Adventure games are a lot of fun, with their emphasis on story and character and their use of dialogue. They allow us to immerse ourselves in intriguing stories while solving puzzles and exploring locations. We can spend hours in an adventure game, wanting to see how the story progresses because we are so invested in the game.
While many adventure games aren’t free, the good news is that there are quite a few that are. So here’s a look at some great adventure games that are available for free on the Mac App Store.
1. Hidden city
If you want to be a hero in a story steeped in mystery, then you may enjoy Hidden City. In this game, you try to save your friend trapped in a ghost town after being kidnapped by a shadow cult. Find out what happened to him and investigate the mysterious ghost town with the help of some characters.
The game is about completing hidden object levels to unlock chapters. You complete quests, uncover clues about your friend’s disappearance and the cult of shadows, and try to explore various locations within the city before time runs out.
Hidden City is an ad-free hidden object mystery adventure game that will help you use your detective skills. And speaking of detective skills, you can practice them on friends and family through virtual murder mystery game websites.
Discharge: hidden city (Free in-app purchases available)
2. The secret society
In The Secret Society, you have to save your uncle, who disappeared. You investigate his disappearance by exploring various locations while racing against time. There are also objectives to complete, puzzles to solve, and gems to match.
Searching for locations requires energy, which can be obtained by passing levels. There is a shop where you can buy things like talismans, tools, and energy with the crystals you get from searching locations. As you play, you’ll meet various characters who will help you on your quest to find your uncle.
The Secret Society is a mystery filled adventure game that is free and does not require any subscription. However, you can spend money on crystals and coins to buy items from the in-game store.
Discharge: The Secret Society: Adventure (Free version with in-app purchases available)
3. Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink
Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink is a hidden steampunk adventure game where cities all over the world are falling apart due to freak earthquakes. You play as Evangeline Glass, who must save her friend, Dr. Ambrose Ink, who has gone missing.
You will investigate the city of Gottland, search for locations and interact with the characters. In addition to the hidden object puzzles, there are mini-games that you must play to progress through the story. The game has voiceovers, giving it a realistic feel, with various difficulty levels, stunning backgrounds, and haunting music.
While Clockwork Tales is free to download, you can only play it for free up to a certain point, after which you have to pay to unlock the rest of the game.
Discharge: Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (Free premium version available)
4. Escape from the cube: Case 23
Cube Escape: Case 23 is the fifth title in the Rusty Lake Cube Escape series. It is an adventure game in which you have to investigate the mysterious death of a woman. You must find all the evidence at the crime scene to get out.
You can move in the game using the on-screen arrow keys. Click on the objects to interact with them. The items you pick up go into your inventory and it’s up to you to decide where to use them. There are no guides in the game, so you have to rely on logic. You can also use hints if you are stuck.
Cube Escape: Case 23 is free to download, but you can unlock the premium version to remove ads. The premium version of the game, which costs $0.99, allows you to use hints without looking at ads.
Discharge: Escape from the Cube: Case 23 (Free premium version available)
5. tiny miner
If you fancy a simple adventure game, consider playing Tiny Miner. You play as the titular little miner; Your goal is to search for metallic ores and gems as you dig through a randomly generated mining shaft.
As a miner, you must navigate the dark mines with the tools at your disposal, including a map, ladders, signs, and support beams, while avoiding being crushed by rocks. The graphics are simple and the controls consist of the arrow buttons on the keyboard or the on-screen controller.
Tiny Miner is an offline game that is truly free with no in-app purchase option. It is an adorable and simple game whose adventure lies in the search for minerals by the miner to get rich.
Discharge: tiny miner (Free)
6. Survivors: The Quest
Survivors: the Quest, as the name suggests, is a survival-based adventure game. Your plane has crashed on an island and you must try to survive while learning more about it.
You can craft tools, explore locations and search for resources on the island in this game. You will need to monitor your hunger, comfort, fun, and stamina levels as they are all crucial to your performance in the game. Be sure to protect yourself from the dangers on the island, including ghosts and other creatures.
Depending on the level of your stats, the duration of activities such as eating and sleeping can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. You can instantly complete these activities with crystals or play a quick web game online while you wait for them to finish.
Survivors: the Quest is ad-free and free to play, but you can purchase crystals to help you speed up tasks and top up your stats.
Discharge: Survivors: The Quest (Free in-app purchases available)
7. Cradle of Empires
Cradle of Empires is an adventure game of the match-3 puzzle variety. However, it is more than just a puzzle game. Your goal is to improve your empire through the resources you earn while combining items, which you use to build structures. You must also discover the history of your empire while protecting it from an evil sorcerer.
Completing match-3 puzzles inside various structures helps you get the resources needed to build and upgrade structures. Match-3 puzzles require energy, so you’ll have to time your moves carefully.
Cradle of Empires is completely free to play with no ads or required purchases. However, you can buy gems to get spells, bonuses and energy that will help you progress faster in the game.
If you want access to more adventure games like Cradle of Empires, consider subscribing to Apple Arcade, which offers unlimited access to premium games with no ads or in-app purchases for a small monthly fee.
Discharge: cradle of empires (Free in-app purchases available)
Play these free adventure games to kill time
Adventure games allow you to enjoy story based gameplay while playing as a game character. They are fun and non-competitive, allowing you to play at your own pace.
Whether you play as a plane crash survivor stranded on an island, a small miner trying to get rich, or a member of a secret society, you can enjoy fun gameplay for free with these adventure games.