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Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister - Mac

by Her Interactive
Windows Vista / 7 / XP, Mac OS X Intel, Mac OS X
Everyone
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Playable on both PC and Mac platforms
  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover as a storm chaser
  • Immerse yourself in meteorology by studying clouds, reading Doppler data, and surviving tornadoes
  • Collect pennies by playing arcade games to purchase candy from the store
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels

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  • ASIN: B003QFUREU
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.5 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,148 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Apprehend a Saboteur Stirring up Turbulent Trouble! $100,000,000 is at stake in this competition to discover a formula to predict tornado touchdowns. But when equipment starts failing and crew members are injured, you as Nancy Drew, must join the team to keep them in the competition. Is it just bad luck that's plaguing the storm chasers or is someone sabotaging their chances of winning?

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Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is a single player point-and-click adventure for play on either the PC or Mac computer platforms. Based on the Nancy Drew novel, The Mystery of Tornado Alley, the game tasks the player to solve the mystery behind a string of accidents surrounding a $100 million competition involving tornado storm tracking. The game features classic Nancy Drew investigative gameplay, multiple non-player characters and a wealth in-game items to interact with, meteorological tools and theory, puzzle-solving gameplay and varying difficulty levels.

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Interacting with a non-player character in Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister
Classic Nancy Drew sleuthing.
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Integral puzzle-solving play.
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Apprehend a Saboteur Stirring up Turbulent Trouble
$100,000,000 is at stake in this competition to discover a formula to predict tornado touchdowns. But when equipment starts failing and crew members are injured, playing as Nancy Drew you must join the team to keep them in the competition. Is it just bad luck that's plaguing the storm chasers or is someone sabotaging their chances of winning in Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister?

Gameplay
Like other games in the popular Nancy Drew series, Nancy Drew: Trail of the Twister is a single player mystery adventure game with additional puzzle-solving elements and the ability to read case files, save clues and items found, etc. Players assume the roll of teenage sleuth Nancy Drew, going under cover as a tornado researcher/storm chaser, utilizing the familiar point-and-click game mechanic to explore game areas and interact with non-player characters and in-game items. In order to solve this mystery you will also need to immerse yourself in the science of storm tracking. With the help of the Canute storm chasing team that is just what you will do. To help gather the data, and keep the team safe, the chase team brings along trucks full of equipment, including the actual trucks themselves. A sampling of the hardware players can expect to come across are: weather balloons, doppler radar, wind speed measuring devices, computers, cameras and more. Pay attention to all of this because eventually you will be tested on it in a number of ways, not the least of which being sleuthing in game areas rife with tornado activity.

The game also contains an economy that revolves around mini-game play. Players collect pennies through a variety of mini-games that will allow for the purchase of additional items in-game. These in turn allow for further progress in other aspects of the game. Additional gameplay features include adjustable difficulty settings.

Key Game Features

  • Play as Nancy Drew and go undercover as a storm chaser
  • Immerse yourself in meteorology by studying clouds, reading Doppler data, and surviving tornadoes
  • Collect pennies by playing arcade games to purchase candy from the store
  • Choose from Junior or Senior Detective difficulty levels
  • Playable on both PC and Mac platforms

Minimum System Requirements

PC: Mac:
OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 OS X 10.5.8 Leopard/10.6.3 Snow Leopard
Processor: 1 GHz or greater Pentium or equivalent class CPU Intel processor
RAM: 256 MB 512 MB
Hard drive: 1.1 GB or more
Drive: 24 x CD-ROM
Video card: 32 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card Intel GMA 950, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
Sound card: 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card  
Other: Mouse and speakers

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Cat
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Here's the setup: P.G. Krolmeister--yes, THAT P.G. Krolmeister--has hired you to investigate a series of accidents befalling a team of Oklahoma storm chasers. As expected, the storm chasers are a bit of a motley crew, with the stirrings of distinctive, engaging personalities. By completing a series of assigned tasks, you move the plot forward without too much free exploration or play. However, unlike the equally task-driven Ransom of the Seven Ships, these puzzles are thoroughly solvable and not too time-consuming--which is too bad, because that's pretty much what you do. Talk to Debbie. Receive tasks. Complete tasks. Move on. This goes along at a pretty good clip; I watched the credits 10 hours on the nose after completing installation, and I did not play the game the entire time.

With such a shallow experience, the ending felt sudden and forced, with barely any suspense and even less sleuthing. You do suspect various characters throughout the game, but not because you've uncovered surprising new clues. Instead, the game--at times literally--tells you to. There are no plot twists. There are no new phone friends. There are no secret passages leading to new locations. For that matter, there are hardly even any locations. This is very much a linear, what-you-see-is-what-you-get game.

And that's what's so frustrating--and disappointing--about ToT: it's the smart kid who bombed the big exam. There's so much potential in this game that simply goes unrealized. The combination of sharp writing, solid characters, a logical plot, and challenging but beatable puzzles sounds like a sure winner, and indeed it would be if the game did more than scratch the surface of what those had to offer. As it is, it's a fun diversion rather than an engrossing story.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Nancy Drew 22: Trail Of The Twister

-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 just the same as Warnings At Waverly Academy and the other newer games. Just point in the direction you want to go in and click basically. There is a new icon though that is special to this game, that is the Phone icon and the Pa Pennies icon. The Phone icon lets you go onto Nancy's phone to make calls, take pictures, change the time in the game, and change the settings (background and color). I really liked the cell phone feature of this game. It's a lot of fun to take pictures and change the background of the phone to whatever you want from the game. Throughout the game, you can collect Pa Pennies which can be used to play an arcade game and buy candy. Overall, a great interface for playing, very intuitive.
*****

-Plot
The plot was pretty "tried and true" for this series. Basically someone is sabotaging the Canute College Tornado Chasing Team's equipment. The Team is in a competition with other tornado chasers for $100,000,000 which puts the stakes pretty high. It's a good plot, but if you have played the other Nancy Drew games, you recognize the plot pretty well. Also the plot wasn't really developed as well as it could have been. Plus there weren't very many examples of sabotage that really made the plot believable. Some examples were a broken coolant pipe in a car, a video camera that doesn't work, a mice infestation, and a phone line that explodes. Frankly the sabotage was somewhat juvenile to me.
***

-Characters
The characters were great and well developed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and uninteresting July 3, 2010
By NanCan
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
My 11 year old seemed to like the game. However, as an adult Nancy Drew fan, I found it boring. There are LOTS and LOTS of tedious chores to do, many of which have nothing to do with solving the mystery. If you like spooky, edge of your seat, this is not going to provide that. I found the characters to be hokey and annoying. It was hard for my 11 yr. old to drive the car in this game. However, she solved many of the puzzles without cheats. One thing I love about HerInteractive is the great opportunity to learn something new in their games. You do learn about weather patterns, cloud formations and the like. Not my favorite by far but lots to do in this game if you like puzzles. VERY excited for the next game coming out! Looks very spooky and it takes place in Japan!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh...another stinker from HI! August 15, 2010
By Limey
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Wow...between Trail of the Twister and Ransom of the Seven Ships, i'm really beginning to worry about my beloved Nancy Drew series!

This game was nothing but random puzzle after random puzzle! The tornados were there, but barely. It's almost like HerInteractive sat around and created all these tedious random puzzles, then just threw "Tornado Chasing" in as a bad attempt to connect the puzzles. I would like a plot next time please. This was such a lazy excuse for a ND game! I get that Nancy is an intern in the game, but come on HI! Doesn't mean the player wants to file and catch mice the entire game! Don't even get me started on the "driving"...not only do I HATE playing in the third person, they made the driving impossibly hard!! From the reviews i've seen 90% of people hate "driving" any sort of vehicle in the ND games, so why does HI insist on forcing us to do it! Please, HI, i'm begging you, no more cars, boats, golf carts, etc.! Just point and click maps please! It's so obvious that it's just a time waster/filler, to try and make it seem like your games aren't getting shorter and shorter.

I used to love the Nancy Drew games, it was like getting lost in a book, I didn't want to stop playing! I've played games 1-16, then took a few years off and just started playing again. Apparently I picked the wrong two, to get back to playing! I'm wondering if 17, 18, 19 & 21 are going to be just as bad as 20 & 22! The last two I have played, Ransom and Twister, have just been so awful, I could wait to finish them. Especially Ransom, which was sooooooo bad it took printing out a walkthrough, to get me to finish it. Please bring back the great games I used to love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great product
My child loves all the Nancy Drew games. They all seem fine to me, maybe somewhat educational. At least there's no violence, no bad language, and lost of clever puzzles to solve. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Fly By Night
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just didn't get into the story line
Published 23 days ago by BarbaraLS
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
this game is just okay
Published 26 days ago by Marcia Leiss
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this game
I love this game! I am a weather geek and I took a severe weather class and it brings back stuff I learned!
Published 1 month ago by Megan Robbons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love, love, love Nancy Drew Games. They're the best.
Published 2 months ago by Denise Hawkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Nancy so trust me when I say, DO NOT BUY IT!
Absolutely terrible! This is actually the first review I have ever written so you can imagine how passionately I feel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars I've bought several games on here and have been pleased with them all
I'm a Nancy Drew collector. I've bought several games on here and have been pleased with them all. This is a fun game to play as are all the Nancy Drew games if you like this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Melissa Sloate
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Worth playing but not the best of them.
Fun game but setting was boring. Characters weren't friendly.
Published 5 months ago by sleepingbeauty92
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
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but not my favorite
often found myself asking, 'what am I trying to accomplish here' and, 'huh?' I have most in the series, although I buy about a year later and this one has a lot of puzzles that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mountain Mama
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