Hidden Object games are not really my cup of tea, and being a Brit, we are very particular about our tea, but Adam Wolfe somehow managed toHidden Object games are not really my cup of tea, and being a Brit, we are very particular about our tea, but Adam Wolfe somehow managed to quench my thirst.
I thought I’d give Adam Wolfe a spin to jump out of my comfort zone, which for the week leading up to me playing this game was made up of tearing around rally stages in WRC 6. Oddly, I found that this was the change of pace that I needed but didn’t know I wanted.
Adam Wolfe, published and developed by Mad Head Games, is an episodic Hidden Object game in which you take titular character, Wolfe on an adventure into death, deception and detective work. You see, Adam Wolfe is a private eye of the paranormal sorts charged with looking into the creepier side of San Francisco.
Without going into too much detail in this review, to spare you spoilers, the plot sees backstabbing, a missing sister, demonic forces and plenty of mystery.
The core of the gameplay in Episode 1 – The Ancient Flame consists of a rather wonderful array of different puzzles which need to be solved in a manner of different ways, from finding missing items scattered around a room, working out pin-codes to unlock doors and slider-styled puzzles. Not purely hidden object by any stretch of the imagination, but this is perhaps why I personally enjoyed the game as much as I did. I had initially planned to play it over the course of a couple of sittings, but before I knew it I was engrossed and had made my way through the entire episode, leaving me with a sense of gratification and a warm smile on my face.
The presentation and art direction Adam Wolfe has taken is dark and stylish, giving it an added layer of polish which perhaps adds to the gaming experience, where, had it been missing, may have actually cast a bit more doubt on the game.
There are three pre-set difficulty levels, depending on how you wish to experience the game: Easy, which will indicate what you need to do and where you need to go, Medium, with a few hints, and Hard, which has no hints and skipping puzzles is not allowed. There is also a custom difficulty setting in which you can tailor your gaming experience however you desire.
A solid first episode with enough content, character building and mystery to ensure I’ll be spinning through the next three episodes.
In total, Adam Wolfe will be 4 episodes long, each costing a rather decent £4.79 on Steam. You can opt for the 1-4 season pass for £14.99 if you are in it for the long haul, which, based on Episode 1 being roughly an hour and a half long, should see a complete game time of around 6 hours (Not that we are entirely sure ep 2-4 will be exactly an hour and a half long, but we are guessing, based on ep 1) – not too shabby at all.… Expand