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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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Inspektor Griffu DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1990)

Inspektor Griffu is a German detective mystery and a mixture between a graphical and a text adventure. Features of the...

DOS (1994) and Windows 3.x (1994)

You are playing as Inspector Zebok who has a new case to solve: the death of a notary - natural...

The Institute TRS-80 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983) and TRS-80 (1981)

In this bizarre text-based mystery, you assume the role of John, a mental patient who is being held against his...

The Interactive Adventures of Blake and Mortimer: The Time Trap Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

This is an interactive comic book based on the comic with the same name by famed Belgian comics artist Edgar...

Browser (2012)

This is an interactive story putting the player in the role of a Bletchley Park cryptographer, surely at least in...

DOS (2002)

Another text adventure game made with the Computer Novel Construction Set. The player takes a role of alien #28493 (later...

Windows (2002)

Remake of Intergalactic Life keeps the same plot, but proposes a new walkthrough. Starship of the alien #28493 (named Knoffel...

Interpol 2: Most Wanted Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

An Interpol agent must track down the most wanted international criminals operating on several countries.Interpol 2: Most Wanted, like its...

Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007), Xbox 360 (2009) and Macintosh (2007)

Dr. Vladimir Chaosky has been missing from the face of the Earth for more than a decade. Now the trail...

In the 1st Degree Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1996)

Did James Tobin really murdered Mr. Barnes or was he only trying to protect himself? In the adventure "In The...

DOS (1995) and Amiga (1994)

In this game you are private investigator Tom Scool. You have been hired by a dishonest jewel collector to sneak...

In the Hall of the Mountain King TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1983)

In a sister game to Voyage of the Valkyrie, developer Leo B. Christopherson puts you back in the role of...

Intrigue! Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and Apple II (1986)

A film-noir detective mystery set in Washington D.C. featuring real-world locations and almost real-world actors in the roles. Your detective...

Intrigue At Oakhaven Plantation Windows Front Cover Download Version

Windows (2006)

This point and click adventure game takes place at Oakhaven, a 19th century southern plantation in Louisiana.Daphne's Grand-mère has something...

MSX (1989) and PC-88 (1989)

You are a Japanese young man named Minoru Nakagawa. One day you notice a beautiful girl standing under a blossoming...

Invaders of the Lost Tomb Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985)

The Pharoah's Lost Tomb contains the valuable emerald of Scarabaeus, and you have set off to find it. You walk...

Windows (2005)

Invincible Island Remake is a freeware adaptation of a text adventure released for the ZX Spectrum in 1983, submitted as...

Invitation Amstrad CPC Front Cover

Amstrad CPC (1987)

Receiving the invitation telegram from some mysterious baron, you as journalist specialized in occult sciences have agreed to visit his...

I/O PlayStation 2 Front Cover

Windows (2008) and PlayStation 2 (2006)

April 26, 2032, 12:12 AM, Tokyo. During the first lunar eclipse in three years, the Moon turns blood red, and...

I/O (Special Edition) PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This limited-edition release of I/O contains the game along with an artbook featuring production sketches and guest illustrations, a solar-powered...

Iris PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003) and Dreamcast (2003)

Iris is one of Kid's romantic visual novels with a school setting. This story centers around junior high-school students in...

PC-98 (1992) and FM Towns (1992)

Iris Tei Serenade is set in a medieval fantasy land. For seven years, the two most powerful countries - the...

Iron Roses Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Iron Roses is a 3D adventure game with a rock-and-roll theme, in the "find objects, and use them on other...

Browser (2012)

ir/rational Redux is a revamped version of ir/rational, a short text adventure written and programmed by Tom Jubert.The protagonist is...

PlayStation (1998)

...Iru! is a first person survival horror game in the vein of Clock Tower and Echo Night in which you...

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