Always a tough category to call, and to whittle down to a few as well, PC gaming has been as diverse as ever in 2022. The full list of nominees containing strategies, 'anti-crafting' dismantling games, as well as the eventual point-and-click winner, was as follows:
- Neon White
- Return to Monkey Island (winner)
- Hardspace: Shipbreaker
- Total War: Warhammer 3
- Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
However, I'm not sure anyone would begrudge the point-and-click classic's return to our PCs winning the big prize, despite its esteemed company.
In our review of the game, Josh West distilled his thoughts down into a sweet summary: "Return to Monkey Island is a heartfelt and nostalgic return to a point-and-click adventure series that had long been left behind. It's fun, smart, and intuitive, with a story and presentation that is surprisingly self-aware. Whether this is your first brush with Guybrush Threepwood or your sixth, Return to Monkey Island is a swashbuckling adventure you won't want to miss."
We found that the game "not only breathes new life into a beloved world but is able to make it feel relevant again in a new generation", reviving the point-and-click adventure genre beautifully by serving as, what Josh called "an intricately crafted time capsule – a reminder of the heart, wit, and humor that has always underpinned the best point-and-click adventure games".
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