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    9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek


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    Post by genkicoll Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:09 pm

    9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
    by Tap It Games / Artifex Mundi - July, 2013

    Series links: 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek, 9 Clues 2: The Ward

    Available at:
    Official Site
    Big Fish

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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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    Post by Guest Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:07 pm

    I just played the demo game and enjoyed it. The site says it's an SE, and it costs $5.25. But, it has achievements, one being clue collection, so it offers a bit more than most SEs.

    I like the graphics (some people like the fuzzy, defused type) which are crisp. I thought the viewpoint we see the HOS was a bit off, I like them straight up. But, they are interactive and fun!

    I am very impressed with the speed the game loads and plays! It is nearly instantaneous. It fills my screen, the images seem large, and bright.

    Even though I already bought Royal Envoy Campaign for the Crown (5.99) last night, and two of the BOGO BFG CEs (13.99) today, I can't resist this one!

    Thank you! I love Artifex Mundi games! I am impatiently awaiting the new Enigmatis!

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    Post by luvtoread Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:38 pm

    I played the beta of this awhile back. Forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Post by JustTheFacts Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:26 pm

    Original & Fun HO Game****


    Note: Yes, there are snakes, medium level scary

    This is a surprisingly fun HO game. The opening minutes are spent getting the story of how we come to be in this town. It is presented to us in almost-cartoon graphics and a top quality voiceover. We do need a bit of background to get what comes later.

    The graphics are a little fuzzy on my large monitor but nowhere near enough  to create a problem. They are in drawn style, with a little airbrushing perhaps? I found them pleasant. The colours are good, and there are varied lighting styles.

    Music was completely forgettable, but the voiceovers were excellent, especially the ssseriousssly sssibilant Missster Mayor.

    We are an investigator of the paranormal kind, and we rush to the aid of a journalist friend who rings, panicked, from the town of Serpent Creek.

    Our first encounter with the locals is confusing. We see a strange beast standing over the body of a man, and go to his rescue. Monster is scared off, victim gets the aid he needs, and then brushes the whole incident off as nothing. Creepy, this guy is not quite right, and he denies having ever seen our friend. As we meet other townsfolk, we get the same reaction. Only the mayor will talk to us, and he’s weird too. He insists we locate the sheriff as quickly as possible. All this, and we have earth tremors too!

    It is a HO adventure, with lots of them, and I only remember a single puzzle, which was really well done. The HOs are mostly an interactive list, but this game introduces another entirely new HO scene. As a person with parapsychological powers, we can deduce events from the evidence at crime scenes.

    We start with a list of ‘hidden’ objects that have been blotted out, and we must search the area for items that respond to our power, and clicking on them will uncover the word in the list. Once all items have been located, we receive, item by item, a vision, the story behind the scene. Difficult to explain, but definitely different from anything else I’ve played.

    Hint is directional and there is an interactive map that shows you “groups” of scenes, to which you can travel. For example, the hotel is 3 scenes, but is represented by only one icon on the map.

    I have only one real concern about this game, I suspect it might be quite short. I finished the demo in 35 minutes and the file size is tiny.

    Still, for all those of us with punchcard coupons to spend, I reckon this is a good bet.

    I recommend this game!

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