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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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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...

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Nintendo 3DS Front Cover

Nintendo 3DS (2014)

Level 5 and Capcom join their forces by combining their two independent franchises into a new game. Capcom's top defense...

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 (2012)

In Project Albatross, the player takes control of a janitorial robot tasked with cleaning a radioactive spill aboard an abandoned...

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...

Przygody z komputerem i bez komputera Amstrad CPC Front Cover

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....

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

Katsuya Furuyagi is more than just a private investigator with a troubled past. He is also a psychic detective -...

Windows (1997), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

The psychic detective Katsuya Furuyagi cannot forget his past. Looking at the photo in his office, he recalls Rieka, the...

Windows (1998), SEGA CD (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1992), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

Only a few people possess the unique ability to read people's hearts; those people are called psychic analysts, and Katsuya...

Psychic Detective Series Vol.4: Orgel SEGA CD Front Cover

Windows (1997), SEGA CD (1993), TurboGrafx CD (1993), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

One day a mysterious woman clad in mourning dress appears in the office of Katsuya Furuyagi, a private investigator who...

Windows (1998), PC-98 (1995) and FM Towns (1995)

The psychic detective Katsuya Furuyagi is finally able to enjoy a peaceful life with his sweetheart Rieka. But a strange...

Psycho DOS Front Cover

DOS (1988), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989) and Commodore 64 (1988)

Psycho is a graphic adventure game with a key-based verb interface.A set of jewels has been stolen. At the time...

Psycho Killer DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993) and CDTV (1992)

One of the plethora of multimedia video-streaming games that came out upon the advent of the CD-drive, Psycho Killer casts...

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