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Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge - PC/Mac

by Her Interactive
Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X
Everyone 10+
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Take risks without starting over-the game as action will automatically return the player to the point before a fatal mistake
  • Play as Nancy Drew in a point-and-click mystery as you prepare to encounter her scariest case to date
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning about origami, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy, and play fun Japanese mini-games such as pachinko and Sudoku
  • Create custom anime-style avatars for your in-game phone, and use it to take in-game pictures
  • Choose from two difficulty settings (Jr. or Sr. Detective) to allow players of all skill levels to solve the mystery

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  • ASIN: B0041CASX2
  • Item Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 19, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,295 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Traditional Japanese family ryokans (inns) are charming places, but a vengeful ghost is terrifying you and other unsuspecting guests. Is there a shadowy specter haunting the placid inn or is something far more sinister driving away business?

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Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge is the 23rd release in "Her Interactive's" popular single player Nancy Drew mystery game series. Compatible with both PC and Macintosh computer platforms, Shadow at the Water's Edge finds Nancy and pals Bess and George investigating the haunting of a traditional inn in Kyoto, Japan. Along the way she and players of the game find that things are not quite what they seem. Additional features include immersion via the game into elements of Japanese culture, the ability to use in-game cell phone technology in sleuthing, two difficulty levels and more.

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Story and Gameplay

Traditional Japanese family ryokans (inns) are usually charming places, but one such place in the ancient and one-time Imperial capital city of Kyoto is proving to be far from that. Run by the Shimizu family, this ryokan is said to be haunted by a vengeful ghost that is terrifying the unsuspecting guests.

Traditional Japanese garden setting from Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
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Visiting Japan with her best friends, Bess Marvin and George Fayne, as a reward for previous sleuthing duties, Nancy Drew hears of these strange happenings and takes it on herself to dig into this paranormal mystery. Along with the rumor of a ghost she also finds a family torn by a recent death, two sisters with very different attitudes toward the family business, a grandmother firmly rooted in traditional Japanese culture, and more. Is there a shadowy specter haunting the placid inn or is something far more sinister driving away business? Nancy and you are on the case. Gameplay features include point and click movement throughout the game, puzzle-solving, interrogation of characters, Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels, immersion into aspects of Japanese culture including origami, tea ceremonies and calligraphy, and in-game cell phone functionality that includes photography and the ability to create anime style avatars representing characters.

Key Game Features

  • Play as Nancy Drew in a point-and-click mystery as you prepare to encounter her scariest case to date
  • Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning about origami, tea ceremonies, and calligraphy
  • Create custom anime-style avatars for your in-game phone
  • Choose from two difficulty settings (Jr. or Sr. Detective) to allow players of all skill levels to solve the mystery
  • Take pictures of possible evidence and play games on your cell phone
  • Take risks without starting over-the game as action will automatically return the player to the point before a fatal mistake

System Requirements

PC: Mac:
OS: Windows XP/Vista OS X 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.3 Snow Leopard
Processor: 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent CPU Intel processor
RAM: 256 MB 512 MB or more
Hard Drive: 1 GB 1.1 GB or more
Video Card: 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
Other: Mouse, keyboard, CD-ROM drive

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2 difficulty levels within Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Nancy Drew 23: Shadow At The Water's Edge

-Before I Begin...
My review will be spilt up into sections and have a in-depth look at that topic. Then at the end of the review I round up the stars and give an overall rating.

-Interface
The interface is very simple, intuitive, and has not been changed from the latest release. Nancy's cell phone is a key element in the game: you use it to call off-screen characters, receive text messages, call for clues, and send pictures. Having the cell phone is very fun and a great addition to the overall gameplay. You can make avatars for your characters and even add phone charms to the side. Other than the cell phone, nothing of the interface has been substantially changed. Take a look at your checklist and journal for help during the case.
*****

-Plot
The plot of this game is simply phenomenal and well thought out. Nancy Drew, is staying at the Ryokan Hiei, a traditional Japanese inn where a ghost is haunting guests and making things very difficult for the family running it. I won't go too much into the plot because you have to see it for yourself. There were lots of times during the game where I was wondering if the ghost was fake or actually real. There is plenty of evidence, but also some unexplainable events that can sway you to believing or not. I really liked how the plot developed and got even more dangerous as you continued on throughout the game. There were plenty of red herrings and twists that kept you on your toes, I was surprised when the game ended.
*****

-Characters
There are only four characters that you see face-to-face in this game but they are absolutely great and well-developed.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine return to form in Nancy's 23rd outing... October 19, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Shadow at the Water's Edge (SAW) is Nancy Drew's 23rd mystery with Her Interactive, and it's one of the most impressive in terms of story, puzzles, and spooky ambience. Nancy is taking a well-deserved vacation at the Ryokan Hiei, a traditional inn in Kyoto, Japan. From the moment Nancy arrives, there are spooky omens, and the Shimizu family isn't very talkative about the family tragedy that hangs over the ryokan. Part of Nancy's job is to teach English through the Japan Teacher Exchange program, so you'll have various homework assignments to grade in the evenings. Because you're teaching all day, the game takes place at night, adding to the creepy atmosphere.

