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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Jane Croft: The Baker Street Murder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2011)

Jane Croft: The Baker Street Murder is a classic Hidden Object game written with a story-driven, linear progression. Although the...

Janosch: Das große Panama Spiel Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999)

A small bear and a small tiger live in their house by a river, minding their own business, when one...

Windows (1997), CD-i (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Jan Pienkowski Haunted House is an adaptation of the pop-up children's book of the same name by Jan Pienkowski. In...

Commodore 64 (1990), ZX Spectrum (1990) and Amstrad CPC (1990)

You are Jason, leader of the Argonauts and your quest is to find the Golden Fleece so that you can...

JAWS: The Text Adventure ZX Spectrum Front Cover (original version)

ZX Spectrum (2015) and Browser (2013)

A game inspired by Steven Spielberg's movie "Jaws", played from the shark's point of view. Originally developed as a browser...

Jazz and Faust Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Seek out hidden treasure and uncover a mysterious conspiracy in this 3D adventure game set in the ancient East. It...

Jazzpunk Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Jazzpunk is set in a cold war setting. The player takes the role of a secret agent who has to...

MSX (1989), PC-88 (1989) and PC-98 (1989)

D.C. Connection, the third entry in the J.B. Harold Series, is - perhaps not very surprisingly - set in Washington,...

J.B. Harold: Blue Chicago Blues SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1995), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1995), 3DO (1995), PC-FX (1996) and LaserActive (1994)

Following Murder Club, this is another detective story about the fearless private investigator J.B. Harold. This time, an unknown woman...

Windows (1995), MSX (1988), PC-88 (1987), PC-98 (1987), Sharp X68000 (1987), Sharp X1 (1987) and FM-7 (1987)

A 24-year-old woman was found dead in her flat in Manhattan, New York. Her skull was crushed - it was...

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

An ordinary Japanese young man named Fujibayashi Kotarou was playing a computer game at his friend's house. Upon returning home...

Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2007)

Heartbroken and enraged by a recent girlfriend's casual dumping of you, you prowl the streets and lanes of a small...

Browser (2007)

This interactive movie told (is no longer available for play) a twisted tale of adventure and abject failure set in...

Jeffrey Archer: Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less - The Computer Game ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Atari ST (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

Jeffrey Archer: Not a Penny More, not a Penny Less - The Computer Game is an interactive fiction game based...

Jeff Wayne's Video Game Version of The War of the Worlds ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1984)

This is a game adaptation of the musical version of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds. It's...

Jekyll & Hyde Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

A mysterious epidemic ravages the slums of London in 1894. Only Children are spared by the deadly plague. Young Dr....

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1984)

Jenny of the Prairie focuses on a girl who stranded in the prairie after being separated from her wagon train...

TRS-80 (1981), TRS-80 CoCo (1981), Dragon 32/64 (1982) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You are standing in the maze of streets belonging to the city of Jerusalem and your quest is to find...

Jerusalem: The Three Roads to the Holy Land Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

Jerusalem is the sequel to Pompeii: The Legend of Vesuvius. You again play the 20th century cartographer Adrian Blake as...

Jessica: Mysterious Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

While traveling by plane, Jessica starts to chat with a young man called Tony. When both arrive at the airport,...

Jessica Plunkenstein and the Düsseldorf Conspiracy Windows Front Cover

Windows (2005)

Jessica Plunkenstein is an average teenage girl who disagrees with her parents about how her life should be. In an...

Jessica: Secret of the Caribbean Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Jessica is enjoying her honeymoon trip when her husband is kidnapped by men pretending to be government officials. She starts...

Jessy: Ein Zirkuspferd in Not Linux Front Cover

Linux (2005) and Windows (2005)

When Jessy arrives at veterinary after a wonderful riding by the summer, she becomes acquainted with the scared Abraxas, a...

PC-88 (1991), PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

On board the ship Callisto, sailing through the Mediterranean Sea, are two friends from Japan - Kazuya Goshiki and Shinji...

Jesus: Kyōfu no Bio-Monster NES Front Cover

NES (1989), MSX (1987), PC-88 (1987), Sharp X1 (1987) and FM-7 (1987)

It is the year 2061, and Halley's Comet is coming towards Earth. A crew has been gathered from eight different...

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