Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill Remastered
They were still learning...
The skinny: First game in the series, with updated graphics and a new culprit. 5 persons to talk to, three locations (high school, Eloise's house and Maxine's diner), the usual check list is present on Junior level and Ned is the only person to call.
I read the book and found that it was very different to the game for a long time. In the book, Nancy witnesses the "murder", does a smooching session with the school jock while her car explodes (yeah right), Brenda was cut and every suspect has a different motive (for example, Connie has a problem with shoplifting). Also, there is a Russian Embassy involved (conveniently located in Middleofnowhere, USA) and the town is called Bedford.
That said, the game offers the usual ingredients of dialogs and riddles. The riddles usually consist of word puzzles, and none of them have to be solved. Not that great an idea if you ask me, but as we all know, "the developer who shall not be named because otherwise this review will be turned down again" were still learning with this game.
About one riddle, I cut "the developer who shall not be named because otherwise this review will be turned down again" too much slack. I thought that they'd actually managed to put a secret message into the Periodic System of Elements. Like "Carbon", go 1 to the right, find an "N" for the message. Well, maybe in another game.
One really not logical thing: Unless you enter the code first you cannot find the box - even if you know it's there.
Bottom Line: It's not bad, but there are way better games in the series.
December 13, 2011
Like easy cryptograms, or want an easy, short ND to start with?
This as you may know is the first ND game, with remastered graphics. It is also the easiest and shortest I?ve played of the series(but I haven?t played yet the other early games) so it?s the perfect game to start with.
If you have never played a ND game before, you have a choice of playing junior or senior mode. In junior mode you have a task list and some puzzles are easier, you can phone your friends and ask for hints (but no bess in this game just ned).
It?s not a 360 nausea type game, the controls when you go to the edge just move like static images till you turn around. It?s not free flowing 360 where you can look up, down etc in every scene ? it?s all arrows.
You have to manually save ND games and you can?t skip any puzzle in any of her games.
This ND is a puzzle game with some adventure, it?s also the shortest ND I?ve played compared to the later games. The plot is you are undercover at a school where someone has been murdered. There are three locations ? house, diner and school, the school is the biggest location.
There are people that you find when you explore and you have a choice of questions or responses, more questions become available when you trigger something else in a game. It?s non linear as there isn?t a set order to do things, but one thing will unlock something else and thus advances the story and what you can do.
#While playing you will find loads of different notes around (cryptograms) so take photos of them with the in game camera or write it down on paper. You will also see some sparkles and if you click on it (icon on mouse won?t change) you find that it?s money. Sometimes a scene will sparkle if you stay long enough in it, other times your mouse will have to go over an area before it triggers it.
The money can be used three ways in the game and if you find all the money? it?s one of the stars for achievements (I didn?t get it) At the end you get ?stars? with different achievements, these are sometimes a bit off the wall but it makes it more fun exploring everything as it could give you one of the ?stars? on your detective badge. The only thing is I didn?t know what an award was till I finished.
There are also two easter eggs in this game, an unexpected acknowledgment in game of finding or doing something a bit unexpected.
#I agree with Laflamme it wasn't till I had finished that I realised that I didn't need to decypher all those puzzles left, which was disappointing. *But I suppose if you hate them it's an equivalent of a skip button. I enjoyed them so had fun doing it but wish it was used. The puzzles were 99% cryptograms so if you don?t like puzzles or that type then this game isn?t for you*. I generally don?t like cryptograms as they are usually too hard for me but these were either easy or straightforward in working it out. If you didn't bother working any out then this game will be a very short LF game. This even with working out everything is a short LF.
While this game lacks the polish, depth and challenge of latter games it still was fun and I enjoyed it. To have a relative easy ND game for a change was nice and I love loads of smaller puzzles.
Recommend for true ND lovers, cryptogram lovers or those who want an easy LF game.
June 19, 2012
It was okay nothing to jump up and down about its very different than the others not much to do not enough places to go and it seem so short I only played it like a hour. Wish it would have been longer.
December 23, 2011
For new Nancy Drew players ONLY!
I've played the first version of this game. It was pretty good for the first Nancy Drew game that they made.
Then they remade it. They changed the whole thing! It was my least favorit Nancy Drew game because they just botched it.
I recommend it for new Nancy Drew game players because it's so easy.
October 29, 2012
Shortest Game Ever
I haven't played the original Secret Can Kill game so I can't compare between the two, but this one is super short so I guess the original one must be, too. The characters are not very interesting, sadly, and none of them are sociable. The culprit is quite predictable. The puzzle is easy, a plus for me who doesn't really enjoy puzzle games. Not my most favorite but always a good one for replaying.
May 10, 2012
I love anything Nancy Drew!!!
This one is not my favorite but it's still good.
May 9, 2012
This game is awesome, I got no complaints
March 8, 2012
It was good, but...
Honestly, I actually liked the original version from 1998 better.
May 5, 2012
not much to investigate
there is no real story and it the gameplay is too short.
September 21, 2012
OK For A First Attempt.
This is a remastering, or update of the original First Title in the Nancy Drew Series: "Secrets Can Kill."
There isn't much going on in the game except checking out many, many bulletin boards and books for clues. And there are only three locales for the game: Nancy's Aunt's house, the school, and the diner.
There aren't many puzzles, at all, and that's where this game is lacking.
Yet, because it's a first attempt, I must approve the game, which, by the way, is very short. It's my 24th Nancy Drew game, and I have to say that it goes at the very bottom of the list, even lower than "Shadow at the Water's Edge," and "Secret of the Old Clock."
January 4, 2013