7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Nancy Drew and the Science of Mathy Science!,
This review is from: Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device (DVD-ROM)
Nancy Drew's first killer case since the beginning of the series is well worth it! It has a nice blend of puzzles and story, and engaging characters.
You are stuck in a lab in the middle of Colorado, recommended for the job by an old frenemy who is on duty as a phone a friend, along with Frank&Joe and your client du jour, Victor. Victor's business partner, Nico, was killed by his own experiment with Tesla coils, and though the cops have investigated the employees at the lab, the results were inconclusive. Victor wants you to find the culprit and lift the dark cloud surrounding the company.
And so you meet research techies Mason, Ellie, and Ryan, as well as security consultant Gray. Your relationships with them will pivot upon how you respond to them prodding about what you're doing there. This gives you a nice 4/5 suspects.
Meanwhile, you're not allowed into the actual lab until you manage to break in, which is crucial since it's the scene of the crime.
As for the puzzles, a good number are organic to the story, as Nancy uses equipment to further her investigation. I was a bit disappointed that the history wasn't used as much since that's my preference, but as an educational game, teaching you the basics of how to use various pieces of equipment and maintaining lab safety is well handled. And, given HER's focus on games for women and girls, this is the sort of thing to encourage those in scientific and mathematical fields.
The setting and graphics aren't as inspiring as previous games. Everything is kind of dingy. But that's what happens when you contrast metal equipment everywhere with a brightly colored Egyptian temple.
I'd recommend it for a Nancy Drew fan or someone who was more interested in the science and mathematical fields. Those who are more "fair weather" in their game choices might not enjoy it as much.