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 (104 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2013
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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

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    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
24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 10
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 23
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Good hidden object point and click. But get it on sale, cause it's short.
Posted: October 23
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
What a nice point-and-click adventure "9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is".

The graphics are finely drawed and all characters fit together perfectly. It should be somekind of horror story with threaten poisonous snakes. But mostly just scary for children. The puzzles are challenging but sometimes too easy.

I liked the crime scene mode when she asks: "what on earth happened here?". Then you must find evidences like footsteps or fingerprints on the screen. If you are finished she tells you every detail that happened in a story stack. Great !

Unfortunately I had to playthrough several times because I missed always
one of the 3 lockpicker puzzles and then you need to have a completed savefile
at all ...
Posted: October 12
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
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.

VERDICT:
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.
Posted: October 11
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
I'm not really into hidden object games, but this one was interesting. I liked the story and didn't find it boring. The game is short and the puzzles are not very complicated. Very good time killer. Easy and entertaining. Recommend if you are into hidden object games. You will enjoy this one.
Posted: October 11
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
I love Artifex Mundi games and this game was not disappointing. A lot of fun with just the right mix of HO scenes and puzzles. I will definitely play this again.
Posted: October 12
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
What on earth happened here?
Posted: October 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
This is the first time I play a hidden objects game (I have just bought a bundle with lots of them).
The graphics are fine, and, to me, this game looks like a thriller movie : you have to go through a story with almost no difficulty and enjoy the scenario, even though there is nothing surprising, but that is still fine.
Just play the game to unlock achievements, it is easy, 3 hours should be enough for a "100% achievement" !
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Very simple, but fun, puzzle adventure.
took less then 3 hours for a complete playthrough.

it got some hidden item puzzles which arent very hard, that counts for all the puzzles.
story is simplistisch but enough entertaining

if you like puzzle adventures and want one where you can relax: buy this title, otherwise look for other games
Posted: October 18
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
믿고 즐기는 Artifex Mundi제 퍼즐 게임입니다.

기존 작품들처럼 스토리를 진행하면서 숨은 그림 찾기와 기타 퍼즐들을 풀어나가는 방식입니다. 언제부터 추가 되었는지 탐정 모드를 새로 접해봤는데 마우스 커서에 답이 바로 표시가 되니 이건 퍼즐이라 부르기는 어렵군요.

이전에 출시된 시리즈보다 그래픽면에서 엉성해진 건 의아하지만 큰 문제는 되진 않습니다. 문제는 스토리 부분이 기대보다 너무 부실해서 안타깝습니다. 그 외엔 그냥 가볍게 즐기는데 문제가 없습니다. 기존 작품 중 난이도가 낮은 편에 속해서 쉽게 진행하실 수 있습니다.
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
I'm a big fan of Hidden Object games but I have to say I was very disappointed with this one.

The Hidden Object puzzles are much too simple; I was able to solve them within half a minute! There was an abundance of dialogue, probably to lengthen the playtime which is quite short, and the story itself wasn't very good.

Encountered no bugs or broken achievements.

3/10
Posted: October 14
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
In this game, a prequel to the Harry Potter series, you encounter a small town run by Lord Voldemort. The two of you go on a grand adventure; at one point, you save his life after he wrecks his car, and at another point, he chases you around a library whilst fully nude (the nudity is only implied, alas). The bad guy is an ancestor of Sirius Black, who runs a sinister hotel setup.

The puzzles are all very solid, enjoyable to complete without being stupidly easy or stupidly hard. If hidden object games are your bag. you won't steer yourself wrong by picking up this title. (Unlike Voldemort, who should have stuck to his broom instead of a Muggle contraption).
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Overall fun/interesting hidden object game. 8/10
Posted: October 24
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is a pretty good puzzle/ point & click game. The art is nice, the voice acting is ok, but the music wasn't very interesting at all.

It took me 2 hours and a half to complete the game while also getting 100% achievements. I think the game is extremely short but the price tag is fair anyway and it seems like most people needed at least 5 hours to complete the game so you might get more value out of it.

There's 3 level of difficulty to make the game harder if you prefer having a bigger challenge, but the game isn't very hard either way. I think the story was very good and i'd recommend to purchase this game if you like puzzles or point & click games... Even if you don't know much about the genre, the story is really good so you might enjoy playing this game anyways! Just keep in mind the game is quite short!
Posted: October 10
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Helen was annoying and I didn't want to save her.
Posted: October 12
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
this game hurt my brain, but thanks god, i got all acvievements in 4 hours :)
Posted: October 21
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2.4 hrs on record
Pretty nice hidden object game with a story line.
Posted: October 19
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2.5 hrs on record
Good story overall, just a casual game to play, not that difficult.
Posted: October 18
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7.6 hrs on record
Kind of a cool little story line. Game is pretty short so i would recommend trying to get it on sale. It also has trading cards and steam achievements which are amazing. if you are focusing on getting it 100% make sure you either use a guide for the lockpick achievement or complete all of them within a minute. Because playing through the game once is just great, it's a great game. but after playing through it a few times just for one achievement it defiantly gets annoying. so i would defiantly say no replay value. but overall really enjoyed my first run of the game, it seems to be just challenging enough. where it is not too hard where i have to use guides the entire time but it is not to easy where there is just no challenge. also enjoyed the mini puzzles through out. would recommend for quirky story line / cards / achievements.
Posted: October 20
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