9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
Rare Little Gem
Most Standard Edition games that have come out within the last year that weren't originally Collector's Editions have been hit and miss. Some are awful, others are treasures. This one is a complete gem to play. The developer is Artifex Mundi and they never disappoint.
There are 3 levels of difficulty in this game which you are able to change through the options menu during the game. Apparently there is no walkthrough for this game and it is really not needed. Even though the game has a lot of locations, when a location is complete, the game won't let you go there anymore. For example someone will come and put police tape on it. The hint button is wonderful even in the hardest mode. It directs you where to go unlike some games that just say "there's nothing to do here". There is a map which works as a jump map but on expert you can't see where to go or tasks.
There are nicely done hidden object scenes that you play twice. The objects are easy to see and are interactive. This game has puzzles and they are all doable. There is one that you play 3 different times but its a puzzle that can be done so its not tedious like other games.
There is also a detective mode the game goes into to explain break-ins, murders, objects out of order etc. Its set like a hidden object scene. In expert, you don't get a list of what the out of place objects are but they are pretty easy to spot. In the other 2 levels you would get a list of what to find that is out of place. This gave the game a special factor. I liked the clues and the detective mode and how it broke down exactly what happened.
There are snakes in this game but they look incredibly fake. I did not come across any that looked like they were real so if you have a snake phobia, I can't see this being too frightening.
I was really happy with this game. It had a story line that just reeled me in from the start. It had great voiceovers and visuals. I liked the puzzles and hidden object scenes. The music was fitting for the game and I had a really fun time playing this. It beats me why this wasn't made into a Collector's edition because it has the quality to be one. Maybe next time they will because even though it had an ending, it did give the illusion that the journey was not over. Id love a second one.
Kudos Devs!! & thank you for a great quality game that is a standard edition!! Its nice to see developers still do this from time to time. xxx
September 16, 2013
Wow what fun
Played through this one in advanced and quite enjoyed it. Scooby-do type cartoon graphics, really good VO's and a suspense storyline. Loved the recreation of the crime scenes from the 9 clues. Lots of HO scenes that were list based but the objects were all spaced away from each other so very easy to complete. Lots of mini games that didn't require any skips. Also a very good jump map that showed areas with things to do. Was nice to have a gun to protect myself. Really enjoyed this one. it was not overly long but well worth the free game coupon used. For a SE it was a good entertaining little game.
August 10, 2013
Very fun SE
Enjoyed playing this game. Very fun SE. There are charming comic-like graphics. Character VO's are well done to match the atmosphere. HOS are come in two types. One is quite standard but clear and easy (the way I like my HOS). The other is referred to as Detective mode where you have to fill in the list by locating evidence in the scene. Puzzles are pretty easy, very do-able. There is a travel map indicating active tasks, depending on which mode you choose. However, it directs you to an area rather than an exact scene. Not overly challenging but an entertaining game. It's a keeper.
August 6, 2013
Great storyline and voice overs!
This review is based on the demo. This game, set in the 1950s has the player, as the detective, looking into the happenings at a Serpent Festival! It has a nice look, cartoon more than realism, and goes nicely from normal to scary to comical. The HOs are interesting and well drawn, but a bit easy, and the same could be said for the mini games and puzzles. The best part for me was the storyline and the voiceovers...both well above average!! Also interesting is the detective mode where you hunt for clues by following light trails rather than word clues.
August 4, 2013
This was a different and unusual game and definitely not for snake haters. I liked it but since I never finish demos before the hour, it was a lot easier than I expected (and I did not skip any games). You are out to find out what happened to your friend Helen Hunter and her collegue Joe Trask. The town seems empty, you have the creepy hotel manager, the mayor is obviously a snake creature (hisses his sss), you find Joe dead and the sheriff is missing his arm but is supposed to be getting a new one. There are snakes that have to be distracted.
There are 3 levels of play: casual, advanced and expert. There is an interactive map and not sure about hint button because I did not use it. The hos are fairly simple and do have some interactive, but nothing is hidden in shadows and are readily visible. There was a new twist called Detective Mode which you have to find items that you don't know what you are looking for and at the end it gives you the summary of the chain of events. Music fit and was not overly annoying and the voiceovers were not bad. Very cartoon like, but didn't detract from the story. Items in inventory are not complicated.
Not a bad game, storyline flowed nicely. Not sure if I will buy or not (if I do it will be with free credit). Also not sure if I recommend or not.
August 4, 2013
Couldn't put it down!
This game is so fun and I love the story and just had to finish it in one night :)
August 13, 2013
Stopped after 31 minutes of play:(
Has a great storyline. Great HO game and the storyline I enjoyed after 30 minutes of the game you thanking you for playing the demo.
August 5, 2013
I really wasn't expecting much of this game but I was pleasantly surprised. Good graphics and sound, moderately challenging game play, and an intriguing and creepy story line. I usually just click through the story but this one actually had me interested to see what happens next. Please more SE games like this one to use our coupons on!!!
October 23, 2013
My daughter and I played this game together and had quite a bit of fun (more so than what we expected). Good story, definitely spooky at times. I recommend it!
October 13, 2013
Great game! A little short...
This is a very unique little gem of a game. It was a tremendous amount of fun, but it ended a bit soon -- not so soon to where I felt like I'd been ripped off, but I felt it could have been slightly longer. Should this stop anyone from trying/buying the game? Nope. Even knowing what I know now about the length, I'd still pay to own it.
September 6, 2013