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.
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Release Date: Jul 18, 2013

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Amid the turmoil of war, the Alliance has given Agent Walker a mission of the utmost importance – track down and destroy the mythical Spear of Destiny before a sinister enemy can use its supernatural power to turn the tide of war and conquer the world!

The year is 1942, and the Europe is in flames. In the midst of the grim war, an mystical artifact known as the Spear of Destiny has been discovered, and it's believed to have the power to change the destiny of the war. Some believe the Spear to be nothing more than a larger-than-life myth, but neither side wants to make the mistake of dismissing its paranormal power, so a desperate race to uncover the truth about the relic begins.

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The Final Showdown with the Preacher!

Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala is the finale of the highly acclaimed series developed by the Polish studio that takes the player to Karakorum – full of mystic temples, mysterious caves, picturesque villages, and inaccessible mountains brimming with wildlife.

In the aftermath of the dramatic events in Ravenwood Park, the detectives return to Maple Creek in the hope of finding clues that will help to establish the whereabouts of the demonic Preacher. Thanks to their cunning and relentlessness, they discover the final destination of their nemesis: among inaccessible mountains at the end of the world, in an ancient monastery clinging to the upper reaches of a snow-covered mountain, lies the secret that might help him seize control of the world!

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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!


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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1.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
It was a nice little Puzzle Game. Did not expect much but got a bit more out of it. The Puzzle difficulty is okay, the story the usual flat thing. It was worth the money during Winter Sale.
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5.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
Good HOG game but too short. Suggest getting it on sale...
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5.9 hrs
Posted: August 10
Product received for free
Played through the game 4 times because I couldn't do a lock pick under 60 seconds...

9/10 xD
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9.9 hrs
Posted: July 22
I liked this game, it was ok. But get it on a good sale, definitely not worth paying the full price since you’ll probably finish the story in a few hours. If you’re into HO/puzzles, it’s worth checking this title!
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2.6 hrs
Posted: July 16
The story is a bit messy, and seems a bit rough around the edges. A short game too - a good way to kill two or three hours. The puzzles are a bit easy, but it's a family friendly game or just something chill for casual gamers.
Grab it on sale if you can.
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Missing Time
1.4 hrs
Posted: July 16
A pleasant little point and click/hidden object/puzzle game. As it takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete I dont think its worth full price, but on discount its worth it. It is supposed to be horror themed but in my opinion it has more of a cozy and cheesy feel to it, so if you wanna crap your pants you should defiently look for another game. It is also quite easy, so if you enjoy hard point and clickers this isnt for you either. But if if you want a small and quite cozy game that reminds of old cheesy detective novels this is worth it on discount.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: July 16
- This review isn't written by a native speaker, thank you for your understanding –
- If you haven't found this review helpful or if you have found a mistake please leave a comment below -
- Note1 : I got this game in a bundle on Bundlestars, the game alone should be at $0.30 -

Family Rating
Everyone 10/13+
between Good and Must Play

- Key features below ---- Review after -----------------------------------------------

Play time needed (perfect)
About 3 hours
Gaming level
Achievement level
Casual (a little challenging)
Game style
Point N’ Click (First person), Hidden Objects (HO), Puzzles
Game modes
Story mode only
Between fine and good. (if you like the old style)
Just fine.
One (Two if you missed anything)
Just fine. (little awful)
Mouse only
Unmissable / backtracking content
No. Refer to the (*) point at the end.
Glitches / bugs
About 450 Mo
Worth price
I think that game deserves a 65 percent off discount or more because of its length and its foolish achievement system.

- Review below ----------------------------------------------------------------------

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is one of the less stunning (graphics) of Artifex Mundi. Despite that and some other things the game is still quite good.

