Hoo! You're going to get an argument from me about how 'easy' those
For instance, Evil Under the Sun is very unforgiving. You do everything in exactly the right order or you do not progress.
Gabriel Knight 3 has that awful, hard, unending
computer puzzle which MaG probably breezed through and you may have, too, but the rest of us - not hardly.
It also offers probably the stupidest puzzle ever in computer games. (Cat hair, for crying out loud?)
And why, oh why, did Jane Jensen have to experiment with 3D?
That said, I agree that the annual competition is most often a list of favorites rather than easier games well suited to someone new to adventures, but IMO, it doesn't matter.
What does matter is that a game grabs and holds the one playing it.
Grim Fandango is not the easiest game by any stretch of the imagination but it was my first and it hooked me on the genre though it took me forever to finish.
And then I was sorry I had.
So, you never can tell what will hook a new player and start them on the road to BAAGs.
IMO, the list does what it should do, offer suggestions of games we'd recommend for anyone who'd like to dip a toe into adventurous waters.
Oh, and let flotsam get another plug in for Isabelle.