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    harry1's VEN review



    So I go to the store and buy VEN. I'm really excited and am playing it nonstop all weekend.
    The whole thing is sooo cool. The puzzles, the people, the setting...
    But then...oh, look! We get to the end. I stop and say, "Wait...it's over?!?! There isn't any more?!?!"

    Setting:
    Gorgeos. It is probably one of the best settings so far.
    It is very realistic, and the rivers look like you could reach out and touch them.
    The buildings are so cute!! The gondala rides are so original and fun. I love them.
    All of the ways to travel are brilliant, too. However, I do wish that you could have travelled faster.
    10/10


    Plot:
    I think that the plot was very descent, compared to the last few games.
    It still wasn't as crystal clear as it could've been though, and I was confused about some things.
    I think that many of the older games had better plots, but this is a step in the right direction for HER.
    8/10

    Suspects/People:
    My words and animations were off! Did this happen to anyone else?
    Besides that, I think that all the people are very memorable. I think that Colin, Enrico, and Margurita had a clear motive, but I was unsure of Helena's.
    Colin is definately one of my favorite ND characters. He was so wacky and funny.
    Margurita was just about how I imagined her.
    Enrico was cool...a really mysterious and creative character.
    I think that Helena was definately the weakest character of the game. To me, she was just there most of the time, which bothered me.
    There were surprise characters here and there, which was soo much fun.
    8/10


    Games/Puzzles:
    I think that these were the best puzzles ever in an ND game. They all had a purpose that helped you get through the game.
    If you ever needed help on one, you could call Ned and he would tell you exactly what you were trying to do, which helped me sooo much!
    Also, HER brought back an old game, which was cool.
    The only puzzles that were confusing and disappointing were the two at the end. Those were just annoying for me, which was maybe why I was disappointed about the ending. However, these puzzles were still great!
    10/10

    Ending:
    Was HER on a time crunch?! The ending was just so...abrupt. It didn't feel like it was time to end the game yet.
    Throughout the whole game I had a major adrenaline rush, but at the end I got very bored and was disappointed that such a great game would end in such a strange, abrupt way.
    Again, you didn't "do" anything to the culprit. I liked it better in the old games where you would knock them out, or catch them in a net or something. But, I guess HER is all for non-violent endings now, so what evs.
    6/10


    Length:
    WAY to short. This is the fastest I have ever played an ND game.
    It wouldn't have bothered me as much, except that the whole game was so fantastic that when you got to the end it felt like there should've been more.
    7/10

    Specials:
    ♥ The ND theme song is back! YAY!!
    ♥ The Easter Eggs were soo much fun to get!
    ♥ The stuff you could buy was super fun!
    ♥ All the ways to earn more money were fun, not annoying!!
    ♥ All of the snooping was so fab!!
    ♥ You get to learn about Venice while you are there!
    ♥ After the credits is hilarious!!!!!
    10/10


    Overall, I give this game a 9/10. It is a must have for all ND gamers. It would've been my favorite if it had had a better ending, but it still ranks second in my book! All of the puzzles were amazing, and by far the best I have ever seen. All of the animations and occurences were stunning. So what are you waiting for? Go buy VEN and Dare to Play!
    ♥h1
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    Last edited by harry1; July 22, 2008, 04:52 PM.
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  • #2
    Great review! I totally agree with you, the setting was beautiful and the characters were memorable. The words were off on mine too. I loved Ven but was mad at how bad the ending was. Reps for you!

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    • #3
      awesome review! I totally agree with you about the characters. I loved colin and helena was just like..... well there for no apparent reason. Also, I thought the ending was super abrupt as well. I thought there was going to be a huge chase or something exciting. But there wasn't which really let me down as well! Make sure to check out my review. reps for you!
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      • #4
        Thank-you for the review! I haven't gotten VEN yet but now I feel much more informed. I like the way you organized your subjects.
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        • #5
          Great Review! I really agree with you on most of what you said.
          Very nice organization, too. And pretty colors (always nice haha!)

          Reps!
          (and by the way, there are two Easter Eggs! I'm not sure if you knew, but if not, thats a great reason to replay and make the amazingness come back) :)

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          • #6
            Thanks, guys! Glad you agree. Thank you for the reps and 5 star rating as well.

            Oh, and daydreaming, thanks for pointing that out! I changed it.

            In Christ,
            ♥h1
            We've got the wind in our sails
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            ©h1................….........……«We're at the top of the world»
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            • #7
              Wow! Awesome review! I agree with you! Reps given!
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              • #8
                Thanks! Glad you like it!

                In Christ,
                ♥h1
                We've got the wind in our sails
                ……….............…& & the s u m m e r at our b a c k s.
                ©h1................….........……«We're at the top of the world»
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                • #9
                  I ordered the game and it hasn't come yet so I'm waiting and I wanted to know what people thought of it. Lots of people were saying that it was not so great. I was getting a bit un-easy. But when I read yours I felt reasured. Thanks! By the way, which Nancy Drew game was your favorite?
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                  I read the Message in a Haunted Mansion
                  I discovered the Treasure in the Royal Tower
                  I watched the Final Scene.
                  I know the Secret of the Scarlet Hand.
                  I met the Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake.
                  I rode the Haunted Carousel
                  I know the Danger on Deception Island.
                  I know the Secret of Shadow Ranch
                  I know the Curse of Blackmoor Manor
                  I know the Secret of the Old Clock
                  I rode the Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
                  I wore Danger by Design
                  I discovered the Creature of Kapu Cave
                  I met the White Wolf of Icicle Creek
                  I know the Legend of the Crystal Skull
                  I captured the Phantom of Venice
                  I know the Haunting of Castle Molloy
                  I discovered the Ransom of the Seven Seas
                  I read the Warnings at Waverly Academy
                  I followed the Trail of the Twister
                  I searched the Shadow at the Water's Edge

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                  • #10
                    great review! I've been debating whether or not to get Venice, and I think I want to get it after reading your review! other than the end it sounds like a great game for me! thanks for the awesome review (and the pretty colors!) it was really helpful!
                    I tamed the White Wolf at Icicle Creek
                    I discovered the Legend of the Crystal Skull
                    I found the Creature of Kapu Cave
                    I survived the Danger By Design
                    I learned the Secret of the Scarlet Hand
                    I petted the Ghost Dogs Of Moon Lake
                    I solved the Secret of the Old Clock
                    I rode the Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon
                    I evaded Danger on Deception Island
                    I slowed the Haunted Carousel
                    I unearthed the Secret of Shadow Ranch
                    I discovered that Secrets Can Kill
                    I unraveled the Curse of Blackmoor Manor
                    I unmasked the Phantom of Venice
                    I followed the Trail of the Twister

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                    • #11
                      A short and sweet review. Nice job! I agree with you on the travelling time, way too long. Was it just me, or was the walking especially long?

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                      • #12
                        Great review! I agree with you on a lot of things!
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                        • #13
                          Thanks, everyone! Glad you liked it!
                          Topsecret: I thought that they all took about the same time. However, the gondala rides seemed to take longer for me at times.
                          Amni10: My favorite is DDI, however VEN is my second fav.
                          In Christ,
                          ♥h1
                          We've got the wind in our sails
                          ……….............…& & the s u m m e r at our b a c k s.
                          ©h1................….........……«We're at the top of the world»
                          …….......…
                          \\ · ¤·´ AND THERE'S NO TURNING BACK

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