TLDR: A very short point-and-click puzzle game with a forgettable main character and story. Get it cheap and don’t expect too much and you’ll have a decent time with it.
Long story: Sam Peters was one of the side-characters in Secret Files 2. Here she is again in her own little adventure, starting from where we left her in the previous game. In Secret Files 2 I found her much nicer than the main characters; though mainly because her voice-actress was not completely incompetent. So, is she an interesting enough character to fill out an adventure on her own? Not really. She’s an excellent example of a writer trying to create a “strong female character” without having any clue how. As a result most of her jokes center around her ex-boyfriend’s dangly parts. The story is similarly uninteresting; you are trying to track down a professor in the jungle and when you get there everyone is missing! So, nothing new, but it works.
The puzzle design has the same “charms” and problems as the previous Secret Files games: a ton of items that you are supposed to use, but often a very vague goal that you are trying to accomplish, forcing you to try everything on everything. I found it a bit less annoying in Sam Peters than I did in Secret Files 2; but that’s probably because that was a much longer game which naturally increases the number of times you get annoyed at seemingly unintuitive solutions.
The length of the game (I finished it in about 2h) is a real problem, at least according to other reviews. Personally I think it was the right decision for the game. After all, the main character and the story could probably not support a much longer game. In fact, dragging it out longer would probably have ended up hurting the game more. Still, it means you have to decide what you are willing to pay for such a short adventure game with a rather bland and uninteresting heroine and story. I got it at 75% off at around 2.5 Euro and that was okay for me. Set your expectations low and you may have a good time with Sam Peters.