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Release Date: May 31, 2011
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"This great adventure is entertaining for adults and children alike."
85% - PC Gamer

"Hamilton's Great Adventure is a good, solid puzzle game that's a refreshing midpoint between mindless casual tile-matchers like Bejeweled and antagonistic platform games like Super Meat Boy."
80% - Gamespy

“I was supposed to be crossing the 20-hour mark in Deus Ex: Human Revolution yesterday afternoon and yet, I found myself playing a downloadable game called Hamilton’s Great Adventure. That should say something.”
8.2/10 – PSXExtreme

“It sets a few new standards for the puzzle-genre and has the ability to leave you speechless because it doesn't meet your expectations but outnumbers them!”

About This Game

Hamilton's Great Adventure puts your problem solving skills and reflexes to the test. Outsmart the enemies, rush through the levels and collect all the bling to ensure your place on the leaderboards.

In single player, switch between Hamilton and Sasha the bird to get through more than 60 challenging levels, or play the game in offline co-op mode and control one character each! The game supports both keyboard/mouse and game pads.

The increasing difficulty will keep even the most seasoned gamers on their toes and only the most skilled players will make it to the end.

Will you be one of the select few in the world to complete the infamous Toader level 100%?

Key Features:

  • Highly addictive puzzle adventure!
  • Compare scores with your friends using in-game leaderboards!
  • Embark on a fantastic journey & unravel an ancient mystery!
  • Puzzle solo or take a friend along on the adventure with simultaneous local coop!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4GHz processor
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
    • Video Card: Shader 4.0 compatible card (minimum: Nvidia GeForce 8xxx, AMD Radeon 2xxx)
    • DirectX®: Direct3D 11
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 27

I'm asking for a refund right now. The game crashes random and repeatedly, devs don't reply to forums, the email addresses they've provided don't work (my emails returned).

It doesn't matter that it's potentially fun. Nothing matters if you can't play it.

Rate this up so people don't buy it.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16

- Light-hearted and casual.
- Flying as the bird is tremendous fun.
- I admire the games colourful design.
- Stone stepping can be fun, although trial & error.


- Its all just a little childish.
- Puzzles are too simplistic, providing no thrill or challenge.
- Very little on offer to warrant a playthrough as the game does nothing particulary well.
- No checkpointing.
- The story, like the rest of the game, is dull.

Verdict: Its a very boring game, although it looks promising its barely even a puzzle game as its basically timings and levers.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
I'm not sure whether to call this a puzzle game or not. All you have to do is to get to the goal, hitting switches, dodging environmental hazards and the occasional "enemy". Once you found the correct path to take, you can finish a level without much trouble.
Collecting coins is optional but to unlock more levels you'll need a certain amount.

Dont bother with the DLC since all it does is add 3 additional levels which arent too interesting nor challenging and you'll be done with those in no time.

I guess this is a good choice when you feel the need to take a break from other games that ♥♥♥♥ you off.

On a side note: Whenever I start this game and the splash screen "Plays best on Alienware" shows up I just cant help myself and I have to laugh.
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
After first few levels you have seen everything this game has to offer. Nothing really changes, the stages just get longer and more frustrating. The gameplay boils down to trial and error. Even one misstep will make reaching the goal impossible and you have to keep starting over until you memorize the path perfectly. Sometimes a failure isn't even your fault as enemies can break the path too, even if you tried to keep them at bay with the otherwise completely useless bird. (Local co-op, yeah right.)

If this were just a calm, slow-paced puzzle game, I could have lived with that. But no, there are "timed" puzzles as well and they really irk my nerves. For example, there was this one stage in which you have to keep a snowball rolling so it will eventually reach a button which opens the gate to the exit. You have to keep opening gates and eliminating enemies from its path, but over half of the time you can't even see, where the snowball is going, no matter how you try to turn the camera. So besides learning the right path, you have to have almost pixel-perfect timing too.

Utterly boring game with unlikable characters and a story that nobody cares for. I paid about 1€ for this and still I think I got ripped off. Not recommended for anyone.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014
Ugh, so glad I only paid one dollar for this game. The idea is decent, but the controls and camera really bog it down. Also, all the game mechances revolving around the bird are just annoying and pointless. The game would be significantly better without it.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
This is a rather long review, so if you want a quick summary of why I recommend this title just skip to the Results section and read from there.

Fatshark created a fantastic little puzzle game which puts you to the test. Hamilton’s Great Adventure pushes out levels that pose mysteries and threats around every turn.

Hamilton’s Great Adventure starts you off telling the stories of your great exploits to your granddaughter. You relive Hamilton’s glory days as you try to get the parts for a machine required for a purpose you will learn if you beat the campaign. You and your bird, Sasha, must complete puzzles from Brazil, Egypt, India, and the Secret Islands. As the game progress Hamilton gets further into his tale and new characters are introduced. The game includes hilarious dialogue, with an interesting story that keeps you guessing, and levels that keep posing new challenges. As you progress through the game you obtain answers to the mystery and you learn all about how the story began.

