9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is another Artifex Mundi game, a standalone adventure and a decent HOG to keep you busy for 2-3 hours straight. It is not exceptional compared to other Artifex Mundi games, but it is refresingly well-done for the HOG genre itself.
Our character, a private eye, comes to the little town of Serpent Creek to investigate the disapperance 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 referances going about the town; alongside mysterious disapperances, 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.
The game contains some of the more imaginative puzzles that I've encountered within genre, alongside some entertaining lockpicking puzzles. What I especially like was investigation scenes that we are expected to pick up some clues around to deduce the recent happenings within the room. Hidden object scenes were normal if not a bit too easy. The usage of the map, action indicators and its teleportation feature is a relief for achievement hunting.
All in all, the game is worth your money. If it is on sale, even better.
EDIT: Correction on the game being a standalone adventure. The sequel 9 Clues: The Ward is available on Steam for you to enjoy!