Media Saturday: Imagine You As Nancy Drew!

Hello dear ones and welcome to this Media Saturday. I’ve been eating a lot of burgers and taking my iron supplement. They say it’ll take several months to see any results but so far I guess my anemia is under control. Maybe I’ll be super energetic by the fall ;)….here’s to hopin’and prayin’! I’m hangin’ in here and I’ve got a fun review today. My close friends all know that I LOVE Nancy Drew. I love the books, the 70’s tv show, and the super kewl computer games. I even dressed up as the famous girl detective for last year’s fall festival. (Pic below)

Today I’ll be reviewing the Nancy Drew computer games by Herinteractive. I have played every single game except the newest one and there are 26 games (27 if you include one that was remastered). The Nancy Drew games are interactive computer games where you get to be Nancy Drew and solve mysteries all over the world. You literally see everything from Nancy’s view. They never show her face because every fan has their own view of Nancy and seeing her face would ruin it. Throughout the years Nancy has changed her look  (blonde-brunette, 40’s dress- 70’s etc). One thing is for certain….Nancy Drew has become a heroic figure for many young girls…and *cough* older girls too.

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Each mystery takes you somewhere new and you learn a little bit about history and culture. You also learn how to crack codes and difficult puzzles. Thankfully Herinteractive has a forum where you can pick up hints and clues. There are two levels of sleuth: junior and senior detective. Junior level gives you hints throughout the game but you’re pretty much on your own with Senior. I have been playing Nancy Drew games since before my son was born…..back in 2004. My first game was “Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake” and then I was smitten. I’ve been a true blue fan since.

The games are based around mysteries and may involve theft, murder, or a bit of hoodoo.  But in the end the “ghosts” or weird happenings always turn out to be crooks and are easily explained. The ESRB rates the games “E” for everyone. I would definitely say these are for middle school and up.  It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite game. I’ve enjoyed them all very much. It usually takes me between 4 to 10 hours to complete a game. I get on a mission and I have a hard time putting the game away until I’ve solved the mystery….after all I’ve got to save the world (did I just type that out loud?).

Here’s some of the top games for me:

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#21 Warnings at Waverly Academy~ Cat fight is an understatement at this all girl boarding school. Girls have had accidents and people are receiving threatening notes from the “Black Cat”. Nancy Drew must go undercover and figure out who this crazed feline really is.

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#16 The White Wolf of Icicle Creek- Travel to the Canadian Rockies where strange accidents are scaring off the guests at Icicle Creek Lodge. Catch the culprit before this place goes out of business…..just don’t get lost in the snow.

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#24 The Captive Curse~ Time to fly to Germany where a mysterious creature of legend has terrorized the community of a remote Bavarian castle. Unmask the creature before you’re it’s next victim.

Hey, I should start writing for Herinteractive he he he. Anywho, back to the review. Many of the games do contain some kind of legend and they can be a bit creepy if the lights are off.  I hate horror flicks but I can easily handle these games. A few games did give me the chills though. So here’s a list of the scariest games:

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#23 Shadow at the Water’s Edge– Most people will rate this game as the scariest of the Nancy Drew series. There were several fun parts like traveling to Japan and learning about Bento and Anime. But the quaint little inn (ryokan) was pretty scary….mainly because I knew it was coming. Just look at the box above. Thankfully it’s just a game right 🙂

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#17 Legend of the Crystal Skull– This games takes place in New Orleans and it was a bit gloomy. Nothing jumped out and scared me that I can remember. There was just this morbid feeling especially because the mystery centered around a cemetery, creepy manor, and a crystal skull.

I’d say anything with haunted in the title, ghost dogs, or curses will be a bit scary but nothing a middle schooler can’t handle. Also there’s that feeling of relief when the mystery is solved and the “ghost” was just a silly crook. It feels good to save the world…..sigh. *cough*…moving on.

I did have some issues with #11 Curse of Blackmoor Manor. The Culprit messes around with some scary things….like runes….which are symbols used in Witchcraft. Now these things are frowned upon but still you have to learn some of these runes to crack codes etc. I don’t think it’s dangerous to have a knowledge of these things but it is not good to play around with them and I’d hate to think this particular game could be a gateway drug to the real thing. So I do not recommend that particular game to any children. Alchemy is witch craft and dangerous for the soul.

I hope I haven’t scared you away because a majority of these games are very educational and good clean fun. There’s just that one bad egg. Here’s the most educational games in my opinion:

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#22 Trail of the Twister– this game is great for teaching about the weather. When I had it I let my son watch me play. I usually sell the games after I play them but I’ve kept a few. Trail of the Twister teaches kids how to study clouds, read Doppler data, and tornado safety. Plus, it was just a fun game.

#6 Secret of the Scarlet Hand– History lesson anyone? Learn all about the Mayans in this mystery.

#9 Danger on Deception Island– Learn about whales and how to use Morse code.

#18 The Phantom of Venice– Learn some Italian 🙂 Super fun game

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#14 Danger by Design– Oh I love this game. Travel to Paris and learn high fashion. Also translate French, explore Catacombs, and develop photos.

#12 Secret of the Old Clock– Experience American culture in the 1930’s.

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I’m sure if I took the time I could find more examples but that would take awhile. I have yet to play #26 Tomb of the Lost Queen but it takes place in Egypt so there’s sure to be a history lesson. It’s supposed to be the most richly detailed Nancy Drew game ever. So I’m excited 🙂

You can buy these games online at http://www.herinteractive.com/Mystery_Games  and in most stores like Walmart etc… You can play free demos at the above website. That’s also where you’ll find hint forums and news about upcoming games. These are so much better for kids than half the video games out there. They really challenge your thinking skills. Dare to Play 😉

God bless and remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover

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