Sawbuck Gamer is our daily review of a free or cheap game ($10 or less).
It is with good reason that storied adventurer Indiana Jones hated snakes. For one, they don’t make sense as animals. What kind of beast doesn’t even have at least one leg? And how come they’re able to shoot poison from their teeth? That shouldn’t work. The brave hero of The Queen Of Snakes, Miss Dragonfly, doesn’t share my rational fear of serpents. As an explorer who’s willing to sacrifice her crew seconds after they step off the boat, Dragonfly makes quick work of desecrating a snake goddess’ temple.
Queen plays out as a point-and-click puzzle adventure through the temple, and from the opening sequence, it’s clear that each screen is its own frenzied work of art. JO 99’s underground comix-inspired style throws thick line work together with layers of dark, muddled colors that make for a creepy forbidden temple. Solving the puzzles requires little more than finding clues that are strewn about the temple, although this hide-and-seek business can be surprisingly hard. You’ll encounter an array of intriguing knickknacks, with little distinction between what’s necessary to proceed and what’s just decoration. Ransacking the temple didn’t take me very long, and for the first time in my life, I finished one of these point-and-click games without consulting a walkthrough. Best of all, it tells an enjoyable and often funny story of a woman overcoming serpent-related adversity. Anyone beating down snakes is okay in my book.