that it's difficult to make a high-quality game without the use of jumpscares (especially on mobile). Well, Neverending Nightmares does a terrific job at encompassing true horror, in a masterful creation that makes it a great point and click adventure for iOS devices.
You could also say, it's a bit like playing through a nightmare. Black and white with hints of blood, and mildly disturbing cutscenes that will make you think twice.Download Neverending Nightmares from the App Store.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
You've never heard of Ghost Trick? Have you been lying in a haunted mansion with your hands over your eyes and ears for the last forever?! Well take those hands and put them on your iPad, as this twisted little puzzler is addictive as hell - and funny too! You'll deal with intriguing murder mysteries, but they won't be at all what one might expect. They're rather... fun!
This point and click adventure should make your way onto your device ASAP - that is, if you want to try something rather unique. Discover the correct solution, and solve the murder laying ahead!Download Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective from the App Store.
The Last Express
Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner brings us a bonkers murder mystery, set on a train where everything moves in real time. You'll have to be in the right place at the right time to catch the crook. It's incredibly well-done, and the point and click adventure aspect of things combined with real-time action make it a must-play.
The game might not seem like the most gorgeous-looking creation, since the graphics tend to fall onto the retro side, but that only adds to the overall intrigue and action. Outstanding.Download The Last Express from the App Store.
Milkmaid of the Milky Way
This award-winning adventure is charming, concise, and refreshingly upbeat - especially if you've been playing a lot of the grimmer games on this list. Written entirely in rhyming poetry, you must guide milkmaid Ruth around the isolated Calf Ledge in 1920s Norway.
The almost-minimalistic approach to a point and click adventure give this game a charming and refreshing atmosphere, that one wouldn't necessarily associate with the era. However, in Milkmaid of the Milky Way that's exactly what we need in order to thoroughly enjoy the puzzles and creative challenges ahead.Download Milkmaid of the Milky Way from the App Store.
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us features a similar style to (the previously mentioned) The Walking Dead, but with a completely different story behind it. Or rather - stories. Do you know the childhood fairytales featuring the Red Riding Hood, The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White and the rest? Picture that, but in the contemporary world, where each character has an actual job, and you're playing as the Wolf.
You have interesting scenarios to play, and mysteries to solve, but most importantly - it's incredibly compelling. You'll find yourself playing for hours, and that's only because the game is extremely well-done. You can check the reviews for all 5 The Wolf Among Us episodes right here!Download The Wolf Among Us from the App Store.
Broken Sword: Director's Cut
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars is regarded as one of the best point and click adventure games ever created - and the Director's Cut made it even better (well, aside from the iffier opening segment.) In no other game will you hear quite as much snark, fall in love with as many characters, or visit the number of countries on the globe as you do in the excellent Broken Sword.
You have every ingredient that makes a great game, and no aspect remains overlooked. Graphics are spot-on, characters are well-done, and the gameplay is the crème de la crème.Download Broken Sword: Director's Cut from the App Store.
The Procession to Calvary
If Terry Gilliam ever made a point-and-click adventure game, it might look a bit like The Procession to Calvary. Its crudely animated renaissance art and daft sense of humour are positively Pythonesque. We guarantee you haven't played a game quite like this one before.
You have an otherwise beautiful mix of Renaissance paintings, witty dialogue and fancy puzzles that deliver from every point of view. A genuinely fun, unique experience, and an unexpectedly well-done point and click adventure game. Well worth the money.Download The Procession to Cavalry from the App Store.
Botanicula is a short and sweet adventure about a bunch of weird plant-like creatures who have to work together to save their tree home from a bunch of parasites. Adorable, colourful and full of life, this game is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Worth mentioning is that the game is similar in a way to Machinarium, and if you liked that, you'll love this. It's got similar-ish playstyle mechanics and it's done extremely well.Download Botanicula from the App Store.
The White Door
Developer Rusty Lake excels at making hybrid point-and-click adventure-puzzlers with a disquieting edge. In The White Door you play as an amnesiac who awakens in a featureless Mental Health Facility with no recollection of how he got there. It's got clean graphics and a fairly straightforward game play. However, it stands out thanks to the creative ways you can interact with the environment.
Minimalistic and mystery filled, it's going to be an interesting journey trying to put together each piece of the puzzle. The White Door truly is one of the best point and click games for iPhone, and if you want a challenge, you should go for it!Download The White Door from the App Store.
Set in a Scandinavian forest, Year Walk isn't quite like anything else you've ever played. With well-designed puzzles, a mysterious story and a vaguely unsettling atmosphere, Year Walk is one walk on the wild side. There are really not enough words to describe just how beautiful the atmosphere of the game is, but that's only elevated by the perfect integration of... odd puzzles.
With no dialogue and plenty of symbolistic puzzles to figure out, players can truly delve into the Year Walk experience. It's a unique one at that.Download Year Walk from the App Store.
Wadjet Eye knows what it's doing with this whole point-and-click malarkey. Technobabylon tells a ripping cyberpunk yarn, with elements of Minority Report, The Matrix and of course Bladerunner. Mix in some likeable characters and plenty of trial and error puzzling, and you're laughing.
A pixel-perfect setting (quite literally) and an ingenious way to integrate the puzzles, will challenge you to really give it your all for Technobabylon (and you won't regret it).Download Technobabylon from the App Store.
An abstract, streamlined 2D point-and-click adventure with a keen grasp on horror, Distraint 2 creeps under your skin without resorting to cheap jump scares. It's a highly atmospheric game, where characters are designed with the express purpose to creep you out (one way or another). But this is only one part of the game. You will then have the puzzles, riddles, and lingering horror laying below all of these other layers.
It's alright, if you are seeking a creative thrill!Download Distraint 2 from the App Store.
One Way: The Elevator
Described as a "creative point-and-click puzzle game", One Way: The Elevator sees you solving puzzles to power the titular elevator. The real star here is the lovely cartoon art style. It is adorable, and it's everything Distraint 2 is not (from an atmospheric point of view at least). The game will be one engaging adventure with plenty of uniquely designed puzzles.
Make your decisions based on observation, and take your time. You might find yourself re-playing it a second time!Download One Way: The Elevator from the App Store.