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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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Windows (2005)

The creators of Shady Brook describe it as an "interactive horror adventure game" and, because of its mature story and...

Shalom: Knightmare III MSX Front Cover

MSX (1987)

In this game, you play the role of a Japanese high-school student, the leader of computer club. Above all, you...

Shannara DOS Front Cover

DOS (1995)

The game is based on the Shannara fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. The protagonist of the game is Jak Ohmsford,...

Shaolin Mystery: Tale of the Jade Dragon Staff Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010)

Yu is a member of the Yan rebellion in Ancient China, fighting against the Imperial forces to free the city...

CD-i (1995)

Shaolin's Road is a action adventure that takes place in medieval China. When Tsu Yu's father, a powerful warlord, is...

Shard of Inovar Commodore 64 Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1987), ZX Spectrum (1987) and Amstrad CPC (1987)

The story behind the game starts with the Eharin, an ancient Elfin race, who created a magical artifact known as...

Sheila Rae, the Brave Windows 3.x Front Cover also as manual

Windows (1996), Windows 3.x (1996) and Macintosh (1996)

Shelia Rae, the Brave is an interactive storybook based on the book by Kevin Henkes. Venture with Shelia Rae in...

She is a Shadow Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009) and Macintosh (2010)

Hanna is a reformed thief formerly known as "The Shadow". After her partner and boyfriend was killed in mysterious circumstances,...

Shenanigans TRS-80 CoCo Front Cover

DOS (1984), TRS-80 CoCo (1983) and Dragon 32/64 (1984)

In Shenanigans players are looking for the Leprechaun’s proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The adventure...

Shenmue Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

On a November day when the snow turned to rain, Ryu Hazuki arrives home just in time to see his...

Shenmue II Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2001) and Xbox (2002)

After his father was murdered by a mysterious Chinese man known as Lan Di, Ryo Hazuki swears to avenge his...

Dreamcast (1999)

This limited edition includes: Shenmue Bonus CD with music from the game

Sherlock Commodore 64 Front Cover

Commodore 64 (1985) and ZX Spectrum (1984)

In this text and graphics adventure mystery game you are the world's greatest sleuth - Sherlock Holmes. Teamed up with...

Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles (Collector's Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2010) and iPad (2012)

The Collector's Edition of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles comes with a bonus chapter with exclusive scenes...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective DOS Front Cover

DOS (1991), SEGA CD (1992), TurboGrafx CD (1991), Macintosh (1992), CDTV (1991) and FM Towns (1991)

In this game, the player is cast into the roles of Sherlock Holmes, the greatest fictional detective of all times,...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 1 - The Case of the Mummy's Curse Windows Front Cover

Windows (2012) and iPad (2012)

This game, the first mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 2 - The Case of the Tin Soldier iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the second mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective 3 - The Case of the Mystified Murderess iPad Front Cover

iPad (2012)

This game, the third mission of the 1991 FMV game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (itself an adaptation of the 1981...

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Collection DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

You will use your uncanny powers of perception and observation as well as various sources of information including the Baker...

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume II DOS Front Cover

DOS (1992), SEGA CD (1993) and TurboGrafx CD (1993)

"What they said about Sherlock I, you'll say about Sherlock II"...reads the advert in the box, based on the nice...

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Volume III DOS Front Cover

DOS (1993)

In this third installment of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective your task is to solve three separate crimes by visiting various...

Sherlock Holmes DS and the Mystery of Osborne House Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2010)

Some days before Christmas, Dr. Watson finishes work with his patients and returns to Baker Street to find his friend...

Sherlock Holmes in "Another Bow" PC Booter Front Cover

PC Booter (1985), Commodore 64 (1985), Apple II (1985) and Macintosh (1985)

Sherlock Holmes in "Another Bow" is the first title in the short-lived Living Literature series of interactive fiction titles by...

Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis Windows Front Cover

Windows (2007)

Based on a series of books by French author Maurice Leblanc, this is the 4th mystery adventure game in Frogwares'...

Sherlock Holmes: Secret of the Silver Earring Windows Front Cover

Windows (2004) and Wii (2011)

Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson have been invited to a reception in Sherringford Hall. The wealthy industrial...

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