9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
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A paranormal private investigator receives a frantic call from her reporter friend Helen, who pleas in a terrified voice for her to leave immediately for the coastal town of Serpent Creek. Urged by her friend's desperate request, the detective arrives at her destination only to find no trace of Helen. Strangely enough, no one from the sleepy town seems to remember seeing the blonde reporter. Weirder still, the town's streets are crawling with snakes, the citizens seem to be sleepwalking through life, and the ground shakes with violent tremors. Can the detective save her friend, reveal the corruption and hidden agendas of the town's citizens, and stop an evil plot to bring the Snake God back to our world?

  • Mysterious crime storyline set in 1950s America
  • Clever mini-games and breathtaking plot twists
  • Unique Detective Mode and Detective's Journal

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9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 103.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE! A TERRIFIC WHODUNNIT GAME Going back and playing older HOP games can sometimes be an eye-opener. While going through my list of games I didn’t really remember playing this one so thought I would give it a try. Well what a surprise. Although the graphics are done in a cartoonish style they are nevertheless crisp, clear and colorful. The game was published by an excellent top developer who has created some terrific games and series in the past. Since I am writing this review a lot later than others that have been posted I’m not going to go into the storyline but will simply say that this is definitely a not that you shouldn’t miss. Once I started playing the game, I couldn’t stop and enjoyed every minute. I have played hundreds of HOPA games and recently they have been crank ‘em out, cookie-cutter clones of every other game. Because of my boredom with these newer games I thought I would take a look back and I am so very happy that I did. 9 Clues The Secret of Serpent Creek is an excellent whodunit mystery game. Please give the demo a try to see if you will enjoy this game as much as I do. Happy gaming!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Game For Beginners I bought this game to play along side my twelve yr old grandson...a reptile lover. The HOP's made him focus, and actually SEE what he was looking at...as opposed to just quickly scanning over. He did have questions such as "What is a 'rapier'?", etc. This was good, as he was asking questions and learning. The game puzzles were interesting to him, and he felt quite a sense of accomplishment at the end of every one. Some we did together. Some he said, "No Gramma. I will do this one on my own." Bravo!! *I nod proudly* I had him decide the ratings for himself. Overall, it would be a great game for beginners at HOPA's of all ages. Quality time...your's alone...or to share...is where it's at. Enjoy!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Game I really enjoyed this game. You play as a detective trying to help a friend. You travel to Serpent Creek and then the fun begins. The graphics are nice, almost like an old comic. The HOS are easy to complete and the mini games are fine. The voice overs and music are well done. The cut scenes introduce various characters and advance the story. There is a journal that contains objectives, character information and clues. There is an interactive map that shows where you have items to complete. This game is relatively straight forward and easy to complete, but it is fun to play. If you are looking for a game that isn't overly complex, this is an excellent choice.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Great detective game with lot's of adventure. Heaps of puzzles, great storyline and graphics + sound which added the suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Good work Big Fish:)
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't let the snakes scare you away from this game! When I first saw this game and read the reviews I didn't think it was for me because I hate snakes!! A couple of reviews gave warnings saying if you don't like snakes this game may not be for you, had me thinking there were snakes EVERYWHERE! LOL But I also noticed that almost everyone recommended the game so I went ahead and tried it out. So glad I did as this is a great game in my opinion! I loved it! Absolutely loved all the charactors and how often they spoke to you. Most games I've played the charactors hardly ever communicate with you and if they do it's maybe once or twice throughout the whole game. It makes it feel more real when you have all this interaction, at least to me it does. I loved the story and how everything just moved along so smoothly, I didn't have any problems with the game whatsoever. Well, I did have one little problem ... I was sad when it was over! This is only my 3rd time giving a review and I'm not talented at it like several others are but I just wanted to let everyone know what a great game this really is. Don't like snakes? Don't blame you but please don't let that stop you from playing this game. They're only cartoons and there's actually not very many that shows up anyway, maybe 4 or 5 throughout the whole game. I gotta go now as I went ahead and bought the second 9Clues game and I can't wait to get started on it! Happy gaming everyone!
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from He sure threw a hissy fit when he didn't get hiss way! 9 Clues: Serpent Creek was very entertaining. It was quite long but not to the point of being drawn out or tiring. The graphics, color and voices were excellent, There were not many HO scenes, but they were really good. Not too difficult. The game was a bit difficult for me and I needed a few hints along the way. The hints refilled quite quickly, also the journal and map were very handy. It was not frustratingly hard and was lots of fun trying to figure out what the mystery was all about. Not many snakes in the scenes and they weren't scary. I found the mayor and the sheriff to be much creepier than the snakes! The storyline kept me engrossed to the very end. And it had a good surprise ending, too. Hopefully, my review is helpful. I don't want to lay out the whole story, with all the details. That would spoil all the fun of even playing the game. And I certainly don't want to spoil the ending for you, either. Enjoy...I certainly did! Bye for now...
