For a greater part of the 1980’s adventure games have been popular as compared to other types of games. An adventure game is a type of video game that involves puzzle-solving as well as exploration with and some of interaction with the game characters. Narration tends to be the focus and as a result most adventure games tend to be single-player as a multi-player mode will remove the story-based aspect of it.
Most adventure games come in the form of computer games although it’s possible to find console-based versions these days. So what makes an adventure game what it is? Well, one of the common features of adventure games is “fetch-quests” theme where in order to progress, the player has to help a character in order to gain an important item or information. For instance, in a typical scenario where a player needs healing, he may be required to obtain a plant or the ingredients needed to make the magic healing potion. In these cases, the player often has to perform acts of benevolence or selflessness – such as freeing prisoners, animals – in order to locate of gain the reward of these ingredients. There are times they have to distract some characters in order to steal their price.
Another feature is to trap players in a dead end or a seemingly impossible place to escape from forcing the player to employ drastic measures in order to get out of the trap or find a means (sometimes an artefact or a key) to free themselves. These unwinnable games where the player met a dead-end were usually left unfinished unless he was able to return to the original position. A well-known example of this is Return to Zork.
Although, adventure games were very popular in the 1980’s, this popularity quickly declined in the early 90’s when the Action games became the “rage”. As a result it was not financially sound to create and market them when people had no interest. The advent of console game platforms and MMORPG has not helped either. Nevertheless popular adventure games like Syberia and Syberia II have been published both for the PC and Xbox. In addition, Nintendo DS released of Trace Memory and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney in 2005 and Hotel Dusk: Room 215 in 2006.
The latest development is that free online adventure games can now obtained on premium internet portals without the need for download or plug-in. Many game lovers are now turning their attention to the internet not just for playing games but for socializing as well. Perhaps this is the new way in which adventure games will be played.