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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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DOS (1996)

There have seldom been stranger ways of recruiting people: When espionage fan Gunter Bunt takes part in a competition put...

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Ashley is a psychic, or medium, living in a post-apocalyptic world. She has had recent nightmares about a burning house,...

Age of Japan II Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

You are the tutor for the young Emperor. You must guide him to uniting Japan so it will be strong.Age...

Age of Oracles: Tara's Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Tara is an apprentice enchantress that must find a series of magical tarot cards with the help of a talking...

Ages of Myst Macintosh Front Cover

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

Ages of Myst is a compilation which features the first two entries of the Myst series: Myst Riven: The Sequel...

PC-88 (1986), PC-98 (1986) and FM-7 (1986)

Aggres is a sequel to Zodiac. The search for the space archaeologist D. Dumas, who disappeared five years ago, has...

Agharta: The Hollow Earth Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In Agharta: The Hollow Earth, set in 1926, the player takes the role of a nameless pilot who gets hired...

AGON: Episode 1 - London Scene Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

You, as Professor Samuel Hunt, a scientist of the British Museum, receive a mysterious letter while working at night, then...

Windows (2003)

The clue found by Professor Hunt in the British Museum in the the first episode pointed to Lapland, land of...

Windows (2004)

In this episode, you again take the role of Professor Samuel Hunt who travels to tropical Madagascar to track the...

AGON: The Lost Sword of Toledo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

AGON: The Lost Sword of Toledo is the fourth installment in the AGON Episodic Adventures series. Professor Samuel Hunt travels...

AGON: The Mysterious Codex Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006) and Macintosh (2006)

This is a compilation of the first three AGON episodic adventures, previously only available as individual downloads, on one CD-Rom:...

Atari ST (1990)

You wake up lying in the street with a severe headache and some memory loss i.e. you have no idea...

A Gypsy's Tale: The Tower of Secrets Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Reylin of Winderalth is a mysterious gypsy called upon by a monk to help investigate a cursed tower. The tower...

Ah! Megami-Sama PC-FX Front Cover

PC-FX (1997)

The game is a remake of the computer game of the same name. It adds an animated intro, voice-overs, and...

PC-98 (1993)

Based on the anime series Ah! My Goddess, the game follows the story of a Japanese high-school student named Keiichi,...

A House in California Linux Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

A House in California is a short, surreal adventure game with a strong emphasis on the narrative. It starts with...

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

This edition of A House in California is limited to 10 copies. It was sold through a Kickstarter project to...

Linux (2010), Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

This edition of A House in California is limited to 40 copies. It was sold through a Kickstarter project to...

Air Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (2000), PlayStation 2 (2002), Dreamcast (2001) and PSP (2007)

Air is a Japanese "interactive novel" in which you play as three different characters through three different scenarios. The first...

Air Pressure Browser Front Cover

Linux (2010), Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and Browser (2010)

Air Pressure is a short visual novel that tells a story through text and pictures, with a few moments where...

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Takehito Nogawa is a young boy whose father is a wealthy businessman, owner of a powerful corporation. The boy is...

Aisle Browser Front Cover

DOS (1999) and Browser (2002)

A common criticism of adventure games generally and works of interactive fiction specifically is that they oftentimes suffer from what...

Akagawa Jirō Mystery: Tsuki no Hikari - Shizumeru Kane no Satsujin Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Based on the novel by Akagawa Jirou, the story puts you in a role of a high-school teacher who due...

NES (1991)

The game is based on the detective story Ghost Train, the first one written by the popular Japanese author Jirō...

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