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Plot-Driven Game This is a welcome departure from the usual kind of game where you wander aimlessly around collecting things with no idea of when or why you might need them. In this game there is a mystery to solve and everything you do is directed toward that end. The plot is certainly unrealistic, more like horror/science fiction rather than fairy tale style (another welcome change) but within its universe it makes perfect sense and there was very little in the way of totally illogical actions. I really wanted to find out what happened while at the same time not wanting it to end.The graphics are cartoonish rather than realistic but they are effective and there was a nice range of different locations. The voice acting is much better than average, as are the sound effects and the suitable but unobtrusive music. The puzzles and the hidden object scenes were on the easy side, and there is a map. There was very little toing and froing. It was a good length. I would love to see more games like this, with attention given to the story rather than just to the graphics and the morphing objects and collectibles and so on.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great little mystery! This is a HOPA from the makers of the "Nightmares from the Deep" series. Set in 1953, with charming Dick-Tracy-type graphics, the game feels like a cross between film noir and Scooby Doo. The main character is brought to a strange town by a call for help from a reporter friend. The atmosphere in the town is creepy and the inhabitants suspicious-looking. There is a Detective Mode which occurs at times, in which you find clues for your character to investigate; she then provides a step-by-step description of what she believes has taken place, based on the clues. I found the game to be original and engaging...a wonderful example of escapist entertainment. It is not a particularly difficult game, so those looking for great challenge might not enjoy it. Its appeal lies largely in its ambience, though I thought the puzzles and hidden object scenes were quite fun. If you are looking for a casual game with character and atmosphere, give it a try.
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Star Game This is a mystery/science fiction story and is quite different from recent offerings. After all the many medieval castles and snowy vistas featured in so many recent games, this one, which takes place in a small western-style town, is quite different. While neither the puzzles, nor the IHO's are particularly difficult, the storyline and the characters more than make up for it. There are also a few unique puzzles included that are rather interesting. The action is fast-paced and the graphics are quite clear and well done. There's a jump-map for convenience, appropriate voice-overs and a quick refillable hint button, should you need it. Try this game if you're looking for something a bit unusual. It was a lot of fun without a moment of boredom. (Warning: Snakes play a central role in this game.)
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fun SE game that is definitely worth using a credit on... I am a huge fan of this developer, they also made the Enigmatis and Nightmare from the Deep series, and I have been buying all of the games they have released. This is one of my favorite games of theirs that I have tried, and so far, I have liked them all, so I think that says a lot about this game. I was able to get it as part of a buy one get one free sale last week, but would have gladly paid full price for it since it was really fun. It is not a long game and I played most of it in one sitting, so people might want to use a credit on it (or buy it during a sale) if the fact that it is a shorter game bothers them. I would guess that it entertained me for 4-5 hours, but I am kind of on the slow side with my playing, so it might be shorter than that for faster players. But I think quality is more important than quantity, and this is a high quality game, and that is why I think people should try it out and give it a chance, even if it is a bit on the short side. The 1950s atmosphere, which has a bit of a Sci-Fi/Fantasy aspect to it, had a lot to do with why I liked the game right away and wanted to buy it. I like games that take place in the past and that have fantastical elements. The '50s setting, for the most part, was done very well, but there was a huge glaring anachronism near the beginning of the game that bothered me (a movie from the 1980s was referenced by the main character, which makes no sense since she is supposed to be living in the '50s), but I was able to get past it and get back into the world of the game, and thankfully I did not notice any other huge anachronisms. I really don't like when I am playing a game set in the distant past and objects from the present like cell phones and CDs can be found in the hidden object scenes, but thankfully that didn't happen in this game. The hidden object scenes were spread out pretty well, which is how I prefer them to be in games, and they were mostly interactive. One thing that was particularly cool and unique about this game was the fact that it had a few special hidden object scenes that allowed you to find clues in a crime scene. You would have to click on the clues in order for them to appear on the list of objects, and then the main character would explain how each of those objects fit into the crime that had happened there. I found that really cool and interesting, and would like if more detective games had that kind of hidden object scene since it made it much more interesting than just looking for random objects, and it also helped move the story along. There were quite a few puzzles in the game too, but they did not stand out to me as being very original, but I still played them all despite that. I loved the story, interacting with the characters, looking for clues and trying to figure out whodunit. I got really engaged in these aspects of the game and could not stop playing until I reached the end. I was disappointed when the game was over. I found the ending fulfilling but was glad to see that they left it open for a sequel. I will definitely buy the sequel if they come out with one, and I really hope they do! I highly recommend that people try this game, especially if they like detective games that are set in the past and that have some fantastical elements. I also think that people should not let the shorter length get in the way of buying it, since they would be missing out on a really fun game!
Date published: 2013-10-21
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