If you’re reading this then it usually means you’ve already read up on my review of the first episode, if this isn’t the case however then what the hell are you doing you maniac! Sorry, I must excuse myself for the rather passive aggressive opening to this article, this is the first episodic title I’ve reviewed for Invision, so I don’t know how to address it properly. My apologies. So yeah, welcome to episodes 2 of Adam Wolfe, let’s have a brief recap shall we.
Adam Wolfe is a series of episodic click and point adventures from the team at Mad Head Studios, releasing as a 4-part season on Steam. The series revolves from renowned paranormal investigator Adam Wolfe, a cool confident dude who tackles the unexplainable and bewildering cases that the cops can’t handle. In episode 1, entitled The Ancient Flame, we were introduced to Adam, who is tasked with uncovering the secrets behind a fire demon dwelling in an ancient dagger, a prized possession in the hands of a mysterious cult. Underneath this paranormal epic is the case of Adam’s missing sister Allie, who he believes is somehow connected to these recent cases, and without spoiling too much, plays quite a pivotal role in the unfolding story. Adam Wolfe’s next case follows suit, a bizarre yet highly enjoyable tangled tale of the paranormal and the deranged, so enough talking and let’s get down to business.
Episode 2, entitled ‘The Devil You Know’, certainly starts how it means to go on, a mysterious stranger proposing an investigation which quickly escalates into something much deeper than Adam wants to believe. Dez, a concerned father, presents to Adam a locked box, which supposedly houses a miracle elixir to heal his dying daughter. It’s only when he tries to open it does he realise that this farfetched case is just about to become even more weird as he finds himself being shot at, playing games with demons and performing rituals, all in a day’s work I guess for our calm, collected hero. I was hooked from the start of Adam Wolfe’s first installment, and it was a relief to see that this Second episode started off with a similar bang. Once again I was introduced to an arrange of new, strange characters that drove the narrative on with pace and great intrigue. Honestly, the voice acting isn’t the best, rather flat and monotone, but you know what, it works with the telling of the story. The overall story is again exciting and enjoyable to sit through, which is important seeing that with this genre of game you typically don’t do an awful lot.
Unlike the first installment, Episode 2 takes more of a ‘hidden object’ approach, no surprise really as this is what Mad Head Studios are used to producing. The puzzles within this episode are less complicated and more common sense, to make way for the hidden object tasks which take center stage, which makes a nice change to the playing style of the one you’ve just completed. They’re not the most exciting kind of puzzle, a lot of idly looking around your screen opposed to calculated a method or solution, but I was that invested in the story and desperate to find out what happens next, I gladly took on these less than thrilling activities.
Adam Wolfe’s second episode is a fine story that wouldn’t seem out of place on an episode of Supernatural. As well as introducing the players to new characters and another bewildering story, it expertly runs an intriguing sub-plot beneath it which only gets more and more curious as the series progresses. It may not be the most action-packed game to actually play, but the strong story and my desperation to follow it through to the end makes up for the lack of playable involvement. Well, that’s 50% of the series completed and I for one cannot wait to get stuck into episode 3 … oh, what’s that? It’s available to download right now!? Gimme 2 ticks and I’ll have this one in the can.
To be continued … Episode 3 “Lady and The Painter” coming soon.