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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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Game Boy Color (2000)

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star in the portable adventure about junior detectives who can "solve any crime by dinnertime."Each mystery...

Mary Kay Andrews: The Fixer Upper Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Dempsey Jo Killebrew gets entangled in a national corruption scandal, which has her lose her job, her home, and her...

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein / Bram Stoker's Dracula SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1994)

Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is an adventure/fighting hybrid based on the 1994 film of the same name. You play as Frankenstein's...

PC-98 (1996)

Keiichi Hayama is an ordinary Japanese high-school student, who has lost his parents and lives together with his foster mother...

The Mask of the Sun Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

You are Mac Steele - archeologist, adventurer and treasure hunter. Poisoned by one of your newly found artifacts, you're fighting...

Windows (2002)

Masq is an interactive comic with typical soap opera elements such as love, betrayal and murder, and the portrayal of...

Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983), PC-88 (1985), PC-98 (1985) and FM-7 (1985)

You are a detective and you are really struggling with your latest case as you try to bring down a...

PC-98 (1994)

Kyosuke, an ordinary Japanese teenager, receives one day a strange invitation to a foreign mansion apparently belonging to a mysterious...

Master of Dimensions Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996)

The sorcerer Merlin is not only involved in mystical but also in physical things and journeys to other dimensions. One...

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) 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 Adventure Game Browser Front Cover

Browser (2001)

You awake on the shores of Mata Nui. Upon waking, you find a local villager in desperate need of help....

Browser (2003)

Not to be confused with the game of the same name released the previous year, Mata Nui Explorer is an...

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...

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