The return of the adventure game

2009 is shaping up to be the comeback year for the adventure game.The revived Secret of Monkey Island is leading the charge, but is now backed with th

The revived Secret of Monkey Island is leading the charge, but is now backed with the re-release of Sierra's King's Quest and Space Quest adventure games on Steam.

For a genre of game that many believed went the way of the dodo around the turn of the century, it's a surprising development.

But adventure games didn't die. They just went from the mainstream to the fringes of gaming.

During it's time on the fringes there have been releases such as Hotel Dusk: Room 215 on the Nintendo DS helping sow the seeds for a revival and attempts to move the genre foward such as the online 'interactive story' Masq.

But the storytelling that once set adventures apart from other genres is now commonplace in other games and the revival is largely based on remakes of the hits of yesteryear.

So is the 2009 comeback a flash-in-the-pan or the start of a new era of adventures?