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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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Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows 3.x (1993) and Macintosh (1993)

Freddy Pharkas was one of the fastest guns in the American West of the 1880's. However in one particular gunfight...

Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992) and Windows (1995)

When humans finally managed to colonize the planet Venus, they discovered a gigantic system of artificial underground tunnels there. It...

Free D.C! DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

With robots now in control of the Earth, the last remaining humans are held in a Zoo. They are alongside...

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2006)

At 35 and single, life is bland and repetitive for our hero. Then, one day, he hears a voice coming...

Windows (1998)

This is graphical point-and-click adventure with simple original engine. The game, like most 3rd Person adventure games, consists of action...

Frotz (included games) iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008) and iPad (2010)

Named after a Zorkian spell to render something luminous (in turn derived from MIT hacker jargon), Frotz has long been...

DOS (1998), Windows (2004) and Atari ST (1998)

This is a parody of the Sierra-style games like Space Quest, King's Quest, etc. Similar interface, sounds, and graphics. This...

DOS (2004) and Windows (2004)

Play the role of Richard, who hasn't had some action for the past two years! After watching some eventful TV,...

Amstrad CPC (1991)

In the quite distant future, the universe is governed by an organisation known as the Foundation. You are Jack Bludfield,...

Fugitive Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

Fugitive is an isometric adventure game about a prison escape. The player controls a prisoner who will be moved to...

Full Moon in San Francisco Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Pick your character’s gender, their characteristics, how much money to start with - even their type of pet - in...

Full Pipe Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

A nameless protagonist is sleeping when a monstrous hand appears from under his bed to nick one of his slippers....

Full Throttle DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), Windows (2002) and Macintosh (1996)

Future technology paved way to the creation of hovercrafts, which began to gradually replace motorized vehicles. Ben is the leader...

Genesis (1991)

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia is one of the several games based on the anime series The Secret of Blue...

PC-98 (1992), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

One of the games based on the Japanese animated series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, which is loosely based...

TurboGrafx CD (1993)

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is one of the several games based on the anime...

Fusion: Sentient Windows Phone Front Cover

Windows Phone (2011)

Fusion: Sentient is a real-time, strategic Windows Phone game in which the player controls a squad of mechs, called sentients....

Futakoi Alternative: Koi to Shōjo to Machinegun PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Futakoi Alternative (aka Twin Love Alternative) is a spin off of a TV anime with the same name. As the...

Future Boy Linux Front Cover

Linux (2004), Windows (2004) and Macintosh (2004)

Future Boy! is a comedic, comic book-styled interactive fiction game written with the Hugo programming language. You have to save...

Future Voices iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2013) and iPad (2013)

This is an anthology of eleven unrelated interactive stories from six different countries submitted for a contest. They span a...

Future Wars: Adventures in Time DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

In the year 1989, a simple window cleaner is working outside of a skyscraper. Intending to play a prank on...

Futuria Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1985)

A timewarp in space transports you to the year 2190 and places you in a strange city called Futuria. This...

PC-98 (1994)

Machida Haruko, nicknamed "Faru", is a young girl who was living together with her sister Mei. Mei has mysteriously disappeared,...

Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

The third game in the series takes Gabriel Knight, the former owner of a book store in New Orleans, and...

Gabriel Knight Mysteries: Limited Edition DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998), Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

A few corrections to the description already appearing on the website: Some versions of the Limited Edition box also include...

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