Nancy Drew - Curse of Blackmoor Manor
A classic Nancy Drew game
This was the first Nancy Drew game I ever played, and it's a great one. Quite hard, lots of puzzles, fairly creepy and deals with interesting themes. Plus, it is set in England and full of mediaeval history. (Which is always a plus with me.)
Controls are as usual - just point and click everywhere, talk to people and solve puzzles. This games is full of them, and best of all - they are actually relevant to the storyline (there have been complaints that in the later games HER has put puzzles in just as fillers).
Being one of the "middle" games as I like to call them, CUR does give the player a lot of hints, and Nancy also has a notebook which can give the player additional ideas about solving the mystery.
All in all, this is one of the best Nancy Drew adventure games, even though it was released a good seven years ago. It comes regularly into the top three of ND games in polls and even though the graphics might be not too up to date (I remember being annoyed about the 3D people in the beginning, but I was quickly absorbed into the story), the music and the design of the manor are absolutely brilliant. It's a good game, even for beginners. Jump in and enjoy!
P.S. After finishing this one, I thought I would never ever play a ND/adventure game again. However, few months later Message in a Haunted Mansion came to BigFish, and I ended up buying it. :O The rest is history. :D
November 21, 2011
A difficult investigation, but so immersive and enthralling !
In this 11th release in the series, Nancy is sent to Blackmoor Manor to check on her neighbor's newly wed daughter. Upon arrival she sees red eyes glowing in the night and hears her name being whispered by eerie voices. The creepy atmosphere perpetuates itself inside with stories of curses, witches and werewolves.
The game is non linear. You can explore the Manor at will in any order, and interacting with the inhabitants depends on the time of day or night and on specific actions done in certain places. You can set the clock at a chosen time in order to talk to a particular character if you haven't been able to so so before.
As usual the graphics are extremely well crafted; every room, stairs, corridors, hallway are richly decorated thus making the manor a posh and cozy place to be in... were it not for the enigma and perhaps the latent danger.
Observation is a tool you will need to gather clues and information from the characters themselves, as well a books, documents, coats of arms and other different objects.
Here again, as it is always the case with Nancy, many puzzles await you. They are diffficult, especially if you play on Senior Level. The challenge culminates with the last puzzle which will delight all veterans but might be quite tough for beginners
The voice-acting is superb, with professional changes in tone within one same conversation, and the sound effects perfectly in harmony with the overall creepy atmosphere.
Plenty of things to discover, lots of clues to find, many characters to talk to, fun minigames to play, challenging puzzles, a solid and compelling storyline, several surprises, an unexpected ending, all of it wrapped up in a high quality production in which nothing is left to pure chance but is crafted with detail and talent.
Who could ask for more ?
January 16, 2012
This game was so hard got and it has the best ending ever saw in a large file game this game is has so many suprises and you can die easily if you are not careful.The older nancy drews are harder any way.What makes this game hard is that you have to know alot of history-_-"(i hate history)
December 4, 2011
What a ride!! Oh My Gosh!!
I played as always on Junior Detective without reading a walkthrough. Just dove in and I was finishing things so out of order by the time I did look at the walkthrough it wasn't much help but I really needed it in a few places! It took me 5 days of off and on to finish this game.. I?m no expert but that?s a long time even for me! I've listed myself as an intermediate player but with Nancy Drew I?m still more of a beginner. These games grab you and you just take off! I was so sick of HOS and hearing there aren't any in HER games I tried Alibi In Ashes and was hooked on Nancy Drew immediately!
I can?t add much more about the layout, location, graphics etc of the game than anyone else already said.. I did really like the soundtrack on this one and kept it going the entire time. Some are so bad they distract, not this one!
It?s the hardest of the 7 I think? ND games I've played (for me anyway# and being an older game I didn't expect it to be harder than Waverly Academy!
Some extremely difficult puzzles and a lot of them! I always scroll through walkthroughs before I buy a game to see if it has tons of pictures of puzzles so I know what to expect.. This one didn?t have many pictures so I was hoping not a lot of them, it had more puzzles than I've ever played!
2 of them that about made me quit!
The Wind puzzle-Defiantly save and save and save your game!!
Target slide puzzle- #I did accidentally trip on a way to win this one without doing it how you?re supposed to) Whew!
I enjoyed the characters you do get to talk with and Loulou! By the time I would stop and ask Loulou for a hint, I had already finished it.. Oh well.
