Double Fine has done an amazing job of making sure that Tim Schafer's classic titles are available on PlayStation 4, and arguably the best of them is Day of the Tentacle: Remastered Edition. The 1993 original is regarded as one of the best games ever produced in the genre, due to its fantastic script and great time travel puzzles, and this remake is a great modernization of it. Other worthwhile classics include Grim Fandango, and the recently released Full Throttle.
First-person adventure games have soared in popularity within the past five years, and one of the finest examples of the sub-genre is Firewatch. The emotional title explores some complex themes while the player navigates a park by map. Other solid titles in the same vein include Gone Home and Dear Esther (although the latter lacks any real puzzles).
Episodic adventure games have become a staple of the genre thanks to Telltale, but perhaps the strongest example of it done right is Dontnod's Life is Strange. Featuring awesome puzzles that use the protagonist's ability to rewind time, and a highly memorable story, this 2015 release raised the bar. All five episodes feature interesting twists and turns, and there's no filler to be found.
Infinite Fall's Night in the Woods is a coming of age tale featuring a cast of likeable screw-ups. Starring college dropout Mae, the game explores her struggles of going back home and trying to reconnect with childhood friends. A dark mystery shrouds in the background, but its these character moments that really shine. There's also a bunch of great side-quests to be completed, with every story bit being worth checking out.
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is a horror-themed adventure game that ends up breaking some interesting ground with its narrative. What starts off as a generic case of teenage debauchery quickly turns into a captivating story. Its ending will leave players stunned, and there's good reasons to replay the game.
Ukrainian game developer Frogwares have made a name for themselves by creating great adventure games based upon Sherlock Holmes. The latest game in the series is Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter, and it continues the tradition of allowing players to solve some rather tricky crimes. The mysteries end up being satisfying to solve, and it's another fun entry in the series.
Telltale Games have made some fantastic adventure games in the past, but Tales from the Borderlands may be the best work they've ever done. Not only does it feature an intriguing story with plenty of memorable characters, but the gameplay holds up its end of the bargain as well. If players enjoy this, they'll also like The Wolf Among Us and the first season of Telltale's The Walking Dead.
Despite being the only virtual reality game on the list, Wayward Sky shows that the genre could have a strong future in VR. Players get to see the action as if they were peering into a diorama, and this perspective ends up working perfectly for a point-and-click style game. The puzzles are on the simple side, but ultimately the game provides a feel good story that is worth playing for anyone that owns PlayStation VR.
The most recent release on this list, What Remains of Edith Finch follows the tragic history of the Finch family. By exploring a now abandoned house, players get to relive the final moments of several family members in order to learn more about the curse that has allegedly been cast upon them. It's a triumph in storytelling, and is one of the PS4's best downloadable games.
Mixing adventure game puzzles with visual novel storytelling, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games provides the best of both worlds for players to experience. This compilation, which is also available on Vita if you'd rather play on the go, features two of the best stories in gaming: 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue's Last Reward. Both games will leave you captivated until the credits roll, and in awe of the shocking twists.