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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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Master of Magic Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1986)

Thelric the Wizard has kidnapped you by beaming you into his world, and will only set you free if you...

Browser (2012)

Following the player's triumph in Battle Castle, they are brought to the heart of European civilization, Constantinople, where the Black...

Masters of Mystery: Blood of Betrayal Windows Front Cover

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

Carrie Chase is a Manhattan police detective assigned with the investigation of a drug-related double murder in a penthouse. As...

Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion Windows Front Cover

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

Detective Carrie Chase must track down a serial killer that killed a fashion designer.Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion is...

Masters of Sound Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Masters of Sound is a point-and-click adventure set in a distant period of our future where music controls the universe.In...

Masters of the Elements Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997), Windows 3.x (1997) and Macintosh (1999)

In the castle of infinity live the eccentric masters of the elements who control time, gravity, electricity, warmth, light and...

Masters of the Universe: Super Adventure Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986) and ZX Spectrum (1987)

This interactive fiction title (one of three licensed Masters of the Universe titles released in the mid 1980s) might suit...

Mata Hari Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

The famous exotic dancer and femme fatale Mata Hari is brought to life in this adventure game which builds its...

Mata Nui Online Game II: The Final Chronicle Browser Front Cover

Browser (2003)

In this sequel to the original Mata Nui Online Game, the player controls Hahli, a Ga-Matoran of Ga-Koro, who lives...

Commodore 64 (1988)

After all your training you now face your final test to receive the title of Matchmaker and it involves getting...

Matchmaker: Joining Hearts Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Helen Jones is an elderly woman that, after her son and five daughters got married, decided to retire to a...

PC-98 (1993)

The tribe of demons dwells above the Himalaya mountains. The demon king Zenon is harboring a plan to occupy the...

Math Blaster Ages 9-12  Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Math Blaster Ages 9-12 features the math team of GC Max and Spot, who have recently crash landed on a...

DOS (1994), Windows (1995) and Windows 3.x (1994)

Blasternaut, Galactic Commander, and Spot, are out searching space for The Lost City in their violet magenta cruiser. Galactic Commander...

Browser (2011)

An exercise in time-shifted narrative in the vein of a spontaneously-generated bedtime story (and filling the backstory blanks thereof), this...

Maupiti Island DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), Amiga (1990) and Atari ST (1991)

Maupiti Island is a nonlinear police investigation with graphics in 2D and is the sequel to Mortville Manor. Whilst famous...

DOS (1994)

Mavlin Malner from Earth was kidnapped by alien in flying saucer to the planet of moguns! The mogun, who looks...

Windows (2001), Windows 3.x (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Max and the Magician comes from the team of Tivola and BVM, who are responsible for the Oscar the Balloonist...

Maya the Bee: Garden Adventures Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

This game uses the license from the famous German TV series Biene Maja. Maja's best friend Willi is kidnapped by...

Maya the Bee: What a Thunderstorm Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Maya the bee composes a rain dance unleashing a storm that blows away Willy's cap. He has just received it...

Windows (1999) and PC-98 (1995)

Hajime Kudo is a recent college graduate, a month and a half away from beginning his new job working for...

PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

A Japanese high-school student receives a letter from his sweetheart Mayumi, who has gone to study in a remote school...

Atari 8-bit (2014)

Maze is a game created for the "NOMAM Basic Ten-Liners 2014" competition. The entire code, written in the Turbo Basic...

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

This adventure game, the first ever released by Her Interactive, lets you take on the life of a teenage co-ed...

Windows (1996)

This is an expansion for McKenzie & Co., the game about the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl in...

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