I'm not sure there are adventure games that appeal more to males.
We all have our preferences but they don't seem to split along gender lines.
This year, the game that came out on top was Lost Horizon and as far as I know, everyone who played it liked it.
Here is the annual game list
The Hall of Fame is right on top.
These are oldish to older games that are fantastic and have won their place over the years.
Some people like games like Myst that are heavy on puzzles and solitary exploration.
Others prefer a good story and a lot of character interaction and it has nothing to do with what gender they are.
Of the games in the Hall of Fame, Grim Fandango isn't that easy to find but it consistently comes out in the top adventure games of all time and was #1 last year on Adventure Gamers 100 best. (I had to give Grim a plug since it's my favorite.)
Maybe you'd like Resonance. The graphics suck (my opinion) but it got very good reviews and it's fairly new (last year?).
It's a gritty type of game as I assume Face Noir is.
Or you might like Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper which is fairly dark and goes heavily into deduction.
Tex Murply is also a detective with a following and these games are completely different from the games involving Sherlock Holmes.
So, anyway, if you haven't played many adventure games, I'd suggest you read some of the reviews on Gameboomers and see if anything appeals to you.
Oh, and if you want a game that's fun from start to finish, try Zork, Grand Inquisitor.
Ah, just happened to think. If you like weird and hard to categorize, get Sanitarium, Hall of Fame, older game, and a B**** of a hard fight at the end for some
Full disclosure: not male