15 Best NEW Adventure Games Of 2021

Mutliplayer games are a ton of fun and it’s a great time getting online with friends to go through a campaign or battle against other players. However, sometimes it’s nice sitting back and enjoying a game with a focus around a storyline which usually is based around single-player. If you’re looking to get lost in a thrilling video game storyline in 2021 then you may want to keep tabs on these video games. Make sure to check back often as we’ll continue to monitor this page and add more games as they are unveiled.


#15 Unknown 9: Awakening

  • Developer: Reflector Entertainment
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Unknown 9 doesn’t have a ton of information out right now, but the cinematic trailer released showcased a young girl running away from several bullies that look to harm her. When it seemed that all hope was lost, the little girl emits some kind of supernatural power that saves her and potentially scares away the bullies. However, the trailer cuts, and we’re left waiting to see just when the studio will unleash more details about the game. In the past, this was a franchise that was set to expand across different media mediums such as novels and comics along with this third-person adventure game. It was also noted that this game would be available in 2021, but since then the studio Reflector Entertainment was acquired by Bandai Namco Entertainment. For now, we’re left waiting to see if this game makes any kind of reappearance this year especially within June where we’ll likely get plenty of streams for the video game industry including the E3 digital event.

#14 Life is Strange: True colors

  • Developer: Deck Nine
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: September 10, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Life is Strange franchise is making a big return in Life is Strange: True Colors. This comes from the development team Deck Nine who previously brought out Life is Strange: Before The Storm. In this game installment, we’re focusing on a brand new storyline and location but again players can expect an episodic emotional journey storyline. Here we’re following Alex Chen, a young woman who finds that her brother had died in a mysterious accident. Using her supernatural power of seeing the emotional auroras from anyone she interacts with, Alex will attempt to piece together the actual events that took place leading to the events of her brother’s death. Unlike the previous Life is Strange video game releases, this installment will be episodic and released in its entirety. This is a big change up to the game series as before players would generally have to wait extended periods between episodes to progress the story. Now players can truly go at their own pace with this upcoming installment.

#13 The Magnificent Trufflepigs

  • Developer: Thunkd
  • Publisher: AMC Games
  • Platforms: PC, NS
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Magnificent Trufflepigs is a story based around a young woman named Beth. As a young girl, Beth discovered an old valuable earring which made her quite the local celebrity. However, over the years Beth could never pinpoint the matching earring. Now as Beth prepares her final weeks before having to vacate the old farmland, Beth seeks to find this missing earring to reclaim the adventure she started as a young girl. Players will be taking the role of Adam, a young man who teams up with Beth to scavenge the earring using a metal detector. Of course, throughout the journey, we’ll dive a bit more into the life of Beth with a series of narrative choices. In a lot of ways, the game plays out like Firewatch as your direct means of talking with Beth is through the walkie-talkie and instant messaging. So far, this game is slated to release sometime this year although we don’t have a specific release date quite yet.

#12 Open Roads

  • Developer: Fullbright
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Open Roads comes from developers Fullbright who you may know from their previous works Gone Home and Tacoma. These were very story-driven adventure puzzle types of games where you’re solving a mystery. That’s more or less the same type of game that the developers are bringing with Open Roads. In this game, we’ll be following a mother and daughter on an adventure as they seek out a family mystery. While discovering a cache of old letters and clues to past hidden fortunes, the duo seeks out to search old family properties to uncover some family history that neither had expected. Along the journey, it would seem the bond between the two will grow stronger than ever, and again this studio delivered some great single-player adventure game hits so we’re certainly eager to see how this game unfolds.

#11 Road 96

  • Developer: Digixart
  • Publisher: Digixart
  • Platforms: PC, NS
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Road 96 looks like an interesting title and we’re waiting for more gameplay to come out, but so far this looks to be an adventure game that will evolve from the player’s choices. In this title, players are venturing through a nation as they seek to find the border for an escape. However, along the way players will be making countless decisions. There are seemingly endless options awaiting players and characters to meet along the way. Your decisions will alter the story and potentially the scenery as well, but we’re left waiting for more information to make its way out to see how this game plays. Currently, the title is slated to launch into the marketplace sometime this summer but we’ll have to wait and see just what happens.

