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  • "Danger" on Deception Island? I Think Not! A Spoiler-Free Review

    ConnectTheDots' Review
    Danger on Deception Island

    Bottom line: This game has a fantastic ending and storyline, but otherwise, not much stands out. It's a good game, not a great game.


    Nancy’s stay on a whale-watching boat is no pleasure cruise. She arrives to find that her host’s boat has been ransacked! In fact, several places on Deception Island have been robbed recently. This isn’t the only problem that the sleepy island is dealing with. A baby orca whale has been separated from her pod and spotted swimming near land, and she doesn’t appear to want to leave! It’s up to you as Nancy Drew to solve both of these mysteries.

    With two (or more!) plotlines going on, this game can get a little confusing, but everything comes together nicely in the end.


    I like the suspects in this game mostly because they each have a very clear and realistic motive. In other games in the series, there seems to be one character that is obviously not the culprit. Other times, something that happens later in the game makes you cross a character off your list. In this game, every suspect becomes more mysterious throughout the game and is still a candidate even near the very end.

    I know I seem to say this about every game that I review, but conversation is lacking with some of the characters. Sometimes, you can find yourself stuck and none of the suspects will talk to you. In this game, you can probably talk to the phone people just as much as you talk to the characters. I’ve never been a fan of the phone friends, so this isn’t a plus for me.

    None of the suspects are memorable, but they aren’t boring, either, because they are each very passionate about the whale issue.


    Some may see the foggy atmosphere as a cop-out for detailed environment graphics, but the fog actually makes the Pacific Northwest environment more realistic and mysterious! As for the characters, two look very realistic while the other two look a little worse. Their mouths move along with the words most of the time and their facial expressions are okay. The hair and skin color of the suspects are probably their least realistic traits, which I think is something that HER has always had trouble with. Overall, the graphics work for the setting.


    Based on the other reviews that I’ve seen on this board, I’m in the minority on this one – I do not like the music in this game. Don’t get me wrong, I think that the style fits the game very well, especially the song with the harp. However, there doesn’t seem to be enough variety. In fact, two of the songs are basically the same song but one is more upbeat, and I kept hearing these songs back to back, over and over again. I feel like I heard another song only once or twice. I think one more song would have done the trick.

    I like that a song plays when you solve certain puzzles. It’s kind of like a little celebration!


    There are quite a few fun puzzles in this game, but many of them are what I call “plug and chug” puzzles. These puzzles are ones where the information is provided for you all in one place, and you just have to plug everything in to get the correct answer. These are usually codes. These puzzles require no thought, just the ability to find the decoder and transfer information, which is why I don’t care for them that much.

    On many of the puzzles, at least in junior detective mode, Nancy will automatically tell you when you try to put a piece somewhere or write in a letter that it’s wrong. On some of these, I just guessed and ended up getting it right without doing any research. For example, if you type in “right” when asked a directional question and Nancy says that it’s wrong, then you know that the answer is probably “left.” I think it’s okay if Nancy comments once you’ve put all the pieces together, but when she comments on every move, the puzzle is too easy.

    There are very few tasks in this game, which is fine by me!

    "The Scare Factor"

    The ending is kind of creepy, and there are a few dark moments. Otherwise, this game is not scary.

    Other Odds and Ends

    - The ending is absolutely fantastic, one of the best in the series! Honestly, I would play this game again just for the ending. There are several ways that you can mess up, and it took me a while to finally get it right! I also thought that the ending explained everything very well and was very surprising. They didn’t leave any questions unanswered.

    - There is plenty, and I really do mean plenty, of reading in this game. The great thing is that you don’t have to read much of it to solve the game. It’s there if you’re interested, but if you’re not, then no need to read.

    - If you’re an animal person, then you will probably like this game! You can learn plenty about whales and maybe even do a class project based off this game alone.

    - There is quite a bit of exploring in this game, but little to no snooping.

    - Now that I think about it, this game just isn't as "dangerous" as the name, or cover, implies. You hardly see the whale that makes the game seem so "dangerous."

    THANK YOU for reading my review! Feel free to comment with your own thoughts. Feedback is appreciated.

