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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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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...

Scandal PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2000)

Scandal is an interactive anime movie, much like Triangle Again games, which puts you in a role of a freelance...

Scapeghost DOS Front Cover

DOS (1989), Amiga (1989), Atari ST (1989), Commodore 64 (1989), Atari 8-bit (1989), ZX Spectrum (1989), Amstrad CPC (1989), BBC Micro (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...

Windows (2007)

SchattenJagd is a short freeware adventure game played from the first-person perspective. Two characters are shown talking in a dark...

Schiffbruch Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Schiffbruch ("Shipwreck") is a freeware survival game where the player controls a desperate castaway trying to subsist on the resources...

Schizm: Mysterious Journey Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001)

The year is 2083. A scientific team has been sent to the deserted planet Argilus and never came back. You...

Windows (2005)

In School Days, the player assumes the role of Itou Makoto, a male high-school student who is considered attractive by...

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