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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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The Quest for the Holy Grail Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

The Quest for the Holy Grail falls into the genre of a text adventure game but in addition to the...

The Quest for the Time-Bird DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989) and Atari ST (1989)

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, this computer game Quest for the Time-Bird is a marvellous saga...

Quest for Yrolg Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

Quest for Yrolg is a parody adventure game. Rather than playing the hero who defeats the Dark Master, you play...

Questprobe: Featuring Human Torch and the Thing DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1986), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

The 3rd installment of Questprobe's Marvel Comic book text adventures with graphics. Free Alicia Masters from the evil Doctor Doom...

The Quest Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1984), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1984), Macintosh (1984), PC-88 (1984), PC-98 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

A dragon is terrorizing the kingdom of Balema, and King Galt send his champion, named Gorn, to solve the problem....

Windows (2002)

A fan has made unauthorized adaptations of Quicksilver gamebooks, all of a Dungeons & Dragons-ish medieval fantasy bent, published between...

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

The year is 1944, and the landings in Normandy have begun, turning the tide of World War II. A German...

PC-98 (1993)

News Chrome is a young FBI agent who was pursuing an evasive target on a mission. Suddenly, the suspect disappeared...

The Quivering DOS Front Cover

DOS (1998), Windows (1998) and Windows 3.x (1998)

The Quivering is a humorous, cartoon style adventure game, which spoofs the famous ghouls and goblins from historic horror flicks.When...

Raäka-Tū TRS-80 Front Cover

TRS-80 (1981) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

On a research grant for your Ph.D. project, you are searching for the lost Khazhadim tribe in the jungles of...

PC-98 (1996)

Reiji Imari is an ordinary teenager who doesn't get much attention from his female schoolmates. He has a tendency to...

The Race Browser Front Cover

Browser (2011), iPhone (2011), Android (2011) and iPad (2011)

Patterned after the reality TV show The Amazing Race, this multiple-choice adventure challenges players (and their sidekick) to travel through...

The Race: Worldwide Adventure Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

The Race is a hidden object game with a reality TV theme. As in all the games of this genre,...

SNES (1996)

This text-based adventure (with some background graphics) was originally released in Japan over the Satellaview system. The game is a...

Commodore 64 (1985)

Rags to Riches may be called a "bum simulator", in that it lets you live life as a bum trying...

Dragon 32/64 (1982)

In this text adventure, you play the friend of a professor who has gone missing on some kind of archaeological...

Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600 Front Cover

Atari 2600 (1982)

Raiders of the Lost Ark is an adventure game which is loosely based on the movie of the same name....

The Rainbow Book of Adventures TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

The Rainbow magazine, compiled a collection of text and graphical adventures programmed in BASIC. The default interface of early 1980's...

Windows (2003) and Macintosh (2003)

Rainbow Fish and the Amazing Lagoon is an interactive story based on characters created by the children's book author and...

Rainbow Fish and the Whale Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001) and Macintosh (2001)

Rainbow Fish and the Whale is based on characters created by children's book author and illustrator Marcus Pfister in a...

Rall III: Kakusei-hen PC-98 Front Cover

PC-98 (1994)

The heroine Caron, a descendant of a legendary swordsman, must defeat the cruel monster Gebalzo, the leader of the Shadow...

Rama DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996), PlayStation (1998) and Macintosh (1997)

Nobody has expected it - but one day, something entered the solar system from outside. The mysterious object appeared to...

Rambo: First Blood Part II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1985) and Apple II (1985)

Take on the role of Sylvester Stallone's machine-gun-toting action hero in this text adventure game adaption (!) of the movie....

Rangy Lil's Wild West Adventure Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2011), Android (2012) and iPad (2010)

Rangy Lil was a single mother of two in the days of the American Old West, raising them while working...

SEGA CD (1993)

Ranma 1/2: Byakuran Aika is an adventure/action game based on the anime series of the same name by manga writer...

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