    Last edited by ConnectTheDots; August 15, 2009, 02:12 PM. Reason: Removing "Spoiler-Free" from title
    My reviews - STFD, MHM, TRT, FIN, SSH, DOG, CAR, DDI, SHA, CUR, CLK,

  • #2
    I love your reviews! You always tell everyone what you think about the game from the tiniest detail! I love that about your reviews! I liked this game! I really liked the characters and all of the puzzles. I just wish we had a chance to meet Hilda. That's the only thing I don't like. The ending, for me, was a big surprise! I liked the music whenever you figured out something, too! Like a little celebration just for you! The scenery fit the type of mystery. The fog just made the place even spookier! This game was one of my favorites, but hey, everyone has their own opinions.


    • #3
      1NancyDrew24, thanks so much for your thoughtful comment!

      I did like this game, I just didn't love it. I remember playing the game multiple times when I was younger, but when I came back to play again the other day, I could remember very little about it (which is unusual for me). I remembered kayaking and clamming and that's about it. I couldn't even remember the suspects or the culprit! I just feel like this game needed a little something extra to make it special and memorable.

      But you're right! Everyone has their own opinions, and I'm glad that we have a place where we can all express our thoughts about these wonderful games. =]
      Last edited by ConnectTheDots; May 29, 2009, 07:33 AM.
      My reviews - STFD, MHM, TRT, FIN, SSH, DOG, CAR, DDI, SHA, CUR, CLK,


      • #4
        This is actually one of my favorite games. Correctoin: it is my favorite game. However, I did enjoy your review alot. Everything you said was absolutely true. There were down points to this game, and you listed them precisely and without a bias. Personally I loved the music for this one, but I love nautical themes. There's just something about this game that gets to me more than the others.

        Great Review!
        I know what Secrets Can Kill
        I always Stay Tuned For Danger
        I've read the Message in the Haunted Mansion
        I've seen the Treasure in the Royal Tower
        I've made it to the Final Scene
        I've learned the Secret of the Scarlet Hand
        I've met the Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
        I've ridden the Haunted Carousel
        I've faced the Danger on Deception Island
        I discovered the Secret of Shadow Ranch
        I saw the Curse of Blackmoor Manor and lived!
        I have deciphered the Secret of the Old Clock
        I have been aboard the Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon
        I have survived Danger by Design
        I have captured the Creature of Kapu Cave
        I have snowshoed with the White Wolf of Icicle Creek
        I have dug up the Legend of the Crystal Skull
        I have unmasked the Phantom of Venice
        I've been warned at Waverly Academy
        I have escaped from the Trail of the Twister
        I've mastered what Secrets Can Kill
        I've taken a break under the Shadow at the Water's Edge

        I don't know if I can afford to pay the Ransom of the Seven Ships

        Dare to Play... For girls who aren't afraid of a mouse!


        • #5
          Thanks for commenting, The C.I.A.! I see positives and negatives in every ND game. I think that this is a game that most will probably like, but not everyone will love. Those who like animals or ocean scenery and activities will most likely love this game because, for them, the inclusion of an animal or the setting will outweigh the flaws of the characters or the puzzles.
          My reviews - STFD, MHM, TRT, FIN, SSH, DOG, CAR, DDI, SHA, CUR, CLK,


          • #6
            I totally agree with you ConnecttheDots! Awesome Review! I can't wait to read more of your reviews! You rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him. By his wounds we are healed. We all like sheep have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

            Mysteries I have solved-
            Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
            Secret of the Old Clock
            Danger by Design
            Creature at Kapu Cave
            Secret at Shadow Ranch
            Treasure in the Royal Tower
            Danger on Deception Island
            The Haunting of Castle Malloy
            The Phantom of Venice
            THe Haunted Carousel
            The White Wolf of Icicle Creek

            Mysteries I am working on-
            Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake
            The Ransom of Seven Ships

            Who loves Linus Van Pelt? I do!!!!


            • #7
              Thank you so much, monkeylover12! I really do appreciate any feedback or comments, complimentary or critical, that I get. =]
              My reviews - STFD, MHM, TRT, FIN, SSH, DOG, CAR, DDI, SHA, CUR, CLK,
              TRN, DAN, CRE, ICE, VEN, HAU, RAN, WAC, SAW, CAP, ASH, TMB, DED, GTH and SPY