Shadow at the Water's Edge is one of the scariest games next to Curse of Blackmoor Manor (note that the game is rated E (10+), so there's no gore or violence, but there are some heart-stopping moments). Various paranormal phenomena follow Nancy as she attempts to discover the secrets hiding inside the ryokan, and these were genuinely scary, since several were still unexplained after the finale. This is also one of the longest Nancy Drew games, with ample opportunity for sleuthing, snooping, and interviewing. You'll have the opportunity to hop on the subway as well as conduct phone interviews in your quest for the truth behind the hauntings.

The game designers did a good job on incorporating Japanese culture into the game. You'll find Harajuku-inspired fashion, traditional Japanese gardens, cute cell phone charms, and customizable cell phone avatars that you can assign to your cell contacts (design enough, and you can win an award at the end of the game). I loved the little authentic touches, like the very Japanese hot water heater perched over Yumi's apartment sink.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, but not spectacular October 22, 2010
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played more than a few of the previous 20+ games in the Drew series. At best, they've been thoroughly entertaining titles (Royal Tower, Crystal Skull, and Castle Malloy) and, at worst, slightly amusing diversions (Danger by Design). Sadly, Shadow at the Water's Edge is easily the worst Drew title since Danger by Design.

As usual, the graphics are quite nice for a budget title, though a bump from an 800*600 resolution would be greatly appreciated; I've seen ten-year-old monitors that can do better than that, so I really think it's time for Her Interactive to upgrade the engine to 1024*768. Kevin Manthei's score is good, but could have been implemented better if the creepier tunes had been reserved for more tense moments instead of constantly playing as background music.

The story has promise, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The game's driving mystery doesn't develop much until over halfway through the games. The characters are fairly entertaining and somewhat interesting. Sadly, your dialogue with them is oddly stilted, and even casual conversations take on the tone of a third-degree interrogation.

Speaking of dialogue, Water's Edge resurrects the long-dead mechanic of being careful in your interactions with the characters, which hasn't been seen since its rather unsatisfactory implementation in the first game. Some dialogue options will make the characters react to you more negatively. This sounds like a good idea on paper, but gradually you end up with a half-dozen insensitive dialogue options ("O hai! Want to talk about how your mom died?") that never disappear over the course of the game.

Disappointingly, the game continues the series' recent tradition of dropping the "adventure" part of an adventure game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite Nancy Drew game! She is sooo HOT!
Published 1 month ago by Jst
3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better. The story line was great and all but ...
It could have been better. The story line was great and all but when it came to the ending, I was kind of disapointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. Gipson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love all of these
Published 1 month ago by MsDily
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best - Beware of game glitch
This game was alright. If you're looking for a Nancy Drew game with tons of secret passage ways and fun things to explore; this isn't it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BluuA
4.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler Warning! Don't read unless you've completed the game
This is the fifth Nancy Drew game I've ever finished, and I really liked it. Out of the five Nancy Drew I've played this is in the exact middle, but that's not bad. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Riggy Wallcard
5.0 out of 5 stars Scariest one yet.
A lot of fun but SCARY. Maybe not the one to start with, especially with younger kids.
Published 5 months ago by sleepingbeauty92
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I'm a bit of a Nancy Drew nerd. I really enjoyed this game. It challenges you in a fun way. Not only do you get to solve a murder mystery, but you also learn things about Japanese... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth
1.0 out of 5 stars NO INSTALLATION CODE INCLUDED
Bought this game in a completely factory sealed package a while back.I just managed to get a little time to start playing this game and upon entering disc 1 of 2 to install the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by 617mommy
3.0 out of 5 stars THE RING .....with a lack of luster
This is my sixth review and completed adventure in the Nancy Drew series.

First, I'd like to start by dividing my review into two factions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by NightshadeBlack
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Nancy Drew
Gave this a Its Okay rating as I purchased this as a gift and have asked how they like it and get a typical younger person answer of Its Okay so have just passed this rating on.
Published 7 months ago by Ron
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