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.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,254 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 30, 2014

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"The product of a collaboration between several talented indie devs, Serena is a (free) story-driven adventure game that's worth exploring."

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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”
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
34 of 40 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
I finished this game in just 1 minute short of an hour, and I must say, with all of the intensity they packed into such a short ammount of time in this game, I was only disappointed in the sheer fact that it was over.

I thought there were going to be a couple of jump scares but lo and behold, there were none to be found. Though in this case, this wasn't such a bad thing.

The musical feel mixed with the diaglogue gave you the feeling that you were there. That this nightmare was really happening to you.. I caught myself personally asking 'Where could Serena be?' more than once, and that, my friend, is what makes a good game.

10/10, why aren't there more games like this?
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
A must-have for the lovers of the genre.

Think of Serena as an interactive story: you need to click on things to collect info and piece after piece, understand what's going on. If you like reading and investigating, just download it. Otherwise, don't.

For the ones interested, this is what is going to happen: Serena will take around one hour of your time and you'll probably leave the finished game thinking: "Well? Is this all? It's obvious that things went THAT way."

Then, you'll go back to your life.

Some time later, you will remember one detail and think: "But if things went THAT way, how should I explain this?"
Another detail will haunt you. And another one will follow.

At this point, you'll realize there was much more depth in this free yet precious gem than what you first assumed, so you'll feel compelled to start all over and try to make ALL the pieces fit together.

Serena is a wonderful gift to the community and I really recommend downloading it.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
A short interactive story with strong emotions.

This one deals with separation after a loving, warm relationship grows cold and distant, one of my deepest fears and joys at the same time. It tugs on my feel strings. Excellent narration, excellent atmosphere, and it does what it was aiming for.

A beautifully haunting short story.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Wasn't to bad. Great ending.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
It's free
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
I just wish the game was longer, the story really had me intriguied. Hopefully there's a sequel of some sort as this has left so many questions unanswered.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
it just a POINT-CLICK game and it is not a roleplay game MIND YOU ^^
just go along with a sad love story thats all
but i still want to recommend this thing :)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
excellent look at mental illness and failed relationships. similar in style to 'gone home' but more in the horror genre. Short game and it is free. totally worth the time if you enjoy games that make you think later.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
+Twist ending
+Multiple dialogues per interaction
+Music
-Interesting, compelling, and chilling story.

-Voice acting was poorly done, especially for Serena
-Too short :(
-Setting esc as the quit button messed me up and I had to restart my game. Would like it if it was indicated. Also, I didn't know that I could use space to see what was able to be interacted with until I read the other reviews. I would have liked a short intro as to what the controls are, see above two points

The game is quick to play but you'll keep thinking about it after you're done with it. One of the best interactive story games I've played.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
For the price point I can strongly suggest you waste an hour of your life playing this. That being said, it is full of artistic flaw as much as its strong points.

Pros: Great ambience and music. Wonderful design of the cabin to fit the *I'm assuming* desired feel. The female voice actor did her job well. The animations while few were well designed for the story. And oh god the plot twist...

Cons: The damn main voice actor reads his lines as if being teleprompted at 6am with not a damn in the world. Probably cuz he did it for free. He just didn't fit with the rest of the projects paticularly somber mood. His highlights were when he was angry and even that was bordering on dull. Aside from that, the repeating of dialouge after exhausting memories was a bit annoying, the cursor was bordering on non-intuitive, and...

Like I said, for free its worth the 1 hour acknowledgement of a decent piece of digital artwork. If they asked for money, I'd say pass it up. It tried hard, it really did; but it missed its mark somewhere and I'm guessing its because of its main actor and frustrating mouse interface.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
It won't be everyone's cup of tea but I really enjoyed it; gets very sinister very quickly. Silent Hill fans should certainly give it a go.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Like many Steamers, I have a forever growing list of games cultivated for my minor addiction for purchasing video games. So in the perpetual sea of Steam deals and "Humble Bundles" I am quick to ignore the freebies offered in my Steam library without a second glance.