Hamilton's Great Adventure is a puzzle solving game which knowing the answer is the key. Unlike some puzzle solving games where you can see the solution but be unable to complete the challenge because of a simple annoyance in clicking a button at exactly the right time. This game puts your mind to the test to solve puzzles by completing challenges by using the correct answer. It’s fun and rather simple, yet some puzzles are a little more difficult than others. The games graphics are not the best, but they are crisp and the story is pleasant. Sasha can be difficult to control and managing two characters is rather difficult if you are not on your toes.

One of my major gripes is that the in game menu is annoying to navigate. They tried to make the menu look like a book, but this is not very useful as you don't actually know what information is on what page. Ultimately you may have to flip through the whole book if you are looking for a simple answer.

The pink vials are used to power up Hamilton’s special abilities. You can play as Sasha at the start of the level before activating the timer, so if you want to you can gather lots of the pink vials before even technically starting a level. You can also scare off the flying blowfish that attack Sasha by using a taunt when they are about to hit Sasha (it causes them to blow up and float away).

Hamilton's Great Adventure doesn't pull you in keeping you on your toes from level to level; yet, the game offers fun puzzles which you can solve during your spare time. I would like it if they had checkpoints. I don't play too many puzzle game so maybe they all don't have any checkpoints during levels. If you like to solve puzzles and you're tired of traditional puzzle solving games that challenge a user based on luck or precise click timing then this is for you.

+Simple gameplay without too many commands to learn
+Smooth movements
+Fun and rather complex puzzles
+Fantastic difficulty curve, the puzzles get gradually more difficult rather than exponentially
+Nice art style which makes the games simple graphics seem rather elegant

-Very difficult menu navigation
-Not a very riveting story (though it’s a puzzle game so you're here for the puzzles not for the tale)
-Can be infuriating when you have solved the first part of the puzzle, but have to keep resolving to get to the second part of the puzzle
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
Hamilton's Great Adventure is a great balanced adv/puzzler. You run around with Hamilton, and the bird Sasha helps out with collecting special abilities, reaching levers and acts as a decoy. The quests gets trickier and trickier. I have only played the first world yet, but I am having a lot of fun
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2014
This game's installation is bugged. At some point in time Nvidia changed the location where the PhysX dlls get put. This game's installation seems to only be checking the old location, not the new one. It "fixes" this problem by going and installing an OLDER version of PhysX. Which still won't work, because it's still probably in the wrong spot? There's a thread in the game's forum where some sharp users discuss a few fixes for the problem.

I don't really like either fix, because I'll have to remember to re-copy the DLLs from the new location into the game's own directory. If I get this problem with enough games (haven't yet) I may do what the video a user there shared and drop 'em into the System folder. That's never a great place to ♥♥♥♥ around, but it would get the files onto a path that any program anywhere will manage to find.

This is stuff we shouldn't need to do to make a game work. Even a game selling for $1. For a $10 game, that's almost beyond forgiving.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2014

I so very much wanted to love this game! It could have been perfect!

When I watched the video trailer I thought, "Ooooh, cool! Looks like Zapper or the 3d Frogger games except with an adventurer dude. Looks fast paced and fun! I want it! Now! Waiting for sale. Nope. Sale yet? Yay! Finally! Buy buy buy!"

First off, Windows 7 here - had to restart computer to get it to run first time, no big deal -just a heads up.

Now, we start the game with a big old story sequence. Fine. It's skippable but I'm watching it anyway just in case it's interesting. Ho hum.

Now, we begin the first level...

Ok how do I collect all these purple things?
Oh, the bird collects
...use mouse click to
Really?! I gotta stop running -grab the mouse and point and click on these things to collect them.

This gets tedious real quick -especially if you lose on a level and have to restart.
Stop running, reposition camera, point click on purple things, wait for bird to get what you're clicking on. Resume movement. Oh, need to hit that switch to get through, stop, point, click, bird, move, continue.

You get the idea.

At least you can ignore the purple things and distant treasure chests, but as this is somewhat a collect-a-thon styled game, that can be a difficult compulsion to ignore.

But you still have to use the bird to flip switches, which is neither challenging or convoluted -it just hinders the pace.

None the less, I still recommend this game -it is decent fun despite these complaints -I can tell a lot of hard work and polish went into it.

But, this game could have been great! Fantastic! Super fun!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Hamilton's Great Adventure is a good, solid puzzle game that's a refreshing midpoint between mindless casual tile-matchers like Bejeweled and antagonistic platform games like Super Meat Boy. Hamilton can hook you, but the routine of dealing with slow restarts and fine-tuning the camera to your liking puts a hamper on your quest for fortune. Then again, what's a great adventure without a few setbacks?It's a pity that Hamilton's Great Adventure never got its 15 minutes of Internet fame, because it has tons of charm and it's very fun to play.Fat Shark's adventure platformer has fascinating level design and admirable cooperation of two main characters.Even though Hamilton's Great Adventure suffers from a story full of cliches and some shortcomings in gameplay, it's also very entertaining. Levels are well designed, and you need to plan ahead, unless you're after winding up stuck on a lonely, wooden platform in the middle of nowhere. This great adventure is entertaining for adults and children alike.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Hamilton's Great Adventure might be an okay casual game to waste some time with, but I don't recommend it.

