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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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Windows (2007)

Investigative researcher Lionel Ulmer is invited to the mansion of Lord Blackwin to help him with the manuscript of his...

Murder in the Abbey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2009)

Because of a series of mysterious crimes that happened in an old abbey, the former consultant of the royal court...

Murder Makes Strange Deadfellows DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991) and CDTV (1991)

Another hard to find game from the same company that developed The Case of the Cautious Condor.In this murder mystery...

Murder Mystery & Mirrors  Triple Pack Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Murder Mystery & Mirrors Triple Pack is a compilation of three 'Hidden Object' Adventure games.The games in this compilation are...

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Based on the book by Dennis Wheatley, Murder off Miami is a three part graphic text adventure where you play...

DOS (1988), Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1988), ZX Spectrum (1986), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1986), Thomson TO (1986) and Thomson MO (1986)

Murder on the Atlantic takes place on the Bourgogne, a big French ocean liner, in 1938. On board: various rich...

Murder on the Mississippi Commodore 64 Front Cover

NES (1986), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1986) and MSX (1987)

The famous detective Sir Charles Foxworth is taking a holiday on the Mississippi with his servant Regis on the Delta...

Murder on the Zinderneuf PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984) and Atari 8-bit (1983)

The year is 1936. You are in flight on the dirigible Zinderneuf and a murder has just been discovered! As...

Murder, She Wrote Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Jessica Fletcher is an elderly novelist who writes crime mystery books and solves cases in her spare time, using her...

Murders in Space DOS Front Cover

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

Murders in Space is the sequel to Murders in Venice, an adventure game that is played in a first person...

Murders in Venice DOS Front Cover

DOS (1990), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Amstrad CPC (1989)

Terrorists plotting against the city of Venice have set a five-hour deadline - as a private detective, it is your...

MURI Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

MURI is a game inspired by late '80s and early '90s DOS platformers. You play as Adwoa, a woman in...

Commodore 64 (1992) and ZX Spectrum (1992)

Times are tough living in 1930's Chicago as the Mouse Mafia have a monopoly on cheese and the inhabitants are...

Windows (2006)

A frustrated game author, trapped by his own burgeoning ideas and unclear how to integrate his creative visions into a...

Mushroom Age Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Macintosh (2010), iPhone (2010), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

While searching for her boyfriend, Vera finds a time machine in a laboratory. She learns about an evil plot, and...

MusicVR Episode 1: Tr3s Lunas Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Before explaining what Tres Lunas is, you need to know who Mike Oldfield is. Mike Oldfield is an iconoclastic British...

MusicVR Episode 2: Maestro Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

<>Maestro is the second installment of Mike Oldfield's MusicVR series. It is much like its predecessor, Tres Lunas, but bigger...

Macintosh (1991)

Mutant Beach takes place on a small tropical island. Someone has stolen the nose of the Great Idol Mohawk. This...

DOS (1996)

You control a young boy called Johnny Burger who plans to visit his cousin Emanuel for two weeks. As he...

PC-98 (1990)

The hero of the game, Daidageki, is a police agent known for his hot temper and fighting skills. He is...

Mutsuboshi Kirari: Hoshi Furu Miyako PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

The story takes place in a fictional setting of modern day Japan, in Kyoto. The protagonist, Tomoki Shinonome, is a...

PC-98 (1992), FM Towns (1992) and Sharp X68000 (1992)

A young woman named Ryouko is working in a research laboratory specializing in communication with aquatic animals. Recently she has...

Windows (2014) and Macintosh (2014)

My Little Investigations is a fan-made adventure game, set in the universe of the TV cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship...

My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

My Little Pony: Friendship Gardens is a game for young children that is based on the 'My Little Pony' franchise....

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Story of the Blanks Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011)

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Story of the Blanks is a fan-made game based on the animated television...

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