Adam's Venture Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden
A unique combination of action oriented gameplay and classic puzzle solving
User reviews: Mixed (168 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 1, 2010
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Includes: Episode 1: The Search For The Lost Garden, Episode 2: Solomons Secret, Episode 3: Revelations

 

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"This is a very well put together game that may be of consideration if you enjoy puzzles and are willing to give them a couple hours of your time"
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About This Game

Adam's Venture is a new action & exploration game. Brought to life from a third person perspective with the Unreal 3™ engine, adventure gamers are in for a real visual treat.

Set during the 1920’s, Adam’s Venture delivers a unique combination of action oriented gameplay with classic puzzle solving, that takes you on an epic journey to the middle East to discover the legendary Lost Garden of Eden – but an ancient evil tries to prevent you from succeeding...

The Search for the Lost Garden will be the first episode in the Adam's Venture series and introduces you to young explorer Adam Venture. Deciphering relics in an old Templar Church, Adam uncovers memoirs written long ago by a crusader who fought with Richard the Lionheart in the Holy Lands. The memoirs tell of a mysterious place with labyrinths of caves and grottos guarding the headwaters of four great rivers. Could this place be the legendary lost Garden of Eden? This discovery sets off a great adventure. Accompanied by Professor Jacques Saint Omair, and his girlfriend Evelyn, the team embarks on an epic adventure fraught with mystery, intrigue and danger in their quest to find the legendary birth place of humanity.

Key Features:

  • First game of the episodic series.
  • Uses motion capture technology for realistic animations.
  • Developed using the critically acclaimed Unreal® EngineTM 3.
  • Brilliantly rendered in vivid 3D for striking visuals and truly stunning environments.
  • Non-violent, family friendly gameplay.
  • Rich and involving storyline that weaves a classic adventure with historical overtones.
  • Physically interact with objects and your surroundings, to really absorb yourself into the atmosphere.
  • Challenging puzzles and action oriented game-play brings a whole new depth and feel to the adventure genre.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 2.0 GHz or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1 GB
    • Video Card: Pixel Shader 3.0 Card required *
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Additional: *All laptop models were not tested and some may not provide features adequate to meet the
      intense hardware requirement.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual core or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 1024 MB
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Adam's Venture is a simple puzzle adventure game that has an Uncharted feel, yet has no action and has very repetitive puzzles. The game is broken up into 3 episodes, where each episode is about 90 minutes long. The character's movement is glitchy which can cause some issues during some platforming sequences. The graphics and voice acting are OK, however if you're looking for an adventure game you should look towards games made by TellTale or LucasArts.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
It's not horrible but it's not my favorite. The story is understandable, there aren't any bugs I encountered, and the controls aren't bad. The graphics weren't awful for an adventure game. It's clearly inspired by the scenes from Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade where he has to go through the three tests. The premise itself was pretty solid.

What I disliked about this game was the lack of variety in the puzzles. There are basically 3 or 4 main types of puzzles in this game (with maybe a couple others) and they all look exactly the same, they just get harder. I found them either frustratingly difficult or so easy it wasn't even a challenge. None of them felt "just right" where I got that "aha!" moment. It felt like it wasn't playtested, or if it was, maybe not enough.

The dialogue is mostly fine but some of it was awkward. The protagonist attempts to make jokes, but they really miss the mark and I didn't find them funny.

What took me so long to play this is that I couldn't figure out the first puzzle of the entire game so it just sat in my Library. For me that was the hardest one in the game. Once I looked up how to do it a year after I bought it, it was fine.

All in all I would say it might have potential in future episodes but this one as is I wouldn't recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
TL;DR: Sub-par debut of otherwise nice Adam's Venture series of puzzle adventures.

When I saw the trailer for the first episode I was expecting an action-adventure of some kind. Actually, Adam's Ventures are puzzle-heavy adventures with some dialogue and traditional Point&Click style item searching in between puzzles.

In Adam's Venture you are Adam Venture, an adventurer and archeologist. Resemblance to Indiana Jones is obvious. In the background story it is revealed that you found a clue of the legendary Garden of Eden's whereabouts. You team up with Evelyn and a corporate-funded Professor and fly to the scene with a plane and supplies provided by the said Big Corporation. It gets painfully obvious that Adam and Eve's names were picked just for pun of the first episode.

Initially everything looks pretty cool. There's a sandstorm going on and critters are scattered all over the caves. Movement with keyboard works fine. The first encounter with the other two characters is a revealing experience.

Frankly, I had mixed feelings about our protagonist for those conversations. Adam is an irritatingly overconfident, reckless and careless man who often lacks common sense. He also lacks scientific fidelity and awkwardly can't see behind Eve's looks, as it turns out she's the wittier of the two. Being so boastingly overconfident nevertheless makes him an amusing protagonist and on the other hand it is used as a story hook to get him to all kinds of trouble. That is more relevant to the later episodes though.

Puzzles in the first episode are fairly simple and not very challenging (this changes for better in the later episodes). The first one of assembling a dynamite requires you to do a bit of calculation, which I found kind of cool. However, later on in the tomb I found it weird that there were many puzzle-related texts written in English. I mean, it's supposed to be an ancient tomb! Inconsistencies like this are a turn-off for me in such a game.

While initially cool, the graphics reveal their flaws the further you get in the adventure. For instance only the characters have dynamic shadows and not everything has a proper shadow at all. So, when you are standing by a chasm, you'll see your shadow just hanging there on the wall seemingly standing on nothing. This could be a small issue but it makes it difficult to assess the distances in the caves. At least the characters look pretty good all the time in the cut scenes (made with the same engine as the game). I was still appalled by one animation: Adam wiping his face all the time when walking.

Frankly, the first episode of Adam's Venture was mediocre: I can't give it a positive recommendation. It lasts only couple of hours, and the only reason I had to play another hour was that I missed some of the hidden collectables and had to go look for them. Many of them have been deviously hidden by the fixed camera angle (a rather dirty move) made more difficult because of the lack of proper lighting effects (shadows).

If, however, you can force yourself through Episode 1, the subsequent episodes 2 and 3 are very nice experiences. They suffer from the same graphical issues but overall are harder (good thing for a puzzle game) and the secrets are properly hidden instead of the camera angle, and the story really gets to pace in Episode 2. For the price I'd advice to get all of them on sale or not at all because the first episode is just not good on its own.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
What can i say about Adam's Venture... Well firstly, i paid AU$3.24 for the whole trilogy (yep, they made 3 of these games). At the time of purchase (it was on sale), i wasnt aware of the heavy religious undertone. Some puzzles have you solving a jumbled bible quote. The puzzles arent really that difficult either. Except the very first one. I had to look up a guide for that. Just didnt make sense.

Religion aside, the game isnt terrible. It isnt game of the year either. It was... mediocre. Its a simple puzzle adventure. There's no gun play or enemies (human or animal). You cant fall off ledges, except for one puzzle section that lasts about 10 seconds. This game is a religious mothers dream. So family friendly, even god approves!

Im glad i only paid a couple dollars for all 3 games. This one only took me about 90 minutes to complete with all achievements.

Although i chose to recommend the game, you shouldnt rush out to buy it. Make an informed decision. Maybe watch some youtube videos or something. Then, if its on sale for REALLY REALLY cheap, maybe consider it.

5/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
As an adventure game it is not very challenging. There is also very little storyline and the puzzles do not really connect to the storyline as well. The only thing I did really enjoy were the beautiful surroundings to walk around in. I see a lot of potential for improving gameplay. If gameplay could match the beautiful graphics, this would certainly be 10/10. For now a 5/10 though, because the gameplay was to be honest: boring.
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