The only reason I happened upon Serena was because I was flipping through my list looking for another game and noticed this indie adventure horror title. I dig horror especially when it's heavily reliant on the story. When I first ran Serena it reminded me of walking through the alleyways and rooms in Amnesia minus the scariness and evil things lurking around each corner. Created via the same game engine (Dagon) as the upcoming Asylum, Serena is a positive preview of what's to come this year when Asylum is released. As it's based in one cabin with minimal room to roam, it doesn't expect much from you and is a practically zero stress game. If you like watching horror films but dislike partaking in gory FPS games, you'll enjoy the ambiance in Serena. It has sinister context set in a mildly soothing atmosphere which is the best formula for an entertaining but laid back experience. You don't do anything but click random objects and read/listen to plenty of text. It's a fun change of pace for horror gamers and easy to sample for those less inclined towards the genre. Just sit back, and enjoy the story. It's like those interactive flash games back in the day that just gave you a wicked storybook with sounds and moving pictures and that was it.


What's more, the game has no control menu so once you start you should aim to finish as it hasn't got a save mode either. It doesn't require one as it isn't challenging to finish and relatively short to play. There are specific places you can click with your cursor to hear snippets of memories and clues to what has happened in that cabin which has a intense atmosphere of "something gravely wrong" from the get go.


After a few minutes wondering about, clicking all you can, in turn collecting an abundance of information on the couple introduced in Serena, you may get stuck. If you do you always have the option of pressing SPACE BAR to toggle hot spots. That way you can scan any object you haven't checked out and move on with the story.


Personally, after 20 minutes I looked up and read llewellynator's play-through (no plot spoilers) on Steam's community hub and breezed to the end, finishing Serena in half an hour. It would have been even more entertaining had I saved myself from previously Googling the game and noticing a huge spoiler in the search results (basically the ending and what I'd find somewhere in the cabin). I suggest making sure you have an hour to spare just "wasting time" clicking stuff and seeing if you can get through the story on your own. If progression is slow, then use a simple run-through like the link above so you know which actions to take but nothing of what will occur.


Using a guide for my last ten minutes of Serena is a probable culprit but it wasn't a rewarding game and I could see why it's free (on PC). My review is a positive one only because it's free and quick, it is well made and finished the simple task it was meant to do which is tell a short horror story in the likeness of Edgar Allan Poe's literary creations.


The game itself has a bit of IRL drama behind it that wasn't too interesting to me as an outsider so I'll skip that and move onto the story. Serena is fantastically narrated by Josh Mandel which makes the repeated clicking, reading and listening more enjoyable. He plays Serena's husband, the character the gamer will play in first person. Your memory is foggy and you're extremely disorientated as you move around the dusty, abandoned log cabin you seem to reside at with your "better half". But she's nowhere to be seen so you look around the cabin, thinking back to distant moments that seem somehow distorted now. Your goal is to reach the end of the story by clicking certain objects in a somewhat set order and releasing a change in your perception, the truth of what happened to you and Serena and why.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
This game will have you pondering the story for days. It is a short point and click adventure that uncovers a brilliant tale. It might just be the most well developed story ever told in under 60 minutes. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy interactive novel type adventures.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Great and simple game but strong story, I had a guess of what was going to happen but I was off slightly which basically means it was great if I'm not able to figure it out. Finished it pretty quickly, probably not a "replay" kind of game in my opinion but definitely something to play if you aren't up to doing very much for very long.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Nothing special if you compare it to an interactive story like Gone Home but for a free game it's really worth checking out. It's short but the story is waaaay too easy to piece together. Not as ambiguous as it hopes to be.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Pros:

+ filthy and suggestive environment
+ music
+ disturbing sound effects
+ voice acting
+ dark atmosphere
+ mysterious story
+ surprising, very good ending

Cons:

- very short (max one hour)
- almost non-existent gameplay (just click, look and listen)

One word review: Dark

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Honestly, for those complaigning it's just click and play it was free, and I'd say very good quality for both click and play and a free game. One can def. finish this in half an hour to an hour, but if you're just looking for something to do, this story kind of iis like an interactive detective novel. I say worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Great game which I enjoyed playing. I highly recommend this short but sweet piece of mystery and horror :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
A short but atmospheric game that leaves you pondering long after you've already finished the game...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
good game, good story
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