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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"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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1. lokakuu, 2014

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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“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

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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. 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?

Järjestelmävaatimukset

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
Hyödylliset arvostelut
279/296 (94%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
0.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 27. lokakuu, 2014.
Time to download: 15~30 minutes
Time to finish the game: 1 hour or so
Time spent think about the game: The rest of the week
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
137/146 (94%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 19. lokakuu, 2014.
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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
45/50 (90%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
2.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 24. lokakuu, 2014.
First note: do not press ESC during gameplay. It will exit the game and you'll have to start over.

Serena is a very interesting experience. I hesitate to call it a game since there's no real gameplay. You only interact with a small environment and learn the story of your unnamed narrator and his wife Serena.

I won't go into details about the story, but I will mention that the twist took me a second playthrough to truly understand. The first time through I pegged the game as predictable, but I didn't realize how much of the story I had missed. The second go round, I discovered the "real" twist ending (and felt quite stupid for having it fly over my head before).

Because of this, I definitely recommend you to play through slowly and carefully. Use the spacebar to highlight objects you can interact with and click through them until you've heard every story dialogue from them. There are small clues scattered throughout as to what happened in that lonely cabin.

If you pace yourself and listen through the whole story, the ending goes from predictable to quite rewarding (for you, at least).

But as I mentioned earlier, I can't really call this a game. If you're looking for a horror game, this isn't the title for you. If you want a tense, haunting experience, you're in the right place. This would be a game worth a few dollars; the fact that it's free is icing on the cake.

The atmosphere is dark and moody, and the music and sounds really seal the deal; the songs will knock you off your mental balance, and the silences will raise your nerves on end. It's a short experience, but it's one that will stick with me for a while.

If I had to make any changes, it would be these:
  • Take out the ESC quitting the game issue. I tried to pause the game partway through my first run and had to start from scratch. Most people expect ESC to lead to a menu, so I imagine this is a common occurence.
  • A bit more notification that an object has been fully interacted with would be nice. It's a short game, but there's no need to pad it out further.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
37/41 (90%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.3 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 25. lokakuu, 2014.
That's an art piece, not just interactive fiction. I wish there were more of those. Although the gameplay elements are almost non-existent, It has much better deliverance of the story, than if I'd simply watched it on YouTube.
You associate yourself with Protagonist, therefore the story affects you much stronger. Overall 9/10.
Can't wait for Asylum.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
24/29 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.0 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 13. marraskuu, 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?
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
17/21 (81%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. marraskuu, 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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
11/11 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
5.0 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 13. tammikuu.
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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
14/17 (82%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 27. tammikuu.
Wasn't to bad. Great ending.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
12/16 (75%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 26. joulukuu, 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 :)
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
8/11 (73%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.4 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 8. lokakuu, 2014.
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?)
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
10/15 (67%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
1.0 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 17. joulukuu, 2014.
It's free
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
4/4 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
8.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. lokakuu, 2014.
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."
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
5/6 (83%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.2 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 13. lokakuu, 2014.
Great story-driven game with a fantastic ending that took me by surprise. Almost wish this was a book or a short film of some sort. It's almost like playing in an Edgar Allen Poe story. There's a bit of Lovecraftian-ness to it as well.

Being free, I highly reccomend anyone who stumbles upon this little gem to download and play. There's nothing to lose and only a short, great game to play!

Note: Yes, this game is very short when you get down to it. But it make take you quite some time to figure out exactly what's going on and what to do. It apparently took me 72 mins to finish when I realized, wow, this is about maybe a 10-15 min storyline that the dev. managed to stretch out. This isn't a bad thing at all by the way.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
3/3 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.3 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 26. marraskuu, 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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
3/3 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
0.9 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 15. lokakuu, 2014.
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
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
3/3 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.5 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 26. helmikuu.
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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
4/5 (80%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
0.8 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 29. tammikuu.
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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
2/2 (100%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1 käyttäjän mielestä tämä arvostelu oli hauska
1.1 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 14. helmikuu.
For a short F2P Point-and-Clikc, this is beautiful.

The Good-
Beautiful, heart-wrenching story
Ending with all them FEEEELS
Impressive graphics
Powerful soundtrack to compliment the FEEEEELS

The Bad-
Rather short
Story is a bit convoluted, as well as slightly ambiguous
Not very replayable
Not much to do, nor are there multiple ways of completing

The Ugly-
Can't quite remember Serena enough
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
3/4 (75%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 23. lokakuu, 2014.
Once in a while, I play again through the story of "Serena". I can't really explain why but somehow there is a sordid beauty and a secret fear hidden in the development of the character's personality that you play in this very short adventure.

Of course I know very well what is going to happen, which steps I must pass to achieve the end of the game, anyway, I try to avoid it each and every time, look at the beautiful and prankish details of the game. And each and every time it gives me creeps when I took another step to my inevitable faith which reveals the inevitable truth of what I have done...
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska
3/4 (75%) arvioi tämän hyödylliseksi
1.7 tuntia pelattu
Julkaistu 9. joulukuu, 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.
Oliko tämä arvostelu hyödyllinen? Kyllä Ei Hauska