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Graphic adventure is the most popular genre of adventure games. In this type of adventure, the player can see the game world on the screen, thanks to graphics and animations. The main character is usually visible, and the game is played from a third-person view. The hero can interact with the environment, collect and use objects, and talk to other characters. All the actions performed and their effects are shown on screen. This does not happen in text adventures with graphics, where the pictures are still images.

The first graphic adventure was Mystery House, created by Ken and Roberta Williams in 1980. Their company, Sierra On-Line, would go on creating many other adventures, including the series of King's Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, and the hybrid adventure-rpg Quest for Glory.

But the name that defines the genre of graphic adventures is LucasArts, with a long list of point-and-click masterpieces: after the success of Maniac Mansion, the game that introduced the SCUMM engine by Ron Gilbert, the studio continued with Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and the fantastic Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (later followed by Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis). Still, the game that reached the highest popularity is the story of the wannabe pirate Guybrush Threepwood, The Secret of Monkey Island. But LucasArts masterpieces include Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and many others.

It's not only LucasArts; let's remember Simon the Sorcerer by Adventure Soft or Revolution Software's adventures like Beneath A Steel Sky and Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. Special mention for Star Trek 25th Anniversary, a fantastic graphic adventure for Star Trek fans, or Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet if you like Lovecraft novels.

The genre of graphic adventures reached its peak in the '90s, and there are a lot of quality titles out there. For sure, you have yet to play them all, so browse the list and have fun!

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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The Secret of Monkey Island amiga

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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Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade dosamiga

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure was released in 1989 at the same time as the film. It was developed and published by Lucasfilm games (now LucasArts). It's...

Year: 1989 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. It was developed and published by LucasArts in 1991.

Year: 1991 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 and...

Year: 1993 Genre: Adventure

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King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow dosamiga

King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow is the sixth chapter in Sierra's King's Quest series of graphics adventures. The series started with King's Quest I: Quest for the Crown.

Year: 1992 Genre: Adventure

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Leisure Suit Larry Enhanced dosamiga

Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards, also known as Leisure Suit Larry Enhanced, is a 1991 graphic adventure by Sierra. It's the remake of the first game in the Leisure Suit Larry series.

Year: 1991 Genre: Adventure

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Doctor Who: The Adventure Games windows

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games is a series of graphic adventures in 3D and third-person perspective, based on the famous BBC TV show Doctor Who. The games feature the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Amelia Pond.

Year: 2010 Genre: Adventure

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Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars windows

Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars if the first game of the famous series of point-and-click adventures created by Revolution Software. The studio also created Lure of the Temptress and Beneath A Steel Sky.

Year: 1996 Genre: Adventure

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Discworld dos

Discworld is a fantasy point-and-click adventure game developed by Teeny Weeny Games and Perfect 10 Productions. It was published by Psygnosis in 1995 for MS-DOS. Later it was ported to SEGA Saturn.

Year: 1995 Genre: Adventure

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Myst windows-3.x

Myst is a first-person graphic adventure created by Cyan and published by Brøderbund in 1993 for Macintosh and Windows 3x. The game was incredibly successful, and it was ported la...

Year: 1993 Genre: Adventure

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Loom dosamiga

Loom is a point-and-click fantasy adventure created by LucasArts, released initially in 1990. One of the most popular titles using the SCUMM engine, like Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and The Secret of Monkey Island.

Year: 1990 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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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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