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 (3,347 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”
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“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
36 of 37 people (97%) 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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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29 of 42 people (69%) 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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21 of 29 people (72%) 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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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15 of 23 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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
This game is like slow, subtle descent into madness. Great dialouge. Nice twist at the end. And..it's free. If you're looking for an hour to burn in a immersive way, this is the way to go.
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Truely an interesting and heart warming story :3
Not very long but worth playing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This is messed up. This messed me up. 10/10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
What can I say? I liked it. I'm trying to figure out how to describe the game. In terms of gameplay, it's a "point-and-click adventure" but there really isn't much adventure and there are really no puzzles to solve. In terms of concept, it's a "horror walking simulator" though there isn't much walking and the horror is all psychological; there are no jump scares, though the game is atmospheric and it tricked me into bracing myself for jump scares that never materialized. This game is like a one act play or a one-man show in which the story (non-linear, ambiguous, and open to interpretation) takes place in only one setting and is gradually revealed though the protagonist's inner dialogue and flashback memories. The voice acting is good enough to evoke some emotions and instill a sense of dread as story builds to a very creepy climax. Sound effects and music are used very sparingly, but to good effect. This game is free, takes a little over an hour to play, and has a chilling story.

OK, now on to some technical stuff. I almost was not able to experience this game. The first couple of times I tried to play it, the game crashed hard the first time I tried to interact with anything. On a hunch, I put my dual Radeon HD 6950s in CrossFire mode and then the game worked for me with no problems. If I had not thought to try this, I would have missed out on a really cool and creepy experience.
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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
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Before you decide not to like this game, please consider that this is a simple point-and-click AND free-to-play game.

Serena makes point-and-click game as literal as it can get. It is all you do, point-and-click. But the game play isn't the main part of the game, the story is what pulls the game together. There is a lot to think about after you get a hold of what the story is trying to tell, it grinds more into you especially if you are/had been in a relationship. I would not say is this a horror game, but it does rub the creepiness into your skin.

I will say I will not recommend this to everyone. But if you like creepy small stories that slowly roots into your head, you should give Serena a shot.
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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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
This is an interactive story, rather than a game but I enjoyed it. You only point, click and listen to what our protagonist has to say.
I found the graphics bizarre in a good way and the voice acting was pretty good,too.
I think the story was very well,too. There is a plot twist at the end, that I personally liked.
If you like psychological stories, which describes the different states of human mind, you will like this game.
It shows, how the things around us can gain so different meanings depending on how we feel and how all of us are at the edge of insanity.

And it's free, download and see for yourself.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
You're in a two-room cabin. Your wife seems to be gone. You don't know where she is, and you can't even remember what she looks like!

Key things to enjoying this game, don't assume that once the dialogue repeats that you're "done" with that object/location. There are some triggering events that reset certain spots. Pressing the space bar highlights in blue the objects with remaining interactions.

Minor spoiler: Makes sure you've gotten two clues about her appearance and go back and check that picture whenever you think you may be getting somewhere. There's two "dead end" spots that start working once you've set off a few triggers.

This is one of those stories some folks shortchange by calling them "walking simulators." No, it's a video game that tells a story. A pretty damned intersting one, in my book. The voice acting is fairly mediocre, but ya know, volunteers putting their time and effort in for a game that costs you nothing (and delivers a fair chunk of value). You can finish this in an hour, it took me two or three because I didn't have the advice I gave above.

Grab it, it's worth every cent you won't be paying for it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This was very interesting and kept me thinking...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
I'd classify Serena as an interactive movie rather than a game. There is a very rich and emotional story narrated by the protagonist and you get to learn about it by "playing" the game. It is very short and has a great twist in the story. If you are interested in interactive stories and have about 1 to 1,5 hours, you should check it out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I didn't read too much about this game so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from it aside from it was supposed to be creepy. It really delivered on that front, through the entire game I had a sense of uneasiness. While I was playing I was sure I had the story figured out until a dramatic twist at the end happened.


+ A very creepy atmosphere
+ A fascinating, thought provoking story
+ Good twist ending
+ Every object you click has multiple dialogue options throughout the game
+ Free

- Sometimes I was totally unsure of what to do next (I might just be horrible at point and click though and I'll admit I had to find a walkthrough)
- Horrible voice-acting, really a pain to listen to and stopped me from feeling completely immersed in the story
- Doesn’t tell you what the controls are, escape automatically quits the game and it doesn’t save your progress, space tells you what can be clicked on


All in all I think you should definitely give this game a try if you are a fan of creepy story driven games.
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