The scene takes place in Serpent Creek where your friend Helen Hunter asked your help immediately. As a female paranormal private investigator you’ll need to find trace of Ms. Hunter who has gone missing. Also you’ll soon discover why this city was called Serpent Creek and discover even more things about that city: its citizens, the old city discoveries, the tremors and some Aztec (or another tribe?) belongings in the museum. The story itself is set in two genres: action (where you need to fight for your survival) and investigation. (where you need to gather every clues you may have in order to understand what’s going on in that city) Also the game has some cut scenes which a 50’s- style noir.

As every Artifex Mundi game you can move freely in different area (of Serpent Creek) and need to solve some puzzles and find all objects in hidden objects scenes. The game has 3 difficulties and a guest feature: every one of the family can play an independent save and resume the game where they left it. When you first play the game you’ll have a notebook where you have all your objectives as well as all your notes. Adding to that you’ll have a hint button that will help you in many ways but be warned that you may not use it in any puzzle or hidden object scene (HOS)or investigation scene (IS). Hints can be used to know where you need to go, where is the next interaction or to show an object or clue in an HOS or IS or to skip a puzzle.

One of the very good thing of this game is that there are 2 (almost) unique features you won’t find in any other Artifex Mundi game:
- You’ll have several Investigation scenes which come independently from the hidden object scenes.
- You’ll need to lock pick (3 times) with different tools.

To talk about the investigation scene: you see the current scene where there are many clues more or less obvious. You need to find every of them without the name/type of each clue. (If you play on an easier mode your cursor will glow when you are close to a clue) When you found every clue, you’ll imagine how the scene happened.

Finally the game has collectibles to find : 9 question marks hidden in several area of the game that will give you several achievements.

(*) :
In addition to no skip or use any hint while playing every puzzles and Hidden objects scenes, there are more missable achievements. Some are obvious but can still be missed : read 3 newspapers, play with Breebo (interact with the cat several time) and watch a cut scene triggered by a set of painting in the museum. They can be missed because more you go further in the story and more area are closed. That is also true for finding the 9 clues (9 question marks) which a few of them will be accessible for a limited time. The last but not least requires you to finish 3 lock pick puzzles (all) in less than one minute. Well that’s not that hard but only the second one is a little more challenging I must say.

Finally if you missed anything while finishing your first playthrough, you’ll need to play the game again with the same profile. (achievements are linked to the profile: you can track your achievement in-game) The good thing is you only need to succeed where you failed : meaning that if you failed to find 1 clue among the 9 or failed 1 lock pick game among the 3 : you just need to succeed the only one which is missing.
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4.5 hrs
Posted: July 14
Nice game for beginners in HO style games.
The HO scenes are really very very easy.
Story inspired by Lovecraft so that's pretty cool.
Can be done in 3 hours but that's a nice game.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: July 14

It seems to be one of the older Artifex Mundi games and it results in a few flaws. The game is shorter (~2:45h of gameplay), the graphics and animation are far from perfect, there is no additional episode for those who have finished the main storyline. It tries to be a horror, but it's far from being creepy. I like games from AM studio, but in this case it's worth playing only if you've got the game as a bonus in a bundle containg some latter titles.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: July 8
Honestly one of the better quality Hidden object games out there. Plays nice with 2 monitors. Has action, and a bit spooky in places. I highly recomend it!
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42 of 46 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2015
Artifex Mundi's 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is truly a creepy game, with an X-Files-esque feel about it. (If you look closely, you may find a few well placed nods to the now classic show that run from 1993 to 2002 and spawned several films...) You're a bit of Scully and Mulder, all boiled into one, as you rush to a friend's aid, and are immediately thrust into investigating weird events, coverups, and all manner of mayham and murder taking place in the small coastal town of Serpent Creek. A host of creepy (there's that word again), eccentric, and sly characters come out of the wood work to either help, or dissuade you, or just plain turn a blind eye on what's really going on in the community.

