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Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen

by Her Interactive
Everyone
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
  • Translate Hieroglyphs - Decipher ancient clues and warnings
  • Uncover Hidden Chambers - Reassemble artifacts and solve anicent puzzles
  • Discover Egyptology - Play games and learn about early Egyptian life
  • Carefully Choose Your Words - How you ask qustions may uncover surprising answers
  • New Interface/Enhanced Graphics Immerse yourself in the most richly detailed Nancy Drew mystery ever


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Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B007PLR9UG
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,149 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PC

Egyptologists and archaeologists are abuzz about recent discoveries by a university dig team, but suspicious accidents left the group isolated and leaderless. Is a curse burying their progress or is someone sabotaging their success. Find out as you assume the role of Nancy Drew and uncover the lost secrets buried within the Tomb of the Lost Queen!

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start by saying that I'm a long-time Nancy Drew veteran. Legend of the Crystal Skull and The Haunting of Castle Malloy are my favorite games in the series, and Danger by Design is my least favorite. I thought 2011 was a reasonably good year for the series; Captive Curse was my favorite Drew game in years, but I was somewhat lukewarm on Alibi in Ashes - and, unfortunately, I feel the same way about Tomb of the Lost Queen.

I think most adventure game fans will agree that titles in this genre live and die by the quality of their writing and atmosphere - and those are, unfortunately, a little weak in this game. The game's two major areas are packed with activities, but neither one of them ignited my imagination; the research camp is very sterile, and if the titular tomb was supposed to be creepy, it's not. The core mystery, the search for the mummy of a lost Egyptian queen, suffers from a total lack of urgency, and the sabotage plot that surrounds it has been done before in this series - more than once, at that. Of course, this is Game 26, so you can't fault them too much for recycling plot structures.

Though the voice acting is as impressive as usual, the cast of characters is a little uninspiring; they're considerably better than the unmemorable cast of Alibi in Ashes, but I think I'll be hard-pressed to remember any of them in a month or two. Abdullah, a cranky, snobbish archaeologist, and his girly, paranoid assistant Lily are rather flat; they've got a few good lines, but will definitely not be remembered as the series' best characters. Dylan, a snarky tour guide (and blatant fan service for the game's intended demographic), and Jamila, an alien conspiracy theorist, have more depth; they're both worth making sure you fully explore all of their dialogue options.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but tedious. May 8, 2012
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
To sum up this game in one word: tedious. That's unfortunate, since there was so much that could have been done with the setting and theme.

**First impressions...**

The first thing you notice is that the traditional "Nancy's desk" intro is gone. So, too, is any sort of exposition; I felt as if I'd just been dropped into the desert with no backstory or idea of what was going on. As you have conversations with the suspects and phone friends, you start to put the pieces together, but that came fairly late in the game for me.

Most notably, there are very few settings and few hotspots to interact with. There are really only two main locations, the campsite and the tomb. You can pan around the camp, but despite several close-up shots, there's rarely anything to click on. Some background animations (palm branches waving in the desert wind, perhaps some glowing embers from the campfire, scuttling scarabs) would have done wonders to bring the dig site to life. Inside the main tent, it feels like wasted space. You can't pan, and there's nothing to explore inside the bunks. Even items that seemed like they should be explorable (like a purse left out in the open) aren't clickable. You see shelves in the tent; my first thought was, "aha, supplies!" but once again, there's no hotspots. There are several snooping puzzles that require you to go through personal belongings, and as mentioned above, there's hardly anything clickable despite lots of potential "hotspots" (a digital camera that I was sure would have incriminating evidence, a voice recorder like the one from SAW, but I couldn't click on either).

**Puzzles**

The puzzles are tedious; it felt like all I kept doing was finding and translating hieroglyphs.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Tomb is Worth Finding! May 8, 2012
By Setsuna
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've been playing Nancy Drew games for years now. There were only 9 games out when I first started playing, and the very first one I played was "Stay Tuned for Danger". I've played every single one ever released (including both versions of "Secrets Can Kill"). At best, they've been very well-done and fully entertaining games (almost all of the first 13 games, Legend of the Crystal Skull, Warnings at Waverly Academy, Shadow at the Water's Edge, The Captive Curse) and at worst, they've been somewhat interesting ways to pass some spare time (Ransom of the Seven Ships). After playing the newest addition, "Tomb of the Lost Queen", I'd say it isn't necessarily the *strongest* addition to the ND lineup, but it's definitely a great one that's a good follow-up to some relatively strong releases.

To start things off, I'll mention that this game brings in a brand-new playing interface. I really didn't view it as necessary, because I thought the interface as far as gaming quality went was perfectly fine in games 16-25, but I can't really complain all that much about this game's new interface. I will say that I still prefer having the "book-style" menu (last seen in game 15, "The Creature of Kapu Cave") and letter openings (last seen in game 13, "Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon") over anything else that's been brought to the table, so I still won't feel *fully* satisfied unless they come back, but I really did think that this interface wasn't all that bad. One *good* thing about the interface is updated the task list - when a task is "checked off", it is brought to the bottom of the list, so that way only tasks that still have to be completed will be seen on the top.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nancy Drew in Egypt!
This was a great mystery game. It was action-packed. But, I needed to use Her Interactive's message boards to help me solve some of the puzzles.
Published 7 days ago by A. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Spending time with my daughter...
My daughter & I love doing these together and have been a BIG fan of these games since she was little. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all nancy drew are great
Published 1 month ago by MRS C WILLIAMS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a kid favorite!
Published 2 months ago by Faithful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good One
This game was pretty good, although it lacked a little direction, and things did not fall into place as easily as other Nancy Drews.
Published 4 months ago by Brittney
5.0 out of 5 stars They're a great distraction from the real world
I've been playing these games since middle school, and I'm in college now! They're a great distraction from the real world, and yet they're still challenging enough to hold my... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alexa Little
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun game!
I think it could have had a little bit more in the game, since it was pretty easy for me to finish, but I still liked it anyways. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cheyenne Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait on next one!
I love these games. very good low price. items come very well shipped. I have ordered 13 games from on-line orders and have not had a problem with any of them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by al johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game for its Line of genre
Good game if you like the series. Lots of Puzzles to solve. I liked it and im happy with my purchase. Also the game got to me in just a few days! Thanks Amazon!
Published 8 months ago by Fred A. Carota
5.0 out of 5 stars good ancient times
well you go on a dig in the dessert...you discover a tomb...and articles...solve problems and puzzles...interview people...use a cell phone to use the web...call people... Read more
Published 9 months ago by cfisher
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