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

    ................................What I Really Thought:................................
    The Haunted Carousel
    ...........................................Edition...........................................





    Plot

    Captain's Cove amusement park has experienced a recent chain of bad luck. A carousel horse was stolen and the roller coaster mysteriously stopped mid-ride, harming one of the passengers. But that's not what you, as Nancy Drew, have been hired to investigate. Your job is to figure out why the carousel has been starting up, all on it's own, in the dead of night. Is it merely a practical joke? Or is something other-worldly invading the park?

    The plot sounds interesting enough but I wish it would've been creepier. A theme park has loads of creepy potential and I wish it had been realized just a tiny bit. As it is, the game is about as scary as a car wash.
    Also, the title "The Haunted Carousel" is a tad deceiving since you spend very little time at the actual carousel and more time investigating other incidents.

    Oh and there is wayyy to much talking on the phone.
    and the ending is a bit abrupt.

    still, I give it 7/10


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    Graphics and Setting

    The graphics are more or less the same from SSH and GDML. Really, my only complaint would be the characters' hair. I just couldn't figure it out (Is it spikey? Is it a pony tail?). I don't know if that makes any sense but if you've seen a picture of any of them, you might know what I'm talking about.

    There are quite a lot of locations within the park, only none of them are particularly big. It's not an issue, but it can feel unnatural to leave parts of the room unexplored (because you simply can't go in those areas) The only place you go outside of the park is your hotel room.

    I give it: 6/10


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    Puzzles

    There are a lot of puzzles and puzzlicious activities but all of them are pretty easy. Some people complain that the game is too simple but I just think of it as being a lighter game (like reading a magazine versus a novel) And for me, easy is good

    I give them 8/10


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    Characters

    Overall I think the characters are pretty cool. Well thought out, suspicious, defined personalities...yeah that's about it. But I have to admit that my favorite was not human at all...spoiler free, remember?

    I give it 6/10


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    Ending *Spoiler Free*

    The ending seems to come a bit too soon. Despite this, it's a pretty great ending. The culprit was hard to guess but not completely out of the blue (like DAN or TRN) and the actual game play had a few steps and a few ways to mess up. I like to think of it as how TRT should've ended

    I give it 9/10


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    Overall

    You've probably read reviews that have said "it's too easy" and "it's too short" and I can't deny that it is one of the easiest games. But that doesn't mean that it's not good. So if you're looking for a not too challenging, not spooky, fun game, CAR is a great option.



    Overall score: 7/10
    Creepiness (10 equals terrifying): 1/10
    Difficulty (10 equals hair pulling): 3/10




    "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!3c0928
    MyCatTilly
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    Last edited by MyCatTilly; November 15, 2009, 12:26 PM.
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  • #2
    Again, another great review!! I loved your DOG review as well.
    I love this review, because Im getting this game in 5 weeks and i cannot wait.
    Even though I have played 5 ND games, I think that this one will be just as exciting, but im just worried about it being wayy too easy as Ive improved a lot with my case-solving over time.
    But your reviews are really good. You explain a lot of detail but its totally spoiler free making you want to find out more. I love the suspense and the way you described everything.
    Reps for you and I cant wait to read more of your reviews!
    I <3 Mysteries
    NANCY DREW ADDICT.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by I <3 Mysteries View Post
      Again, another great review!! I loved your DOG review as well.
      I love this review, because Im getting this game in 5 weeks and i cannot wait.
      Even though I have played 5 ND games, I think that this one will be just as exciting, but im just worried about it being wayy too easy as Ive improved a lot with my case-solving over time.
      But your reviews are really good. You explain a lot of detail but its totally spoiler free making you want to find out more. I love the suspense and the way you described everything.
      Reps for you and I cant wait to read more of your reviews!
      That's so nice of you to say! I really really try to paint a detailed picture of the game without giving anything away.

      And don't worry, it really isn't that different from the other games. I got stumped on a lot of things the first time around and had to look up the answers. I wouldn't say it's any easier than TRT but really it all depends on your gaming style.
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      • #4
        Okay great review!!!
        First off I just want to
        say that I really wanted
        to read this and I saw it
        in your signature!!! I am
        like yay!! I am thinking
        about getting this one and
        this helps! Thanks ever so
        much! 5 stars!!
        -Delancey
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        • #5
          Very nice well thought out review! I can tell you spent alot of time on it! I agree with almost every aspect of it!
          .

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          • #6
            Can't wait 'til you review RED and WAC! Your reviews are the best :)
            bro/sis team
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            Last edited by bro/sis team; October 22, 2009, 06:51 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by bro/sis team View Post
              Can't wait 'til you review RED and WAC! Your reviews are the best :)
              I honestly can't wait either I should be getting both games on Thursday, so reviews will go up next week or the week after at the latest.
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