The game's investigative mode is very unique and in part, has you becoming a profiler of sorts. There's getting inside the mind of your unknown suspect, retracing footsteps, and piecing together fragmented clues. Of course, there are Hidden Objects and cleverly designed puzzles along the way as well too. Vocals and musical themes are as always top notch. The look and feel of the game are rich in terms of the color spectrum. The storyline and plot are strong with deeper things going on under the surface.

All in all a great buy, fun time, and very entertaining! Oh and did I mention that there's an unruly cat and ssssssssssssssssssssssssnakesssssssssssssssssssssssss everywhere?! Have fun my friends. Have fun...
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41 of 46 people (89%) 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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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
I've never really been a big fan of hidden object games, but I enjoyed this one. You'll probaby figure out the mystery pretty fast, but the story's engaging and the game doesn't get too repetitive (unless you end up playing through a second time to get all the achievements because you missed the third lock by about two seconds).

It's a pretty easy game, and would be great for older kids, especially ones that like their stories a little on the creepy side. It's a bit short, but I think if it was any longer the story would drag.

Nothing revolutionary, but if you like to chill out and blow through a casual game with a decent story and easy achievements, it's fun and worth picking up especially in a bundle or super cheap sale.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Clever Hidden Object-Game

It may sound weird to some, but 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is actually the first Hidden Object Game I've ever played. And to make it immediately clear: I liked it a lot! It's stylish, cleverly designed and it has an original story.

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek was developed by Tap It Games and published by the well-known Artifex Mundi in July 2013. Some research out of my newly-found interest in this genre, has learned me that Artifex Mundi is perhaps THE prime publisher of this kind of games, and after playing a second one of their games, I can safely confirm that they stand for quality and sheer gaming pleasure.
The Secret of Serpent Creek could be defined as an adventure-light, or casual adventure game, with a touch of horror added to it. The story is quite original and entertaining and certainly proved interesting enough to keep my interest right through to the final stages. I won't spoil it here, suffice it only to tell that it is also suited for teenagers and maybe even younger children, since there is no offensive context in any way. There are also a whole bunch of helping-tools, perfectly adaptable to everyone's needs with three difficulty levels. Exactly as how it should be done in this kind of games, imo.
The actual gameplay is very much point-and-click orientated, with static screens following upon each other. Most of the times there are objects to be found to advance to the next screen, to solve a puzzle, or to be combined with each other. Thanks to the very intuitive inventory, all this can be done in a smooth manner, and thanks to the map (with fast-travel system incorporated), the amount of backtracking is limited. The shining point of the game are the famous "Hidden Object" scenes, where one has to click several named objects in order to find one story-related object. As easy as this may sound, it proved quite a lot of fun, and even challenge to a non-native English speaker as me. I made a sport out of it not to consult any dictionay, and I've certainly learned a whole bunch a new English word just by playing this game ;-). Apart from the Hidden Object-screens, there are also quite some well-designed puzzles, more of a challenge but still very well designed and easily solved with some thinking.

Since gameplay is limited to pointing, clicking and thinking, graphics and sound are very important to me in this kind of adventure (light). And in these departments 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek certainly delivers. The scenes are vividly painted, with bright coulours if needed and lots of visual clues. Sound-wise, there's not much to complain about: voice-acting is fine, only the music could have delivered more of a punch.
All in all, this was a very fine first encounter for me wtih this genre, and with the quality-products Artifex Mundi delivers. Don't hesitate if you like this kind of games, and do give it a try when you're curious about them. It's not expensive, and as icing on the cake: it comes with Trading Cards and a set of Steam Achievements that can be made into a perfect game without too much hassle.

Gameplay: 23/30
Graphics: 15/20
Sound: 7/10
Longelivety: 6/10 (decent lenght for this kind of games but not much beside that)
Technical: 9/10
Steam Integration: 10/10
Personal appreciation: 8/10

Overall: 78/100
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Good hidden object point and click. But get it on sale, cause it's short.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
This game is a proof that if a game is very good quality, you can enjoy it, even if you don't like the genre. I don't like games like this, but time I spent on that game wasn't wasted. Why? I think because it has NO BUGS at all. Not even smallest one. Because everything is on its place. Because whole game is developed with highest quality standards. Yeah, I think, thats why I enjoyed it.

