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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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Scott Adams' Graphic Adventure #6: Strange Odyssey Atari 8-bit Front Cover

Atari 8-bit (1982)

This is the enhanced version of the original all-text Scott Adams Adventure, Strange Odyssey. Additions to the original game include...

Scott Adams Scoops ZX Spectrum Front Cover

ZX Spectrum (1987), BBC Micro (1988) and Electron (1988)

A compilation of four of the Scott Adams adventures. It contains: Pirate Adventure Strange Odyssey Voodoo Castle Buckaroo Banzai

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2012)

SCP-087 is a short experimental horror game based on the short story “SCP-087 - The Stairwell” by the SCP Foundation....

Scrapbook Paige Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Macintosh (2008)

Scrapbook Paige is a hidden object game where the player searches drawers and shelves filled with buttons, pins and other...

Scratches Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Horror writer Michael Arthate comes to the isolated Blackwood Manor to complete his latest book. Alone in the Victorian home,...

Scratches (Director's Cut) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

The Director's Cut of Scratches is an update of the original game with some enhancements and new features.This edition of...

Screen PlayStation Front Cover

PlayStation (2001)

You and your younger sister, Maiko, lost your parents in a traffic accident. The two of you have since lived...

Commodore 64 (1985)

In the middle of a great desert is the walled city of Akbar Khan and hidden within it's walls is...

Seabase Delta Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1986), ZX Spectrum (1986) and Amstrad CPC (1986)

Seabase Delta is a text adventure with graphics that was developed using the Quill game writing software package.This game is...

Sea Quest TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

DOS (1984) and TRS-80 CoCo (1983)

In Sea Search you must find several treasures throughout this aquatic adventure. It will require deep sea diving and a...

The Search for Amelia Earhart Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Christine is a psychic that regularly uses her gift to solve mysterious cases. After receiving a letter with some clues...

Search for the Golden Dolphin Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (1999) and Macintosh (1999)

The year is 1799, and you play a United States Navy officer sent on a mission to retrieve the U.S.S....

Windows (2008)

In this game, made in the SUDS text adventure authoring system, the player controls historical Chinese nun Wu Mei (or...

Seas of Blood ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985) and Amstrad CPC (1985)

You are an intrepid pirate captain, commanding the corsair crew of the dread vessel the Banshee through the shipping lanes...

Season of Mystery: The Cherry Blossom Murders Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

Irene is the wife of Richard Pemberton, a U.S. embassy attaché in 19th century Japan. One fateful evening, she finds...

DOS (1997)

You are Shuji Yamagami, a sixteen-year-old Japanese boy, and this is your first day at the Kotobuki Preparatory School, where...

Seastalker DOS Front Cover

DOS (1984), PC Booter (1984), Amiga (1986), Atari ST (1985), Commodore 64 (1984), Apple II (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), Amstrad CPC (1986), TRS-80 CoCo (1984), Macintosh (1984) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

You must save the Aquadome! But is it in more danger from an inside traitor, or a vicious sea monster?...

The Sea Will Claim Everything Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Sea Will Claim Everything is a point-and-click adventure game with an emphasis on the storytelling. The story is a...

The Second Guest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

The Second Guest is a scary-crime-adventure which plays in the year 1923. The player controls the character of Jack Ice,...

Secret Agent Barbie Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

Secret Agent Barbie lets kids join the alpha blonde and her friends as she travels the world as an international...

The Secret Codes of C.Y.P.H.E.R.: Operation Wildlife DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991)

This educational game teaches children about mammals and about logic and language skills by utilizing 5 decoder alphabets: English, American...

Secret Collect. Browser Front Cover

Browser (2004)

In this crude graphic adventure game from the Homestar Runner universe, Strong Bad (represented by a red square) runs through...

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), Atari 8-bit (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1985), Amstrad CPC (1985) and BBC Micro (1985)

Sue Townsend created a phenomenon in the mid-1980s, essentially incorporating lots of sharp satire and observational humour into the diary...

Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008), Nintendo DS (2009) and Wii (2009)

Earth is being plagued with more and more disasters from a long list of catastrophes and at a UN plenum...

Secret Files 3 Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012)

Story of the third part in Secret Files / Geheimakte series is written by acclaimed TV writers. Adventurer Nina Kalenkov...

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