Julkaistu 23. syyskuu.
I got the game as an impulse buy, and forced me to play it from start to finish. To make things short: the game is short and somewhat dull. Not bad, but not good either. This review applies to the three games in the series.
The story is about an adventurer called Adam Venture. He is your typical reckless guy that wants to show off how cool he is. A corporation has hired him in order to help with the excavations at the Gates of Eden. He starts the adventure with his father female assistant and a professor. She plays the role of the lady that has brains but that gets into usual trouble. The professor is a secondary character.
The gameplay consists in two different styles: platforming and puzzles. Platforming sequences are dreary. Sometimes you need to jump on top of crates and it is fairly difficult to get right on top of them. Sometimes you need to run as fast as possible in a timed event. Most of the time you just navigate the scenary. The puzzles are either on the easy side or assume you have beaten similar puzzles in the past. There are no hints, so if you are stuck, then you are stuck. Puzzles do not have any time limit. Puzzles resemble Layton games somewhat. The puzzles get more involved by the third game, just more tedious. Each game has its own set of puzzles. For example, the first game tends to force you to order a sentence. Each of the three chapters is short, as in five hours total.
There is no action in the game, even if it looks that way. This is a kid friendly game, and the most you see are some explosions, but nobody is hurt. In fact, I would say the game is Catholic oriented: you visit both Gates of Eden and Temple of Solomon. Some puzzles do get some hints to the bible, though. Fortunately, you do not really need to know much about the Bible - the game does give you some hints on what God did during Genesis.
Dialog is just for the non interactive cutscenes. There is some sexual friction between the two protagonists, but nothing more vulgar than "you got the looks" or so. I am not sure what is the worst: voice acting or writing. The characters are sterotyped and might get you into your nerves. Most puns I recognized, but they were not too funny.
Technically, the game is OK. There are some odd selection of choices from time to time, but nothing major. The scenary is varied and art assets generally look OK. First game is played inside a cave, so you get a lot of clay-alike colors. Second game gets a lot more variation, specially when you get into Jerusalem. Please note that even if the game page tells you there is partial support for gamepads, I could only use the gamepad at the main menu, not in game.
Even if I played the game from start to finish, it is a hard shell. It is OK to waste some time on this game, but the game pays a penalty on being somewhat short and its puzzles being repetitive inside a chapter.