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  • LIE Review

    Labyrinth of Lies: released in October 2014

    Based on the Book: The Greek Symbol Mystery (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #60, published in 1981)

    How Closely Does the Game Follow the Book?: Not very closely. They both take place in Greece and both have to do with art theft, but those are pretty much the only similarities.

    Location: Greece

    The Mystery/Crime: Theft/Forgery

    Mode Of Transportation: None, as it takes place in a museum/theater and Nancy can walk everywhere

    Is there an alarm clock in this game?: No

    What is learned about in this game?: Greek Mythology, Greek letters, Greek artwork

    Brief Plot Synopsis: While working at a museum in Greece, Nancy discovers that some of the art, jewelry, and other artifacts may have been stolen. An amateur theater group has been hired to put on a play in conjunction with the current exhibit's grand opening. Nancy investigates to discover if any of the actors could be involved with the thefts.

    Brief Character Synopsis:

    1. Grigor Karakinos - A charismatic young actor/stage manager who will be playing Hermes in the play
    Actor I would cast to play him if it were a live action movie/TV show: Kellan Lutz

    2. Niobe Papadaki - An artist who is making props for the play and is also very nervous about her first acting gig as Demeter in the play
    Actress I would cast to play her if it were a live action movie/TV show: Kika Georgiou

    3. Thano Ganas - An intimidating and angry actor who will be playing Hades in the play
    Actor I would cast to play him if it were a live action movie/TV show: Alexis Georgoulis

    4. Xenia Doukas - The writer and director of the play who is also playing the lead role of Persephone
    Actress I would cast to play her if it were a live action movie/TV show: Sarah Bolger

    Phone Characters:

    1. Frank and Joe Hardy - Nancy's friends and fellow detectives

    2. Melina Rosi - The museum's curator

    My favorite quotes:

    "The museum is on the exterior of the bag. The interior of the bag is not the museum! Museum (points to the museum), NOT museum (points to his bag)! - Grigor

    "I know it's self-serving to listen to him when he tells me I'm gorgeous and brilliant, but you know what? I can use the emotional junk food some days." - Xenia

    "Hidden passageways are only exciting the first time you see them. Then they're just poorly advertised doors." - Grigor

    My Thoughts: I like this game okay. It's not one of my absolute favorites nor one of my least favorites. I was always interested in Greek mythology as a child, so I liked all of the references/information about Greek myths in the game. The graphics in the game were gorgeous, especially the underworld sets. I really liked exploring them. The plot was decent. Characters were decent, too. I particularly liked Grigor - he was cute and funny and I had a tiny bit of a crush on him. 😉

    I thought the activities in the game (puzzles, chores, snooping, talking to people) were pretty evenly spread out for the first 2/3 of the game, but the last 1/3 of the game felt like it was just puzzle after puzzle after puzzle. I didn't like that there were so many puzzles in a row at the end, but I did like the puzzles themselves in this game. Most of the puzzles were unique and challenging but not impossible. I particularly liked the pink/gold/red/brown seed puzzle. I also liked the extras in the game, like the matching game lottery and listening to the audio files of the rehearsals. I didn't care for the ending of the game.

    In conclusion I enjoy the game. Not as much as a lot of the other Nancy Drew games, but I do like it.

    My Random Thought: From what I heard on the audio files Xenia sounds like a pretty bad actress. Yes, Niobe is bad, but she has never acted before, is very nervous, and admits that she may have made a mistake when she decided to try acting, so it's understandable that she's bad. Xenia, however, has studied theater, wants to act as a profession, and is directing others' acting. She should be a much better actress than she is.

    My Rating: 7/10

  • #2
    I like the Greek mythology in this game but other than that this is one of my LEAST favorite games. I've only played it once but I found myself getting stuck A LOT and needing a lot of help.

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    • #3
      From what I heard on the audio files Xenia sounds like a pretty bad actress.
      Too right!
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