Books About Adventure Games

There’s a ton of books about adventure games and interactive fiction. Here are some of the ones I recommend: Presents: The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures

This is a collection of adventure game reviews from the site Hardcore Gaming 101. While it’s more focused on classic adventure games from the 80s and 90s, I think it’s a valuable resource for discovering old games and seeing how some people feel about some of the classic adventure games that everyone knows. If you bought the Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality on from a few years ago, you already own a copy.

What Is Your Quest?: From Adventure Games to Interactive Books

This book by Anastasia Salter is an excellent history of the interactive fiction and adventure game genres. One thing that really impressed me was the coverage of the fan game community that popped up during the 00’s. This is an era that’s rarely discussed in discussions of the adventure game genre, so it was a delight to discover games I was unaware of.

Jane Jensen: Gabriel Knight, Adventure Games, Hidden Objects

This is another book by Anastasia Salter that I really enjoyed. This one is a history of Jane Jensen’s career. While most discussions of her career only cover her time making adventure for Sierra during the 90’s, this also goes into great details of her time making more casual games in the 00’s, her games from her Kickstarter, and her career now writing gay romance novels. Jane Jensen is my favorite designer at Sierra so I loved hearing about her career in casual games and why she moved on to writing novels.

The Sierra Adventure

The Sierra Adventure is an incredibly detailed history of the game developer Sierra. While the book is written by a huge fan of the company, it isn’t afraid to cover games that were poorly received and mistakes the company made.

2 thoughts on “Books About Adventure Games

  1. Nice list! I would also highly recommend “The Art of Point-and-Click Adventure Games” by Bitmap Books. It’s an art book so it gives a _lot_ of space to the images, but there are also informative interviews and descriptions throughout the book.

    Bitmap Books generally creates very professionally made books about video games and are worth checking out.

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