#10 Oxenfree II: Lost Signals

  • Developer: Night School Studio
  • Publisher: MWM Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, NS
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Oxenfree is making a return. The first game was a huge hit that followed a group of teens stranded on a strange island with a supernatural entity. From there, players were forced into solving a series of puzzles along with making dialogue choices that would determine just what ending you would receive. It was such a breakout hit for Night School Studio’s that years later fans still bring the game up. Surprisingly, the indie team decided to bring the IP back out for a sequel, Oxenfree II: Lost Signals. Now we don’t have any information really about this title quite yet. We know it’s set five years after the events of the original title with a brand new cast of characters and another play on radio signals. Visually the game looks just like the 2016 release, but for now, we’re left waiting to see just what this game narrative will be about and if there will be any connections regarding the first Oxenfree game or its beloved cast of characters.

#9 Chinatown Detective Agency

  • Developer: General Interactive Co.
  • Publisher: General Interactive Co., WhisperGames
  • Platforms: PC, NS
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

If you’re still craving that cyberpunk setting and vibe after CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, then we have Chinatown Detective Agency. This is a point-and-click adventure game that is set around a detective in 2032 Singapore. Amira Darma is a private investigator who gets a new client seeking answers and justice. If you’re familiar with point and click adventure games then you know that this is very much an exploration title with plenty of interactivity with the in-game environments. Players will be picking up clues, figuring out how they connect with the environment, and plenty of dialogue with characters. You’ll need to work your contacts and even assemble your staff to solve some mysteries when it launches sometime later this summer.

#8 Sherlock Holmes Chapter One

  • Developer: Frogwares
  • Publisher: Frogwares
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Development studio Frogwares has been around since 2000 and they have delivered several adventure games in the past. Most notably this studio is known for the different Sherlock Holmes games and their upcoming release is one of the more ambitious Sherlock Holmes games to date. Sherlock Holmes Chapter One is the first open-world adventure game for the developers when it comes to this IP. Players will be taking on the role of a young Sherlock Holmes as he goes on his first big investigation which is finding out who was responsible for the death of his mother. Players will be venturing through the world seeking out clues and it’s up to you on how you deal with any problems that may pop up whether it’s by cunning or brute force. Likewise, because you’re starting the game out as a young Sherlock Holmes, players won’t find John Watson around for backup, although we will have another friend here which we’ll be diving a bit deeper into the character and their background as the game progresses.   

#7 Everwild

  • Developer: Rare
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: TBD
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Everwild is an upcoming title from development team Rare which we’re still waiting to see just when this game will hit the marketplace. In the past, we’ve seen reports saying that some of Microsoft’s exclusive titles were quite a good way off before they are readily available for release so fingers crossed that Everwild is one title that manages to release before 2021 wraps. The adventure we’ll be going through is a bit cryptic so far since this game trailer seems to show players taking the role of some kind of protector of a forest going around the area, healing animals in need, and being one with nature. It left some of us wondering just what the narrative will be when this game launches or if we’ll get a game as a service type of release similar to the likes of Rare’s previous video game release Sea of Thieves. Whatever the case ends up being, there’s a big pro here and that’s Everwild will be an Xbox Games Pass launch title. This ultimately means that you’re not having to pay for this game if you’re already a member of this service but again, we’re not entirely sure if this game will find its way out into the marketplace within this year.  

#6 Lake

  • Developer: Gamious
  • Publisher: Gamious, Whitethorn Digital
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, NS, PS4
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Lake is a pretty interesting title as it takes players and puts them into a mail carrier. In this game, players are taking the role of Meredith Weiss, who takes a leave from her bustling city life to help fill in as a mail carrier for her father. Returning home to the town of Providence Oaks, Oregon, Meredith will deliver packages and interact with the townsfolk. Players can interact with old friends, meet new faces, and potentially strike up a relationship. There’s plenty of choices here to make up your own storyline and when the time comes, will Meredith return to her former life or establish roots back in Providence Oaks?