The game isn't very challenging. Trying to figure out the proper paths to finish the levels was somewhat enjoyable, but in the end it came down to trial and error and memorizing the correct steps. All of the switches that need to be manipulated have markers with symbols/colors that correspond to their counterpart objects, which made their operation trivial. There are items to be acquired and used, but I had only received one towards the end of when I quit playing and I didn't get chance to use it, so I can't comment on that mechanic.

The first "problem" I encountered with the game is the fact that the keyboard and gamepad can't be used at the same time. This isn't really a problem, but when the game loads, there's no way to skip the intro screens with the gamepad. If any key is pressed on the keyboard, the game disables the gamepad and then it has to be reenabled in the menu.

Another annoyance was the game crashing to desktop when killed by an enemy. I could not reproduce the error by reloading the game and dying to that same enemy, but as soon as I would die to an enemy on a new level the error would reoccur. And, of course, every time I would reload the game after a crash I would either have to sit through the intros or reenable the gamepad through the menu, adding to my frustration. Fortunately dying to enemies wasn't a common occurrance.

Even if the bugs were fixed, the game just feels too easy and I can't help but feel like I'm wasting time when I could be playing something else. I don't recommend purchasing this game, not even if it were on sale.
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2013
Considering the $1 I paid for it, Hamilton's Great Adventure isn't a bad little puzzle game. It's charming, it has nice graphics and the puzzles are pretty straight forward. The gameplay consists of traversing a map from point A to point B, while dealing with things such as switches, converyors, gates, etc. that limit your movement. Your tools to deal with this are limited to add to the challenge. That's really all there is to it!

So like I said, it's simple but it's not bad for a cheap little time waster. Especially if you got a 90% off coupon from badge crafting. The controls can be infuriating at times; Hamilton doesn't turn as responsibly as you'd like him to sometimes which leads to restarts of levels for stupid reasons. Given time though, you can adjust to these mechanics issues and still make for a nice way to kill 10 minutes at a time.

They're attempting some kind of story to go along with Hamilton's little adventure here, but considering he and his grandaughter speak in grunts and coo's, I uh...could care less about that.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Great with kids. Btw. we're still waiting for "Euler's Revenge" DLC.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Hamilton's Great Adventure game isn't a super-amazing game that will blow your mind, but it's still a very good game with excellent level design, charming aesthetics, and good music.

The levels are expertly-crafted, and never come-off as stupidly easy, nor nonsensically obtuse. The "aha!" moments for puzzles that seemed impossible to decipher minutes prior remained a consistent experience throughout my entire play-through, and it was enjoyable from start to finish. Albeit, the game is a bit easy for a little while, but it definitely ramps-up after a while - *especially* if you try to get Gold in each level.

So, if you're into the puzzle genre or just feel like jumping into a genre you normally don't like that much (as I did), you can't go wrong with Hamilton.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 19, 2012
There's no much I can say about this game. If you're casual player of puzzle games than this game could be for you. It's not very difficult, it's easy to learn, nice graphics and mechanics, a lot of levels...
My only complaint is lack of checkpoints near the end (levels will be long and if you die, you'll get back to beginning, which could be frustrating). But besides that, there's no other reason why you shouldn't play this game.

9/10 - good game for casual fans of puzzle genre
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2013
I slept while playing this game, I slept well thanks to it too. Check out how many hours I "played" this, ya I was well rested that night.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2011
This is a decent action/puzzle game. You star as Indiana Jones knockoff Hamilton and his bird sidekick Sasha on a quest to find an ancient treasure. The game is broken down into 4 major areas, each consisting of a dozen levels or so. The goal of each level is to find a key, collect treasure, and make it to the exit alive (while avoiding the traps and baddies in your way). You not only have to figure out the proper way to solve each level, but some also require a fair bit of dexterity and timing. The story is told through cute animated cutscenes every few levels or so. Most levels are pretty short and can be completed with a little effort, but there are also a few "boss" and optional bonus levels which are much longer and harder. I finished the main game in a few hours, but eventually got frustrated with the bonus levels, as some of them are too long and one simple mistake means starting from the beginning. Due to that one major frustration, my final verdict is: good, but not great.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
I got it for a dollar. Seemed ok, but felt more like a "make work" sort of thing rather than fun. Works great with a controller and is great for kids, who appear to be the target audience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
A fun puzzle game with an Indiana Jones-style storyline and cute cast of characters. The gameplay reminds me of the old Crash Bandicoot games, running over platforms, collecting gems, and trying to get to the end of the level without dying. An excellent game for the $1.00 I paid for it with a 90% off coupon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Fairly decent. The tutorial isn't the best I've seen in gaming. Okay I wasn't that impressed with this game. The graphics were decent, the story a bit boring. The game is just plain boring. Don't buy this game. There are other games in this genre that is way better.
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