If you never have played them, then you should. I had a chance to play a recent one called Cognition. Cognition puts the player into the role of a hard-boiled detective named Erica Reed. The point and click works really well for this venue, as the player can wander around the world and check for clues, talk to suspects, and find items that will eventually be used to solve puzzles later in the game.
The gameplay of Cognition is similar to that of the Nancy Drew detective series. Of course, that was designed clearly for younger audiences, like Epic Mickey 2. Cognition is designed for older audiences, and the setting feels similar to CSI. You know, how the detectives walk onto a crime scene in cool outfits and are not at all shocked by the grisly scene in front of them.
Oh, wait, I forgot to mention that Erica Reed is a psychic. That’s right, she gets this vibes off objects, and then she uses this sixth sense to discover clues which enable more puzzle-solving, which enables players to feel great about themselves.
I would have to say that I liked Cognition, but I will have to say that the point and click game is sort of “played out”. I mean, I remember playing them back in the 1980’s. Anyone remember the King’s Quest series? The developer of Cognition is Jane Jansen, who designed King’s Quest VI. The psychic parts makes Cognition different, but I am not certain how much more we can do with point and clicks.
You can find the first episode of Cognition on the Raindg site for about $9.99.