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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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Sakura Taisen Windows Front Cover

Windows (2000), Dreamcast (1999) and SEGA Saturn (1997)

It is the Taishou Era in Japan, and the Western world has begun to make its way through traditional Japan....

Sakura Taisen 2: Kimi, Shinitamou koto Nakare SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (2001), Dreamcast (1999) and SEGA Saturn (1998)

Japan, 1920's. After having defeated the ultimate evil, the charming ladies of the Hanagumi Squad and their young commander Ichiro...

Sakura Taisen 3: Pari wa Moete iru ka? Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (2003) and Dreamcast (2001)

In the third installment of the Sakura Taisen series, Ichiro Ogami goes to Paris, to command the pretty girls of...

Sakura Taisen 4: Koi seyo, Otome Dreamcast Front Cover

Windows (2005) and Dreamcast (2002)

In the fourth installment of the Sakura Taisen series, Ichiro Ogami returns to Japan after having defeated the evil that...

PlayStation 2 (2003)

Atsuki Chishio Ni is a remake of the first Sakura Taisen. The game's story and core gameplay remain unchanged from...

Sakura Taisen GB Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

The first handheld Sakura Taisen game, released between the second and the third main ones, takes place in the original...

PlayStation 2 (2004)

Sakura Taisen Monogatari: Mysterious Paris takes place in Paris of the 1920's, sharing the story arc and featuring characters from...

Windows (2006)

Sakura Taisen: Premium Edition is a compilation containing the first four games in the Sakura Taisen series:Sakura Taisen Sakura Taisen...

Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2005) and Wii (2010)

This installment of Sakura Taisen series takes place in the New York of 1928. For the first time in the...

MSX (1985), PC-88 (1984), PC-98 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984), FM-7 (1984) and PC-6001 (1984)

The evil Minister Pumpkin betrayed his king, kidnapped his daughter, the lovely Princess Tomato, and began to terrorize the land...

Salammbo: Battle for Carthage Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Based upon Gustave Flaubert's 1858 novel Salammbo, this is the epic story of love and hate, revenge and rivalry. Taking...

Salvage Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985), ZX Spectrum (1985), MSX (1986), Amstrad CPC (1985) and Commodore 16, Plus/4 (1985)

Salvage is a text adventure with graphics.The game takes place on a space ship. It's not just any space ship,...

Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2011) and iPad (2010)

Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate is the fourth installment of a hidden object series starring an archaeologist adventurer,...

Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

The Collector's Edition of Samantha Swift and the Fountains of Fate comes with some extra content: a bonus adventure with...

Samantha Swift and The Golden Touch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The archaeologist and adventurer Samantha Swift is searching for the Scroll of Wealth, a lost relic that once belonged to...

Samantha Swift and the Hidden Roses of Athena Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008) and Nintendo DS (2010)

Samantha Swift is an archaeologist that travels around the globe uncovering lost artifacts. In one of her adventures, she finds...

Samantha Swift and the Mystery from Atlantis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

While searching Alaska for the Totem of Lights, an ancient Eskimo artifact rumored to connect heaven and earth, Samantha Swift...

Sam & Max 301: The Penal Zone Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010), PlayStation 3 (2010) and iPad (2010)

Sam & Max 301: The Penal Zone is the first episode of the third Sam & Max season named Sam...

Sam & Max 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Sam & Max 302: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak is the second episode of the third Sam & Max season named...

Sam & Max 303: They Stole Max's Brain! Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010), Macintosh (2010) and PlayStation 3 (2010)

Sam & Max 303: They Stole Max's Brain! is the third episode of the third Sam & Max season named...

Sam & Max 304: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Sam & Max 304: Beyond the Alley of the Dolls is the fourth episode of the third Sam & Max...

Sam & Max 305: The City That Dares Not Sleep Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2010) and Macintosh (2010)

Sam & Max 305: The City That Dares Not Sleep is the fifth and last episode of the third Sam...

Sam & Max and Day of the Tentacle Classic Adventures Pack DOS Front Cover

DOS (1997) and Amiga (2005)

This compilation contains the Sam & Max Hit the Road and Day of the Tentacle speech versions, as well as...

Sam & Max: Complete Pack - Seasons One & Two Windows Front Cover

Windows (2008)

This compilation contains all Sam & Max episodes from season one and season two: Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture...

Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock Windows Front Cover

Windows (2006)

Sam and Max are back! And they must stop a bunch of young stars from a 70's TV series who...

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