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Best action-adventure games on GamesNostalgia

Action adventure games are a genre of games that combine the excitement and intensity of action-packed gameplay with elements of exploration, puzzle-solving, and storytelling. In these games, players take on the role of a heroic protagonist, often embarking on thrilling quests. As they progress, players must navigate through challenging obstacles, engage in combat with adversaries, and unravel mysteries while uncovering the rich narrative that drives the adventure forward.

The 1980 game Adventure, created by Warren Robinett for the Atari 2600, is considered the first action adventure. It was a simple game with rudimentary graphics and a top-down view. Instead, Ultimate Play the Game introduced isometric graphics for the fantasy action-adventure Knight Lore, a revolutionary game for the ZX Spectrum.

Hideo Kojima's masterpiece, Metal Gear, released in 1987 for the MSX, was based on stealth mechanics, partly inspired by 1984's Muse Software success Castle Wolfenstein.

In 1989, Cinemaware released the iconic It Came From The Desert for the Amiga, a story with unique gameplay elements. Before the advent of 3D, several studios adopted an isometric point of view, as we can see in Cadaver, one of the many wonderful releases of the Bitmap Brothers. Delphine Software instead adopted a platform-like side view for Another World and Flashback: The Quest for Identity, two titles that defined the story of the Amiga.

The first action adventure in 3D was probably Alone in the Dark, the survival horror created by Infogrames and released in 1992. But there is no better example of this genre than Core Design's masterpiece Tomb Raider. Released in 1996, it became the prototype of modern video games, with fantastic action, a compelling story, puzzles to solve, and a fantastic character design. Somehow, all console and PC action adventures are still following this example. That's why all recent releases, especially AAA titles, are basically action adventures.

Last but not least, Grand Theft Auto by DMA Design (aka Rockstar North), an action-adventure with a unique point of view, that introduced an open world and non-linear gameplay into a game that was initially just about car racing and crashing.

You will find many other titles here since this is a very generic genre. Feel free to explore and try the games you don't know yet.

Back to the Future Part II amiga

Back to the Future Part II is the video game adaptation of the famous film, part of the iconic series created by Robert Zemeckis. The movie was released in 1989, and the game, developed by Images Software, was published in 1990.

Year: 1990 Genre: Action

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Galactic Empire amiga

Galactic Empire is a sci-fi first-person adventure game created by Coktel Vision and published by Electronic Zoo in 1990. It was released for Atari ST, Amiga, and MS-DOS. The game is the predecessor to A.

Year: 1990 Genre: Adventure

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Penguin Adventure msx

Penguin Adventure is a platformer/arcade game developed and published by Konami for MSX in 1986 as a sequel to Antarctic Adventure. The game was designed by Ryouhei Shogaki, but on...

Year: 1986 Genre: Arcade

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Heart Of The Alien amiga

Heart Of The Alien Redux for Amiga is a reverse-engineered version of the original SEGA CD game. Heart of the Alien is the sequel to the famous Another World (aka Out of this Wor...

Year: 2016 Genre: Action

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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse nes

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the third chapter in the Castlevania series created by Konami. The horror platformer was released in December 1989 for the NES. The game is set ...

Year: 1989 Genre: Platformer

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Back to the Future Part III amiga

Back to the Future Part III is an action game inspired by the movie with the same title. It was developed by Probe Software and released by Image Works in 1991 for MS-DOS, Amiga, A...

Year: 1991 Genre: Action

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Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel game-boy-color

Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel is a stealth action game developed by Konami for the Game Boy Color. The game was released in 2000 and is a spin-off title in the Metal Gear series,...

Year: 2000 Genre: Action

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Asterix: Operation Getafix amiga

Asterix: Operation Getafix (Asterix - Operation Hinkelstein in the German release) is an action-adventure created by Cocktel Vision. It is based on the character of the famous comic invented by Goscinny and Uderzo.

Year: 1989 Genre: Adventure

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ToeJam & Earl genesis

ToeJam & Earl is a comedy action-adventure created by Johnson-Voorsanger Productions for the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis in 1991. The two aliens must find the ten pieces of their broken ship, exploring several randomly generated levels.

Year: 1991 Genre: Action

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Ghost Battle amiga

Ghost Battle is an action-adventure/arcade platformer created by Interactive Design and published by Thalion originally for the Amiga in 1991. Inspired by successes like Shadow o...

Year: 1991 Genre: Brawler

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Targhan amiga

Targhan is a fantasy action adventure created by Silmarils originally for the Atari ST in 1989 and then ported to Amiga and MS-DOS. The settings and graphics could remind you of B...

Year: 1989 Genre: Action

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onEscapee windowsamiga

onEscapee is an action-adventure created by Invictus and published by Sadeness Software in 1997 exclusively for the Amiga. The decision to invest two years in developing an Amiga g...

Year: 1997 Genre: Action

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Junior's Great Adventure amiga

Junior's Great Adventure is a free platformer for Amiga created by Diego Vivo (Amigamers) in 2022 and published as freeware. Inspired by silent films from the early 20th century an...

Year: 2022 Genre: Platformer

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New Ghostbusters II nes

New Ghostbusters II is a videogame inspired by the popular Ivan Reitman movie, the sequel to the famous Ghostbusters. The film Ghostbusters II was released in 1989. This game, crea...

Year: 1990 Genre: Action

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