While adventure games are categorized by the style of their gameplay, the genre focuses on an interactive story-based experience, during which players must complete challenges, participate in various dialogues, solve puzzles and manipulate items within a story to advance further.

Many adventure games have quite a few variants to the story ending and even those that do not, still have numerous options for a player to manipulate events within a story. With most adventure genre games, the emphasis is on the decision over action, as more often precisely your decisions, instead of your actions will impact the story line towards one of the possible outcomes.