Alright, so you might not exactly be able to point and click on PS5, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some excellent point and click adventure games on the format.
The term ‘point and click’ obviously refer to moving a mouse cursor around a screen, and clicking on objects of interest. The genre was born on PC and indeed it still thrives there. But it’s also popular on consoles, too. While some point and click games on PS5 will let you use a cursor, controlled with your DualSense controller, others have modernised themselves, instead controlling a character around a 3D environment.
And while those games aren’t technically ‘point and click’ anymore, we still consider them part of the genre. But whatever you like to call them – point and click games, adventure games, third-person puzzle games – there are plenty of them on PS5. And we’ve rounded up a list of the best of them right here. So, read on to find out the best point and click games you can play right now on PS5.
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1. Return to Monkey Island
Getting a brand new entry into the Monkey Island series in 2022 has been such a treat. We didn’t see it coming, but here it is. And, best of all, it’s been headed up by the original series creator, Ron Gilbert. What a treat. Although it boasts a new art style, this is undoubtedly the Monkey Island we all know and love, packed with silly humour, engaging puzzles and lots of pirates. So many pirates.
You’ll obviously get more out of Return to Monkey Island if you’ve played the previous games in the series (specifically the first two), but a scrapbook-style introduction to Guybrush’s antics should get newcomers relatively up to speed. It’s a point and click classic, and of course one of the best you can play on PS5.
2. Beyond a Steel Sky
Beneath a Steel Sky was the first game from Revolution Software – creators of Broken Sword – way back in 1994. It took almost 30 years for us to get a sequel, but Beyond a Steel Sky was worth the wait. Putting players into the shoes of Robert Foster, you’re thrown into a futuristic world where AI rules the lives of the people living in Union City. Of course, it’s not quite the utopia the posters would have you believe, and as Robert, there’s a dark conspiracy to uncover.
As you’d expect from a point and click master studio like Revolution, Beyond a Steel Sky perfectly blends storytelling with puzzle solving and adventuring to create a captivating game that you’ll struggle to put down. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played the original, either: this works just as well as a standalone adventure.
3. Broken Sword 5
No list of best point and click games on PS5 would be complete without the seminal Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse. Okay, so the latest game in the series might not be quite as good as the very first, Shadow of the Templars. But while we wait (impatiently) for a remastered collection on console that may not ever happen, Broken Sword 5 is the only slice of Nico and George we’re getting on PS5 right now.
For the uninitiated, Broken Sword is a series of point-and-click adventure games that centre around George Stobbart, an American who has a habit of ending up getting involved in some sticky situations. He encounters French reporter Nico Collard on his first adventure, and the pair become a force to be reckoned with, teaming up to solve all kinds of mysteries that take them all over the world. We don’t want to spoil the story too much for you, but needless to say you’ll be hooked.
4. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Although it’s technically a sequel, you don’t need to have played the first game (which released only on PC) to enjoy The Book of Unwritten Tales 2. This point and click adventure is set in the fantasy world of Aventasia and sees you take control of three separate protagonists. There’s princess Ivo, with her overprotective mother; gnome Wilbur Weathervane, who’s a teacher at a wizarding school; and adventurer Nate, along with his trusty companion Critter.
The three may be an unlikely trio, but only they can save Aventasia from the fate that’s befallen it. Expect well-designed puzzles, beautiful environments, and a wickedly funny story that’ll have you hooked. As far as the best point and click games on PS5 go, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is a classic.
5. Broken Age
Ah, Broken Age. From Double Fine productions and first released all the way back in 2014, we still consider this to be a modern classic. It’s a tale of two very different halves: there’s Shay, a young boy who believes he’s been living on a spaceship his whole life, and Vella, a girl living on a beautiful island who’s preparing for her cultural “maiden’s feast” ceremony. To begin with, you’ll flick between both characters’ stories, and it’s hard to imagine how they could possibly link together.
Alongside a fantastic story that will keep you hooked, Broken Age is packed with excellently-designed puzzles, beautiful artwork and a world that’s a pleasure to explore. Perhaps best of all, though, is its ridiculously talented voice cast. There’s Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Jennifer Hale and more, all doing an excellent job of bringing Broken Age‘s wonderful characters to life.
6. Grim Fandango Remastered
An oldie, but a goodie. It may have originally released way back in 1998, but that doesn’t stop Grim Fandango being any less amazing. From LucasArts and directed by Tim Schafer, Grim Fandango might just be the pinnacle of 3D point and click games. A Remastered version made its way to PS4 in 2015, and thanks to backwards compatibility, it’s playable on PS5. And if you’re yet to play it, make it a priority.
Grim Fandango puts you in the shoes of Manny Calavera. He works in a travel agency in the Land of the Dead. Basically a Grim Reaper, it’s his job to sell people travel packages to get them to the afterlife. Sometimes people can afford great packages, other times they end up not so lucky. When Manny meets Merche, he’s instantly drawn to her – and wants to ensure she gets the best afterlife package available. But that’s not so easy, and you’ll soon find yourself intertwined in a gripping tale of undead crime and corruption.
7. The Inner World
With a beautiful art style, excellent voice acting and a dark but humorous story, The Inner World is one of the best point and click games on PS5. In it, you’ll take on the role of Robert who, up until this point, has lived a quiet life as a musician in a monastery. But something is afoot in the city of Asposia: the all-important Wind Fountains have stopped working, endangering the lives of everyone.
Robert may be very clueless, but somehow he has to figure out how to get the Wind Fountains working again. And that’s where you come in. As Robert, and with the help of a mysterious thief named Laura, you’ll work your way through a series of puzzles in order to figure out what’s going on. It’s a story that will grip you, and its puzzles are a lot of fun to complete. It’s not the longest game in the world, but it’s one that you’ll enjoy every minute of.