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Best Adventure Games on GamesNostalgia

Since their humble beginnings as text-based narratives, adventure games have come a long way. Over the years, they have evolved and transformed into immersive and visually stunning experiences. Text-based adventure games, or interactive fiction, emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These games relied solely on text descriptions to guide players through a story, allowing them to make choices that would affect the outcome. Computer text adventure games started with Scott Adam's Adventureland, but the most famous one is probably Zork: The Great Underground Empire by Infocom. The company created many other excellent titles, including Starcross and Planetfall, released in 1983.

Sierra On-Line was the first to produce a graphic adventure, with Mystery House, but the first important title was King's Quest, also known as King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown. After this, Sierra continued to create many other great games like Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in the Sarien Encounter and continued for many years, at least until King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride.

In graphic adventure games, the player sees the story on the screen, and the visuals change and reflect his actions, so the graphics are part of the gameplay. Text adventures with pictures are different. In this case, images are just helpful (but not necessary) gameplay elements accompanying the player. Some examples of this genre are Magnetic Scroll's masterpieces The Pawn and Fish!.

Initially, graphic adventures were based on a text parser, just like text adventures, but later they adopted a point-and-click interface. LucasArts legendary titles such as Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders and Maniac Mansion were the pioneers. Still, the real success arrived with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis, The Secret of Monkey Island, and many other incredible games.

But the adventure games genre does not include only text adventures and classic graphic adventures. We have many sub-genres, like the adventure-rpg horror titles of Adventure Soft, like Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, first-person puzzle adventure games like Myst, isometric action adventures like Cadaver by Bitmap Brothers, or the ZX Spectrum classic Knight Tyme, or to mention a more recent game, the psychological horror Sanitarium.

In many adventures of the '90s, you can enjoy fantastic hand-drawn animations and terrific 2D graphics; see, for example, Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars or Torin's Passage.

There is no scarcity of adventure games out there; it's one of the most beloved genres of computer games. From old classic titles to more modern adventures, you will find enough titles to keep you occupied for years. Happy adventuring!

Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis dosamiga

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis was released in 1992. It was developed and published by LucasArts. The game is a point-and-click adventure. Initially released on MS-DOS, Macintosh, and Amiga, it was later released for FM Towns.

Year: 1992 Genre: Adventure

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Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge dosamiga

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge is the point-and-click adventure sequel to The Secret of Monkey Island, created by Ron Gilbert, developed and published by LucasArts in 1991. O...

Year: 1991 Genre: Adventure

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The Secret of Monkey Island dosamiga

The Secret of Monkey Island is a graphic adventure game created by Ron Gilbert while at Lucasfilm Games and published in 1990 for the Amiga and DOS. It was ported to other systems in 1991, 1992, and 1993.

Year: 1990 Genre: Adventure

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Day of the Tentacle dos

Day of the Tentacle is the sequel to the original Maniac Mansion and was developed by LucasArts Entertainment and published in 1993 for DOS and Mac. Designed by David Grossman an...

Year: 1993 Genre: Adventure

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Maniac Mansion amiga

Maniac Mansion is a memorable point-and-click graphic adventure created by LucasArts initially for the Commodore 64. Written by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, it's the first adventu...

Year: 1989 Genre: Adventure

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Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars windows

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (also known as Circle of Blood in the US) if the first game of the famous series of point-and-click adventures created by Revolution Softwa...

Year: 1996 Genre: Adventure

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The Guild of Thieves amiga

The Guild of Thieves is a text adventure with images created by Magnetic Scrolls and released in 1987 for several home computers. Thanks to the portable game engine, the adventure ...

Year: 1987 Genre: Adventure

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Softporn Adventure dosapple-iiatari-8-bit

Softporn Adventure is a text adventure created by Chuck Benton for the Apple II in 1981. The game was programmed in AppleSoft BASIC. Initially released by Benton with his own compa...

Year: 1981 Genre: Adventure

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Maniac Mansion Deluxe windows

Maniac Mansion Deluxe is a fan-made revamped version of Maniac Mansion, the famous LucasArts adventure game. it features 256 colours graphics, digital sound effects and continuo...

Year: 2004 Genre: Adventure

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Fish! amigados

Fish! is a text adventure created by the British game studio Magnetic Scrolls, published in 1988 for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS and other platforms by Rainbird. Writ...

Year: 1988 Genre: Adventure

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The Pawn amiga

The Pawn is a text adventure created by Magnetic Scrolls initially for the Sinclair QL and published by Sinclair Research in 1985. The game wasn't very successful and one year late...

Year: 1986 Genre: Adventure

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Simon the Sorcerer amiga

Simon the Sorcerer is a point-and-click adventure game created by Adventuresoft and released in 1993 for the Amiga and MS-DOS. The Amiga AGA version, with 256-colour graphics and c...

Year: 1993 Genre: Adventure

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Sam & Max: Hit the Road dos

Sam & Max: Hit the Road is a comedic graphic adventure game developed and published by LucasArts for DOS in 1993. It was ported to Windows, Mac, and Linux in the subsequent years following its release.

Year: 1993 Genre: Adventure

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Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor dosamiga

Beyond Zork: The Coconut of Quendor is a text-based adventure game developed and published by Infocom in 1987 for MS-DOS, Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Commodore 128, and Macintosh.

Year: 1987 Genre: Adventure

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