User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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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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...

Windows (2006)

Donavan Rand is a crime lord hiding in an old hotel where he thinks he is safe. Unfortunately for him...

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...

DOS (1993)

A Journey Into Xanth takes place in the magical world of Xanth known from the books of Piers Anthony. The...

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...

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