9 Clues: The Ward

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After responding to a distress call from a secluded psychiatric hospital, a young detective and her partner find themselves struggling to solve a murder. As they press the patients and hospital staff they find that there are dark truths being kept from them. Each new clue only raises more questions. Who killed Doctor Crow? What drove one of the male nurses insane? Who is Zed Rascov? Why is the name of a little girl, Ginger, carved into the wood-paneled wall of the dead doctor's office? Can you unravel the mystery? Find out in 9 Clues: The Ward!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1461 MB

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9 Clues: The Ward is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 80.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 9 Clues: The Ward I thoroughly enjoyed this game:) great visuals and music, storyline was well done. It made me feel like a real detective on a real case loved it.. Great work Big Fish:)
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vintage cheese - and that's a good thing!! I downloaded the trial of this game and thought, 'oh my god, not another Chucky doll horror rip off'. I prepared myself to be disappointed in the game makers for the first time since I discovered AM. But I was wrong! By the end of the trial I was hooked... as I have been with the last 3 games I got from AM. As usual they have snagged an overly familiar horror theme and brought it to life within a hidden object adventure, which really takes some doing. How? By bringing in original and lifelike characters, and creating weird, one of a kind settings that keep you guessing and detecting all the way through to the end. I love the fact that you always get a sense of being lost in an AM game! And this one is no different, as the scenes change around you throughout the game. The puzzles are frustratingly hard though, and a few of them have made me ask myself if there is any pattern to winning or not. A lot of guesswork on my part, but maybe I'm just not patient enough to pick up clues to the strategy...? I reckon AM should include a few more instructions in their next game. But, after playing 3 AM games now, I believe that the puzzles aren't even the main attraction - the stories are. I can't put into words why they seem so much more realistic to me than any other HOG's I've played but take it from someone who's tried a bit of everything: these guys are the best. And the art and music are always top, even though in this game, it was all a little bit too 'carnivalesque' for me. I'm still playing the game so I can't say how long it will take (the shortest game I've played from AM was about 5 hours though). But I am pretty determined once I get started - more casual players should take longer. Buy this if you've always been a fan of doll-based psychological horror flicks and wanted to play the hero(ine) in the film for a change. That's what AM does so incredibly well, and this is yet another success for them. It's especially fun to have the man playing the sidekick, as is the case in many of these games. All of the characters are real 'characters' and they're funny... and so is the asylum, come to think of it, even though it's creepy at the same time. Like one reviewer said, you wouldn't go there to get better! I gave 4 stars for the storyline and visuals out of my own personal bias. The Enigmatis games are way more my style. But I'm still hooked, and that's what matters, right? Great work, guys!
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One great game ... I loved it! Wow! Just finished this game and already I know I will play it again. (Next time I'll play in the hardest mode.) I absolutely loved this game. Recently played the first game in this seris, 9 Clues The Secret of Serpent Creek and I loved it so I knew I had to play this one too. So, so glad I did! One of the things I love about both these games is all the interaction your charactor has with all the charactors in the games. The charactors in this game were awesome. The voice actors who played the parts were fantastic, Their voices were very spot on and believeable, full of emotion when it was needed. Each charactor had their own personality which made them seem so real and life like. The storyline was probably the best I have seen out of all the Big Fish games I have played. I was just absorbed in it, wanting to know what was gonna happen next. Even though the plot was about arson and murder, I did not find it really dark or creepy. It was more like a whodunit movie script in my opinion. I did not want to stop playing but of course there always has to be an ending. And what an ending it was! Lots of twists and turns, very suspenseful. I thought it was a wonderful adventure and I highly recommend it to any and every one who loves a great game with a great storyline! If in doubt, try the demo and see ... Bet you're gonna love it! Happy gaming everyone!
