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9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek - Review

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek

Name: 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek
Release Date: 04 August 2013
Developer: Tap It Games/Artifex Mundi


 For iPhone and iPod Touch
 HD for iPad

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is the first Hidden Object Adventure game developed by a newly born studio, Tap It Games published through the well-known Artifex Mundi. You are on call to find your reporter friend, Helen who has mysteriously disappeared during her job at the Serpent Creek. Once you arrived, you found out that there are snakes crawling through the city and the citizens are sleepwalking, can you solve the case and rescue your friend?

9 Clues featured a pretty cool detective story with many characters you will encounter, both friends and foes. There are a few nice twists in the plot as well, some are unexpected. Each character you encounter is beautifully voiced and drawn.

The graphics in 9 Clues are nothing spectacular as most of the locations are quite dark but they are not grainy or blurry, very pleasant to the eyes. On the flip side, we really like the audio and the music used in the game - it suits each scene of the game well and the ending credits music is really likeable!

The developer did include an interactive fast-travel map in the game, however, you cannot use it to jump to whereever you want because you can only jump to the 'main' locations marked on the map. Despite the game being released only as Standard Edition, there are Achievements to collect and also 9 Collectibles well hidden throughout the game.

The Hidden Object scenes are easy and well done and the puzzles are nothing spectacular and are on the easy side. What unique about 9 Clues is its Detective mode which is a special scene once there is an event happened. In these Detective scenes, you have to find clues of the person behind the case spread around the scene and those clues will tell you a story on what had happened. This special mode is definitely interesting to play although sometimes they are do not make much sense.

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is great as a standalone Standard Edition. There is nothing really remarkable but it is very entertaining and captivating to play.

Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek


9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek

Looking for similar games? We recommend:

-House of 1000 Doors: Serpent Flame

-Strange Cases: The Faces of Vengeance

-Forbidden Secrets: Alien Town

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