This Adam Wolfe review, covers all 4 episodes.
In this neo-noir supernatural detective game.
From developers, Mad Head Games.
An interesting new twist on the HOPA genre.
With added action, point-and-click and interactive gameplay!
Initially released in episodes, at the end of 2016. All four episodes are now available.
Adam Wolfe Detective Game (Episodes 1 to 4)
From: Mad Head Games.
Genres: Adventure Games, Point & Click, Hidden Object, Puzzle, Mystery, Detective Games.
Episodes: 1. The Ancient Flame, 2. The Devil You Know, 3. Lady and the Painter, 4. Zero Hour.
Available on BigFish in two-parts: Flames of Time (Episodes 1 and 2) and Blood of Eternity (Episodes 3 and 4).
Adam Wolfe – Plot
No ordinary detective, Adam Wolfe not only uses traditional crime-solving techniques. But also his own unique supernatural methods to solve cases. Unusual cases that are way beyond even the SFPD’s expertise!
Each of the four episodes brings a new case for him to solve. But, as we soon find out he’s also dealing with his own personal unsolved mystery. His sister Allie disappeared a few years ago. And his quest to find out what happened to her is still unresolved.
The story of his missing sister is cleverly threaded through the narrative and action of each chapter. And in the course of solving each case of this game. He at last, finds fresh clues and leads to help him finally solve his most important case.
Adam Wolfe – Themes
There are also other over-arching themes through the story. Including demons, the occult, immortality, Death and the nature of time. This gives this game a kind of horror film vibe. Not so much of gory horror, but more an atmosphere of tension and creepiness! For example, in episode 2 your tasked with setting up a ritual using Ley lines. In an attempt to banish demonic creatures. And recover a particular artifact. Or when you find yourself playing games with Death himself. These main themes are consistently maintained through the story and the gameplay. So you get a sustained tense dark atmosphere as you progress through the game.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom! Wolfe’s sharp wit, likeable character and quips every now and again. Help to balance the sombre mood.
The storyline is engaging from beginning to end. With interesting plot twists and action sequences to keep you entertained. Especially in episodes 1 (The Ancient Flame) and 4 (Zero Hour). And the final chapter, refers back to the three previous cases. Bringing all the episodes together in a satisfying way.
Adam Wolfe – Gameplay
- Puzzles – a wide range of unique puzzles throughout the game. Including logic puzzles. And puzzles that require manipulation to solve them.
- Hidden Object Games – about 4 in each chapter. Ranging from spoken lists, silhouette items and text lists. As well as some interactive hidden items.
- Combat – this is an action HOPA game. So you’ll definitely be fighting some bad guys – human and demonic! Usually, with a gun or good-old fashioned punching and kicking!
- 3 difficulty modes: Easy, Medium or Hard. Which you can change at any time within the game.
Adam Wolfe – Tools
- Intense Focus – one of Wolfe’s special abilities. This visual skill enables you to view a given event, once you’ve reset the scene correctly. Usually accompanied by a mini-game, where you then have to arrange events in a logical or chronological order. Completing this puzzle will reward you with further clues.
- Time Jump – in episode 1, Wolfe is given a special watch. This allows him to time jump to a set time. And re-enact events at a crime scene. A very useful tool for a detective!
- Smart phone which includes a GPS app. This is a fast-travel map. Use it to fast-travel to a location. And to view where actions are available.
- When you need help with real-world crime scene evidence. Such as analysing fingerprints or clues. You can send photos of them to your friend, Marv at the SFPD.
- The phone also comes in handy for taking photos of passwords and codes, for later reference.
Adam Wolfe Review
There are many elements that make this detective game an enjoyable and immersive experience. From the cinematic cut scenes, excellent artwork, subtle background music and creepy sound effects. To the voice acting, dialog and dark storyline. All of which work together to set the right tone.
Added to this, the creative use of action, adventure and HOPA game play. And you’ll find an imaginative, exciting and modern twist. A detective game that, I think will surprise and surpass expectations for fans of the HOPA genre.
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