A subgenre of both the ActionGame and AdventureGame genres ([[CaptainObvious naturally]]), the ActionAdventure game was effectively created by such titles as ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' and ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' back in the days of the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. These two titles are recognised as archetypical of the genre, and since then, the Action Adventure has expanded to include games in a wide variety of thematic genres, as well as appearing on every video game platform around. The essential traits of an action adventure are considered to include reflex-based gameplay, an action game element, combined with item collecting, environment exploration and puzzle solving, which are associated with the adventure game genre. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, the Action Adventure is sometimes used as a catch all for games that do not overtly suit any one genre but still have a plot, a usage which some consider erroneous.

The action adventure is exemplified in games that have large and detailed worlds to explore, a range of options in terms of possible actions and some level of non-linearity in terms of plot, but this last aspect is often sacrificed, in whole or in part, on the altar of budgets and/or writers. This lack of large-scale non-linearity is what differentiates the ActionAdventure game from a WideOpenSandbox, though there are other minor, but important, differences. This level of non-linearity is a characteristic the action adventure shares with the {{RPG}}, though it usually doesn't have experience points or levels -- character improvments, if any, are only ever the result of gaining new items or upgrading old ones. The key here is that in an action adventure a character either has an ability or he or she doesn't; there is no measure of how good he or she is with a given ability (which is considered an RPG element).

As a rule of thumb, an ActionAdventure game is distinguished from those of closely related genres, such as {{Platformer}}s, {{Action Game}}s and {{Adventure Game}}s by its combination of but lack of commitment to any one of these genres. It contains reflex gameplay, which adventure games do not; puzzle solving, which action games do not; and jumping puzzles, which both adventure games and action games generally do not. ActionAdventure games also seldom, if ever, have "Extra Lives" (though there may be items that stop you from dying, such as the fairies in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''), with the distinction between "fairies" and extra lives being that one has an "in-game" explanation and one is completely arbitrary. As indicated by the above description, the genre is a very broad one and hard to nail: Creator/BenCroshaw once observed that the term in some ways has become a blanket label for any game that's hard to classify.

As the plot of these games becomes less and less ExcusePlot and more and more developed, this genre has become increasingly similar to the RolePlayingGame genre. A general rule of thumb for telling them apart: In [=RPGs=], you are in a dungeon because of the plot, whereas in ActionAdventure games, you are in a plot because of the dungeon.

Most {{Licensed Game}}s not on a portable console have this type of gameplay.

See {{Metroidvania}} for a particular sub-genre.
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!!Games:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising''
* ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}''
* ''VideoGame/AdventuresOfBouapha''
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''
* ''VideoGame/AdventureTime: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!''
* ''VideoGame/AirFortress'' (At least the "inside the Fortress" segments)
* ''VideoGame/AliceInWonderland''
* ''VideoGame/{{Alundra}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Alundra 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan''
* ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Amea}}''
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns''
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm''
* ''VideoGame/SuperAnjeloLand2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Anodyne}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Apotheon}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}''
* ''VideoGame/ArmedAndDangerous''
* Franchise/AssassinsCreed
** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI Assassin's Creed]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Assassin's Creed II]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Assassin's Creed Brotherhood]]''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIIILiberation''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRogue''
** ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity''
* ''VideoGame/AsterixAndTheMagicCarpet''
* ''VideoGame/AsterixOperationGetafix''
* ''VideoGame/AValleyWithoutWind''
* ''Videogame/AValleyWithoutWind2''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Batman: Arkham]]'' series
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum Batman: Arkham Asylum]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Batman: Arkham City]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins Batman: Arkham Origins]]''
* ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance''
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil''
* ''VideoGame/BeyondOasis''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}''
* ''Webcomic/BladeKitten''
* ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster''
* ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi''
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}''
* ''VideoGame/BunnyMustDie''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cadaver}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' [[/index]](prior installments were {{Platform Game}}s) [[index]]
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''
** ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLegacyOfDarkness''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaResurrection''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadowMirrorOfFate''
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2''
* ''VideoGame/CastleWolfenstein''
* ''VideoGame/TheCavernsOfHammerfest''
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory''
* ''Videogame/ClashAtDemonhead''
* ''VideoGame/TheColony''
* ''VideoGame/CombatOfGiants''
* ''Videogame/CriticalMass1995''
* ''VideoGame/CrusaderOfCenty''
* ''VideoGame/{{Cubivore}}''
* ''VideoGame/DarkEarth''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}''
* ''VideoGame/DarksidersII''
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstone}}''
* ''VideoGame/DarkSummit''
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyCreatures''
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyTowers''
* ''VideoGame/DisasterDayOfCrisis''
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty''
* ''VideoGame/{{Dizzy}}''
* ''VideoGame/DragonValor''
* ''VideoGame/DragonballOrigins''
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakan}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney Dreamfall: The Longest Journey]]''
* ''VideoGame/DualHearts''
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail''
* ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin''
* ''VideoGame/EmoGame''
* ''VideoGame/{{Enclave}}''
* ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest''
* ''[[Franchise/{{Thunderscape}} Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Eragon}}''
* ''VideoGame/FearEffect''
* FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesRingOfFates''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesEchoesOfTime''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesCrystalBearers''
* ''VideoGame/ForTheFrogTheBellTolls''
* ''VideoGame/TheFloweringNose''
* ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' (Though spinoffs of other genres have been made)
* ''VideoGame/GhostHunters''
* ''VideoGame/GhostSongAJourneyOfHope''
* ''VideoGame/GiantsCitizenKabuto''
* ''VideoGame/{{Goof Troop}}''
* ''VideoGame/GobletGrotto''
* ''VideoGame/TheGoonies'' (I & II)
* ''VideoGame/GraffitiKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/GrandChase''
* ''VideoGame/TheGrayGarden''
* ''Videogame/{{Guacamelee}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' (also a partial ShootEmUp)
* ''VideoGame/GuruminAMonstrousAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/HarryPotter''
* ''VideoGame/HelloKittyRollerRescue''
* ''VideoGame/HenryHatsworthInThePuzzlingAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/HercsAdventures''
* ''[[VideoGame/TheHobbit2003 The Hobbit]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Hydrophobia}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}''
* ''VideoGame/IceAge''
* TeamIcoSeries
** ''VideoGame/{{Ico}}''
** ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus''
** ''VideoGame/TheLastGuardian''
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' (with {{Platformer}} and RPGElements)
* ''VideoGame/TheImmortal''
* ''VideoGame/{{Inca}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Infamous 2}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon inFAMOUS: Second Son]]''
* ''VideoGame/IttleDew''
* ''Videogame/JablessAdventure''
* ''[[VideoGame/JakIIRenegade Jak II]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/Jak3Wastelander Jak III]]''
* ''VideoGame/JenkasNightmare''
* ''VideoGame/KameoElementsOfPower''
* ''VideoGame/KidChameleon''
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''
* ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection''
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfTheWizard''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro''
* Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI''
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaWiiU''
** ''VideoGame/{{Eiyuu}}''
* ''VideoGame/ZeldaClassic''
** ''VideoGame/IsleOfTheWinds''
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaRandomizer''
* ''VideoGame/LostIsle''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame''
* ''VideoGame/LegoCityUndercover''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOMinifiguresOnline''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse''
* ''VideoGame/LeoAndLeah'' (primarily an EasternRPG, but still counts)
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon''
* ''VideoGame/{{Madagascar}}''
* ''VideoGame/MajinAndTheForsakenKingdom''
* ''VideoGame/MarcEckosGettingUpContentsUnderPressure''
* ''VideoGame/MarlowBriggsAndTheMaskOfDeath''
* ''VideoGame/MediEvil''
* ''VideoGame/MediEvil2''
* ''VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection''
* ''VideoGame/MeikyuujouHydra'' (aka. “Hydra Castle Labyrinth”)
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' in most of its incarnations
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy''
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes''
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption''
* ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''
* ''[[VideoGame/MilonsSecretCastle Milon's Secret Castle]]''
* ''VideoGame/MiniNinjas''
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' (Includes elements of the [[/index]]{{Platformer}}, FirstPersonShooter, and PuzzleGame)[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Miserere}}''
* ''VideoGame/MisslemanSpyStrike2''
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyHero''
* ''VideoGame/MushroomMen''
* ''VideoGame/{{Neutopia}}''
* ''VideoGame/NicktoonsUnite!''
* ''VideoGame/OddworldStrangersWrath''
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Outcast}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Owlboy}}'' (Also a {{Platformer}})
* ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''
* ''VideoGame/OverlordI''
* ''VideoGame/OverlordRaisingHell''
* ''[[VideoGame/OverlordDarkLegend Overlord: Dark Legend]]''
* ''VideoGame/OverlordII''
* ''[[VideoGame/OverlordMinions Overlord: Minions]]''
* ''PathwaysIntoDarkness''
* ''VideoGame/{{Phoenotopia}}''
* ''VideoGame/PopfulMail''
* ''VideoGame/{{Primal}}''
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia''
* ''[[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 Prince of Persia (2008)]]''
* ''VideoGame/ProjectEden''
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{rain}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Ratatouille}}''
* ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''
* ''VideoGame/TheRedStar''
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheKasai''
* ''Franchise/RockRaiders'' (The PlayStation version. The PC is RealTimeStrategy)
* ''VideoGame/{{Rygar}}''
* ''VideoGame/SabreWulf''
* ''VideoGame/ScurgeHive''
* ''VideoGame/SecondSight''
* ''VideoGame/SecretAgentBarbie''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowComplex''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowMan''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheBeast''
* "VideoGame/ShounenKinindenTsumuji"
* ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shrek}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Silver}}''
* ''VideoGame/SoulBlazer''
* ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies''
* ''VideoGame/SpiderMan''
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''
* ''VideoGame/SphinxAndTheCursedMummy''
* ''VideoGame/{{SPISPOPD}}''
* ''VideoGame/StarTropics''
* ''VideoGame/SteambotChronicles''
* ''VideoGame/SwimIkachan''
* ''VideoGame/TheFall''
* ''VideoGame/TailConcerto''
* ''VideoGame/TailsAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/ToejamAndEarl'' [[/index]](The first game is solidly one of these, with RPGElements. The sequels are [[PlatformGame Platform Games]].)[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Terracon}}''
* ''Franchise/TombRaider''
* ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend Tomb Raider: Legend]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary Tomb Raider: Anniversary]]''
** ''[[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 Tomb Raider (2013)]]''
* ''VideoGame/TooHuman''
* ''VideoGame/TreasureAdventureGame''
* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Turgor}}''
* ''[[VideoGame/LittleBigAdventure Twinsen's Odyssey]]''
* ''VideoGame/TheTwistedTalesOfSpikeMcFang''
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}''
* ''VideoGame/AnUntitledStory''
* ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse''
* ''VideoGame/ValdisStoryAbyssalCity''
* VideoGame/WorldOfMana (series)
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3''
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/SwordOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/ChildrenOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMana''
* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}''
* ''VideoGame/WURMJourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''
* ''VideoGame/ZanZarahTheHiddenPortal''
* ''VideoGame/{{ZZT}}''
[[/index]]
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