The game Adam Wolfe was intriguing. The developers were knowledgeable and planned the game well. To start, when first opening the game one knows immediately that it’s a mystery-type game. The colors, background, decor, and Adam Wolfe himself (star of the game) show it to be a mystery. The advice on using headphones is definite. Adam Wolfe opens up by stating he is an investigator of the supernatural. He lost his sister Alley several years earlier and has been searching for her. Immediately you know this is one of the achievements to be completed….to find his sister.
During the game, several characters are introduced and are key in helping to solve the mystery. The game pulls you into the drama that unfolds in hopes to find answers and solutions to the end results….finding Alley. There are lots of obstacles to overcome and to find. Some are easy, others are not.
There are four sections to complete before you reach the end. All four sections have multiple puzzles to complete before you reach the end. What I found, was the puzzles continued to improve with each section. In the first section, I noticed some of the puzzles were not very instrumental in explanations as to what the player is supposed to do in completing them. Took a few minutes to figure out there was actually a tutorial which I personally did not know was there till midway through the first section. Once I learned of the tutorial it was easier to understand what each puzzle was about and there were also solutions to the more difficult ones. I do feel it would be beneficial to add this to the opening of each game so players know where to find help if they need it.
The second section was similar but much improved on how to solve and complete the puzzles. I really enjoyed the seek-and-find items. some items were in different colors and it took me a few moments to figure out why. Examples of this would be a hammer in red, a vase in red, and other object words like a ball in white. The red meant to take the hammer, break open the vase and grab the object (ball) inside which one could not find. Please understand I don’t exactly remember what the object inside was so the ball is just an example. You’ll need to play the game yourself and find out.
The third and fourth parts of the game improved significantly in understanding the puzzles. What I found different from most puzzles was the fact this particular one had you getting into a zodiac and diving under the water by the Golden gate bridge. I’ve never had a puzzle do that before. Being an old diver myself, I really enjoyed that. The only puzzles I did not find appealing, at least for me, were the fights. It was not well received as I had no idea what I was supposed to do. there was a bar on top of the screen with a fist. The assailant had me pinned and I had to keep hitting the button and keeping it above a certain point to win. I actually went to the help screen to figure out what I was supposed to do but it was not very specific so after about ten minutes of pushing the button I was finally out of that mess. I do feel this needs to be addressed along with one other thing (next paragraph) and the game will be perfect.
After completing all the sections I was looking forward to seeing Adam reunited with his Sister Alley. Instead, Adam was stuck inside an hourglass (which had to be broken to break the cycle) with no way to break it! His Sister kept apologizing as she was “tricked” into saying his name which was supposedly his demise. The ending was not what I expected. More or less a cliffhanger. After finally completing all those sections I felt the ending should have been better. It would have been nice to put the demons in their place, rescue the sister, and be reunited. Perhaps Adams’s little sister, after being taken by these demons and forced to be part of their world when she obviously wanted nothing to do with them, could have been beneficial to Adam in future games. She could have been a big help to Adam in his supernatural detective work. Instead, all we see is Adam dying in an hourglass, an upset sister apologizing for putting him there, and all his detective friends racing in. Was he rescued or not? Are they reunited or not? Think the story needs a better ending. Other than that I thought it was a very good game.
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