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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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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...

Akai Ito PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2004)

In this interactive manga-themed novel the player is cast as the female character Kei Hatou who is hunted by goblins...

PC-98 (1993)

Akiko Yagami is a young woman who has just accepted a teaching job offer from the Noble Girls High School....

PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1995)

A certain girl's high school has attracted the attention of the authorities: girls are disappearing, and there are rumors of...

A Killer's Dream Xbox 360 Front Cover

Xbox 360 (2009)

A Killer's Dream is a part horror, part puzzle game in which the player must experience in game dreams in...

NES (1988)

The game is based on the animé movie of the same name. The year is 2019, 31 years after World...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

A cross between Japanese-style adventure and educational game dedicated to mathematics, Sūgaku Mystery ("Mathematical Mystery") stars a real-world person, the...

Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii is a short adventure game with simple puzzles for the casual market. The main...

Alabama Smith in the Quest of Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2012), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

After some strange occurrences in the university, the archaeologist and treasure hunter Alabama Smith travels to Machu Picchu, where he...

Alabaster Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

This game presents a dark re-interpretation of the fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (here called dwarrows),...

ZX Spectrum (1984)

Alcatraz Harry is a maze game. The player takes on the role of a prisoner named Harry, who must escape...

Alcazar: The Forgotten Fortress Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ColecoVision (1985), Apple II (1985) and MSX (1985)

In this adventure game you control an explorer who's on his way to fortress Alcazar. To reach Alcazar you are...

Alchemia: Extended Version Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Alchemia is a point and click adventure game similar to the Samorost series. You play a character called "Noses", the...

Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014) and Windows (2006)

The Larry-esque Al Emmo is out of luck. He travels to the forsaken valley of Anozira to meet Ivanna Lottakash,...

Windows (2006)

This collector's edition includes the following:Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's MineGame package signed by Britney Brimhall and Chris WarrenCollectible...

ZX Spectrum (1987) and MSX (1988)

Two million years ago, a spaceship crashed on what is today the Brazilian coastline. The alien survivors of the crash...

Alexandra Fortune: Mystery of the Lunar Archipelago Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

Alexandra Fortune received a magical pendant from her grandfather, a worldwide explorer and adventurer, when she was a small child....

Atari 8-bit (1994)

Alfa-Boot is an adventure game with a point-and-click interface; the protagonist is a special agent, sent out to stop a...

Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

In Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Final Cut the player takes the role of the psychic private investigator Joseph Shamley, who...

Alfred Pelrock DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996)

Alfred Pelrock is a guy with no seeming objective in his life until one night he awakens by a mysterious...

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