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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 Sands of Egypt TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

Apple II (1983), Atari 8-bit (1982) and TRS-80 CoCo (1982)

The Sands of Egypt is set in the great Sahara Desert in search of the Tomb of Ra. The year...

CD-i (1991)

Sandy's Circus Adventure is a children's title about a friendly sea lion called Sandy. Sandy is lost in the circus...

Sanitarium Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998)

Sanitarium is a point-and-click adventure game, best described as a psychological thriller. The player is cast as Max Laughton, a...

NES (1987)

Sanma no Meitantei (or, Sanma the Great Detective) casts the player as the assistant to the famous Japanese comedian and...

Santa Fe Mysteries: Sacred Ground DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997), Windows (1997) and Macintosh (1997)

Sacred Ground is the sequel to the adventure game Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder and quite similar in...

Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder DOS Front Cover

DOS (1996), Windows (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

The Elk Moon Murder is a full motion video adventure game. You take on the part of rookie detective with...

PlayStation 2 (2005)

Pachinko Paradise 11 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features faithful 3D recreations...

Sanyō Pachinko Paradise 8: Shin Umi Monogatari PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Pachinko Paradise 8 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features a faithful 3D...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Pachinko Paradise 9 is one of the many titles in Irem's long-running pachinko simulation series. It features faithful 3D recreations...

PC-98 (1991)

A young woman named Saori is returning home late in the evening. Sex-related events seem to pursue her, from the...

Sapiens Atari ST Front Cover

DOS (1987), Windows (1996), Atari ST (1987), Amstrad CPC (1986), Thomson TO (1986) and Thomson MO (1986)

Sapiens is an adventure/arcade game that brings you back 100,000 years ago for discovering the everyday life of the Homo...

Sarah Maribu and the Lost World Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Sarah Maribu and her brother Michael are two archaeologists and explorers, that arrive by helicopter to an uncharted island and...

Savage Island Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1983), Apple II (1980), Atari 8-bit (1981), ZX Spectrum (1987), TRS-80 (1981), Browser (2005) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

Savage Island is the only multi-part game in Scott Adams' adventure series, all of which have a very similar parser...

Savage Island Part Two Apple II Front Cover

Apple II (1981), Atari 8-bit (1981), ZX Spectrum (1987), TRS-80 (1982), Browser (2005), BBC Micro (1984) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1986)

The second half of Savage Island, this continues exactly where the other game leaves off. It includes a mysterious code...

Savage Island Series TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1981)

On the TI, the two parts of the Savage Island series from Scott Adams were combined into one package. This...

Save Our Spirit Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Lord Longstep is a 19th century British officer and explorer. He shares a passion for discovering ancient world mysteries with...

Windows (2003)

In the future, scientists mastered the technique of cloning, succeeding in creating fully functional artificial life forms. However, a powerful...

Windows (2003)

Fuminori Sakisaka has a traffic accident which kills his parents and leaves him heavily injured. After an experimental treatment to...

PC-98 (1997) and FM Towns (1997)

Kyōhei and Ayano were a happy couple and decided to get married. One month after their wedding Ayano died in...

Scapeghost DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989) and Amstrad PCW (1989)

You were successful police officer Alan Chance, until you were killed during a raid on drug dealers, who managed to...

Scarlett: Nichijō no Kyōkaisen PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2008)

Akito is a military fan who dropped out of school and is camping on a small island near Okinawa, hoping...

Windows (2006)

Have you have ever lost something you left in plain sight, wondered what happened to that odd sock, or turned...

Scene of the Crime Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Scene of the Crime is a short point-and-click adventure game, in which the player is a detective investigating a murder...

Browser (2012)

Dream of Murder is the third installment in the Scene of the Crime series. It takes place in the U.S.A....

Scene of the Crime: Golden Doll Browser Front Cover

Browser (2010)

Scene of the Crime: Golden Doll is a point-and-click adventure game, and the successor to Scene of the Crime.The player...

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