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
I would consider this game as a classic, and I think this is the first game of ND where she travels overseas. I like games set in UK or Ireland, my mind goes to 'medieval'. And this is what the game offers. Nancy stays in a old manor on the moor and tries to figure out what happens to Linda, who, as the game progress, suggested that she might turns into werewolf. I like the game throughout, and there're quite a few creepy scenes, one drawback that I don't like is the ending, as there is no fighting back with the culprit. Feels like it ends just like that. Could have been a better ending to finish a great game.
July 5, 2012
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
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
Very good game let down by lazy programming
This is an older game so allowances need to be made for the lack in quality. The dialog is enjoyable as are the clues and the progression. The acting is the usual stereotypes of how English people are viewed in the States (nothing like the real thing) but are still tastefully done so as not to cause offence.
So why have I given it such a low rating? The reason is that the navigation is an ABSOLUTE FRUSTRATING NIGHTMARE!! Even for such an old game it is still primitive requiring precise combinations of moves to get anywhere, in fact I would compare it to the first early eighties Graphic Adventure games on Eight Bit micro computers. Honestly it really is that bad and disorienting being blocky and confusing. As such I would play this in small sections just to alleviate the frustration.
In conclusion I am sad that such a well crafted and researched adventure has been let down by such lazy programming because this could easily have been a classic.
December 5, 2012
Worst Nancy Drew game
This game was horrible. Running back and forth through mazes in the dark is not my idea of a good time, but maybe it's yours.
I got almost finished with the game, which took me several days, and it crashed. The screen went black and that was that.
Disappointed is not the word I'm looking for. I'm looking for something a little stronger to convey my frustration and ire over not being able to finish this game after investing so much time and effort.
July 20, 2012
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