Adam and Eve is a logic-based, side-scrolling platformer in the "point-and-click" adventure category set in prehistoric times. It is the first of more than 20 games in the Adam and Eve series.
A man, Adam, has learned that he can find love with a woman, Eve, in a place called Paradise. The player must guide Adam, courtship flower in hand, on a journey through dangerous lands filled with a wide variety of obstacles and deadly threats.
Each scene of the story in this game represents a puzzle that the player must solve to help Adam continue on his way. Common obstacles include animals of all sizes, such as megafauna, natural and manmade objects and structures, and indigenous, primitive people. A player must often use common sense or science-based concepts and rules related to mathematics and physics to clear the path. For example, if a boulder blocks Adam's path, the player might need to select the boulder or a wood stick or other object wedged under it that's preventing gravity from allowing it to roll away.
Many scenes feature science-based tools that the player must craft, fix or modify. Pulley systems and other simple machines appear often. The player might also need to rebuild manmade structures, such as broken bridges, or formulate new options to replace old systems. For example, they might direct Adam to use the back of a dinosaur or tortoise as a bridge across a gully.
Adam and Eve requires the player to interact with Adam. The player might solve a puzzle and find that Adam does nothing but stand in place. He only performs an action that moves him along the path after they interact with him.