Date published: 2015-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will NOT get well in THIS place!! This was a very good game in every way for me! Excellent, clear graphics, very colorful made it even more appealing. The storyline was solid and everything made sense, and led to solving the murder of the doctor. I was curious to learn about Ginger, the young girl who had such a profound effect on one of the characters. The hospital was creepy and one I would not want to visit for any reason. One of the patients was really creepy but mostly in an innocent, sad way. I loved the part of the game where clues are found in the crime area and we try to figure out what happened and how. Nothing bloody or gruesome here. And believe it or not...not even a princess!! Although the games offered today are beautiful artistically, and the puzzles and games are super fun, I quite frankly feel guilty playing when they are so over-the-edge dark and sinister. However, going through Big Fish withdrawal would be a pretty tough job (lol) ! Hope you enjoy The Ward. By the way it ran smoothly on my Windows 7, was a very good length and had a decent ending!
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More Great fun! Loved this game. Loved the story and being the detective. The story is good and the puzzles make sense instead of leaving you guessing as to what to do. Just as much fun as 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek. I wish it were longer for I wasn't ready to end the fun! Also with this one you have a choice of Hidden Object or Mahjongg, I love both so I wish you had the option of doing both instead of having to choose. Most of the characters were really good. Great fun all around, is this one!
Date published: 2015-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well done detective story that kept me wanting more I enjoyed this game as it had a new element for me that I had not seen before - find the nine clues in each part, determine their order of occurrence and then watch the "what happened" video. It was a nice touch. This detective mode feature is used when you come across a place where a crime was committed (usually a murder) and question marks appear on the screen. Clicking the center question mark starts it and you swap the clues around to the order in which they happened. The square lights up when the clue is in the right place. You then see a short cutscene showing what happened revealing part of the story. The graphics were well done providing a feel of a neglected psychiatric hospital with a gritty atmosphere throughout the game. The character voices were varied and well done with different accents and realistic emotions instead of like they were just reading a script. The dialogue can be clicked through if you read faster then they speak but it reduces the atmosphere each character provides. Also, don't skip any dialog during the clues as they do help you through the game. As you need to find the 9 clues to each part be sure to do a thorough search of each area before moving on. There is a jump map that is quite helpful as you visit a lot of places frequently in this game. The map also provides areas of interest so you know there is something to do in that area. Just when you think you know who the killer is, that person is disqualified. The game has a good pace and was full of twists and turns adding a nice depth to the game. Just when you think you know who the killer is, that person is disqualified. As more of the story was revealed, the game got better building up to a surprising and interesting ending that I did not see coming. Clearly one of the better games I have played in a while. I bought the other two in the series.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic - Loved it. The game has been explained a million times already so I won't go over that again but just to say... If you get fed up of HOS but love MINI-GAMES (like me) this game is perfect. Thank you BFG. In fact, the alternate option for the HOS here is MahJong rather than match/swap which I also appreciated. The question marks/clue scenes + working out what happened were a nice addition too. The games are pretty basic, maybe a bit simple for some, but overall the storyline was nicely developed (compared to a lot of these games), the length was good and the content GREAT. Excellent!
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN UNEXPECTED KEEPER!!! I was looking for an SE to cash in one of my free games and Clues came up on my list of recommendations... and it was spot on! What a indie find! Clues is a great game!! The graphics were wonderful and clear (which is always appreciated), the mini and HO games were fun, but the real standout for me was the storyline... no question. This was such a welcome departure from the typical paranormal and fairy tale themed games that I found myself wondering why there aren't more psychological thrillers and classic who-dun-its in adventure gaming. Recent releases such as Elizabeth Bathory and True Fear (talk about compelling, edge of your seat entertainment!), are clear indications of strong fan base for the more grittier mysteries. THANK YOU! for actually taking the time to actually write a smart engaging storyline for fans of psychological mystery and adventure gaming. This is a trend I can really get behind!!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Murder Mystery Game! I really liked this game. Good plot. Fun puzzles. Interesting characters. The plot was great and the HOPs were good too! Very fun game especially for the price!
