The Serpent of Isis is a new hidden object game by Gamgo with some considerable mystery and adventure game elements added into the mix. Beneath the ever shifting sands of Egypt, untold treasures remain buried. These are the kinds of treasures that drive men mad, possessing the minds of the adventurous and luring explorers into catacombs that twist and writhe beneath ancient pyramids. The Serpent of Isis was just such a treasure, and your grandfather was just such an explorer.
Your grandfather managed to attain the coveted treasure, but shortly thereafter it was stolen from him. Now, a century later, a mysterious letter is slipped under your door tipping you off that five passengers aboard the Mont Palu Express are attempting to smuggle the lost Serpent of Isis.
It's now time for you to take up the quest your grandfather started so long ago. You must chase down the Serpent of Isis, searching for clues, scouring European cities, and tracking down the people that stole your family's legacy.
Analysis: Considering the popularity of Hidden Object Games, they are definitely not hard to find. Finding a great Hidden Object Game, however; can be rare and remarkable. In this context, Serpent of Isis is quite remarkable indeed.
Production quality is simply top notch, if only lacking a little bit in ambition. There's no voice acting and jaw dropping cut scenes, but in not over-reaching, Serpent of Isis excels in staying humble. The visuals are both clean and gorgeous with music that is perfect for setting the mood. Even the presentation (using playing cards to identify locations) is clever without being obnoxious.
But how does Serpent of Isis play? One word: wonderfully! The core of the mechanic is good old fashioned object hunting that will definitely keep purists very happy. At the same time, Serpent of Isis manages to stay true to object finding while finding a multitude of ways of mixing things up. This is where the adventure elements really come into play. As you are faced with one hidden object scenario, there will be items that you can't access without first having other usable items in your possession and probably solving some puzzles as well. This will have you running back and forth from one scene to the next, and it's a blast. On top of this, there is no shortage of puzzles and mini games that are surprisingly fresh while also resurrecting some golden oldies (like piecing together the torn pieces of a map or a letter).
Serpent of Isis is notably generous with the hints, and by finding the special clues for the five suspects in each scene, you can get even more. This is most handy for those who are not perhaps the most die hard hidden object fans, or for those struggling with the timed game.
But perhaps the best of all is that there's just a whole lot of game to be played here. A common problem that a lot of hidden object games have is that they're over just as you're getting warmed up. That shouldn't be a problem with Serpent of Isis.
All in all, Serpent of Isis is incredibly well done and is easily one of the best hidden object games to come out since Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst.