One of the longest running genres in the video game industry is Adventure Games. These games are categorized by the inclusion of investigation, exploration, and puzzle-solving questions, along with game character interaction and a focus on narrative based challenges. Adventure Games dominated 1980's game sales charts with popular games made by Sierra On-Line (Kings Quest, Leisure Suit Larry), Lucas Arts (Maniac Mansion) and Cyan Worlds (Myst).
The mid-1990's action-based first person shooter games became popular resulting in a decline in the Adventure Game genre. As a result, many publishers started to moved away from the Adventure Games genre, making the category more of a niche genre, appealing to a very specific target market.