‘Embark on a bold adventure in Adam’s Venture: Origins. Set in the roaring 20’s, in Adam’s Venture: Origins you will explore ancient ruins, and recover mysterious artifacts. Together with your trusted accomplice Evelyn, you will have to outsmart the evil Clairvaux company.’
Adam’s Venture: Origins is a remake of the original three-episode series which was released from 2009 – 2012. With a focus on puzzle solving and story players will find themselves exploring multiple settings and puzzles to take on that will challenge you in different ways.
One of the things which is both a good and bad thing in Adam’s Venture is there is no cutscene introduction or anything like that; everything is done in-game and keeps the player there and on the go with very little breaks. The downside to this is you don’t get any real introduction to Adam or an idea of what is going on until it is revealed as you play through the game. Getting past the introductions to Adam and who he is it is still easy to figure out he is some sort of adventurer and he helps his father find things. The plot is explained and changes as the story progresses, all well and good but one of the things that isn’t explained on how to work is any of the puzzles which adds a layer of difficulty which some players may struggle with. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing some of the puzzles are a bit different and have very few clues for how to figure it out which can make it annoying for players that don’t really play puzzle games.
Adam’s Venture does the puzzles well however, and while yes it is a puzzle game that only focuses on exploring and figuring out said puzzles it does throw in some unnecessary puzzles. While they do fit in (for example a puzzle where you have to fix some windmills near the start of the game) they just felt un-needed but nevertheless they are still well done and offer a sense of satisfaction once you figure them out. Many of the game’s puzzles are different every time as well. It isn’t like your typical puzzler where you see the same three or four puzzles repeated with a different variation; Adam’s Venture offers more variety in the puzzles and many different ways to challenge the player before they progress.
Speaking of variety, players will find themselves in many different settings as well throughout the game; exploring 20’s architecture to caverns filled with crystals you are in a new environment almost each level, which impacts the kinds of puzzles you will find and the way you navigate. Visuals for these environments are brilliant as well I should also note. The world looks brilliant and the lighting is great. However, the same can’t really be said for the characters with things such as visual glitches on character’s hair and some jerky animations it does feel like there is a lack of polish in terms of the visuals the gameplay is still good. Saying that though some of the audio is underwhelming such as some times where the voice acting can be below standard and little things like an explosion near the player being too quite for a convincing explosion.
There is very little to keep players coming back for more since there is nothing such as collectibles in the game, which is something you would expect. Sadly, that’s just a design choice we have to live with and players wanting to come back for Adam’s Venture will find themselves doing it either for speedruns or just enjoyment since after one playthrough you’ve most likely seen all you need to.