The Art of Point and Click Adventure Games is visual celebration of one of the most loved genres in gaming history. Being a huge fan of Point and Click Adventure games myself, especially those on the Amiga, I had to get my hands on this book and knowing Bitmap Books was behind it was a bonus.
My first impressions of the book were pretty gobsmacking, as always Bitmap Books have worked their magic, from the stunning print quality to the fantastic hardback cover, its simply a stunning example of a retro gaming tome. For those who crave the finer detailed specs of the book read on.
460 pages, 210mm x 260mm, Lithographic print, Silver foil blocked cover, Hardback, Sewn binding and a Bookmark ribbon.
The book is split into yearly sections all in chronological order starting in 1984 and finishing in 2017. Before you get to the main content there’s a foreword by Gary Whitta and a brief history of the genre. So what does the content look like? Well all the classics are covered, such as The Secret of Monkey Island, The Dig, Maniac Mansion, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle and so many more.
Each game is adorned with sublime retouched screenshot images that we have come to expect from Sam Dyer at Bitmap Books. As previously mentioned, the interviews are mixed within these timeline sections breaking up the book enough to help the flow of its content. All of these are with key developers, designers and artists behind some of the most beloved point and click games and characters from the likes of Tim Schafer, Al Lowe, Gregg Barnett and many, many more.
Overall this is a sublime, must own book for any avid retro fan, Bitmap Books continue to knock the ball out of the park.
Overall this is a sublime book, if you love the genre or gaming in general then this is a must for you.