If you don't like such games, I think you may try it. There is a chance you will like it.
If you like such games, you probably played it before me and you know how good it is.

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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
At this point with a few reviews already under my belt, I've somewhat run out of things to say about hidden object games (or HOGs). With how many there are and the near identical formula used as their base, unless it's appalling or extraordinary I find myself scratching my head for something more elaborate and articulated to say than "it's good for fans of the genre". Artifex Mundi's games however are something of an exception to that rule, as more than most casual developers they've shown a desire to strive to better their games with each release, reusing the same basic template but refining it along the way.

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek so far as I've explored their catalog is the best example of Artifex taking criticism to heart and using it to turn out a more enjoyable, polished experience. The narrative is a fairly predicable Scooby Doo-esq mystery, in a mysterious town full of odd people that seem just a little too obsessed with snakes. It didn't surprise me, nor is it especially well written, but there's a very typical Artifex charm in the way the story plays out as if they know it's derivative but it's the best they can do so they're still going to give it their all to make it entertaining. The voice acting is a significant step up from what they've managed in the past, perhaps thanks to the fact that the characters presented are so strange that any stilted exchange or bizarre inflection becomes a part of the character instead of sounding like an intern was pulled in at the last moment to record a few lines.

The hidden object scenes themselves, though as usual something of a treat on the side to the main casual adventure game meal, feel more logical in how they're placed and presented. Gone are the random cascades of junk shoved into random corners of the environment, replaced with a handful of scenes that make sense in the narrative (though it's still a little hard to believe anywhere in the world is quite so cluttered with pieces of machinery scattered all throughout the town). And perhaps most worthy of note is the addition of fast travel at long last, which eliminates the tedious back tracking which is already thankfully minimized do to the shorter, but much tighter experience.

So yes, it would be easy to simply say 9 Clues is a great HOG and you should certainly give it a chance whether you're already a fan of the genre of not, but I think it's worth pointing out the areas Artifex Mundi has put in the effort to improve their game in a genre so lacking in inspiration or often considered to be of a high quality. It's going to be hard to go back to their older games I've yet to play, but it also has me excited moving forward seeing how dedicated they are to making their games as excellent as they can be. HOG developers of the world, take note!
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2015
Your friend calls you for help as the town of Serpent Creek seemed to be under a strange spell. Arriving there, apparently, nothing seems wrong, apart perhaps that man in a flower shirt, Owen...

As any Artifex Mundi, this game is of quality. Unfortunately, I didn't really enjoy it as I should. It was kinda hard to enter the story this time because I have immediately understood who was the culprit, contrary to Grim Legends for example.

I had a problem with one of the HO scenes where, despite clicking on the right item, it wasn't being picked up. I don't know how I managed to get it past (clicking and clicking and finding finally the hitbox), yet, it was frustrating. I don't know if it had been solved or not as I uninstall the game once I got everything I wanted from it.

But despite this, it's an Artifex Mundi game: well polished, well thought, good visuals, good soundtrack and with nice twists.

Given the fact that I've played the game a long time ago, why the review now? Guess what will be released in a few days? 9 Clues 2! It seems a little more darker than the first 9 Clues, more psychological (yay!), so, it was time to put a review for the game :).

Buy it anyway :).
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
The first casual adventure game that I've played on my own (played the Midnight Mysteries games with my wife). Really not bad. It's a short game and it's not difficult at all, but still it's entertaining to play it. It has some hidden object scenes in it, but they are balanced with other puzzles and a good amount of easy adventuring.

8 € is a bit much for 2-3 hours of gameplay, but I can recommend it in a sale or from a bundle for sure.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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