Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy Review

The first Nancy Drew books came out over 80 years ago (in the 1930s). The stories are still popular today. Clearly Nancy Drew has been doing something very very right. I mean honestly, the average 80+ year olds just aren’t that popular. Nancy Drew has long been one of the best puzzle and mystery solving women out there. There’s only one puzzle she’s never solved: the death of her mother.

In Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy, Nancy receives a letter telling her that her mother’s death wasn’t an accident. She’s long suspected such. It turns out that Kate helped prevent a terrorist attack ten years ago, a terrorist attack conducted by a group called the Revenant. Now it’s up to Nancy Drew to discover the truth behind both The Revenant and her mother’s death.

Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy plays like other games in the series. It’s a traditional point n click adventure game. You move a cursor over the environment and items light up telling you you can interact with them. Simple. You’ll spend the majority of your time travelling Scotland, earning money to afford the transport fees. You’ll need to figure the mystery out for yourself, detective style, and as you play you’ll learn all about the story—which is pretty deep. The graphics are dated but the characters looks great. What really isn’t up to par, however, is the navigation system, which is clumsy and awkward.

But if you’re willing to overlook these minor issues then Nancy Drew has a lot to offer. The story is great and so are the puzzles. You’re given freedom to explore the game as you see fit. There are no HINT systems, so you actually have to work the whole thing out for yourself—which is fantastic and makes you feel like a real detective.

While Nancy Drew : The Silent Spy might have a couple of issues, it’s still a fantastic mystery game. I highly recommend it.

Overall: 4 out of 5.   

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Paul Harrison

Paul M Harrison is an entertainment journalist, novelist, and blogger, and a specialist in the theory of storytelling. Paul Harrison can be contacted via his personal website or on Twitter or Facebook.

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