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.
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Release Date: Jan 30, 2014

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October 1

Announcing H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward



Now live on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/1yzkovH

Brothers and Sisters in Almousin-Metraton:—

I this day heard that Senscape got the license for H. P. L. This is a firste in that accurs’d video game industrie; for Players shall be able to delve into Spheres beyond of the sort that Abdool Al-Hazred describ’d in his VII. Booke of ye Necronomicon. I am fearfull, as these Things are Dangerous. I also hear there’s one of those newfangl’d Kickstart’rs involv’d, and Senscape is promis’g the most faithful H. P. L. game ever — crucially a Third-Person Adventure (whatever that meanes) that will throwe Players back to a Golden Age of gaming.

They say renowned scholar and H. P. L. authority S. T. Joshi is assist’g the project, and a rigorous documentary about the making of the game and H. P. L.’s life in Prouidence shall be produced too. It is welle knowne that The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is the only novel H. P. L. wrote, and one of His more popular. The booke tells of ye Adventures of the foolish and naïve Charles as he becomes obsess’d with Witchcrafte and Occult Arts across vintage Prouidence and Salem to calle up Flesh from dead Saltes. Senscape says it is a perfect storie for an Adventure Game adaptation. They are even hint’g at more H. P. L. games if the Kickstart’r Endeavour proves successful enough!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Df3YYxO4Vs&list=UUpW_fLK70LoUKdjg4bUrRlA

This can not be. I shall arrange for my returne to Prouidence — this news demands my attention, and I must continue in Gett’g at Olde Matters in my Way. In one monthe it shall be Hallow’s Eue and ye Thing is breed’g in ye Outside Spheres. I was tolde many times that One shou’d not call up Any that One can not put downe; but under these circumstances we have no option but to call up Him; the Beyond-One that commandes in Yuggoth; and which ye vaporous brains know by ye untranslatable Sign… and bringe back ye Crawling Shadows to human-kinde.

Do keep the Guards in Shape and Talk often with Those Outside; and waite for my com’g Backe as an Other.

Yogg-Sothoth Neblod Zin
Josephus Curwen

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Reviews

“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 This 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?

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible with 128MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    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
    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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Serena is a short and atmospheric exploration game that plays like a simplistic point and click game without the usual gameplay elements such as inventories, puzzles or different locations and is set in a cabin in the woods, where you play as a man who seemingly lost his memory and now is trying to find clues about the whereabouts of his wife, Serena.

While the gameplay itself isn't anything special, it's the story that keeps the game going. It starts out as sort of a love story of a young couple but the further you progress and the more memories you regain, the clearer your mind gets and faces you with the sad truth of what your relationship with your beloved wife has become.

I don't want to spoil anything of the story, but it's an intense emotional rollercoaster ride throughout the ~1 hour of playtime and if you're looking for a relaxing game that tells both a sweet and sad story, make sure to check the game out.

It's free!
Posted: September 26
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
It is important to tell upfront that this is not a game in the common sense of the word, there is no real gameplay here. This is an interactive story, so people not interested in that can walk along.

The whole game takes place in a cabin lost in the woods, where you unfold the plot by exploring objects and opening furniture. The main character is deftly voiced, his emotions are convincingly genuine. There is no jump scares, loud sounds, and so on, the fear comes from the well crafted story and presentation. The game world might be small, but each items hold lots of memories, and as the plot advances, you see them in completely different lights.

The length of the game is perfect (roughly 1h30) for what it aims to achieve, and the pace consistantly ramps up in tension. The writing is descriptive, metaphoric and subjective. The emotional side is highly nuanced, and despite the length, you will feel conflicted several times concerning the characters and the situation it presents.

In short: a free game with the quality content you expect from a commercial product. Be aware this is a condensed experience focused solely on storytelling.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
This is a game that reminds me a lot of Gone Home, in the sense that it's a point-and-click type of game where you are unraveling this deep story as to why you are at this location in the first place, as well as what had happened there. The story, in my opinion, was very different and was intriguing until the end. However, I did not find any replay value in this game.

