Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Welcome to Mystery Mania - Game Review #20

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Welcome to Mystery Mania - Game Review #20

    Nancy Drew in
    Ransom of the Seven Ships

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    A Mystery Mania Review
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Welcome to the twentieth edition of Mystery Mania! Here at Mystery Mania we strive to give you an unbiased review of each and every Nancy Drew game in the series. As chief editor, I have played all of the games five times and consider myself to be very involved in the world of Nancy Drew. While this certainly does not mean that I know all there is to know, I hope that my in-depth reviews will be helpful to all who read them!

    Mystery Mania Mission: Explain what each game has to offer and how it caters to the individual preferences of every detective! There is no bad mystery...there are just different mysteries!


    Plot and Storyline

    Nancy's good friend, Bess Marvin, has won a vacation to the Bahamas and Nancy and Bess' cousin, George Fayne, are lucky enough to go with! Nancy arrives a day after her two friends, but when she gets there, sunny beaches and a relaxing vacation are not the only things waiting. Bess has been kidnapped, leaving George stunned, concerned, and desperate. The kidnappers have left behind a mysterious note that sends Nancy on a bizarre treasure hunt all over Dread Isle. Rumor has it that El Toro, a captain of a fleet of seven Spanish ships, ran aground on Dread Isle with an extremely valuable treasure. Will Nancy be able to find it and save Bess?

    Nancy has solved a kidnapping case before, but this one is quite different. First of all, Nancy is in an extremely tropical location complete with white, sandy beaches, a shining sun, and palm trees. Second, the kidnappers know that Nancy will be on the scene and they are using her pension for solving mysteries to their advantage. Finally, the plot is also totally different! This particular storyline is full of twists and surprises and detectives who like tricky scenarios that don't always fall neatly into place will likely enjoy this mystery.

    Detective rating for 'Plot and Storyline': The Quizzical Detective - Good for detectives who like open plots that really make you think.

    Character Interaction

    There are two characters and one parrot to interact with in this game. One of the characters is Nancy's friend, George Fayne. Nancy doesn't have a phone in this game, so there are no phone friends. Character interaction in this game is pretty limited as there are so few characters. Nancy converses with the characters mostly for moral support. The characters also like to give her tasks and sometimes they'll provide her with helpful objects as well. Interaction is more practical than varied, so detectives fond of games with less interaction will be pleased.

    Detective rating for 'Character Interaction': The Quiet Detective - Good for detectives who do not necessarily enjoy speaking much with characters.

    Exploration

    This game has more third-person exploration than any of the other games! Nancy spends a ton of time sailing, driving a golf cart, and even rock climbing! In addition, there are also tons of places to explore. Nancy can scuba dive and explore several interesting places in the ocean. She spends lots of time on the beach and she also spends lots of time roaming around in the jungle. There aren't very many 'objects' to see, but there are lots of different 'places' to see. Nancy will find herself in all sorts of tropical places. In fact, the entire mystery is virtually a tropical paradise.

    Detective rating for 'Exploration': The Snoopy Detective - Good for detectives who like to explore many different places.

    Puzzles

    This mystery is a puzzle paradise as much as it is a tropical paradise. This is definitely one of the most puzzle heavy games and Nancy will find herself solving puzzles, running errands, and doing chores. There are also an abundance of mini-games, most of which are played with monkeys! Puzzles lovers will almost certainly rejoice.

    Detective rating for 'Puzzles': The Busily Puzzled Detective - Good for detectives who like numerous puzzles and other miscellaneous tasks.

    Scare Factor

    It's hard to be frightened in a tropical paradise, that's for sure and certain. The scare factor in this game is virtually nil, so timid detectives need not worry. There are also very few, if any, adrenaline-pumping moments. Upbeat music, sun and peaceful waves...this mystery definitely has more of a vacation atmosphere than a terror-inducing one.

    Detective rating for 'Scare Factor': The Docile Detective - Good for detectives who enjoy calmer, non-frightening mysteries.

    Setting

    This mystery takes place in the Bahamas, a tropical wonderland for sure. Monkeys and parrots, an octopus and some sharks, palm trees and sand, and even a perfectly piratical treasure hunt. The setting is probably the most major focus of this mystery. Detectives will never forget where they are; evidence both subtle and exaggerated is everywhere.

    Detective rating for 'Setting': The Map Detective - Good for detectives who like a setting with many authentic locations.

    Length

    Because of the sheer number of puzzles and the amount of time that third-person exploration can sometimes take, this game takes a while to complete. It is definitely one of the longer games in the series and even experienced detectives will agree.

    Detective rating for 'Length': The Lengthy Detective - Good for detectives who prefer mysteries that take a while to solve.

    Graphics

    The background graphics in this game are truly superb! Realistic crashing waves, trees swaying in an island breeze, and the glittering sun are all beautifully depicted. The characters are also portrayed very nicely. Their faces are expressive and their hand motions are far from limited. Their mouths do a good job of matching up with the words and the cut-scenes are also very, very good. The looks of the game are spectacular!

    Detective rating for 'Graphics': The Picturesque Detective - Good for detectives who like very high-quality graphics.

    Music

    The perfect combination of Spanish tunes with island nuances could not have been done more splendidly! The tracks of this game match the atmosphere of the mystery perfectly. They are certainly not creepy, because the game itself is fun and upbeat. The tunes are truly addictive and cheery.

    Detective rating for 'Music': The Virtuoso Detective - Good for detectives who love good Nancy Drew music

    Mystery Mania - Twentieth Edition - Summary


    Good for detectives who like open plots that really make you think.
    Good for detectives who do not necessarily enjoy speaking much with characters.
    Good for detectives who like to explore many different places.
    Good for detectives who like numerous puzzles and other miscellaneous tasks.
    Good for detectives who enjoy calmer, non-frightening mysteries.
    Good for detectives who like a setting with many authentic locations.
    Good for detectives who prefer mysteries that take a while to solve.
    Good for detectives who like very high-quality graphics.
    Good for detectives who love good Nancy Drew music.

    Thank you for reading! Join us soon for our next edition featuring Warnings at Waverly Academy at a message board near you!
    .....·¨¯¨·.
    ....`-¤-...)...At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done...
    .........¸·´
    .¸.-¤´....(¯`´¯)´¯)...Then they begin to hope that it can be done...
    (............`·¸·´¸·´..Then they see that it can be done...
    .`·.,¸_¸,.·´....(....Then it is done, and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago...
    .....................`-¤-´.....
    --Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

    Think you have what it takes to conquer the Nancy Drew Summer GP Challenge? Click here to join!
    Thank you, olbrso for the beautiful swirl!

  • #2
    Very nice! I like how you write everything up like a real magazine article, and strive to keep it unbiased!

    Comment


    • #3
      Thanks so much, ComicalCrafty!!
      .....·¨¯¨·.
      ....`-¤-...)...At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done...
      .........¸·´
      .¸.-¤´....(¯`´¯)´¯)...Then they begin to hope that it can be done...
      (............`·¸·´¸·´..Then they see that it can be done...
      .`·.,¸_¸,.·´....(....Then it is done, and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago...
      .....................`-¤-´.....
      --Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

      Think you have what it takes to conquer the Nancy Drew Summer GP Challenge? Click here to join!
      Thank you, olbrso for the beautiful swirl!

      Comment

      Working...
      X