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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Maniac Mansion DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), NES (1988), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1987) and Apple II (1987)

The Edison mansion has always been a creepy old house on the edge of town. There have been rumors of...

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle DOS Front Cover Side 1

DOS (1993) and Macintosh (1996)

Purple Tentacle, one of the crazy Dr. Fred's creations, drinks contaminated water from Dr. Fred's Sludge-o-matic. He mutates into an...

Linux (2004) and Windows (2004)

Seventeen years after the initial release of the classic LucasArts adventure Maniac Mansion, the game has been revamped for modern...

TRS-80 CoCo (1982), Dragon 32/64 (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

You stand outside a mansion which some say is haunted while others say it is cursed, and your quest is...

Mansion of Hidden Souls SEGA CD Front Cover

SEGA CD (1993)

Mansion of Hidden Souls is an adventure game created entirely with full-motion video. It takes place in a pre-rendered mansion...

The Mansion of Hidden Souls SEGA Saturn Front Cover

SEGA Saturn (1994)

This Saturn-exclusive game is actually a sequel to the Sega CD game Mansion of Hidden Souls, even though the title...

Maple Colors: Kessen wa Gakuensai! PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Originally released for PC (Windows) under title Maple Colors in 2003 featuring erotic content, this PlayStation 2 port was done...

PC-98 (1993)

Marginal Storys (sic) is composed of two short visual novels, which are accessible from the main menu and are not...

Margrave Manor 2: The Lost Ship Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Edwina Margrave receives a letter about the "Aurora Dusk", a derelict ship found offshore that belongs to her family. She...

Maria: Kimitachi ga Umareta Wake SEGA Saturn Front Cover

PlayStation (1997) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

In this game, you play as a young psychiatrist named Takano. One day a new patient is brought into the...

PC-98 (1995)

A young man named Kenji decides to have a vacation on the beautiful island together with his sister Hiromi. Taking...

Marionette Company PlayStation 3 Front Cover

Windows (1999), PlayStation (1999), Dreamcast (1999), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

One day, you stumble upon a broken Marionette, an android girl. Crying for help from inside a box in a...

Marionette Company 2 PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2000), Dreamcast (2000), PSP (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and PS Vita (2012)

Marionette Company 2 is a direct sequel to Marionette Company and you play as a same high-school student from the...

PC-98 (1993) and FM Towns (1994)

Marionette Mind is a collection of three interrelated short stories depicting the adventures of an artificially created young woman. Each...

Mario's Time Machine SNES Front Cover

DOS (1993), SNES (1993), NES (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

Bowser is at it again! He's using a time machine, called a Timulator, to loot historical artifacts from the past,...

Mark and Mandi's Love Story Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Mark and Mandi's Love Story is a spot-the-differences game, where most of the time the screen is split in two...

Browser (2012)

A bold new gambit for game publishers: why not announce a game -- with another game? This is a brief...

Atari ST (1992)

Marlowe is an interactive adventure game in which the player assumes the role of a private detective who has to...

Marooned Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2009)

A woman wakes up on a mysterious island, without any recollection of who she is and how she ended up...

DOS (1990)

Your useless ship has crash landed, yet again, on a hostile alien planet. Thankfully your on board computers have located...

Commodore 64 (1982), VIC-20 (1982), TRS-80 (1982) and Commodore PET/CBM (1982)

In Mars the player is stranded with his or her spaceship on the planet Mars. The player must recover the...

ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

Marsport is the first (and ultimately only) game in an unfinished trilogy set in the 25th century. Humanity is at...

PC-98 (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

Masahito is a Japanese teenager who studies martial arts. However, instead of studying, he prefers to chase pretty girls. Finally,...

Martian Memorandum Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), DOS (1991), Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

Martian Memorandum is the sequel to Mean Streets. Six years have found the private investigator Tex Murphy broke, down on...

Marvel Comics Spider-Man: The Sinister Six DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996) and Windows 3.x (1996)

Marvel Comics Spider-Man: The Sinister Six features the wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man, trying to defeat six of his arch-enemies, The Sinister...

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