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Video Game / Shadows of Adam

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Left-to-right: Talon, Curtis, Kellan and Asrael.
Shadows of Adam tells the story of Kellan and Asreal, two inhabitants of the secluded Village of Adam, who decided to go on a journey to find their missing father after coming in contact with a misterious book during a monster extermination mission.

The game is a retro Eastern RPG developed by SomethingClassic. It was funded on Kickstarter on February 19th, 2016, and was released on the Windows and Linux PCs on February 23rd, 2017. A Nintendo Switch version was also released on May 3rd, 2019. Its official website is here.

Shadows of Adam provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Mine: The Passageway, under the Haunted Swamp. Overlaps with Minecart Madness, because of the puzzles.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Prince Malvil is one to Asrael.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Asrael isn't treated well in Adam Village because of her magic powers.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Orazio is the Greater-Scope Villain and Final Boss of the game.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Prince Malvil whats to use the power of magic to usurp the throne from his brother.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Subverted. Curtis equips claws and cannot fight unarmed.
  • The Big Guy: Curtis, the oldest party member, is a physically imposing monk.
  • Black Magician Girl: Downplayed. Asrael (the only party member who can use magic) is cold and sarcastic woman, contrasting Kellan and Talon.
  • Block Puzzle: Some puzzles are about moving purple orbs and statues (that are Frictionless Ice) on Pressure Plate to unlock passages.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The Haunted Swamp that leads to the Water Shrine.
  • The Cameo: Traziun and Lexus from The Way (RPG Maker) are NPCs found in Dradora, as Luke Wacholtz/Lun Calsari is this game's writer and level designer. Likely for the same reason, a prominent moderator/member from The Way's fan community from back in its day initiates one of the late-game sidequests.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Asrael often makes sarcastic remarks, usually because of Kellan.
  • Death Dealer: Talon's "Draw Card" ability. It deals elemental damage to all enemies.
  • Disappeared Dad: Orazio, Kellan and Asrael's father, disappeared 10 years before the game events.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Prince Malvil.
  • Elemental Weapon: Each character can obtain at least one weapon that deals elemental damage.
  • Floorboard Failure: The Wind Tower has some of these; usually it leads to secret passages in the floor bellow.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Zak and Nik: Prince Malvil's henchmen and Recurring Bosses who are never taken seriously.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Kellan and Talon.
  • The Hedge of Thorns: The Noob Cave, where the game starts, is called "The Tangle".
  • Heel–Face Turn: After pursuing the party for most of the game, Zak and Nik board your airship as friendly shopkeepers.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Kellan uses swords.
  • Hidden Remote Village: The village of Adam, hidden by the Misty Woods.
  • Hub City: Dradora, the largest city in the game.
  • It's All Upstairs From Here: The Wind Tower east of Dradora.
  • Laughably Evil: Malvil is a corrupt, narcissistic prince, but has a humorous obsession with Asrael's "sparkles" and misfires his newfound magic powers.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Magma Sanctum.
  • The Lost Woods: Misty Woods, a dark forest full of monsters that hides Adam Village from the rest of the world.
  • Magic is Evil: Magic is seen as a taboo because of the Wraith War.
  • Magic Staff: Asrael's primary weapon.
  • Meditation Powerup: During battles, characters can use their turn to recover more AP and gain certain benefits. For example, Asarel's Channel boosts the magic power of her next magic attack, while Curtis Meditate does the same for his physical ones.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Prince Malvil becomes more dangerous and powerful after learning magic.
  • Point of No Return:
    • Exaggerated. The last dungeon has many of these, usually after riding a minecart, but the game always warns you beforehand.
    • Subverted in the "V 1.1.1 patch", as it added a two way teleporter (right before the final boss) that can warp you back to the entrance.
  • Shifting Sand Land: There is an optional desert area that can be visited after obtaining the airship.
  • Status Effects: Poison, Blindness, Silence, Berserk etc.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: There is one mission where the party infiltrates a Port Town and takes a ship to other continent.
  • Temple of Doom: The Water Shrine.
  • Unintentionally Unwinnable: In the last dungeon, right after the first save point, there is a puzzle where the Puzzle Reset button can be blocked by placing a pillar and the purple orb between it. Since the game can be saved anywhere, it can make the game unwinnable.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Malvil gains powerful magic, but during his boss fight, his inexperience in casting causes him to damage his own soldiers.