I?m just so slap happy that I actually finished it right at a point when I was about to give up!
This one like a lot of Nancy Drew games obviously has a huge reply value since it ended and I had a pile of notes I wrote of things I had never done? And things on Nancy check list I know never were completed?
I will be playing it again someday just not real soon! Long game with a lot to do! After I finish this kind, I?m actually glad it was that hard.. Just not when I?m in the midst of it about to scream! So often you can easily figure out who the "Culprit" is in games. WOW Not a chance I thought it would be who it was!!
One issue I had with some timed or quick click games was the cursor taking too long to be ready?
If you haven?t played this game yet? Walk into Blackmoor Manor and enjoy your visit!
March 30, 2013
Welcome to the fun house!
I've just replayed this one, and now I remember what a cracker it is. Set in in old English Mansion, this Nancy Drew is packed with puzzles, with clues to be searched out and lore to be discovered. I found myself totally immersed in this even though it was the second time around, although I had left it a fair while since first playing it. I have to admit to needing a hint now and then, as you are without the help of your friends on this one. Loulou can be very helpful, albeit a bit cryptic at times, and somewhat greedy. You really do have to take notes, and I found my artistic skills came in handy from time to time, so I had a couple of sheets of A4 to scribble on. It just makes for more enjoyable game.
Although you are still investigating, this one feels more like exploring, and the deeper you get, the more you're drawn in. Artistic license doesn't even begin to cover the Cockney rhyming slang, which was entirely wrong, but I'm more than happy to let that small issue slide with such a fun game.
It has a relatively small footprint as you only stay in the manor, but what a manor, the sort I used to dream of exploring as a child. I always thought my prep school might have had secrets like Blackmoor, but alas, I never found them. Thank goodness for Nancy Drew! You will need your thinking cap on, but the clues are all there, just keep speaking to people and trying things out and if in doubt, ask the bird!
Great Nancy Drew game, good length, great inventive puzzles, and jolly spiffing fun!
April 22, 2013
I love nancy drew games! It takes me into another world like im actually nancy drew solveing a real mystery in real life, the scenes are breathtaking the charactes are so realistic.
January 24, 2012
For the best clue hunters: its a hard long and scary mission. There are so many things that will make you jump in this game. Creepy setting, tons of secrets, good progressive plot, odd characters.
October 15, 2013
Best Nancy Drew so Far
This is m favorite Nancy Drew Game and the one that got me hooked. The puzzles are challenging and the story is really good.
October 14, 2012
Better with time
I purchased this game some time ago, and never finished it because I thought it was too confusing. This time however, I really enjoyed it.
I remember getting so frustrated about the ghost hunt. I thought it was impossible to do. This time, I found it was a good idea to ignore the clock at first and search a small part of the house at a time, and when you know all the locations only then mind the clock.
The thing i liked about this game is that the back story about the Manor and the family history is so well done. I found the Manor charming. And the people inhabiting it wonderfully creepy!
As a tip, you should order everything from the cook, including side dishes, and eat everything! No one will tell you in the game!
I thought the puzzles were so well done. I think this game definitely gets better as you play it a couple of times over.
November 30, 2014
Wow, this game was tough. I would recommend this to anyone who complains about HOPAs being so dumbed down and "cookie cutter" these days. Blackmoor Manor takes no prisoners. It's one tough puzzle after another, with a mystery to solve at the same time. I would have been totally lost at times without the walkthrough. But making it to the end was the best feeling! I was complaining that Shadow Ranch was a tough one to start playing Nancy Drew with, well I'm just glad I didn't start with this..
Even though Nancy takes lots of notes (in Junior level at least) it's best to scribble down as much as you can on your own. There are about 5 things going on at the same time at any given time and most of the challenges take some thinking through.
The storyline is a bit fantastical but the characters are realistic enough and fun to interact with. I have a few minor complaints: the navigation was a bit clumsy, and I wish the interior of the manor had been a little prettier. In a phone call to Nancy, one of the characters actually says something about the Manor having seemingly been decorated by a Medieval monkey, which was really funny and accurate! I only wonder why they made it that way..
I would recommed this game to anyone who loves Puzzle games, and anyone who loves a challenge and long game play. Taking breaks, it took me 3 days to finish Blackmoor Manor with occasional help from the walkthrough.
August 24, 2013