If you're looking for a short game that tells an amazing story, then this is the game for you!
(It's free - Why not try it?)
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Simply amazing Not going to spoil anything.Figure it out yourself.A man comes to a realization.I beat it and adored it!
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
If you're into atmospheric games, this should really work for you. No jump scares, if anyone is curious. Just an intensely unsettling environment that makes your imagination run wild.
Posted: September 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
it's an horror point-klicing game .... no more to say
Posted: October 5
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
I wanted to like this. I tried playing it three times. First time, I got stuck and hit ESC to try and bring up a save menu. Instead I get booted out of the game with no autosave. Second time, I tried to CTRL+ALT+DELETE to open a walkthrough so I could progress the story. Instead, my computer went haywire and my mouse pointer was stuck in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, so I couldn't switch back to the game. Third time, I tried on a different computer (in case it was just a Linux issue) and nope, same problem with the mouse pointer.

After reading some discussions, I realized I'd made it almost to the end of the game anyway, so my reaction is "...that's it?" The Big Twist is predictable as soon as the game starts if you're familiar at all with the genre.

I guess the forced fullscreen and inability to save was intended to make the game more immersive, but the immersion's already ruined by the terrible voice acting and the tedium of wandering around clicking on random things a dozen times apiece until something finally advances the story. I generally like story-based games like this, but the technical issues just made me feel like this was a waste of my time.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I get more excited masturbating with sandpaper than i do with this game. Its a boring point and click that isnt even scary. At all. Dont waste your time getting this.
Posted: October 1
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Too short, the attempts at humor are out of place, nothing resembling gameplay.
Posted: September 23
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Was this a joke? The entire "game" consists of listening to a guy process about his doomed relationship with a woman. This game was undoubtedly made by lesbians, right?

Don't make a game venting to me about your divorce, please.

People on Steam raving about how "GOOD THE STORY WAS"... Seriously? This is your bar for good story? The graphics are offensively ugly, the atmosphere is oppressive and stale (no, not in a good way), and the voice acting is nearly painful to listen to. It's -awful-.

The main character and Serena both come off as selfish people in the end who I found myself more repulsed by than feeling like I could relate to them. Especially the guy. This is one for the trash bin!
Posted: October 3
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1.0 hrs on record
Short, touching and absouletly twisted of a story....
Posted: September 25
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0.6 hrs on record
A short, enjoyable point and click with a disturbing twist. Graphically it looks great, and for a free game, I was surprised at just how good the voice acting was.

If you've around 30 minutes to spare, and want something narrative driven to pass the time with, you could do worse than playthrough Serena.
Posted: September 25
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2.5 hrs on record
A point and click game that has been made free to play. The major complaint I have is the lack of saving progress, but other than that, it's a solid game.
Posted: September 26
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2.2 hrs on record
Short game. Took me about an hour to finish. Great artwork though! Knew at the beginning something was really off, but the twist at the end got me.

Good if you need to kill a bit of time, however not much replay value.
Posted: September 26
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0.6 hrs on record
Meh. I found it extremely predictable personally.
Posted: October 17
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1.7 hrs on record
Very interesting plot with a thriller twist. Definitely recommend!
Posted: October 20
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0.9 hrs on record
Very interesting game..... I freaked out as soon as I hit the climax.... went into survival horror mode out of instinct. But it's something you can't really describe you just have to play and find out
Posted: October 15
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0.2 hrs on record
Lovely adventure game with a pretty unexpected plot. Of and it's stunning too. And made by an adventure gaming all-star team!
Posted: October 19
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1.1 hrs on record
This is a very short, but spooky first person point and click adventure game. The whole game takes place inside a cabin, which works very well. The voice acting is ok, and the music is rather good. There isn't any puzzles, just point and click on objects throughout the cabin to figure out the story. If you don't like games that focus on story, this isn't for you. If you want a game that is somewhat like a short scary story, it's definatly worth the download as it's free and worth your time.
Posted: October 15
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4.6 hrs on record
While some may argue that "Serena" is not truly a horror game, and some may argue that "Serena" is not even a game at all, it is truly an unforgettable experience. This game does not require a tremendous time investment. In fact, if you do only whats "required," then it's possible to complete in under 15 minutes. Obviously though, if you do so you will miss out on a lot of story, and that's 90% of what makes this game special.

Many gamers today have so many choices of games to play that it's really nice to see more games like this and "Among the sleep" that don't require much time to play through and not regret a single second. For a free game, it's also very visually appealing, but the story is what really drives it. I've already played this game through 4 seperate times, and each time I discover new little bits of story. Without spoiling anything, you can expect a couple major twists in the story. I'll admit, after playing many games of the horror genre, I saw the major twists coming from a mile away, but it doesnt change the fact that I still LOVED the experience as a whole. You'd have to have a heart of stone to not feel anything by the soulfoul tragedy known as "Serena."
Posted: October 15
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