TL;DR: Good 2nd Episode of Adam's Venture series of puzzle adventures.
If you are reading this you might or might not have played Episode 1 already. In case you didn't, it matters little because the story didn't advance a lot in the first one. You are still Adam Venture, an overconfident guy basically masquerading Indiana Jones. Story-wise, the second episode completely outperforms the first episode:
When you return from the (small spoiler alert:) failed
excursion to the Garden of Eden you are suddenly detained and jailed. Like in many greater adventure games of past, the action begins when you have to break out of jail. Then you can proceed to sneak around the camp site.
Unfortunately there is not much real stealth involved. Mostly you'll just have to search the camp site and see the guards roam in the background with no chance to get caught. It's still whole lot more intense than the ghost from the first episode at least for the first play-through when the illusion of tension still holds. Story will guide you to Jerusalem and to find out what Clairvaux Corporation (also known as the Big Baddie
) is scheming about.
Being a puzzle adventure the puzzles are important. It was a pleasure to find that this time they make more sense than in the cryptic caves of Episode 1. They are also more challenging and therefore more interesting. The only weird one was the moving platforms puzzle where Adam can't jump over a simple rope to another platform.
Adam's an irritating protagonist, thinking himself as super competent but getting outperformed by Eve, his co-partner. Despite seeing her in action he still thinks he's better than her. This works as a drama tool, as funnily enough he gets called for it numerous times by Eve.
There are still issues with the objects other than characters not casting shadows, making the surroundings and distances harder to perceive. Fortunately there are less circumstances where this is shown so it matters less.
After the dullness that was Episode 1, Solomon's Secret is a breeze of fresh air. Like its predecessor, it lasts for only 2-3 hours but is much more enjoyable. It ends in a cliffhanger for the conclusion in Episode 3, so you'll be wanting to have that one as well. I'd recommend getting all three episodes on bundled together on sale, though if you want to you could simply skip the first one because there's not much story there to speak of.