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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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DOS (1983), Apple II (1982) and Atari 8-bit (1982)

High-resolution graphics remake of the text-based adventure game inspired by the cult-classic British television show about a former spy who...

Prisoner of Ice DOS Front Cover Sticker in the bottom right corner

DOS (1995), Windows (1998), PlayStation (1997), SEGA Saturn (1997) and Macintosh (1995)

Another game in Infogrames' line of H. P. Lovecraft inspired games started by Alone In the Dark, Prisoner of Ice...

The Prisoner Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1980)

Text-based adventure game inspired by the cult classic British television show about a former spy who is abducted and sent...

Private Eye Windows Front Cover

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1997)

Private Eye is based on the works of the writer Raymond Chandler. It is actually more of an interactive movie...

TurboGrafx CD (1995)

Some day in the near future, the crew of an "idol" (a popular culture star) takes a ride on the...

Private Eye: Greatest Unsolved Mysteries Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Private Eye: Greatest Unsolved Mysteries is a hidden object game from the same developers of Paparazzi. It has a very...

Windows (2002)

Hiroki has suffered for years from an unknown illness. Due to his weak constitution, he is unable to live like...

Process Windows Front Cover

Windows (2011)

Process is a game project in the adventure genre; its story takes place in several subway train cars. In 20...

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is the sixth game in Professor Layton series, and the third game in the...

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

After hearing about a strange inheritance dispute in the town of St. Mystere, Professor Layton and his young apprentice, Luke,...

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

When Professor Layton and his assistant, Luke, receive a letter from the Professor's mentor, Dr. Andrew Schrader, Layton feels uneasy....

Professor Layton and the Last Specter Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

Three years before the events in the first game, Professor Layton receives a letter from his old schoolmate Clark Triton....

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2011)

Professor Layton and Luke head to the town of miracles, Montdol, in search of the Mask of Miracle. The mask...

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2008)

Professor Layton and his assistant Luke attend the unveiling of a new invention called a time machine. The Prime Minister...

Amiga (1991)

Profezia is set sometime during the Middle Ages, in a mountain area between the two Italian regions of Abruzzo and...

Profiler: The Hopscotch Killer Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

Miss Black joins the New York Police Department in 1974, and is immediately assigned with the investigation of a series...

Windows (2008)

This game is a demonstration of the author's proprietary "Node-X" Choose-Your-Own-Adventure authoring system. This is achieved through a couple of...

Amiga (1991), Atari ST (1991) and Commodore 64 (1991)

Projekt Prometheus is a German text adventure with graphics. It is set in 2012 directly after the explosion of a...

The Prophecy DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), Amiga (1992) and Atari ST (1992)

This point and click adventure takes a fantasy setting, in which you play a Wizard deemed to be ‘good’ taking...

PC-98 (1993), FM Towns (1993) and Sharp X68000 (1993)

By the end of the 20th century, radical educational reforms have transformed the Japanese society. Students were split into opposing...

Proteus Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013), Windows (2013), Macintosh (2013), PlayStation 3 (2013) and PS Vita (2013)

Proteus is a meditative game based around exploration. It is played from a first-person perspective and the environment is drawn...

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The wedding anniversary for Penny Proud's parents is close, and that means its time to get them a present! Penny...

Commodore 64 (1991), Atari 8-bit (1991), ZX Spectrum (1991) and Amstrad CPC (1991)

Przygody z komputerem i bez komputera ("Adventures With and Without a Computer") is an educational book for children which teaches...

Psychiatric Evaluation Browser Front Cover

Browser (2012)

Psychiatric Evaluation was created for the 24th Ludum Dare competition with the theme "evolution" where it took fifth place. The...

Psychic Detective DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995), PlayStation (1996) and 3DO (1995)

Eric Fox is a psychic who lives in San Francisco and earns his living performing magic shows in seedy nightclubs....

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