Adam Wolfe
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Adam Wolfe is definitely one of the more varied and unique titles in the hidden object game genre. It features tons of detailed locations, an intriguing storyline, as well as interesting gameplay elements that set it apart from similar titles. If you enjoy a good mystery with supernatural elements and don’t mind a bit of action in your hidden object games then this one comes highly recommended.

Gameplay: Good hidden object scenes as well as plenty of other puzzles.

Graphics: Lots of very detailed scenes and the game looks very polished overall.

Sound: The voice acting is above average for the genre while the atmospheric music is a big plus

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Adam Wolfe

Developer: Mad Head Games | Publisher: Mad Head Games | Release Date: 2016 | Genre: Adventure / Casual | Website: Official Website | Purchase: Steam

Adam Wolfe is a man on a mission to locate his sister, Allie, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. After leaving the police force so he can dedicate more time to finding Allie, Adam makes ends meet by working as a private investigator who specializes in the paranormal. Although it is a dangerous line of work that frequently places him in jeopardy, the cases that lands on his desk also appears to contain clues to his sister’s disappearance. With everything from demons and cults to restless spirits standing in his way, it is not going to be easy finding Allie, but Adam has no intention of stopping until he does.

The first thing we noticed about Adam Wolfe is the amount of care and detail that has been lavished on it by the developers, Mad Head Games. Although it would be easy to dismiss this title as just another casual hidden object game, there is actually a lot more to it than that. While it shares the love that the genre seems to have with the supernatural, you won’t simply be spending your time scanning heaps of garbage for obscure items. Instead, Adam Wolfe feels more like a point & click adventure, thanks to the setting and characters. In fact, anyone who enjoyed the game, Gabriel Knight: Sins of The Father, should definitely check out Adam Wolfe as they share the same brilliant atmosphere.

 

Unlike traditional point & click adventures and keeping more in line with the hidden object genre, Adam Wolfe is played completely from a first person perspective. This doesn’t mean you have free reign to move around in 3D though. Instead, scenes are displayed as static 2D areas, where you have to get to work uncovering clues, talk to people of interest or solve puzzles. The artwork is extremely stylish and very detailed, which makes it a real joy to move from one location to the next. In total there are more than 50 unique locations that you get to visit and even the most mundane ones are bursting with detail. In addition to the areas of interest in and around San Francisco, Adam’s cases also take him to a few places that are very unique to say the least. Unfortunately, the animations for the characters are a little stiff in comparison, which clearly shows that the artists had to work within a strict budget. It is still above average for the genre, especially for a smaller developer, but noticeable enough that we have to mention it. Punctuating the action are also some nice graphic novel style cut-scenes, the tone of which reminded us a lot of cut-scenes used in the original Max Payne.

The game is broken up into four episodes, each of which features a self-contained story along with some overarching elements that ties it all together. Adam’s first case sees him investigating mysterious fires that are breaking out all over the city while the second features a sick girl with a very mysterious disease. Although the episodes are very linear and can be completed in less than two hours each, they are quite varied and definitely very engrossing. It did feel like the episodes became shorter towards the end, but the story remained engrossing throughout.

Most hidden object games are simply a succession of hidden object scenes that are tied together with flimsy puzzles, but Adam Wolfe loves straying out of this mold. There are puzzles, of course, as well as some very cool mini-games, but they are all relevant to the story and none of them feel like they were tacked on as padding. The game has an interesting cast of characters and the numerous conversations you have with them has a very visual novel style feel. Adam also carries a weapon and there are a few occasions where you are called upon to use it. These scenes feature a simple cross-hair style aiming method, but definitely makes the game feel more action-packed and dynamic. Next up is the “Intense Focus” button where Adam must piece together clues to discover what occurred at a crime scene. Last up is the ability to take a peek into the past using a special watch Adam receives at the start of the game. For the rest there are plenty of items scattered around, which you must collect, combine or use in order to progress. You can’t lose or misuse items and their purpose are usually very obvious, so don’t expect to be stuck for too long while playing. If you do find yourself struggling with anything the game also features “Hint” and “Skip” buttons to help you out. The game also features four difficulty settings, three of which are preset and one that can be customized, to ensure it caters to players of all skill levels.

Adam Wolfe is a very atmospheric title and the audio has a large part in this. The tunes playing in the background all sound very somber and brooding while the voice acting is quite solid overall. Considering the interesting cast of characters, which includes crazy hobo mystics, cult members and demons, this is quite a feat. The interface is also very straightforward and user friendly, which means even newcomers should have no trouble with this game.

The hidden object game genre is pretty crowded, but it is usually just the bigger names that get any kind of attention these days. However, it would be a mistake to overlook Adam Wolfe as it genuinely feels like a breath of fresh air for a genre. It is by no means perfect and the story isn’t immune from a lot of the cliches that regularly crop up in hidden object games, but that doesn’t prevent it from being very entertaining. Even if you are not a fan of the hidden object game genre, Adam Wolfe is packed with so many additional elements that we still wholeheartedly recommend checking it out. The first season of the game consists of four episodes and, while you can buy episode 1 on its own before committing to the rest, we recommend springing for the whole season as once you are hooked you’ll definitely want more.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1.7 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DirectX 9 level (shader model 2.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1.7 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 level capabilities
    • Storage: 1.7 GB available space
    • OS: 10.9-10.11
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with OpenGL 2.0 level capabilities
    • Storage: 1.7 GB available space

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