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 Residents' Bad Day on the Midway Macintosh Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1995) and Macintosh (1995)

A twisted 3-D graphical adventure from the minds of the the Residents, the infamous and anonymous rock and roll band/performance...

The Residents: Freak Show Windows 3.x Front Cover

Windows 3.x (1994) and Macintosh (1994)

Freak Show is the first foray into interactive software from the underground San Francisco band The Residents.It's a bit adventure,...

Residue Windows Front Cover

Windows (2013)

Residue is a 2D adventure game played as a side-scrolling platformer. The focus is entirely on the narrative and the...

Resonance Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and Macintosh (2013)

Resonance is an adventure game in a contemporary setting. It opens up with scenes of simultaneous attacks in large cities...

Windows (2011) and Macintosh (2011)

Amy Walters had a terrible traffic accident on her way to her daughter. Now she finds herself trapped in a...

Retardo and the Iron Golem Browser Front Cover

Browser (2008)

Retardo and the Iron Golem is a short point-and-click adventure game, in which players must guide Retardo, a retarded knight...

CD-i (1996)

Retourtje Mali is a Dutch educational title that tries to educate children about life in Africa. Mali is taken as...

Windows (2006)

An updated version of the classic educational game Granny's Garden was released with enhanced graphical and sound capabilities for modern...

Return NULL: Episode 1 Linux Front Cover

Linux (2015), Windows (2015) and Macintosh (2015)

Jack Drebin is an officer of the Local Security Force in a futuristic, dystopian city. A majority of the planet...

Windows (2001)

A mad scientist has arrived in the hitherto relatively peaceful town of Reality-on-the-Norm, and he wants nothing less than to...

The Return of Monte Cristo Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Like its predecessor, The Return of Monte Cristo is a hidden object game based on the 1846 classic novel by...

Commodore 64 (2006)

In this spoof of mystery stories, you play the role of Sammy Marlo, Private Eye. A room full of priceless...

Return of the Phantom DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

It is the present time (1993), and many people are about to enjoy the performance of the opera "Don Juan...

Return to Atlantis iPhone Front Cover

iPhone (2008)

An illustrated hypertext adaptation of 1988's Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook #78, this adventure retains all 113 narrative sections of...

Return to Eden ZX Spectrum Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1984), Atari 8-bit (1984), ZX Spectrum (1984), MSX (1984), Amstrad CPC (1984), BBC Micro (1984), Memotech MTX (1984) and Enterprise (1985)

The command robots of Snowball have found the colonisable planet Eden, and already set about colonising this lush verdant planet....

Return to Mysterious Island Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004), Windows Mobile (2005), Symbian (2007), Macintosh (2009), iPhone (2009) and iPad (2010)

Inspired by Jules Verne's book The Mysterious Island, you play a young woman who is stranded on an uncharted island....

Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009), Macintosh (2010) and iPhone (2009)

In the sequel to Return to Mysterious Island, inspired by Jules Verne's novel The Mysterious Island the player once again...

Return to Oz Commodore 64 Front Cover

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

Based on the overlooked but dark in tone 1985 Walt Disney movie Return To Oz which was a non-musical sequel...

Windows (2000)

If you remember "SAY YOHO" you won't need to read any further. This is Scott Adam's return to the wonderful...

Return to Pirate's Isle TI-99/4A Front Cover

TI-99/4A (1983) and Browser (2005)

Created exclusively for the TI, Return to Pirate's Isle was the only Scott Adams adventure which did NOT require the...

Return to Ringworld DOS Front Cover Box sleeve

DOS (1994)

After saving the puppeteer race from extermination and uncovering some powerful ancient technology in the first game, Quinn, Seeker of...

Return to Zork DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993), Windows (2011), PlayStation (1996), SEGA Saturn (1996), PC-FX (1995), Macintosh (1993), PC-98 (1994) and FM Towns (1994)

You are standing behind the white house. There is something in the mailbox. A video message from a wizard informing...

Reversion: Chapter 1 - The Escape Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2012), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2012) and iPad (2012)

The Escape is the first episode in the Reversion 2D point-and-click adventure game series. The game start in Buenos Aires,...

Reversion: Chapter 2 - The Meeting Linux Front Cover

Linux (2013) and Windows (2013)

The Meeting is the second chapter in the Reversion 2D point-and-click adventure game series. In the first episode Christian Milstein...

Revive... Sosei Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Revive... Sosei is a follow-up to Dōkoku Soshite..., featuring a similar story premise and gameplay. The protagonist of the game,...

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