G5 Entertainment is giving away 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for free from today (August 24) until August 30. 

The game 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is a hidden-object game about a quest to uncover the mystery of Helen Hunter’s disappearance. Helen is a journalist, and more importantly, your best friend. She has gone to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Her last phone call was to you, asking for help uncovering some strange things she’s discovered in the town. She wanted you to join her immediately. However, when you arrive, you find the town covered in snakes, and no one remembers Helen at all. More disturbingly, there are tremors beneath the ground, and people are sleepwalking—and the first thing you see upon arriving at Serpent Creek is a humanoid, snakelike creature. You can watch the trailer for the game below:

It seems like a neat mix between Nancy Drew and R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps novels. According to the game’s description, you’ll “investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together what happened to Helen. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!”

The gameplay will have you uncovering mysteries as you go, in the usual fashion (fingerprints, blood stains, murder weapons), as well as integrating the more occult stuff. Its key features are:

  • 53 eerie locations
  • 13 clever puzzles and mini-games
  • Six strange characters
  • 19 achievements to unlock
  • thrilling story set in 1950s America

9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is completely free and available on iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, and Mac, from today—August 24—till August 30. It looks like Steam is not participating in the giveaway, however; the appropriate links are below. The game is developed by Artifex Mundi and published by G5 Entertainment. It was originally released July 18, 2013.

iTunes Store:
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (Full) for iPhone
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (Full) HD for iPad
Google Play:
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for Google Play
Amazon Appstore:
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek for Kindle Fire
Mac App Store:
9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek (Full) for Mac


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