It's not a super awesome day for Miss Libellule, the heroine in Jo99's point-and-click adventure The Queen of Snakes. The hazards of the jungle (you know, regular stuff like man-eating plants) have taken care of her crew, and now a rockslide has trapped her inside a temple even Lord Voldemort might call "a bit inhospitable". All the parseltongue in the world isn't going to save you from the dangers within the temple, though... or the scares along the way. Click on the blue arrows to navigate, or anywhere onscreen to interact. Some objects can be dragged around, too. There's no changing cursor, so you'll have to rely on your keen eye for detail to solve puzzles and find the items you need to escape. Mouse over the three small buttons on the ridge edge of the screen to get the options to turn off the music or sound effects.
The Queen of Snakes is, first and foremost, a gorgeous, gorgeous game. Though its distinct art style can make the lack of a changing cursor to indicate interactive zones even more challenging in places, the unique visuals make this one a fantastic treat to explore and infuses it with more character and personality than most other adventure games. Each room is more detailed and fascinating in the next in ways both beautiful and ominous. The way the music swells and evolves as you explore is a great touch. Most of the puzzles rely on being observational, which means the high level of detail can be a bit overwhelming, or simply putting the right item in the right place. If you actually know where you're going and what to do, The Queen of Snakes won't take you very long to complete, but you'll still want to take your time because this is an experience worth savoring. Mysterious, compelling, and full of secrets, The Queen of Snakes is tricky but top-notch adventuring more than worth your time. Now we just have to wait for the sequel to find out what happens next!
Thanks to Nicop for sending this one in!