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 (143 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
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Enjoyable adventure game. Very casual, no hard puzzles. I'd recommend it if you are looking for an interesting and good looking adventure game that doesn't require a lot of investment.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
What was once lost...should just stay lost!

This isn't a good game...but it isn't a horrible one either. It is short, simple, and mildly engaging enough to have you finish it...but forgettable enough to never think about it again. It's definitely not worth a full price purchase...and probably not even a sale price purchase unless you are just a super die-hard fan of the adventure game genre.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
If you're looking for a fun action adventure type game then move along because this isn't it. This game mainly consists of seven (7) rooms in which you have to put popular biblical phrases in the correct order.

Pros:
  • Graphics are 'okay'.
  • Encountered no bugs or broken achievements.
Cons:
  • It is incredibly short. It can be finished within an hour,
  • Terrible controls. You can either use keyboard (WASD or arrow keys) or in part an XBOX controller but not all the buttons seem to be mapped correctly.
  • Bad camera angles. At times they change in such a way that you'll have no idea which direction you were going.
  • Unskippable cutscenes. Except for the end credits which you actually have to watch if you want the achievement.
  • All the puzzles are practically identical. And they're not much of a "puzzle" at all.
  • Religious overtones. I'm fine with religion in my media but this seems to be specifically targeted to Christian children. The main characters are even called Adam and Eve(lyn) and most the puzzles involve putting biblical phrases in proper order,
  • It is terribly easy. This game requires absolutely no skill at all to complete.
2/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Easy enough game, I recommend it for kids though as the puzzles are very very easy. It's also a very easy game to get all the achievements for, though I missed a few the first time around so I had to beat it twice. I think it took an hour and fifteen minutes the first time, and then 45 just to run through it again to pick up all the missed achievements. In any case, if you play with a guide you can beat this game and make it a perfect game in under an hour.

Overall, I recommend it for kids. The entire game also plays off heavily from the book of Genesis in the Bible, if you're into that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I really wanted to like this game.
It got a rather good rating on the store, it came recommended by other Adventure Game fans and the screenshots did not look bad.
This game falls short on quite a few levels that it really should not have.
  • The in your face religious atmosphere is the first. I have no problems with my adventure games flirting with religion. After all, religion is where all good legends come from and has long been tied to the genre. But this game really offers nothing but it's religious tones. Not a message or anything, just a lot of quotes a character Adam and his maybe-girlfriend Evelynn, the seven days of God's creating of the world brought in the most clunky way ever, etc.
  • The graphics aren't very good once the game has started. Characters don't move like people should, textures sometimes take an insulting long time to load or won't load until you're very close, lighting sometimes disappears and then reappears, etc.
  • The puzzles are insultingly easy.
  • The game is very short - but for its price I cannot blame it.
Really the puzzles are what broke the game for me. I could forgive the story that isn't and the graphics that aren't if the puzzles, the core of the Adventure Game Genre, were at least good. But they are not.

I honestly think you can get better bang for your buck and games that are at least games. With similar imaging even, should that be your cup of tea.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This Game Is Almost Perfect The Puzzles, The Story I LOVED IT
Pros

Some Puzzles, Cool Puzzles, GREAT Mechanics, Funny And Easy Secrets, Cool Funny And Easy Achievements.

Bad

Fuc*ing Timed Doors, WHERE THE H.E.L.L IS THE DOG AT THE FINAL OF THE GAME ?, Game Is Too Fast To Finish
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Main character takes of his hat and wipes sweat off his forehead every five steps

10/10 would wipe sweat again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
Adam's Venture is a third person adventure game with puzzles and some platforming. The graphics are decent, controls fairly well and the story is interesting. 6/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I bought all three games on sale for $10. I wish I hadn't - I thought I was buying some Indiana Jones-ish adventure games, but instead I bought fundamentalist christian propaganda aimed at brainwashing slightly ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ children. There was no indication at all on the steam page that this so-called "adventure" was just biblical nonsense memorisation - "remember your bible verses and win, kiddies". I've wasted money on crappy games before but this was the first time I felt really angry about it, I was deceived into funding abhorrent propaganda.

