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  • What I ~Really~ Thought: CLK edition

    .....................................MyCatTilly Presents,

    What I Really Thought:

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    Secret of the Old Clock
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    Edition






    Plot

    It’s the 1930s, and our favorite heroine is about to discover her destiny and become the world’s most famous female sleuth. So, what’s in store for her very first case?
    Nancy has taken a short drive to visit Emily Crandall at the Lilac Inn, to try and cheer her up. Emily has had a rough time lately; her mother passed away, as has a good family friend, Josiah Crowley. Josiah, a very wealthy man, always promised the Crandalls a piece of his estate when he passed on but when the day came, they didn’t get a dime. And with the stock market crashing and the whole country heading for a depression, Emily could really use the money. But things continue to spiral out of control from the moment you arrive, when the stove in the inn’s kitchen explodes and Emily’s mother’s jewelry is stolen. Who could be behind all of these weird happenings? One thing is for sure, Nancy will get to the bottom of this.

    If the plot sounds a little scatter brained, that’s because it is. I suppose that’s what you get when try to combine four books in one game. Just to clarify, you’re trying to solve two things: “why did Josiah leave the Crandalls out of his will?” and “who stole the jewelry”
    And I’d like to add: the books and the game have very little to do with each other. The characters are different and the story is different.

    It gets 6.5/10

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    Graphics and Setting

    After the quality massacre that was CUR, CLK tries to regain some glory. Although the characters are not up to par with SHA, it is certainly an improvement over the aforementioned travesty. But, that’s not saying much. A certain banker in the game was too cartoonish for my taste, and everyone else was oddly proportioned and very blurry. I can’t explain it, but in the middle of a crisp clear world, the people were fuzzy in appearance (much worse than DDI).

    However, it was probably one of the best done settings ever. It was magnificently colorful and it looks as though a lot of thought was put into the details. But then we come to the driving. Yes, in the game you get zip around Titusville but not in first person, as we all know and love. Instead you have an overhead drawing of the town to drag Nancy through. It’s a clear way to cheap out on graphics and, IMHO, severely distracts from the game.

    combined: 4/10

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    Puzzles

    I have to say, I more or less enjoyed the puzzles. But they were all very easy, almost to the point of being too easy. One feature that was kind of cool were the optional puzzles, such as fixing a flat tire. But even those were too simple.

    I give them 6.5/10

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    Characters

    You don’t really get to know the characters in the game. Only a few have a motive for stealing the jewelry, and they all lack in personality. They’re just sort of…there.


    I’ll give them 4/10

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    Ending *Spoiler Free*

    The ending comes rather abruptly and has a whole lot of “wow, that’s a lucky coincidence”

    But the big issue for me was the gameplay. CLK marks the beginning in a long line of bad endings.

    I give it 2/10

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    Overall

    Ugh. Although the game is pretty enjoyable in its own right, it just isn’t Nancy Drew. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s a distinctly different vibe and it’s not just because it’s set in the 30s. It’s a very easy game with absolutely no scariness, and therefore good for small children but almost too simple for everyone else.



    Overall score: 4/10
    Creepiness (10 equals terrifying): 0/10
    Difficulty (10 equals hair pulling): 1/10





    "Should I buy this game?"

    There isn't a single ND game that I wouldn't recommend. If you end up not enjoying this game, don't let that stop you from trying others in the series. There is a ton of variety.

    Happy Gaming!
    MyCatTilly
    Registered User
    Last edited by MyCatTilly; June 19, 2010, 11:27 AM.
    aka SnappyBlueRoadster

    What I *Really* Thought Reviews
    SCK STFD MHM TRT FIN SSH GDML CAR DDI SHA CUR CLK
    TRN DAN CRE ICE CRY VEN HAU RAN WAC TOT SAW
    LCC RED

  • #2
    Great review!!! it's really good!! I haven't read a review so long, detailed and tempting to go on to read!!! it's a frist!!! Great job, MyCatTilly!!! At first I was like 'Wow- that's soo long, probally boring, and it's probally just talking about them' But no, your's is my fave review read, I'm definatly going to read your otheres!!!!

    And me, I don't like the CLK much, but I'm a ND collector so I just have to have it!!! LOL!
    i fell in love with you - ♥ -
    like bees to honey
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    • #3
      Great reveiw and its sounds like its a mix of the two nancy drew books I've accutualy read. Lilac Inn and THe mystery of the old clock.
      Sonny Joon

      I Believe

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      • #4
        I completely agree with your review! I have a really short attention span (I can always stay attentive while playing ND) but, with this game I really didn't mind when Mom and Dad made me go to bed. Your review hit the mark!
        it's hard to wait around
        FOR SOMETHING you know may
        NEVER HAPPEN
        but it's even harder when
        you know it's EVERYTHING
        you want ....


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        • #5
          That was a great review :)

          -Shelby
          GRAVITATION ; [©]

          is not responsible for people falling
          ..../............¸·´¯`·¸·´¯`·¸
          ................in love
          ................`·,·´


          Currently attempting all games with no help, walkthroughs, or spoilers! :O

          So far: SCK (both), MHM, TRT, FIN, DOG, CAR, DDI, SHA, CLK, TRN, DAN, CRE, ICE, CRY, VEN, HAU, WAC, TOT, CAP, ASH, & TMB.


          Working on: SSH&CUR

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          • #6
            I agree with you completely. Brilliant review, there needs to be more like this on this site.

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            • #7
              I totally agree. The whole thing, was just, well, normal. Nothing to jump out of you chair for.
              Thank you for the review!
              ~Caroline

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              • #8
                Way to go into detail! this was my first game and i must say i disagree about the graphics quality and ending though.
                Just solved my first dossier! Summer break and I'm on an ND roll :)

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                • #9
                  great review!
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                  • #10
                    Hmm...I would have given it a higher score than that, but I like the colors and everything! It isn't my thoughts on it, but it is okay.

                    Lucy
                    “ God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                    Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

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                    • #11
                      Oh, don't get me wrong. I think CLK is a fun game, just not much else. The total score takes into account all of the things that I mentioned.
                      MyCatTilly
                      Registered User
                      Last edited by MyCatTilly; July 26, 2009, 12:39 PM.
                      aka SnappyBlueRoadster

                      What I *Really* Thought Reviews
                      SCK STFD MHM TRT FIN SSH GDML CAR DDI SHA CUR CLK
                      TRN DAN CRE ICE CRY VEN HAU RAN WAC TOT SAW
                      LCC RED

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                      • #12
                        Ohhh! Ha ha! Thanks for explaining that to me. I thought you disliked the game! He he.
                        Overall, as I said before good review!

                        Lucy
                        “ God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
                        Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.

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                        • #13
                          I feel like a chicken cuz I got sooo creeped out in the tunnel! Creepiness 0... oh boy am I bad!
                          Just solved my first dossier! Summer break and I'm on an ND roll :)

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