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Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships - PC

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Rated: Everyone
103 customer reviews
Metascore: 78 / 100
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  • Play as Nancy Drew and George - see her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, for the first time
  • Immerse yourself in the Bahamas diving, sailing, and interacting with island wildlife
  • Quest for a lost treasure - decrypt a riddle book, unlock treasure chests, and explore underwater shipwrecks
  • Play mini-games with the monkeys at the research center to earn fun prizes
  • Choose from two difficulty settings (Jr. or Sr. Detective) to allow players of all skill levels to solve the mystery
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Platform: PC

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What could be better than an all-expense paid vacation in the Bahamas with Bess and George? But when Bess is kidnapped and held for ransom, it’s up to you, as Nancy Drew, to discover the treasures of the sunken “Seven Virtues” fleet and find the missing artifact that the kidnappers are demanding in exchange for Bess. Team up with George to sail through the perilous waters of this mystery and defeat the dastardly villain!

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What could be better than an all-expense paid vacation in the Bahamas with Bess and George? But when Bess is kidnapped and held for ransom, it's up to you, as Nancy Drew, to discover the treasures of the sunken "Seven Virtues" fleet and find the missing artifact that the kidnappers are demanding in exchange for Bess. Team up with George to sail through the perilous waters of this mystery and defeat the dastardly villain!

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Story

Your friend Bess Marvin is kidnapped and the only chance you have to save her is by solving a 300-year-old Bahamian mystery! Dangerous waters keep treasure hunters from exploring the reefs around Dread Isle, but this remote island might hide the riches of El Toro's lost fleet! Can you, as Nancy Drew, track down the treasure before time runs out?

Key Game Features:

  • Play as Nancy Drew and George—see her best friends, George Fayne and Bess Marvin, for the first time.
  • Immerse yourself in the Bahamas diving, sailing, and interacting with island wildlife.
  • Quest for a lost treasure—decrypt a riddle book, unlock treasure chests, and explore underwater shipwrecks.
  • Play mini-games with the monkeys at the research center to earn fun prizes.
  • Take risks without starting over – the game will automatically return the player to the point before the fatal mistake.
  • Choose from two difficulty settings (Jr. or Sr. Detective) to allow players of all skill levels to solve the mystery.

PC Requirements:

  • 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU,
  • 256 MB of RAM,
  • 1 GB or more of hard drive space,
  • 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card,
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card,
  • 24X CD-ROM drive, mouse, and speakers


Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0026EV5FW
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 14, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,921 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Cat on July 15, 2009
Platform for Display: PC
The ND games are always at least moderately fun, but this one offers something of a departure from the feel of previous efforts. Largely, I found it fell short.

From almost the first moment of the game, you're presented with a lengthy and ever-increasing list of tasks to accomplish. Thankfully, these can be completed in pretty much whatever order you like; however, the motivation behind them is rarely more than "because El Toro/Johnny/that squawking bird said so." Even at the end, there's no real sense of urgency - perhaps because there's practically no one to talk to. No phone, no funny e-mails, no Prudence Rutherford. Just a stressed out George and a none-too-talkative beach bum. There are barely any suspects, and while the big villain reveal at the end is clever, for me it took away from the story not to try to figure out whodunit on my own. Also, the island, while beautifully depicted, is limited. Driving and sailing have always felt like time wasters to me - I much prefer the near-instant mass transit systems of some previous games - and the locations offer little to explore beyond the bare essentials.

As I mentioned, the game is highly task- and puzzle-driven. I found some of these puzzles to be obtuse or simply way too hard; at times I knew what I had to do, but I just couldn't do it in the limited time available or without what seemed like a lucky stroke. One of the mini-games is a (long) game of complete chance, which I don't remember ever happening in an ND game before and is really pretty boring. The puzzles might have been more of a pleasant mental exercise and less of an irritation if not that so many of them were timed.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Apgar on July 16, 2009
Platform for Display: PC
I had always heard that Curse of Blackmoor Manor was the most difficult ND game so far. I can't comment on that, being as I haven't played it. What I can say is that I have played many of the Nancy Drew games and Ransom of the Seven Ships beats them all for difficulty level---and I'm playing on junior mode! For those of you who like wall-to-wall challenging puzzles (some of them timed, no less), you will probably enjoy this game very much. For those who don't like having to look at a walkthrough every 30 minutes or so to figure out what to do next/how to solve a puzzle, I would recommend that you steer clear. I really can't believe that I am actually saying this, because I *love* the Nancy Drew games--but I feel that potential purchasers need a heads up about this one before they decide whether to buy or not to buy.

This is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it game for a lot of people, I suspect. It will either rank in their top 5 or their bottom 5, but I feel there will be very little middle ground here.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By NitaW on June 16, 2010
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But this one was especially fun to play. If you aren't familiar with Nancy Drew games, they are adventure/mystery games that feature a good storyline, puzzles to solve and obstacles to overcome. The graphics are almost always very good. And, like the books, they are very family friendly.

This game takes place on an island and you travel from location to location in a golf cart. You will also sail and scuba dive. You will have to solve puzzles to advance through the game, some of which are pretty difficult. I always use a walkthrough when I play because I don't like to get frustrated (I highly recommend Universal Hint System for walkthroughs), but even with a walkthrough some of the obstacles are still difficult. Beating the monkey at the coconut game comes to mind.

The only thing I didn't like about this particular game was the lack of characters with which to interact. But all in all, a very exciting and satisfying game.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on July 24, 2009
Platform for Display: PC
Sigh. This game looked so good, thrilling, and exciting. And really, it had a great plot, but overall, it was poorly executed. So much more could have been done with this just average game.

Plot:
The plot was amazing. Bess, Nancy's best friend, has won a trip to a tropical island! You as Nancy Drew, and George Fayne, are excited to go, but Nancy has to arrive a day late - and when she does, she finds out Bess has been kidnapped! The kidnappers want you to find a long-lost treasure if you have any hope of getting your friend back. I thought the plot was great. It was simple, and you knew what your goal was. The plot gets a 10/10!

Characters
Sadly the characters were very lacking. My favorite part of ND games is interacting with characters, finding out their motives/secrets/getting comic relief, etc. Unfortunately there really have been no memorable characters since TRN.
Besides George (who does nothing the whole game besides shake a phone trying to get it to work...), the only person on the island you can talk to is Johnny Rolle. He's a Jamaican beach bum who won't let you borrow his stuff unless you fix his stuff in return. I actually quite liked Johnny. He was a complex character with a cool accent, and you discover a huge secret about him in the middle of the game which is great. Now if we had about 3 other characters it would have been great!
Coucou is a parrot...kind of like Loulou from CUR, because Loulou is Coucou's grandmother. How original. Coucou is like the "teenage" Loulou, she was actually very funny and helpful, moreso than Loulou was. Coucou helped provide some comic relief.
George is kinda useless the whole game. She doesn't offer help and really you don't even need her. Plus she looked like a granny (so did Bess).
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