I felt so soiled at funding a fundie christian propaganda company that I donated $20 to an atheist organisation. It doesn't absolve my sin, but it made me feel slightly better.

As for the "game" itself, the graphics are OK, the puzzles are moronically simple, and the controls are awful - not exactly broken, but extremely clumsy and awkward. If it wasn't for the completely unsubtle bible themes, I might have persevered longer just to complete it, but I quit in disgust in the first game and didn't even bother starting the other two.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
A simple and rather boring adventure game with some decent visuals. The puzzles are very easy and monotonous at times. I'm looking forward to playing Episodes 2 & 3 to see if Adam beds Evelyn in the Indiana Jones style.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Only bought it for some easy achievements. Riddles are easy and the entire game is completely on rails.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
It's a bit buggy in the jumping department but overall it has good humor. If you can get all the 3 games on sale it's worth it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Well, this game couldn't be further from being perfect. But I still don't get all the whining. I don't know about you, guys, but I bought it for 99 cents! If you expected a masterpiece for that price you're really naive. And that's sugarcoated. I agree it'd be great if it was hour or two longer but nevertheless I got what I deserved.

So, the only thing that bugged me (a lot) was studios lack of effort. If I'm making a game that's not pretty or doesn't have perfect gameplay I should at least include really intriguing storyline. Because what we actually got is just stupid and without a point:o)
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
2% game, 98% christian propaganda
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
I bought every Adam's Venture game for $1.74. Ill tell you this, I wish I hadn't. The game itself goes on for maybe 1 hour or 2, and just feels like a very cheap knock off of Uncharted. As for the story, heres how it goes: You are Adam Venture (sooo funny) and with your girlfriend Eve, you go in search of the lost garden of Eden. Aside from the not-so-subtle Biblical references, the game throws passages from the bible at you via word puzzles, which honestly are too easy to be called puzzles. And even so, the puzzles might be the best thing about it; the controls for this game are worse than Tomb Raider (1996), and that's saying something for a game released in 2009. The graphics leave something to be desired, though the pretty shading and lighting effects from Unreal Engine 3 makes the bland, low quality meshes and textures look somewhat decent, and defintely more appealing than the animation, voice acting and the lip-syncing.

Overall, if you could spend your money on anything else, spend it on that. This game is just a cheap, preachy excuse for a game.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
I recommend this game to anyone look for easy achievements, the gameplay itself is very lacking, the puzzles are extremely easy. I'd Recommend it if it didn't take me about 30 minutes to complete the first Episode (the rest of my gametime was just me being AFK or on the phone) and if the puzzles weren't all the same 3-4 puzzles over and over again... and so bloody easy.

BUYER BEWARE: The whole game is basically a cheap advert for Christianity, so if you don't like Christianity, don't buy it. I myself don't care really... though I'd have preferred to know before I bought the game, else I personally wouldn't have bought it.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
Adam's Venture is a simplistic puzzle adventure game. This first episode can be completed in roughly 90 minutes. The puzzles are extremely easy and the gameplay feels like a dumbed down Tomb Raider game. Voice acting and the animations are reasonably done, but there's hardly enough content to provide any real sense of satisfaction. But then again, I've certainly played a lot worse.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game feels like a collaboration between a lazy puzzle designer, and a very very burnt out writer. Adam's 'venture' (get it?) has found what he thinks is the gardan of eden! And he has to solve the same 3 puzzles for the next hour to get in!! Beyond the logic puzzles there is also some jumping puzzles involved, but because of Adam's snarky and annoying one liners all I ended up doing was tossing him off a cliff as much as I possibly could. My ultimate suggestion is to skip this and move on to another series.
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