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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
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92 of 131 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 27, 2015

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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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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19 of 24 people (79%) 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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20 of 30 people (67%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
A superb puzzle platformer game where you collect treasure, map out your steps properly to not become trapped, and evade monsters and other obstacles. Collect the keys to open up the door to the next levels. It all sounds familiar and it is, but this is really well done and well paced. The difficulty level ramps up slowly and introduces new obstacles and new tricks. Highly recommended. This is a great balance between platforming and puzzle.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2015
★★☆☆☆ - "Average at best, Id give it a miss"

- 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.

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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11 of 17 people (65%) 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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King Link
4.6 hrs
Posted: September 19
Hamilton's Great Adventure is a game that I can't recommend. It's not that it's a broken game (though there's reports of computer problems, so buyer be ware). It's not that it's insanely hard or insanely easy. It's just not a very good game. If you have nothing else to play, maybe you'll get some enjoyment out of this, but the problem is I wouldn't spend money on it.

The real problem of the game is the puzzles aren't well laid out, you can choose to either fly your bird over the level and understand the layout, or you can choose to run the level a few times and make mistakes. Both ways take about the same time, and there's not much here that will be difficult, except for a few annoying puzzles.

The other issue is this game is overly graphical. If the game had a great iconic look to it, that would be one thing, but the graphics in this game make it harder to solve the puzzles as the player sometimes isn't clear what a panel or a location really looks like. Going to 3d isn't as big a problem as the art choices. When you can't tell where the switch is or what is a switch, that's not good.

But really the biggest problem on this game is it's just not that much fun. The feedback loop of trying a level and failing because of X isn't fun. The challenge of "mastering" each level is pretty low. It's more of a game that will be beaten by repetition rather than skill. Even for a puzzle master, they'll have to waste their time trying to see the level, rather than figuring out the level that's pretty weak.

Personally I would recommend playing something else. Hamilton's great Adventure isn't a good name. It's not really an adventure, and it's certainly not great. Honestly I'm starting to question if his name is really Hamilton.

I usually end a negative review by recommending other games to play instead of this. For this game, well there's not many games like this (because there's bad design choices) but Talos Principle will give you far more enjoyment. Portal 2 is amazing, any of the Cyan Worlds games (Myst, riven) will give you a real adventure, The Witness is fantastic. And the thing is all those games cost more than this game, but they are worth the extra money.
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4.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Nice arcade game!
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Joe Stanley Laserpants
0.7 hrs
Posted: July 25
Hamilton's Great Adventure is a simple puzzle game. As in, a very simple puzzle game. I wish I could say more about it, but that's the only word I can think of to describe it; simple.

The graphics are simple, the sound and music is simple, the controls are simple, the gameplay is simple, and the story is very simple.

This would be a good game for a young child, so if you have one (or several), they will likely enjoy it. Adults may quickly find it boring. There is little challenge, and no goal other than to obtain all the collectibles. The charm wears off rather quickly.

However, this is not why I'm not recommending this game. The reason I'm giving this game a thumbs down is because it doesn't run consistently. The forums are loaded with posts about how the game crashes on startup or at the end of a level, or in the middle of a level. I came back to this game after two years, only to find it was crashing to desktop. I tried multiple fixes, none of them worked. What's worse is that Fatshark, the dev for this game, has apparently lost interest in making sure that Hamilton's Great Adventure can continue to offer its simple pleasures to the gaming community.

Until these issues are fixed, the only recommendation I have is that you save your money. Even if you get one of those 90% off coupons for this game, just let it expire, or if you must, buy the game, and if it doesn't work immediately get a refund.
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15.5 hrs
Posted: June 12
Hamilton's Great Adventure is a very good puzzle/adventure game, in which you have to find the right path in order to reach the exit of each level. It might look simple at first, but as the game progresses, the complexity increases, with new enemies, traps, and more complex layouts. Getting all the coins, while being an optional challenge, is well worth it to put your skills to the test.

As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, the gameplay consists on finding the path to the exit. Of course, you must first get the key (or keys) needed to open the exit door (and other doors which might be in your way). You play as Hamilton (the explorer) and Sasha (the bird). While Hamilton must grab the keys and reach the exit, Sasha can help you by distracting enemies, or using certain switches in order to open some doors or activate elevators. As you progress through each chapter, you'll also get special items that Hamilton can use. The level design is very good; while the earlier levels are easy enough for you to learn the game, the latter levels can become very challenging, especially if you're trying to get gold on them; not to mention the bonus levels available in each chapter.

When it comes to story, I must say I found it interesting. It's nothing out of this world, but rather what you'd expect from a movie or book similar to Indiana Jones: an explorer, in this case Hamilton, goes after a valuable archaeological object across the world, and there's other people who are also looking for it. I liked the Lovecraftian references in the story, I found it to be funny given the game's "innocent" look. Don't expect existential horror, however, they're mostly funny references for those familiar with Lovecraft's work.

As for the soundtrack, well, there's not much to say. Other than the opening theme, which gives that adventure vibe to the game, most of the soundtrack consists of background music which isn't very catchy. Not that it's something bad, as I think that the "minimal" soundtrack helps you stay focused on solving the puzzles.

Well, I think that's enough for this game. To conclude, I'd say I recommend it, and it's a good puzzle game for people across all ages.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: April 5

Join Hamilton on his greatest adventures and travels taking him to trap/puzzle filled jungles to navigate in search of gold and multiple MacGuffins.

Accompanying him on this quest is his faithful bird friend who's primary job is to collect mystic dust around the level and occasionally open treasure chests.

While the levels do start a little slow they begin to ramp up into rather complex monsters. This is where the games mechanics start to grind, as the longer the levels get the most tedious it becomes to start over after a slip up. The resulting play experience becomes playing the first parts of levels multiple times collecting the same coins and dust over and over.
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Jamie Mac
2.8 hrs
Posted: February 18
Crashed within minutes of opening three times in a row, so for that reason, I can't recommend. First impressions, though... It seemed okay from the training level (the only section I was able to actually get through quickly enough to avoid a crash), so probably worth a go - if you get it in a sale and can risk not being able to play! Mouse and keyboard seems better, I found the bird awkward to control with a controller.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: January 18
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Good-Natured Filth
9.4 hrs
Posted: December 31, 2015
Very samey. Frogger clone.
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Captain Dogmeat Belmont
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 14, 2015
Not a fan of puzzle games.
If you are, check this one out.
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12.4 hrs
Posted: November 1, 2015
A wonderful puzzle game worth every hour spent. It has unique and challenging levels where solving them is a reward in itself, making you feel like a boss when EXCELSIOR (collecting everything in a level) finally pops out!

Its fun to play and redo because it is very easy to understand and the controls are very tight and fluid. This is a game that deserves its spot in the puzzle genre.
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