Save your missing friend and reveal the corruption of the town’s citizens to stop an evil plot to bring the evil Snake God back to our world.
User reviews: Very Positive (550 reviews) - 90% of the 550 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2013

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About This Game

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is an original hidden-object puzzle-adventure game, featuring a totally unique Detective Mode. This thrilling mystery merges elements of classical horror and gritty, 50’s-style noir.
A paranormal private investigator is contacted by her friend, famous reporter Helen Hunter, whose voice sounds small and terrified in the voicemail. She is in the coastal town of Serpent Creek, and needs help immediately.
But upon arriving in Serpent Creek, the detective finds no trace of Ms. Hunter.
Weirder still is the fact the town’s streets are crawling with snakes, and the citizens seem to be sleepwalking through life. The ground shakes with violent tremors.
When investigating Serpent Creek, the detective will perform true investigative work: finding clues and combining them to learn the secrets of every crime scene in the all new Detective Mode!

Features

  • Unique Detective Mode gameplay
  • Eerie, realistic settings
  • Mysterious crime story set in 1950’s America
  • Challenging mini-games
  • Complex characters with real motivations
  • Detective’s Journal that includes current tasks and character index
  • Unique locations
  • Breathtaking plot full of unexpected twists

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is another Artifex Mundi game – one of their early productions, working with a young developer team: Tap It Games. It is a decent HOG to keep you busy for 2-3 hours straight with a subtle taste for noire. It is not exceptional compared to the rest of Artifex Mundi collections, but it is refreshingly well-done for the HOG genre itself anyway.

Our character, a lady private eye comes to the little town of Serpent Creek to investigate the disappearance of her journalist friend, Helen during Serpent Creek's famous Serpent Festival. We are quick to notice that there is an obscene amount of serpentine references going about the town; alongside mysterious disappearances, earthquakes and zombie-like citizens. The story gets more and more complicated between a moody hotel manager, a veteran sheriff, a suspicious British guest and a disturbingly oblivious mayor... What to do?

While the character modelling is appealing in animation, the psychological portrayal and demeanor designs of characters especially take the cake on this one. They are definitely interesting and elegant enough to keep you interested with the story revelation. People look and act similar to cover arts for classical Nancy Drew books with an extra dose of eerie and suspicion about them. You keep second guessing about characters, tying them to any kind of dreadful business the moment you see them. I won't lie, the outcome is not extraordinary, yet the display is certainly worth your time. The background artwork is also pretty and comes strong on establishing atmospheres.

The game contains some of the more imaginative puzzles that I've encountered within genre, alongside some entertaining lock picking puzzles. What I especially liked was investigation scenes where we are expected to pick up some clues around to deduce the recent happenings within the room. Hidden object scenes were ordinary if not a bit too easy. The usage of the map, action indicators and its teleportation feature are all present to bring you a relief for achievement hunting.

All in all, the game is worth the money for a HOG gamer, or anyone looking for a time kill with both noire and mystical atmosphere. If it is on sale, even better.

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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
Games that Artifex Mundi publishes but didn't develop are hit and miss, but this is one of the better ones
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2015
I wouldn't put this up with Artifex Mundi's best -- they published it but didn't make it -- but it's a very solid HOG.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
pretty basic hidden object game. a little more cartooney than most ive played on steam but its still not a bad game.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Oh god yet another hidden object game!

Pro:
Looks good
Kinda creapy in a PG sort of way
Good for kids
Low system specs needed
Steam cards & achieves

Con:
Controls can be a bit off
No demo
Short

Overall:
5/10 +1 by hidden object game standards it good = 6/10 (7/10 if you can get it for under $1 or in a bundle)

Is it my cup of tea? No
Would I ever play it again? No
If somebody asked if they liked HO games should they get it? Yes (and ask them to get therapy)
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