This is a preview for the Supernatural detective mystery game, Adam Wolfe, developed by Mad Head Games. The developers have a beta demo that they released to get some feedback for the game, and I was sent an email to download and play Adam Wolfe to share my feedback.
The demo was short, but it also gave me a good look in the direction that Adam Wolfe will go for the full game, and so far, I really love what I see. Adam Wolfe has a lot of different little gameplay elements. Certain parts were designed as a hidden object type of gameplay, where he would give verbal feedback for an item he was looking for and the player had to locate that item. After collecting a series of items, you would then find one key story item to help you progress the story forward.
Other puzzles were designed to rearrange objects in a specific sequence, and then there were the classic detective mystery puzzles that required you to talk to people, find a specific item, and interact with a specific object to find clues. One of my favorites was using the fingerprint finder kit to dust for fingerprints, then use the UV light to reveal the fingerprint and a piece of tape to remove the fingerprint and store it in your files.
The story follows a series of strange fires, and our hero Adam Wolfe must get to the bottom of it. His job becomes complicated though as his personal life and past is constantly coming back to haunt him in his dreams, dreams of his missing sister Allie. Is there a connection to the recent fires, or is his sister a completely seperate incident for an unrelated series of events? I thought the layered storytelling was brilliant from what I have played so far, because it helped move the story forward , while also making you care for the protagonist and want to learn more about his past and what happened to his sister.
Adam Wolfe isn’t alone in his journey and will meet a cast of characters to help him on his case. He also stores a lot of his clues that he finds on his cellphone, which also serves as the world map using its GPS, shows the current mission objective, and sometimes allows you to call up the police station or other people of interests for help to gain more clues. I really like this because it adds a more modern real world feel to the game. Adam Wolfe also has the ability to use “Focused Sight” to look for clues he may have otherwise missed, giving him the ability to spot out clues that were barely visible to the naked eye.
Last but not least, he eventually stumbles across a mysterious watch that appears to have the ability to turn-back time to re-watch events from the past, giving him a leg-up on solving mysteries with firsthand experience to see the events with his own eyes.
The graphics are beautiful, the cutscenes play out like an animated graphic novel, or a moving comic book. The character’s mouths move fluently and match the words that they speak, and the story is filled with action and mystery to suck you in. There were a few scenes where I thought the movements felt a bit stiff which gives the characters a Flash animation look with the way their body parts move, but it was a minor thing and didn’t ruin the immersion or gameplay.
Majority of the dialogue in Adam Wolfe is fully voiced by a cast of actors, and for the most part I enjoyed listening to the conversations. One or two lines were delivered without much conviction, which made the scene feel a bit empty, but again, it wasn’t to the point where I felt it was extremely cheesy or poorly acted. I was a tad bit disappointed that there weren’t a lot of verbal cues when poking around the environment, just to hear Adam’s thoughts out loud. For example, I walked into a deadend and the words popped up, but Adam didn’t verbally say “*sigh* It’s a deadend. I need to find another way”. Sometimes those little verbal cues helps with immersion to carry the story forward.
Regardless, I am sure that fans of the Nancy Drew series, Hidden Object games, puzzles, Supernatural mysteries, and detective dramas will love Adam Wolfe. As a bonus, there are three different difficulty settings, as well as hints to help both novice puzzlers and master cryptographers enjoy the game. I think fans of the puzzle mystery genre will eat this right up when it fully releases.
If you are interested in playing Adam Wolfe or participating in the beta demo, you can cast your vote for it on Steam Greenlight or read up on the game for further details.