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How long has it been? A man sits in a distant getaway cabin waiting for his wife Serena. Where is she? Things in the cabin evoke memories, and the husband comes to a disturbing realization... This short point-and-click adventure is the result of a massive collaborative effort between dozens of fans and designers of adventure games.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2014
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“A dark, gruesome adventure game, portraying loss and misery”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“A piece of adventure gaming history”
True PC Gaming

“One of the few actually touching horror games I have ever played”
IndieGames

About the Game

How long has it been? A man sits in a distant getaway cabin waiting for his wife Serena. Where is she? Things in the cabin evoke memories, and the husband comes to a disturbing realization...

This short point-and-click adventure is the result of a massive collaborative effort between dozens of fans and designers of adventure games. Rallying to support the venerable genre and its passionate community, these developers have brought together a grim and highly detailed horror story in what is the largest, possibly even the first, game project of its kind. Talents include crew from renowned indie companies Senscape, CBE Software, Infamous Quests, Digital Media Workshop, Guys from Andromeda, and many more.

Features

  • A (twisted) love letter to the adventure game community
  • Over 40 contributors provided their wit and talents
  • Extremely depressive mood, and a bit of fear here and there
  • A haunting story that will challenge your intellect (and temerity)
  • Amazing voice acting by legendary adventure game designer Josh Mandel
  • More awesome acting by popular video producer Pushing Up Roses
  • Yet another overwhelmingly astonishing surprise cameo by an ex-designer from Sierra!
  • Did we mention the gut-wrenching atmosphere?

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 128MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 128MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 128MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
1,403 products in account
74 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Personal Rating: "Interesting but not entirely compelling"
Personal Rating: 5/10
Genre: Point and Click Adventure/Psychological horror

In Greek mythology and the Homerian epics, madness is similarly thought of as a punishment from God, or the gods. Thus Hera punishes Hercules by ‘sending madness upon him’, and Agamemnon confides to Achilles that ‘Zeus robbed me of my wits’. Thanks to the Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), madness first became an object of scientific speculation.

So Serena (a short point and click adventure set in a single setting - a lonely wooded cabin) opens with a man waiting for the arrival of his wife. As we point and click on various items strewn about the incredibly run-down cabin (a not-so-subtle metaphor used to display the clarity of the mind of its main protagonist) cracks in the veneer begin to surface. Without going into too much detail its suffice to say gamers should expect to see exactly where this story is headed within the first five minutes of playing (the game roughly lasts about 40 min before concluding).

Whilst it's an interesting experiment that comes along with some pedigree - Josh Mandel of Space Quest fame handles the narration of the main character. My mine gripe is that he is probably not the person who should have handled these duties. He comes across as stilted when the script calls for emotional variation and I didn't buy it for one second. The woman who handles the wife's duties comes across as robotic in her line delivery even when called upon to display hysteria and it feels like both are reading from a script as the voice-overs just don't flow naturally. Yes - I realize this is a free little title that probably didn't have the budget to hire professional actors - but having professional voice actors onboard would most certainly have been more beneficial.

I was also not mad about the main character voicing his thoughts about every single little thing we click on. Yes we may be dealing with a descent that's crux is akin to an emotional ship-wreck but having studied basic psychology at Uni before switching, I get that we are mearly an observer inside another man's fractured mind but instead of drawing me in to the complexity of a mind unraveling I was left distanced and more and more annoyed as the tale progressed.

Short and bleak this tale of love, loss and misery is thankfully over quickly. I would hardly call it a "love-letter to the adventure gaming clique" as there are far better examples out there but as a mild diversion you may end up enjoying it more than I did since I can't say I was overly impressed.
Posted: May 27th, 2014
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
621 products in account
14 reviews
3.1 hrs on record
Serena may be a short game, but the tale woven throughout the hour-long experience will last a lifetime. The deep, multilayered narrative keeps changing and makes you wondering what will happen next. Even by the time the credits roll you're not quite sure exactly what happened.

It is a game built by fans and developers of adventure games FOR fans and developers of adventure games...a gift for the community that proves that "true friends stand by each other through any adversity".
Posted: January 30th, 2014
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50 of 78 people (64%) found this review helpful
123 products in account
5 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
Let me start with what was good about the game: It was gorgeous, it had excellent music, and it appeared to try very hard.

That was stupid. Stories like this plague the over-saturated "art game" genre, and ending a story with some vague "shocking" ending doesn't make it a great, controversial, beautiful thing. This game was very atmospheric, but it claiming to be a "point and click adventure" is a very general description. Yes, you do point and click things, but the story is boring when it makes any sense, there are no puzzles, there are no hints to help you progress, and the voice acting was some of the most emotionally vacant work I've heard in ages. Another thing that made me mad was that the pictures on the wall, namely the one to the left of the window, and alot of the talking implies that there IS actually something interesting going on here, but try as I might, I could never figure it out. The game managed to draw me in, but the ending was so incredibly disappointing that it soured the entire experience. 3/10 for being aesthetically pleasing and having momentary tension.
Posted: January 31st, 2014
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
91 products in account
20 reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Serena a free Steam game will take an hour or so too to fully unlock all its contents .So many questions and thoughts will come to mind as you explore the tiny cabin with many secrets to tell. Give it a try and be prepaired to be thrown for a roller coaster of a ride in short story.
Posted: February 5th, 2014
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
401 products in account
4 reviews
0.9 hrs on record
Serena is more of a story than a game, but an experience such as this is a shame to let pass by. Because, in such a small place, a whole world unfolds.

The story takes place in a cabin far into the woods, and away from civilization. You, the narrator, struggles with your faint memories of your wife, Serena. You look around your home, trying to find mementos that may reveal truths, or even lies? Little by little, you start to remember what happened to both you, and your missing Serena. But still, some things remains unclear. In the very beginning, you two had a romantic relationship going on, but slowly, it all went in flames.

As you may already know. Serena is a dark story that can leave many questions inside your head. Certain things are clear, just not directly to your ear. The hope you had from the start has been turned into distress and defeat. You wandered alone in the fantasy of books and arts... now, who is the deceiver of hearts?
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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309 of 354 people (87%) found this review helpful
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1 review
2.6 hrs on record
Serena is a darkly disturbing, emotionally wrenching, severely affecting short little gem. It takes less than an hour to play through. After having played two or three times already, it's a game that is short in duration but stays long in memory. I very much enjoyed playing this game and look forward to playing more games by each of the contributing designers.
Posted: January 30th, 2014
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