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Release Date: Jul 18, 2013

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"For fans of mystery it's a fun and short game in the classic point-and-click style of adventure games. "

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April 17

Mind Snares: Alice’s Journey is coming to Steam!



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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.6.8
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 (32/64bit)
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 28 people (100%) 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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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
My favorite game genres is hiden object, so yes, I really tried many this kind of games, especially a profesional hidden game company called BIG FISH, and this one is excellent. It has a specific storyline, I really enjoy the scenario. The puzzles are not so difficult and intersting. The music and visuals just make u enjoy the whole game. Maybe the story is short, but still is a amzing experience.
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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
An interesting game, with some pretty simple hidden object, and puzzle games. Great for children, and adults who like to do puzzles.
Not a extremely great story line, but it isn't bad either.
Definatly worth a shot if you like puzzles.
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Another great HOG game :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
If you like Hidden Objects games this is a must-buy. I just stopped playing it to eat xD. The story is a little short but it is addictive. It is also supernatural.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
You are on a search for your friend who has disappeared. As you come to Serpent Creek you find the whole town suspicious. As you solve the mystery of your missing friend, you will also solve the mystery of the town of Serpent Creek. This is a simple hidden object game with a few simple puzzles. As far as the genre goes, the hidden object scenes are very simplistic as are the puzzles. The only tough puzzles were lock pick puzzles, but even these wouldn't take an average player too long to figure out. The story is interesting and works well and the graphics are decent for this type of game, though do not offer an immense detail as some other games would offer.

Worth the price I paid for the Humble Bundle, so make sure you pick this up cheap if you can find it, and then it's definitely worth the time played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Enjoyable enough point and click game.

The only thing that had me confused at the start, was the locations of some of the clues you're supposed to collect.

They're '?' shapes, which are normally slightly opaque in the rooms they're found in, so it helps to look around the rooms VERY carefully.

All said, I completed the game and all achievements in one sitting, of 2 playthroughs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Did not take much time to complete this game but as a quick casual adventurer it did it's job. UI was spotless and user friendly. Storyline was weird and um... good enough.

a good distraction if you will when you need to have something simple and relaxing to fiddle about. Cards and achievements are there too if you wish to hunt for them. Not once did i strain myself too much when playing this game. instead the mode was more like 'what is going to happen next' -exploring that was only stopped by puzzles. I can pay a couple of bucks for this easily.

Not much of a game to remember years from now but as a casual clicking game it worked well.

7/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Game was really fun. Easily worth it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Nice point & click games with mostly good graphics and great atmosphere.

pro:
  • Overall good graphics
  • great atmosphere
  • Detective mode is what makes this game different

con:
  • Too short
  • hidden object scenes are too easy (major issue for this type of game)

conclusion:
This is not the best title of Artifex Mundi, but still better than most.
A shame the hidden object scenes don't contain a few more items to make them more difficult.
Get it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Nice, relaxing game. Voice acting was good and none of the puzzles were too hard. The art was also a pleasure to look at. Grab it on sale if you're interested, because it is quite short. Took me about 3 hours to finish it in one sitting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
As one of the earliest Artifex Mundi adventure games, "9 Clues" certainly lacks some of the more impressive elements of its successors. It's quite short for one thing, and usually much more straightforward than its peers, so absolutely DO NOT buy it unless it is on sale. But for the right price it offers a fun, Lovecraft-inspired adventure coupled with polished gameplay and fairly good visuals and voice acting. Just don't expect an excessive dose of head-scratching if this is already a familiar game style.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Loved the storyline. The puzzles are fun and good variations. The achivements are also fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
A short and satisfying Hidden Object game that can be beaten in about 3 hours. Almost every puzzle is good and all the hidden object scenes are well drawn and you rarely have to look too hard for any object. My only complaint is that the plot is very obvious with no twists whatsoever.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Touchscreen Friendly, I play this on my dell venue pro 8 when im in bed and it works perfectly, so far the story is interesting and the gameplay is good for a hidden object game.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
good game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
As much as I love Artifex Mundi games and the graphics they have in their games, this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

Don't get me wrong here ; if you want an easy hidden object game with a simple story then this game is for you. However, if you are a fan of ''Nightmares of the Deep'' like me, you will be saddened by this one.

The puzzle were too easy. I felt no challenge and I could almost tell which object I had to click on without looking at the list I had. Second, the story made absolutely no sense and felt sort of rushed. The characters have no background so you don't even know who they are to your character and why they're all in this city.

--WARNING SPOILER FROM HERE!!!!--

The ''bad guys'' are very predictable. No surprise at all at the ending that also left me really unsatisfied. What also got me frustrated is how, for example, you have to find a way to touch an electrified cable and you need gloves ; you don't even have to look around in the map, it's right next to the electrified cable !! What is the point of having a hidden object game when the objects are not even hidden?

-- END OF SPOILER --

I am really deceived and hope that I will not come across another one like this. If you still want to try this game, I recommend to wait until it goes on sale because it's not worth the full price.
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