I bought Broken Sword on my phone a week ago without any real knowledge about it. To my surprise, I'm three hours in a loving it. I had never played a point and click game before other than some educational games I liked when I was young. I love deciphering the secret messages in the game. I remember reading The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe and trying to figure out the cipher by myself. I've always found cryptography interesting.
So, I bought Gemini Rue, since it looked interesting and I didn't want to realize after the sale I wanted it. It's great so far.
Since I somehow completely missed this genre of gaming, I'm looking for suggestions. Machinarium is already on my list. It looks magical and the demo was fun. Any other suggestions?
Here's a list of some of my favorite classics:
-The Longest Journey: Considered one of the best adventure games ever for good reason. I highly recommend it, it's really good. Dreamfall is also good, but play the first first.
-Grim Fandango: Really, really awesome. Also really, really hard to find. Honestly? I'd recommend torrenting it and then, if LucasArts sometime decides to stop being stupid, buy it again when it becomes available somewhere.
-Monkey Island series: Classics for a reason. Pick up the special editions of the first 2 games on Steam and play through those first (sadly you missed the sale a couple of days ago)
-LucasArts Adventure Pack: Contains Loom, Indiana Jones: and The Fate of Atlantis, The Dig, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I haven't played through all of them yet, but Loom is very cool and unique and Atlantis is considered one of the best P&C games ever made.
-Syberia: Excessively linear and the voice acting's a bit dodgy, but the atmosphere is great and the visuals are beautiful.
Also, The Shivah is very good (but very short).