I have strong memories of playing Sierra adventure games in elementary and middle school. Games such as King's Quest, Space Quest, Hero's Quest, Police Quest, and yes, even Leisure Suit Larry, appealed to my problem solving sensibilities. They just don't make games like these any more. AGD Interactive has produced a couple of updated versions of these games: King's Quest I, King's Quest II, and Quest for Glory II (Hero's Quest II).
I used King's Quest I with my 6th grade class as an on-the -board puzzle solving activity that we would do every few weeks with the intention of completing the game by the end of the year. Next year I may try letting the kids work in pairs to try and complete the quest on their own.
The game is definitely age appropriate (and occasionally silly). It's a great and simple design that I think has lasting power. It's for PC only, but it should work fine on dual boot MAC systems, though I'm not sure about virtual PC/Window environments.
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan