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->''"There has to be a more convoluted way, but how?"''
-->-- ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople''

A game genre characterized by puzzle-solving, exploration, and narrative, and a relative (or total) absence of any action or combat.

Adventure games are among the earliest video game genres. Their line descends from the original ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'' game (also known colloquially as ''ADVENTURE''), written by Will Crowther and Don Woods in the 1970s, based on the Mammoth Cave system in Kentucky, and its immediate successor, ''Dungeon'', which was later marketed commercially as the ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' trilogy.

Adventure games remained one of the dominant genres throughout the 1980s until the mid-90s, as they tended to be far less demanding on computer resources than their action-oriented brethren. {{Sierra}} and LucasArts became the big players in graphical adventure games. Creator/{{Infocom}}, on the other hand, was the dominant force for textual adventure games, which they marketed as "InteractiveFiction", which has now become the term for that genre.

Most commenters claim that the Adventure genre is in its final death-throes, and [[TakeYourTime has been for almost twenty years]], since the original Interactive Fiction genre ceased to be a viable commercial entity. Adventure games are still produced in approximately the same numbers as before, but their market share has dropped considerably. However, elements of Adventure games have migrated into other genres, resulting in the highly successful ActionAdventure genre. In fact, due to the recession of "true" Adventure games on the commercial market, the ActionAdventure genre is sometimes just called the Adventure genre. This would be essentially where adventure-themed games such as the ''{{Uncharted}}'' series and especially ''VideoGame/AnotherWorld'' would go, as they are not considered adventure games due to their use of combat and eschewal of puzzles and story.

That's because, ironic to the name, Adventure Games are not about [[StuffBlowingUp action]], and as such, are not what [[{{Muggles}} non-gamers]] might think of as "adventures" in the way that adventure movies or books are often full of action, chases and danger. In fact, Adventure Games are some of the slowest-paced games around, being more focused on story, exploration, suspense, dialogue and puzzle-solving, leading to some criticism of the use of the word "adventure". The upside is that they may consume as many hours of play as a {{wide open sandbox}}, but with a script that leaves the player wondering "what happens next" if they can [[GuideDangIt get past this obstacle]]. Compare, say, the adventures in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movies to ''[[VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis The Fate Of Atlantis]]'', which feels like an extended roleplay of an ''Indiana Jones'' movie, and then to ''{{Uncharted}}'', which feels like an arcade simulation of an ''Indiana Jones'' movie. The former is a PointAndClick Adventure Game. The latter is an ActionAdventure. Two very different genres.

The genre has had a decent revival on the Nintendo DS starting with the ports of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, as its touchscreen allows for an ideal point-and-click interface, and the fanbase includes many older players who favour puzzle and problem-solving games. As well, smaller companies like Daedalic, Deck13, Future Games, The Adventure Company and TelltaleGames have done well in specializing in adventure games; indeed, the latter is known for their successful rehashings of external franchises (revitalizing the ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' franchise, beginning a new ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, and recently having a smash-hit with ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''), while the former is famed for their ingenious original games. And there is, of course, the whole Independent Adventure Games scene where small-time developers (often one-man teams) are able to keep themselves running by distributing their games to cult-followings.

Recently the interest in the classic adventure game has been on the raise, following TimSchafer and his studio DoubleFine very successful crowdfounding campaign through {{Kickstarter}} for a "classic point-and-click adventure." Inspired by this, many of the golden oldies developers for the genre, including much of the old guard of Sierra Online, has reunited under new banners and launched their own successful campaigns for either [[VideoGameRemake remakes]], {{Spiritual Successor}}s, or in some cases straight-up sequels for their old series.

Because Adventure Games are [[TheQuest story-based]], what they [[JigsawPuzzlePlot lack in body-count]] they can [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure make up for with suspense]]. Indeed, [[HaveANiceDeath the primary death toll]] [[TheManyDeathsOfYou in such a game is You]]. The typical Adventure Game is framed around [[GuideDangIt an elaborate]], even [[DoingItForTheArt novelistic plot]] which the player must [[{{Railroading}} proceed through]] by trying to [[BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible get information out of]] non-player characters and [[ConspicuouslyLightPatch collect any items]] you [[NoticeThis come across]] that [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest May Help You On Your Quest]]. (These are all Adventure Game tropes, by the way.)

In addition to their own peculiar tropes, Adventure Games, perhaps more than any other video game genre, borrow from the tropes of television and film media.

Probably the most famous Adventure game of all time is the ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' trilogy, and -- of course -- ''ColossalCaveAdventure'', which was the prototypical "Adventure game".

'''There are six major "schools":'''

'''InteractiveFiction:'''

Interactive Fiction is usually defined as an adventure game which is primarily textual (though there is much debate over the exact scope of the term; some think it should refer only to purely textual games, while others, preferring to take the words "interactive" and "fiction" literally, think the term should encompass a superset of those games typically called "Adventure". The term ''{{text adventure}}'' is less ambiguous, but also less popular). For instance, {{MUD}}s and [[{{MUSH}} other text]] [[{{Roguelike}} games]] are based on {{RPG}} principles, and thus fall outside the category. More than any other school of Adventure (and, indeed, more than most other videogame genres), Interactive Fiction has a large hobbyist community, with as many as a hundred new games produced each year. Examples: ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'', ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging'', ''Jigsaw'', and ''VideoGame/{{Photopia}}''.

'''[[PointAndClick Graphical Adventure]]:'''

Sometimes called "2D" or "point-and-click", is the format used for most graphical games of the golden age. Somewhat similar to a PlatformGame visually, these use pre-drawn backgrounds, with limited animation, [[SceneryPorn often using watercolors]], although pre-1992 graphics were cartoonish in style. The playfields actually ''are'' three-dimensional, viewed from a [[TwoAndAHalfD fixed perspective]]. These games are rendered in the third person, with the player character's DigitalAvatar as a sprite in the world. Aficionados often further break this genre down by the style of the user interface. Three popular styles include the "icon bar" (which has a button bar of possible actions above or below the main viewport), the "verb list" (where a list of actions relevant to the current scene appears below the viewport), and the "verb coin" (where possible actions upon a specific object appeared, usually laid out radially around the object when clicked -- see ''VideoGame/TheSims'' for a modern version). Earlier games were often assisted by a TextParser, while later ones often removed the notion of "verbs" altogether, reducing a click on an object to "do the obvious thing to this object". Examples: ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'', ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'', ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'', and ''Ozzie And The Quantum Playwrite''.

'''Pre-rendered First Person Adventure:'''

Also called ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}-clones'' or ''TwoAndAHalfD'', present pre-rendered 3D environments from a first-person perspective. Early examples tended to have the feel of interactive slideshows (this is a fair comparison: ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' was originally created on an early {{Macintosh}} slideshow program called HyperCard). Later games in this genre employed pre-rendered panoramic images (often using Quicktime VR) instead of 2d slides. Emphasis usually moved away from inventory management and toward "set-piece" puzzles involving the manipulation of a piece of machinery. The use of Full Motion Video in cutscenes became common for a time. Examples: ''TheJourneymanProject'', ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', ''Shivers'', and ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor''.

'''Interactive Movie Games:'''

Games which incorporate substantial or exclusive use of Full Motion Video and photorealistic images. While this seemed like a natural pairing, the cost and technology stood in the way of interactivity. By the time that it was feasible to do such games properly, the whole notion had left a bad taste in players' mouths. Examples: ''{{Phantasmagoria}}'', ''Gabriel Knight 2'', and ''VideoGame/TheXFilesGame''. Other examples of this are the 1998 VisualNovel ''{{VisualNovel/Yarudora}}'' series, the 1998 ''VisualNovel/DancingBladeKatteNiMomotenshi'' series by {{Konami}}, and the 2005 DatingSim ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' and its sequel ''Summer Days'', which are essentially branching {{anime}} movies, and the recent ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}''/''IndigoProphecy'', which even featured interactive action scenes through [[ActionCommands Quick Time Events]].
** One notable ''failed'' Interactive Movie was Any River Entertainment's ''A Fork in the Tale''. Reviewed by PC Gamer, the magazine was quick to point out the low production values, relative lack of interactivity, and the game's incomprehensible storyline. Any River shut down shortly before the game's release.

'''3D Adventure Games'''

Fully 3D Adventure Games are rare, but the ActionAdventure game format has become increasingly common. Fully 3D pure-Adventure games include ''[[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Gabriel Knight 3]]''.

'''[[WebOriginal Serial Adventure Games]]:'''

With the 2010 revival of the "true" Adventure Game market, a number of nominal {{Webcomic}} artists and bloggers have been developing interactive, serialized adventure games released in daily doses over the Internet. These games usually have a loose plot moderated by their artist, but readers are encouraged to decide what happens next "turn" by writing suggestions in a specific comic format reminiscent of interactive fiction games. Live interaction with the writer/artist/moderator results in extinction of the dreaded [[ICantUseTheseThingsTogether "You can't use those two objects together"]] response (except when it's clearly meant to be a parody of the trope). The TropeCodifier in this regard is ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.

See also VisualNovel.

!!Adventure games of note:\\
[-(for series with more than one title, year refers to the release date of the first game.)-]

''Web-based '''Serial Adventure Games''' are not listed.''

[[index]]

!!1976
* ''VideoGame/ColossalCave''

!!1980
* The ''Zork'' series
** ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' (1980)
** ''VideoGame/ReturnToZork'' (1993)
** ''VideoGame/ZorkNemesis: The Forbidden Lands'' (1996)
** ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'' (1997)

!!1981
* ''Softporn Adventure'' (later remade as Leisure Suit Larry, as seen below)

!!1983
* The ''VideoGame/{{Enchanter}}'' trilogy
** ''Enchanter'' (1983)
** ''Sorcerer'' (1984)
** ''Spellbreaker'' (1985)
* ''VideoGame/{{Planetfall}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Suspended}}''

!!1984
* ''VideoGame/EnchantedScepters''
* ''VideoGame/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''
* The ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' series
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIQuestForTheCrown'' (1984; 1990 remake)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone'' (1985)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIIToHeirIsHuman'' (1986)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIVThePerilsOfRosella'' (1988)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' (1990)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'' (1992)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'' (1994)
** ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity'' (1998)
* ''Neuromancer'', an Interplay Game loosely based on [[Literature/{{Neuromancer}} William Gibson's novel]].
* ''VideoGame/PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/ThayersQuest''
* ''VideoGame/{{Zyll}}''

!!1985
* ''VideoGame/DejaVu''
* ''VideoGame/AMindForeverVoyaging''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}}''

!!1986
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTheTitanic''
* ''VideoGame/TheBlackCauldron''
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest''
* ''VideoGame/AstekaIITemploDelSol''

!!1987
* ''VideoGame/AsterixAndTheMagicCarpet''
* ''VideoGame/HollywoodHijinx''
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry''
** ''Leisure Suit Larry: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards'' (1987; 1991 remake; 2013 remake)
** ''LeisureSuitLarryGoesLookingForLoveInSeveralWrongPlaces'' (1988)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals'' (1989)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'' (1991)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up or Slip Out!'' (1993)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!'' (1996)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude'' (2004)
** ''Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/TheLurkingHorror''
* ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''
* ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shadowgate}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Uninvited}}''

!!1988
* ''VideoGame/GoldRush''
* ''VideoGame/{{Manhunter}}''
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Manhunter}} Manhunter: New York]]'' (1988)
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Manhunter}} Manhunter 2: San Francisco]]'' (1989)
* ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}''
* ''VideoGame/ZakMcKrackenAndTheAlienMindbenders''

!!1989
* ''VideoGame/AsterixOperationGetafix''
* ''VideoGame/CobraKokuryuuOuNoDensetsu''
* ''VideoGame/CodenameIceman''
* ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfCamelot''
* ''VideoGame/{{Emmanuelle}}''
* ''VideoGame/FutureWars''
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''
* ''VideoGame/LauraBow''
* ''VideoGame/MadMaze''
* ''VideoGame/PersonalNightmare''
* The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series:
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'' (1989 as Hero's Quest; 1990 re-release with new name)
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' (1990)
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'' (1992)
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'' (1993)
** ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' (1998)
** ''VideoGame/HeroU'' (2013) (Set in the same world but not part of the series)
* ''VideoGame/TexMurphy''
** ''Mean Streets'' (1989)
** ''Martian Memorandum'' (1991)
** ''Under a Killing Moon'' (1994)
** ''The Pandora Directive'' (1996)
** ''Tex Murphy: Overseer'' (1998)
** ''Tesla Effect'' (2014)

!!1990
* ''VideoGame/AlteredDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/{{Geisha}}''
* ''VideoGame/HugosHouseOfHorrors''
* ''VideoGame/LesManley''
** ''Les Manley in: Search for the King'' (1990)
** ''Les Manley in: Lost in L.A.'' (1991)
* ''VideoGame/{{Loom}}''
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''
** ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' (1990; 2009 remake)
** ''[[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge]]'' (1991; 2010 remake)
** ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' (1997)
** ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' (2000)
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheDragon''
* ''TheSpellcastingSeries'':
** ''Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers Get All The Girls'' (1990)
** ''Spellcasting 201: The Sorcerer's Appliance'' (1991)
** ''Spellcasting 301: Spring Break'' (1992)

!!1991
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish''
* ''VideoGame/EcoQuest''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fascination}}''
* The ''[[{{Gobliiins}} Goblins]]'' series
** ''Gobliiins'' (1991)
** ''Gobliins 2: The Prince Buffoon'' (1992)
** ''Goblins 3'' (aka ''Goblins Quest 3'') (1993)
** ''Gobliiins 4'' (2009)

!!1992
* ''VideoGame/BargonAttack''
* ''VideoGame/ConquestsOfTheLongbow''
* ''VideoGame/CurseOfEnchantia''
* ''VideoGame/DarkSeed''
* ''{{VideoGame/Gateway}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Inca}}''
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis''
* ''{{VideoGame/KGB}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia''
* ''VideoGame/LureOfTheTemptress''
* ''VideoGame/PuttPutt''
* ''[[VideoGame/StanleyTheSearchForDrLivingston Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingston]]''
* ''StarTrek25thAnniversary''
* ''[[VideoGame/WeenTheProphecy Ween: The Prophecy]]''

!!1993
* ''VideoGame/DareToDream''
* ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle''
* ''VideoGame/FattyBear ''
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist''
* The ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' Series
** ''Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers'' (1993)
** ''The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery'' (1995)
** ''Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned'' (1999)
* ''[[GadgetPastAsFuture Gadget: Invention, Travel & Adventure]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheJourneymanProject''
* ''TheLabyrinthOfTime''
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}''
** ''Myst 3 - Exile''
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheComet''
* ''VideoGame/SimonTheSorcerer''
* The ''Star Trek'' series
** ''[[JudgmentRites Star Trek: Judgment Rites]]'' (1993)
** ''[[VideoGame/AFinalUnity Star Trek: A Final Unity]]'' (1995)
* ''{{Transarctica}}''

!!1994
* ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky''
* ''VideoGame/BurnCycle''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dragonsphere}}''
* ''VideoGame/FreddiFish''
* ''VideoGame/HellACyberpunkThriller''
* ''VideoGame/InheritTheEarth''
* ''{{Noctropolis}}''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}''
* ''VideoGame/SuperheroLeagueOfHoboken''
* ''WoodruffAndTheSchnibbleOfAzimuth''
* ''VideoGame/WrathOfTheGods''

!!1995
* ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble''
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13''
* ''Film/{{Congo}}: The Movie - Descent into Zinj''
* ''VideoGame/TheDameWasLoaded''
* ''VideoGame/TheDig''
* ''VideoGame/DustATaleOfTheWiredWest"
* ''VideoGame/FullThrottle''
* ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream''
* ''VideoGame/{{In The 1st Degree}}''
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/LostEden''
* ''[[MissionCritical Mission: Critical]]''
* The ''Phantasmagoria'' series
** ''VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria}}'' (1995)
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Phantasmagoria 2}} Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh]]'' (1996)
* ''VideoGame/TheRiddleOfMasterLu''
* ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage''
* ''VideoGame/TotalDistortion''

!!1996
* ''VideoGame/AzraelsTear''
* ''VideoGame/BadMojo''
* ''VideoGame/BillNyeTheScienceGuyStopTheRock''
* ''VideoGame/BlazingDragons''
* The ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'' series
** ''Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars'' (1996)
** ''Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror'' (1997)
** ''Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon'' (2003)
** ''Broken Sword: The Angel of Death'' (2006)
** ''Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse'' (2013)
* ''VideoGame/BuichiTerasawasTakeruLetterOfTheLaw''
* ''[[VideoGame/ClockTower Clock Tower]]''
* ''VideoGame/CrystalSkull''
* ''[[VideoGame/FoulPlay Foul Play: Mystery at Awkward Manor]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}''
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures''
* ''TheNeverhood''
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}''
* ''PajamaSam''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectNomads''
* ''{{VideoGame/Rama}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ripper}}''
* ''VideoGame/SpycraftTheGreatGame''
* ''VideoGame/StayTooned''
* ''VideoGame/{{Timelapse}}''
* ''VideoGame/TitanicAdventureOutOfTime''
* ''VideoGame/{{Toonstruck}}''

!!1997
* ''VideoGame/{{Blackout}}''
* ''VideoGame/BladeRunner''
* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon ''
* ''VideoGame/TheCityOfLostChildren''
* ''VideoGame/DownInTheDumps''
* ''VideoGame/TheFeebleFiles''
* ''VideoGame/JackOrlando''
* ''TheLastExpress''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Riven}} Riven: The Sequel to Myst]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheSpaceBar''
* ''VideoGame/SpyFox''

!!1998
* ''VideoGame/BlackDahlia''
* The ''VisualNovel/DancingBladeKatteNiMomotenshi'' series
** ''Dancing Blade: Katte ni Momotenshi!'' (1998)
** ''Dancing Blade Katte ni Momotenshi II: Tears of Eden'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest''
* ''GadgetPastAsFuture''
* ''GrimFandango''
* ''Videogame/HopkinsFBI''
* ''[[VideoGame/BlackstoneChronicles John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror]]''
* ''{{Pilgrim}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sanitarium}}''
* ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic''
* The ''VisualNovel/{{Yarudora}}'' series
** ''VisualNovel/DoubleCast'' (1998)
** ''VisualNovel/{{Kisetsu o Dakishimete}}'' (1998)
** ''VisualNovel/{{Sampaguita}}'' (1998)
** ''Yukiwari no Hana'' (1998)
** ''Scandal'' (2000)
** ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' (2000)
* ''VideoGame/TheXFilesGame'' (1998)

!!1999
* ''VideoGame/{{Aisle}}''
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir''
* ''EchoNight''
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''
* ''VideoGame/OmikronTheNomadSoul''
* ''TheSilverCase''
** ''VideoGame/FlowerSunAndRain''
** ''The Silver Case: Ward 25''

!!2000
* ''VideoGame/ThePerilsOfAkumos''

!!2001
* ''VideoGame/DruunaMorbusGravis''
* ''VideoGame/TheGameOfTheAges''
* ''Gilbert Goodmate''
* ''VideoGame/JuliasTimeAdventures''
* ''VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamsUnite''
* ''Mystery of the Druids''
* ''VideoGame/PickUpThePhoneBoothAndAisle''
* ''PleurghburgDarkAges''
* ''VideoGame/RealityOnTheNorm'' series
* ''Schizm: Mysterious Journey''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfDestiny''
* ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish''

!!2002
* ''VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamHeartbreak''
* ''VideoGame/OutOfOrder''
* ''ThePKGirl''
* ''VideoGame/PostMortem''
* The ''Runaway'' series
** ''VideoGame/RunawayARoadAdventure'' (2002)
** ''VideoGame/Runaway2TheDreamOfTheTurtle'' (2006)
** ''VideoGame/RunawayATwistOfFate'' (2009)
* The ''Sherlock Holmes'' series
%% If those games are not all part of the same series, feel free to fix it.
** ''Sherlock Holmes: Mystery of the Mummy'' (2002)
** ''SherlockHolmesAndTheSecretOfTheSilverEarring'' (2004)
** ''Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened'' (2006)
** ''Sherlock Holmes versus Arsčne Lupin'' (2007)
* ''Simon the Sorcerer 3D''
* ''VideoGame/{{Syberia}}''

!!2003
* ''VideoGame/DieAnstalt''
* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror''
* ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos''
** ''5 Days a Stranger'' (2003)
** ''7 Days a Skeptic'' (2004)
** ''Trilby's Notes'' (2006)
** ''6 Days a Sacrifice'' (2007)
* ''CSI'' adaptations:
** ''[[VideoGame/{{CSI}} CSI: Crime Scene Investigation]]''
** ''CSI: Dark Motives''
** ''CSI Miami''
%% I can't figure out how to blue link CSI without tagging it in the index. Ideas?
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}: Uru - Ages beyond Myst''
* ''SlouchingTowardsBedlam''
* The ''Tony Tough'' series
** ''Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths'' (2003)
** ''Tony Tough 2 - A Rake’s Progress'' (2006)

!!2004
* ''VideoGame/BenJordanParanormalInvestigator''
** ''Ben Jordan Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape'' (2004)
*** ''Deluxe Edition'' (2006)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea'' (2004)
*** ''Deluxe Edition'' (2010)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm'' (2004)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 4: Horror at Number 50'' (2005)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead'' (2006)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People'' (2007)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 7: The Cardinal Sins'' (2008)
** ''Ben Jordan Case 8: Relics of the Past'' (2012)
* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror''
* ''VideoGame/CarolReedMysteries''
* ''VideoGame/DarkFall''
* ''VideoGame/{{Exmortis}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Framed 2004}}''
* ''The Moment of Silence''
* ''Mortadelo y Filemón: Una Aventura de Cine''
* ''Syberia 2''
* ''The Westerner''
* ''VideoGame/YumeNikki'' (2004)
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToMysteriousIsland''

!!2005
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series: (North American release dates)
** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' (2005)
** ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All'' (2007)
** ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials And Tribulations'' (2007)
** ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' (2008)
** ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth'' (2010)
** ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'' (2011, Japan only)
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresInTheGalaxyOfFantabulousWonderment''
* The ''Ankh'' series
** ''Ankh'' (2005)
** ''Ankh: Heart of Osiris'' (2006)
** ''Ankh 3'' (2007)
* ''VideoGame/AnotherCode''
* ''VideoGame/BeTrapped''
* ''Bone''
* ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo''
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromStMarys''
* ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' (aka ''Indigo Prophecy'')
* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround''
* ''VideoGame/{{META}}''
* ''Nibiru''
* ''VideoGame/StillLife''
** ''VideoGame/StillLife2'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/{{Submachine}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber''
* ''Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern''

!!2006
* ''VideoGame/TheBlackwellSeries''
** ''The Blackwell Legacy'' (2006)
** ''Blackwell Unbound'' (2007)
** ''The Blackwell Convergence'' (2009)
** ''Blackwell Deception'' (2011)
** ''Blackwell Epiphany'' (2014)
* ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney''
* ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max Save The World]]'' (TelltaleGames episodes season one)
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Reactor09}} Reactor 09]]''
* The ''VideoGame/SecretFiles'' series
** ''Secret Files: Tunguska'' (2006)
** ''Secret Files 2 - Purtias Cordis'' (2009)
* ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}''
* ''VideoGame/SecretsOfDaVinciTheForbiddenManuscript''
* ''VideoGame/TheShivah''
* ''TouchDetective''

!!2007
* ''CovertFront''
* ''VisualNovel/CulpaInnata''
* ''VideoGame/GhostInTheSheet''
* ''HotelDuskRoom215''
* ''Jack Keane''
* ''VideoGame/LostWinds''
* ''NellyCootalot''
* ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}''
* The ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series (A hybrid of this and PuzzleGame)
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage''
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture''
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter''
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask''
** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy''
* ''VideoGame/SherlockHolmesTheAwakened''
* ''VideoGame/SherlockHolmesVersusArseneLupin''
* ''VideoGame/ATaleOfTwoKingdoms''
* ''VideoGame/VigilBloodBitterness''
* ''VideoGame/{{Warthogs}}''
* ''VideoGame/ZackAndWikiQuestForBarbarosTreasure'' (with many PuzzleGame elements)
* [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space]] (TelltaleGames episodes season two)

!!2008
* ''The Abbey''
* ''VideoGame/BenThereDanThat''
* The ''Edna & Harvey'' series.
** ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout'' (2008)
** ''VideoGame/EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes'' (2011)
* ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean''
* ''VideoGame/QuestForYrolg''
* ''LifesignsSurgicalUnit''
* ''VideoGame/LimboOfTheLost''
* ''The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure''
* ''VideoGame/NightmareDoors''
* ''VideoGame/{{Samorost}}''
* ''VideoGame/ASecondFace''
* ''VideoGame/TheSeveralJourneysOfReemus''
* ''So Blonde''
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople''
* ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow''
* ''VideoGame/AVampyreStory''
* ''VideoGame/TheVisitor''

!!2009
* ''VideoGame/ASmallFavor''
* ''VideoGame/TheBookOfUnwrittenTales''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ceville}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Downfall}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Drawn}}''
* ''VideoGame/EmeraldCityConfidential''
* ''VideoGame/{{Flower}}''
* ''VisualNovel/JakeHunter''
* ''VisualNovel/LuxPain ''
* ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}''
* ''TheMarionette''
* ''MiamiLaw''
* ''VideoGame/SherlockHolmesVersusJackTheRipper''
* ''TimeGentlemenPlease''
* ''VideoGame/WallaceAndGromitsGrandAdventures''
* ''VideoGame/ReturnToMysteriousIsland 2: Mina's Fate''

!!2010
* ''VisualNovel/{{Again}}''
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''
* ''VideoGame/ANewBeginning''
* ''VideoGame/AssaultOnVampireIsland''
* ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture''
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''
* ''VideoGame/DoctorWho: The Adventure Games''
* ''VideoGame/TheDreamMachine''
* ''VideoGame/EternallyUs''
* ''VideoGame/GhostPiratesOfVoojuIsland''
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''
* ''VideoGame/GrayMatter''
* ''VideoGame/HeavyRain''
* ''HectorBadgeOfCarnage''
* ''VideoGame/JollyRover''
* ''VideoGame/LostHorizon''
* ''NelsonTethersPuzzleAgent''
* ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'' (A ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' FanSequel)
* ''VideoGame/{{Technobabylon}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheWhisperedWorld''
* ''Webcomic/WickedAwesomeAdventure''
* [[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse]] (TelltaleGames episodes season three)

!!2011
* ''VideoGame/GeminiRue''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame''
* ''ANewBeginning''
* ''VideoGame/StraySoulsDollhouseStory''
* ''VideoGame/TheWager''
* ''VideoGame/WastedYouth''
* ''VideoGame/{{Quasar}}''
* ''VideoGame/QuePasaPerro''
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''

!!2012
* ''VideoGame/{{Botanicula}}''
* ''VideoGame/CherryTreeHighComedyClub''
* ''VideoGame/{{Deponia}}''
* ''VideoGame/DonnaAvengerOfBlood''
* ''VideoGame/{{Home}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}''
* ''VideoGame/LoneSurvivor''
* ''VideoGame/{{Primordia}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Resonance}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheCatLady''
* ''VideoGame/CognitionAnEricaReedThriller''
* ''VideoGame/TheDreamMachine''
* ''VideoGame/{{Errand}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheSeaWillClaimEverything''
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''
* ''VideoGame/{{Yesterday}}''
* ''VideoGame/ChainsOfSatinav''
* ''VideoGame/TheTestamentOfSherlockHolmes''

!!2013
* ''VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs''
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls''
* ''VideoGame/BrokenAge''
* ''VideoGame/BrothersATaleOfTwoSons''
* ''VideoGame/CandyBox''
* ''VideoGame/GoneHome''
* ''VideoGame/HeroinesQuest''
* ''VideoGame/TheHorrorAtMSAurora''
* ''VideoGame/TheJourneyDown''
* ''VideoGame/{{LoneSiren}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Memoria}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheNightOfTheRabbit''
* ''VideoGame/KentuckyRouteZero''
* ''VideoGame/TheStarshipDamrey''
* ''VideoGame/TheWitness''
* ''VideoGame/{{Moebius}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheYawhg''
* ''VideoGame/CryptWorlds''

!!2014
* ''VideoGame/AlwaysSometimesMonsters''
* ''VideoGame/DepressionQuest''
* ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters''
* ''{{VideoGame/Jazzpunk}}''
* ''VisualNovel/MyLittleInvestigations''
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney''
* ''VideoGame/SecretsOfRaetikon''
* ''VideoGame/{{Unrest}}''
* ''VideoGame/QuestForInfamy'''

!!2015
* ''{{VideoGame/Obduction}}''

!!Unsorted
* ''VideoGame/{{Cult}}''
* ''VideoGame/GretelAndHansel''
* ''VideoGame/JimmyJam''
* ''VideoGame/{{PD}}''
* The ''VideoGame/NancyDrew'' series
* ''{{Reisen}}''
[[/index]]
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