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALMOST Perfect! BASED ON COMPLETED GAME (Note: Actual Rating is 4.5 stars) WOW! Before now, I'd never even touch a standalone SE, but this game changed all that. Don't think for a second that, just because the game was not a CE first, the game is therefore of a lesser quality. This is one of my favourite games to come out this year. I have not been so engrossed in a game in such a long time. What got me sucked in to this game was definitely its story. I have never seen a story so creepy and addictive ever before. The concept was great and was executed brilliantly. The opening cutscene was great, but after that, I will admit the story did take a bit of getting in to. But once that happened, I was engrossed, and literally had to force myself to stop playing. The story was full of twists and turns, with each twist better and more shocking than the last. As I played, more and more of the story was revealed, and the game just got better and better. Everything built-up to an extraordinary ending, one that I most certainly did not see coming. The story is so action packed and I enjoyed every second of it. I also really, really enjoyed the characters! I've often been extremely critical of how boring characters are, but the ones here are great! Each has their own personality, and I really enjoyed it. I especially loved the characters of Zed Rascov (hey... everyone loves a bad guy!) and the cat guy. The cat guy added a touch of humour to a very serious game, which was very good. Overall, a brilliant story- one of my favourites of all time. I will definitely be replaying this one in the very near future. In terms of gameplay, parts of it are fairly run-of-the-mill, but others are fairly good. The HOS would be an example of the run-of-the-mill aspect of the game. They were all list junkpile with a few extra-step objects. Even though they were simple, I quite enjoyed them, because it felt nice to play something simple instead of being bombarded with interactivity. It made for a nice change of pace. There are quite a few HOS in this game, 16 if you want me to be exact. Each location is repeated twice. The HOS were well spaced out and the quantity was great. However, I really DID NOT enjoy the puzzles. They really killed some of the enjoyment factor. The puzzles were the worst thing about this game for me. The reason? They were just way too hard. I skipped the majority of them, and the ones I could solve took me multiple goes to finish. Definitely not enjoyable. In fact, you could almost say I hated them. For those who like puzzles, they were in a good number, and were spaced out well. This game offers only one additional gameplay feature, but it is probably the best one I've seen! The feature is detective mode, and it added to the fun factor significantly. When you come across a place where Detective Mode can be used, question marks appear on the screen. Clicking the centre question mark activates the mode. Detective mode is basically a HOS/Puzzle which will eventually reveal part of the story. Detective Mode has been tweaked since the last 9 Clues game and has been made much better. In this game, there is now a puzzle you have to solve after finding all the clues. This is quite simple. You just have to swap the clues around in the order in which they happened. The square will light up when the evidence is in the right place. After you've done that, there is a short cutscene, which explains what happened. Aside from the story, this was the best part of the game. It was definitely the most fun. My only criticism is that I don't think it was used enough. It was used 4 times throughout the entire game. I would have liked to see it used one or two more times, just for that little bit more enjoyment. Otherwise, though, there were no problems. The basic gameplay features have been done well too. There is a diary, which keeps track of main character you meet, and any events that occur to do with that character. It also keeps track of all the clues you discover. There are three modes of difficulty as well as a nice map. In terms of challenge, I would say this is relatively easy and would probably be a good starting out point for those who are new to HOPA games. I'm an advanced player and (apart from the puzzles) had absolutely no trouble whatsoever. However, I wouldn't want to turn off expert players, because this is a ripper of a game. Overall, the gameplay had its ups and downs but was still quite enjoyable. The graphics were quite good. They were drawn with some nice detail and colours, and the character designs were good. I liked how there was lip-synch too. However, I noticed some very stupid spelling mistakes, which probably comes from the fact this is a Polish developer. For example, “courtains” instead of curtains and “souvenire” instead of souvenir. I can forgive this because I don't think that English is their first language, though. Voice-overs are standard. I have no issue. FEATURES 3 modes of difficulty: Casual, Advanced and Hard. Differences are standard. I played Casual. Hint/Skip- Both recharge at a decent speed for the difficulty I selected. Hint is useful outside HOS. Diary- Keeps track of events- the people you meet, and all information regarding them. Map- The map is interactive and is quite useful. It shows where tasks can be completed. Detective Mode- This is a HOS/Puzzle minigame that is extremely fun. I enjoyed every time I used it, but it wasn't used enough. ON THE GAME LENGTH There are 7 acts in the game. The game took me about 3 hours on Casual mode, which is my ideal game length. Overall, this was a very, very enjoyable game. This is even better than most of the CE games out there. I loved every second of it. My rating for this game is 4.5 stars, due to the puzzles. But because everything else was so great, I couldn't possibly give this game 4 stars, and so will round it up to a 5. This is a wonderful game, and you will not regret buying it.
Date published: 2014-10-04
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