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Interactive movies: adventures with cinematic scenes

Interactive movies are a subgenre of adventure games that heavily incorporate cinematic scenes and scripted gameplay to create a narrative-driven experience. These games are designed to closely resemble movies, featuring pre-rendered or live-action video sequences that play out as the player progresses through the story. The gameplay typically involves making choices or performing actions at critical moments, which influence the direction of the narrative and the outcome of the game.

One of the defining characteristics of interactive movies is their emphasis on storytelling and visual presentation. The game mechanics are often simplified compared to other adventure games, focusing more on the player's ability to react to on-screen prompts and make decisions that impact the story. This results in a highly immersive experience, where players feel like they are part of an interactive film.

Perhaps the most popular and iconic adventure interactive movie series for PC is Dragon's Lair, developed by ReadySoft. Dragon's Lair was groundbreaking for its use of full-motion video (FMV) and high-quality animation.

Most popular interactive movie games

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
adventureWindows XP/98/95
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh
adventureWindows XP/98/95, DOS
Phantasmagoria
adventureWindows XP/98/95, DOS, Mac OS
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Dragon's Lair

DOS1989protected3.7/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp

DOS1990protected4.1/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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Dragon's Lair 3: The Curse of Mordread

DOS1992protected3.9/5 Sullivan Bluth Interactive Media
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LA Law: The Computer Game

DOS19924/5 Synergistic Software
LA Law: The Computer Game is an abandoned adventure game based on the popular TV series from the 80s and 90s. L.A. Law. LA Law was developed by Synergistic Software and released by Capstone in 1992. LA Law plays like a multiple choice adventure game where you have to build up cases and bring them to court.
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Phantasmagoria

Windows XP/98/95DOSMac OS1995protected4.2/5 Sierra On-Line
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Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh

Windows XP/98/95DOS1996protected3.9/5 Sierra On-Line
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Windows XP/98/951991protected4.1/5 ICOM Simulations
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Space Ace

DOS19894.1/5 ReadySoft
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Space Ace 2: Borf's Revenge

DOS19913.7/5 ReadySoft
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The Dame Was Loaded

DOS1996protected4.2/5 Beam Software
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Voyeur

Windows XP/98/95Mac OSDOS1993demoNSFW4/5 Philips Interactive Media
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