#5 12 Minutes
  • Developer: Luis Antonio
  • Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

12 Minutes is an adventure game coming from a former artist that worked at Rockstar Games and Ubisoft. The game is rather simplistic to understand, it mimics concepts such as the film Groundhog Day or the video game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask in that gamers have a time loop aspect. In order to progress, players will be replaying a 12-minute cycle until they complete the tasks at hand. From what we know so far, the game follows a man who learns that his wife is pregnant but the celebration is cut short as a cop bursts into the room and accuses the wife of murder. The scuffle ends up with the wife dead but then the game restarts and it’s up to you in navigating the day in hopes in finding a peaceful resolution.

#4 Goodbye Volcano High

  • Developer: KO_OP
  • Publisher: KO_OP
  • Platforms: PS4, PS5, PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

A new narrative adventure title is in the works by developers KO_OP called Goodbye Volcano High. This is a title that features anthropomorphic dinosaurs as they embark on their last year of high school. Senior year is a big time in a person’s life as it’s the last year you will likely see some of your friends and begin your journey of being an adult. This narrative game will tell the story of a few young adults as they go through the struggles of what life may be like after graduation.

We have seen other adventure games play around the setting in the past, but we’re certainly interested in what this indie studio has planned. Furthermore, this is a timed exclusive so while it’s coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021, we may see it land on other platforms later on.

#3 It Takes Two

  • Developer: Hazelight
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platforms: PS4, XBO, PC
  • Release: March 26, 2021
  • Co-op: Yes
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Hazelight has a new narrative adventure game in the works and if you’re not familiar with the studio name then you’re likely familiar with their past works. These are the folks that brought out Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and A Way Out. Now a new video game is in the works called It Takes Two.

The story revolves around a little girl who discovers that her parents are getting a divorce. Suddenly after crafting two dolls the little girl can control both her parents. Through the control of her parents, players will have to complete various levels based on the different emotions of the parents. There are a ton of level design changes which brings out new game mechanics and thrilling puzzles to solve which requires two players working together.

#2 As Dusk Falls

  • Developer: Interior Night
  • Publisher: Interior Night
  • Platforms: XBO, XSX/S, PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

As Dusk Falls comes from indie development studio Interior Night and it’s set to be an interactive drama. A lot of the details about the game are still kept secret and I can’t wait to see just how this game evolves personally. From what it looks like, we’re getting a story that will be told throughout generations. We know that we’re going to be tossed into the American Southwest which will apparently focus on two families and it looks like one of the families ends up becoming a hostage. Again, it’s a game that’s a bit cryptic in terms of just what we can expect at the moment. With that said, there is an interesting aesthetic choice for the gameplay visuals, but we’re still waiting for another trailer to come out in order to see the various gameplay mechanics.

#1 Fable

  • Developer: Playground Games
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Fable franchise has been quite a popular one of the years but it’s only received three mainline installments before becoming dormant. It’s something that fans suspected would be picked up again at some point and after several years of rumors, we finally got the official announcement of a Fable reboot. This is a game that was teased during a July 2020 event for the Xbox Series X where we got the word of developers Playground Games taking the helm of this action RPG. If you’re not familiar with the name of the studio, these are the folks that are responsible for the Forza Horizon series so this will be a pretty drastic different video game IP for the team to be working on.

Despite that, there is plenty of fans eagerly awaiting to see just what this reboot will be about. We only got one cinematic teaser trailer essentially just revealing that the game is in the works. Other than that, we don’t know if the game is being developed to retell a similar storyline, locations, or even characters. Regardless, the Fable series is quite the narrative journey for players to embark on and we’re expecting a compelling storyline to keep us progressing through the campaign.