ADAM'S VENTURE ORIGINS
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on March 21, 2016
During our time at Gamescom 2015, we spent some time talking to some of the great people of Soedesco, a Dutch game publisher. They showed us, among other great stuff, a trailer of Adam's Venture. My interest was instantly aroused; exploring secret places, solving puzzles and a cool main character? Where do I sign up?! Count me in!
Adam's Venture is a 3D third person puzzle adventure, set in the roaring 1920's. It's basically a remake / reimagining of the original, three-game, Adam's Venture series that was originally released between 2009 and 2012. In Adam's Venture Origins, you control the actions of our hero, Adam who, together with a female companion named Evelyn, will have to thwart the evil plans of the shadowy Clairveaux company.
I've never played the original Adam's venture games, so this was actually my first experience with the Adam's Venture Franchise. I must say, I really think it turned out to be a great game! The controls are simple yet effective and the game has a nice overall look to it. Combine this with a nice soundtrack and this game is really one you want to play if you like games like the Secret Files series or something similar.
You'll begin your adventure in your father's study, who is in need of a certain book for his studies. He has sent his new assistant to collect it, but she hasn't returned just yet. At this point, your father grows impatient and sends you to find her and the book. You set off to do just that and that's how you meet Evelyn; a nice girl who will help you during your adventures (or criticize you from time to time). Adam's Venture has a nice story that takes you to all kind of cool and mysterious locations. When Adam is exploring an area, he can use his grapple hook to get around. It's a nice addition to the game and works really well.
Adam's Venture Origins features a lot of cool environments and surprising events. And although I don't want to spoil anything for the people who haven't played the game yet, I cannot help but to tell you about one really cool point in the story. It occurred right after I found a certain book in a library. I went back to study and Adam's father and Evelyn are examining the book. I was able to take it from them and then I use it to open a secret panel. When I entered the newly discovered passageway, I fell into a tomb that was hidden underneath the house. You never see that happening at your own house, do you?
Our protagonist, Adam, is kind of an anti-hero; He is a bit cocky, but kind and often uses some cheesy one-liners. Like when you come across a globe and you're able to spin it round. If you interact with it, Adam actually says: Adam Venture, makes the world goes round. I just love that! The developers focused on difficult puzzles for you to solve. Now, don't get anxious and start crying or something. You will eventually get the hang of it, I promise. The puzzles are intricate and solving them will really demand a lot of thinking on your part, but with some logic and by occasionally racking my brains, I was able to solve them. Adam's Venture is literally filled with puzzles and every time you solve one, you'll feel incredible!
I would just like to say that I had a great time playing Adam's Venture Origins! it's a great game for everyone who likes adventure and/or puzzle games. Because there's next to no violence in it, it's also appropriate for children (PEGI 7). So if you feel like using your brain and have a great adventure, Adam's Venture Origins is one title you will not want to miss.