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Daughter of Serpents (DOS)

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Description

Daughter of the Serpent is a graphic adventure game with a point-and-click interface.

An exotic, ancient city bustling with life. A strange, unnatural creature. A murder. And you, on a business trip to Alexandria, Egypt, suddenly involved in the case of a mysterious cult that deals with strange forces. Take a piece of ancient Egyptian mythology, add a pinch of demonology a la Lovecraft, and mix with a decent dose of colonial middle-east romanticism -- those are the ingredients for the sinister adventure game Daughter of the Serpents.

Daughter of the Serpents would be a pretty common adventure game, if it wasn’t for one remarkable feature. Quite unusually for a pedigree adventure game, you have to design your character at the beginning of the game. You may chose a gender as well as one of six professions, ranging from traveller to private eye or occultist. Each category consists of four to five talents, in which you can then invest skill points. You may thus specialise your character in toxicology, let him learn the Arabian language, make him an excellent observer or an expert in necromancy.

The talents have no influence on the plot, but a marginal one on the dialogues; you will get slightly different conversations depending on your knowledge of certain subjects. Your choice of profession, however, opens three slightly different approaches to the mystery, culminating in three different endings. Although the basic course of events does always stay the same, a few scenes are exclusive to each branch. Also, you will be accompanied by either the greek occultist Ariadne Elytis or the rational inspector Bimbashi Cameron. Check out the screenshots section for examples of different scenes.

Screenshots

Daughter of Serpents DOS Even good old Cthulhu has a cameo...
Daughter of Serpents DOS Ariadne watches in horror as the Efreet tears up her servant.
Daughter of Serpents DOS The inventory. The booklet to the right contains background information about egyptian history.
Daughter of Serpents DOS Alexandria's calling! The adventure starts.

Alternate Titles

  • "The Scroll" -- Later re-release of the game, on CD, and with a few added screens.

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User Reviews

Unimportant. -Chris (7357) 1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars1.6 Stars

The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Jan, 1993 48 out of 100 48
Joystick (French) Jul, 1995 40 out of 100 40
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1993 40 out of 100 40
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1995 25 out of 100 25
Quandary Apr, 2005 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
High Score Oct, 1995 1 out of 5 20
Génération 4 Jul, 1995 16 out of 100 16
Just Adventure 1995 F 0

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Trivia

Extras

The game box contained a pen and paper roleplaying game to set up the story.

Graphics

Technical scrap: Daughter of the Serpents switches between two different graphics modes. The main game is in 320x200, but the character generation uses the uncommon EGA high-res 640x350 resolution.

Inspiration

The game is based on H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos, though he is not credited. Prominent HPL figures such as Nyarlathotep appear in the game, and are woven into Ancient Egypt mythology.

Information also contributed by Istari and Jaromir Krol
-Chris (7357) added Daughter of Serpents (DOS) on Oct 21, 2000