The Adam's Venture Series is one of disappointment. The third person adventure/puzzle series is accompanied by deceptive visuals, unclear puzzles, cheesy character models, and voice acting.
The game('s) puts you in the shoes of Adam Venture, a young archeologist trying to find the Garden of Eden, Solomon's Temple, and...his girlfriend...
So the first two of the adventures sound kinda cool...so what happened with the third? [SPOILERS] Well the second game ended as a cliffhanger in which the notorious villain runs of with Adam's girlfriend. [SPOILERS] Hence, the first half of the third game is a flashback and the second half is a lame and poorly executed attempt at a climax. To be honest, out of all the three games the first is the most enjoyable. The story was probably the best and the environments the most exciting in the first game.
The gameplay try's to blend adventure exploration with puzzles. Now don't get me wrong I don't have an issue with adventure/puzzlers. The problem is that the adventure portion is exciting and the puzzle portion is boring and frustrating. The puzzles in game look like they were designed for a five year old. They literally only take you about 2 minutes average to solve...if you can understand how the puzzle works. The puzzles are presented with minimal and vague instructions. I spent twenty minutes trying to figure out what the heck I was supposed to do with the stinking puzzle sometimes! So in short, the puzzle portion of the game is a major fail...
The adventure part is fun enough though, however long it lasts. Each game only takes about two and a half to four hours to beat.
The game advertises itself to have gorgeous graphics and while I will admit it does look good, it only looks good at a distance.
As with most Unreal Engine games, the game looks appealing at a distance and then as you get a closer look you start to see where work needs to be done. I maxed the game out and I noticed that as I got closer to the camera everything just went completely fuzzy, un-detailed, and pasty. Oh well...I guess you get what you paid for...
Perhaps though the worst part of the game is the character models and the voice acting. The character models talk and move in the weirdest manner during the cutscenes. I don't know how anyone could consider that natural movement. To worsen, it the voice acting is terrible. Compound that with a crummy script and there you have it...a nauseating experience.
The Adam's Venture has brought me some fun adventures moments, but that is about all...
Not much here folks, go play something worthy of your time...like Counter Strike, Planetside 2, or some kind of an adventure game that doesn't have a cheesy pun in its title...
Overall Rating: 4/10
Lasting Appeal: 3/10
Overall Rating: 4/10
What the Adam Venture series lacks in quality it makes up for in content. The game contains literally no objectionable content and boasts on its homepage that it strives dearly to make a game "for the whole family to enjoy." If only you could actually enjoy it though...
Positive Elements: You stand for mortality and try too stop the evil henchmen in the game from completing their tasks.
3/10 (Barely Present) Violence: There are many chases throughout the series. A lot of action/adventure sequences. Perilous situations are encountered frequently. One character pulls a gun on Adam and Evelyn, but never actually pulls the trigger (thought he threatens to).
0/10 (None) Language: :)
1/10 (Barely Noticeable) Sexual Content: Some flirtatious conversations between Evelyn and Adam. Nothing lewd or obscene though.
0/10 (None) Drugs/Alcohol: :)
2/10 (Barely Present) Negative Elements: Adam is occasionally haughty and can have a very narrow minded view about some things.
Other Moral Issues: Mystical Forces are referenced and seen sometimes in series.
Final Content Rating: 9/10 (Clean)