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Saturday, 18th May 2024

Action-adventure: from Alone in the Dark to Tomb Raider


The action-adventure genre in video games is a dynamic and diverse category that combines elements of both action and adventure. Action-adventure games typically feature strong storytelling elements. Players assume the role of a protagonist or a group of characters who embark on a quest, journey, or mission. Exploration often plays a crucial role in advancing the storyline and character development. 
Adventure elements in action-adventure games include puzzles and challenges that players must solve to progress. As the name suggests, action is also a central component of these games.

Action-adventure games can take different structural approaches. Some follow a linear narrative path, guiding players through a set sequence of events. Others offer open-world environments that provide players with more freedom to choose how they approach objectives and explore the game world.

Key features of action-adventure games may include:

  • Narrative-driven gameplay
  • Exploration
  • Puzzles and challenges
  • Character progression
  • Combat

Examples of popular action-adventure games include titles like Alone in the Dark, Tomb Raider, Dizzy, Little Big Adventure.

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