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Adventure

Description

In adventure games, the emphasis is placed on experiencing a story as seen by one or more user-controlled characters, often by manipulating said character(s) and the environment they exist in. Adventure games are characterized by general lack of reflex-based gameplay (action), though they may feature such segments sporadically.

Adventure games initially featured text input and little to no graphics (interactive fiction). Afterwards, graphical adventures became more prominent and text input was replaced by a limited amount of icons/menus with verb commands.

Two distinct sub-genres of adventure games are Western-style adventures (also referred to as puzzle-solving adventure) and Japanese adventures, which typically have no puzzles and minimal interaction. Visual novels are traditionally also considered a sub-genre of adventure games.
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A.D. 2044 Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

This is a point-and-click adventure set in a near future post-apocalyptic world where women now rule. After a radical women's...

A.D. 2044: Seksmisja Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1991)

A.D. 2044: Seksmisja is an adventure game, loosely based on the Polish film Seksmisja. The protagonist is a man cryogenically...

Adam's Venture: Episode 3 - Revelations Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The third chapter of this series of adventures starts immediately after the conclusion of the previous chapter, with Adam left...

ADAM: The Double Factor Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This sequel takes place 2 years after the events of Eve burst error: Kojiroh is still struggling to make a...

Windows (2006)

ADAP is a curious oddity, an engine allowing the production of Choose Your Own Adventure-type games with Dragon's Lair-style snap-decisions...

A Dark and Stormy Entry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

This entry into the 2001 LOTECHComp puts the player in the role of an author with a blank page and...

Commodore 64 (1989) and ZX Spectrum (1990)

In the future, Earth's resources have been stretched to their limit from it's ever expanding population and the future of...

Windows (2014)

Lou, a young man who recently moved from London to Lisbon, meets a woman called Catarina in a bar and...

A Day for Soft Food Browser Front Cover

DOS (1999) and Browser (2002)

In A Day for Soft Food the player controls the hungry cat of a household. Its master (called "the Provider"...

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2003)

Adiboo & Paziral's Secret is a 3D action adventure game with 12 levels. Players will take control of Adiboo and...

A Dreamland Chronicles Game Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2010)

A Dreamland Chronicles Game is one part comic book, one part trivia game. To begin with, the player must read...

DOS (1988)

This rather lighthearted text adventure game features you as a Harvard University student living in Dudley House. Your goal is...

Linux (2008), Windows (2008), Macintosh (2008) and Browser (2007)

A large re-visitation to Crowther and Woods' Adventure, the first text adventure game, this one works with much of what...

DOS (1989)

Select from five character classes (Paladin, Necromancer, Barbarian, Zen-Druid, Shadowy Tracker) and explore the three levels of the dungeon Ebon...

MSX (1983)

Taking its title from the English word "adventure" and the squeak of a mouse; "chu", Adven'chuta is an old school...

Advent iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2008) and iPad (2010)

31 years after this trailblazing text adventure's debut on campus mainframes, Crowther & Woods' ADVENTURE is here ported to the...

Adventure Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1980) and iPhone (2008)

A graphic dungeon quest inspired by the old mainframe game of the same name, Adventure is a graphic action-adventure game...

Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (2003)

As a graphical front-end for Don Woods' 1995 v2.5 of the original text adventure game, this port allows Mac players...

ZX81 (1982)

In this text adventure you have been tasked by the Emperor to find the three pieces of his Sceptre and...

DOS (1987)

Adventure is a port of the mainframe text adventure Adventure (also known as Colossal Cave Adventure). It is based on...

Windows (2007)

Hoping to reconnect with his estranged daughters following the collapse of his marriage, in 1977 programmer and spelunker Will Crowther...

Adventure 1 Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), ZX Spectrum (1982), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1985), Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985) and ZX81 (1982)

Classic Adventure is a reworking of the 1978 Will Crowther and Don Woods text adventure game Colossal Cave Adventure which...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Adventure 1: Cavern of Riches is a typical text adventure game in which the player must try to collect the...

Windows (2009)

Adventure 2600 Reboot is a graphical and sound update to the Atari 2600 game Adventure. Play is controlled by the...

Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

Adventure 2: The Great Pyramid, like its predecessor, is a text adventure game with little to no story. The aim...

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