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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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Arc of Doom Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

The Earth is under attack by aliens. They have started disasters all across the globe, including volcanoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes....

Windows (2011)

Arden's Vale is a point-and-click adventure where you play as Riel. He has to save his sister who has fallen...

Area D Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Windows 3.x (1997)

In this adventure with action elements you slip into the role of an experienced adventurer on the mission to find...

Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse DOS Front Cover

DOS (1994) and Macintosh (1995)

Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Orpheo's Curse is an adventure game based on Nickelodeon's TV series...

Windows (1998) and Macintosh (1998)

The year is 2270. War rages between corporations over space resources. Eighteen months ago, huge supplies of rare resource were...

Commodore 64 (1990)

It is the year 2152 and you are Captain Cord, Commander of the Space Fleet, and you have been searching...

Ark of Time DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and PlayStation (1998)

In this third-person point-and-click adventure game you play the sports journalist Richard Kendall. In the summer of 1997, an expedition...

Commodore 64 (1986)

Life as a pirate was great until the residents of a remote island imprisoned you for the rest of your...

Armaëth: The Lost Kingdom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You take the role of Killian, in his search for the Lost Kingdom of Armaeth, fabled to hold many treasures.Similar...

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Armand and the Foppish Hat is an adventure game in the style of the old Legend of Zelda games. It's...

Armed & Delirious Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997)

Never be cruel to the animals. The Crotony family ignored this rule - and disappeared in one of the worlds...

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

In the future, advanced genetic studies opened unseen possibilities for mankind. After years of research, it finally became possible to...

DOS (1994)

Arnie Goes 4 Gold is a promotional game by an Austrian bank. This is an humorous adventure which plays with...

ZX81 (1982)

In the Atheneum Club, London, you have accepted a wager for £20000 that you won't be able to travel around...

Around the World in Eighty Days: Phileas Fogg Windows Front Cover

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

Around the World in Eighty Days: Phileas Fogg is a hidden object game based on the classic adventure novel by...

The Arrangement Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004)

The Arrangement is the second game developed and published by independent developer Michael B. Clark.The story puts you in the...

The Arrival Windows Front Cover

Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

In the film The Arrival, an alien race discovered earth, and attempted to modify its atmosphere to suit them, at...

Arrow of Death Part I Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1983), ZX Spectrum (1983), VIC-20 (1982), TRS-80 (1981), Dragon 32/64 (1983), Browser (2001), BBC Micro (1982), Electron (1983), Oric (1983) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Brian Howarth's second Mysterious Adventure follows on from your success in retrieving the Golden Baton. Peace was initially ensured, but...

Arrow of Death Part II Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982), ZX Spectrum (1983), TRS-80 (1982), Browser (2001), Electron (1983) and Oric (1983)

Arrow of Death Part II is the third game in the Mysterious Adventure series of illustrated text adventures by Brian...

Artefakt Przodków Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1992)

Lieutenant Max Graham is sent to the Moon in order to search an old moonbase for a super-starfighter which is...

PC-98 (1991) and Sharp X68000 (1991)

Two young warriors, Notos and Ing, were traveling in a faraway country, when suddenly a giant woman-snake appeared in front...

Windows (2008)

A minimalistic exercise with low aspirations, this simple text adventure casts the player as a man with a mission: to...

Arthur's Knights II: The Secret of Merlin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

After Bradwen has successfully completed his quest to become a Knight Of The Round Table in the first game, he...

Arthur's Knights: Tales of Chivalry Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000)

In days of lore, worthy knights sought to become Knights of the Round Table in Camelot. This is the story...

Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Apple II (1989) and Macintosh (1989)

In this Infocom Graphic Interactive Fiction, you play the role of Arthur in search of the Excalibur sword, stolen by...

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