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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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Amiga (1995)

Pechowy Prezent is an adventure game. The game begins with a scene in which a young boy receives a dreamed...

Pedestrian Devastation Macintosh Front Cover

Macintosh (1999)

Pedestrian Devastation is a brief, side-scrolling game in which the player takes the role of Agent Paroxysm, an ersatz policeman...

Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd is a hidden object game with adventure elements based on the famous Broadway musical of the...

Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd (Special Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2010) and iPad (2013)

The Special Edition of Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeney Todd contains an integrated strategy guide, extra hidden object screens, a theatre with...

Pentari: First Light DOS Front Cover

Linux (2003), DOS (2003) and Windows (2003)

As this text adventure opens, the land of Pentari is in chaos. A band of renegades has infiltrated the Delphin...

Penumbra: Black Plague Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Black Plague is the second major part of what was originally planned as the Penumbra trilogy. The story is picked...

Penumbra: Overture - Episode 1 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2007) and Macintosh (2008)

Penumbra: Overture is a first-person survival horror game. Originally created as a tech demo to showcase the in-house developed HPL...

Penumbra: Requiem Windows Front Cover

Linux (2008), Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Penumbra: Requiem is an expansion to Penumbra: Black Plague meant to tie up the loose ends of the game. It...

Pepper's Adventures in Time DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and Windows 3.x (1993)

This point n' click adventure game is actually an edutainment (entertainment leading to education) title developed by Sierra, who were...

Perfect Assassin DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997)

In Perfect Assassin, you play an assassin who has lost his memory somehow and you have to make sure he...

Perfil de Riesgo: Casos Federales Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Perfil de Riesgo: Casos Federales (Risk Profile: Federal Cases) is an adventure game in point-and-click style. Developed by request of...

Linux (2005), Windows (2005) and Windows 3.x (2005)

An Alternate Reality Game, Perplex City is a cross-media experience, played partly through each of: the web, downloadable puzzle games,...

Perry Mason: The Case of the Mandarin Murder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and MSX (1986)

The Case of the Mandarin Murder is a text adventure with graphics, based on the Perry Mason detective stories by...

Perry Rhodan: Thoregon - Brücke in die Unendlichkeit Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

This game is based on the German Perry Rhodan dime novels, more precisely the set Die Brücke in die Unendlichkeit...

Perry Rhodan: Thoregon - Die verbotene Stadt Windows Front Cover

Windows (1999)

This is a 1st person adventure game with pre-rendered graphics that is set in the world of the long-running book...

Perseus & Andromeda Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), Browser (2001), BBC Micro (1983), Oric (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Perseus & Andromeda is Number 9 in the Mysterious Adventures series. As the title implies, this one involves Greek mythology...

PC-98 (1996)

A series of gruesome murders shocks Japan. Young women are kidnapped, tortured, and killed under mysterious circumstances...The protagonist wakes up...

Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Eve is Peter Gabriel's second multimedia effort, in which the player tries to change a surreal landscape into a paradise...

Amiga (1988), Atari ST (1988), Amstrad CPC (1988) and Thomson TO (1988)

This is the story of a boy who wouldn't grow up...In Peter Pan, you, somewhat, follow the story of Peter...

DOS (1993)

In this story painting adventure you play as Peter Pan, the leader of boys and girls, against Captain Hook, the...

Pet in TV PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1997), PSP (2007), PlayStation 3 (2007) and PS Vita (2012)

In Pet in TV the player takes control of a virtual pet, which resembles a more complex version of the...

Petka 007: Zoloto Partii Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

This installment in the long-running Russian series begins with the titular Petka and his commander, Vassilij Ivanovich Chapaev, on a...

Petka 3: Vozvraschenie Alaski Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Don't tinker with time machines... That's the lesson Vasilij Ivanovich, a brave hero of Russian civil war (1918), and his...

Petka 4: Den' Nezavisimosti Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

Another chapter in the popular Russian graphic adventure series, based on Soviet folklore humor. Once again, Vasilij Ivanovich Chapaev, a...

Petka 5: Konec Igry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

Vasilij Ivanovich Chapaev, the brave Red Army officer during the Russian Civil War of 1918 in reality, and a low-level...

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