A simple pleasure
by Harry Slater 10/1/2013
Developer: Hit Point Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Format: Windows 8
If Telltale's The Walking Dead games have taught us anything, it's that linearity isn't as much of a chore if the narrative that's pushing you down the gameplay corridor is an entertaining one. In a way, Adera posits the same lesson but in hidden object rather than point-and-click form.
Although quite often it's happy to blur the distinction between the two genres, and it throws in some other puzzling set-pieces as well, before wrapping the whole package in an intriguing archaeological adventure.
The game starts with main character Jane Sinclaire waking up after a helicopter crash. She's in a strange desert canyon, and it's up to you to lead her out of there and solve the mystery of how she got there.
Simple and easy, Adera probably won't get your adrenaline pumping, but its story is one that's worth experiencing
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