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- 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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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.Read more ›
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).
The puzzles are tedious; it felt like all I kept doing was finding and translating hieroglyphs.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I feel like this game is a little hit-and-miss with fans. While reading reviews it seems like for everyone who says this is one of their favorite games in the series there is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Llama Mama
We love Nancy Drew games! My daughter will want more in the future!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
have most of the ND. this is my first download. the prices are getting a little too high so I might not be following the series after this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mountain Mama