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Fundamentals of Adventure Game Design by Ernest Adams

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Summary

Adventure games are best known for their storytelling, but they also offer deeply challenging puzzles and intriguing exploration. To design an adventure game, your most important task is to create compelling characters and an interesting story, and then combine them seamlessly with puzzle and other challenges to give the player a rewarding gameplay experience. Your challenges should heighten dramatic tension when the player encounters them and help move the story forward when she solves them, while also providing a change of pace. Although adventure game features are now common in action and role-playing hybrids, classic puzzle- and exploration-based adventure still have a devoted following.

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