Nancy Drew: The Captive Curse
Loved it. Hated it.
My dislikes of this game had nothing to do with the length of, or inability to skip, dialog. In fact, I found the voice talent to be really good, fun and refreshing and really hamming up their roles. This game plays like curling up to watch your favourite mystery movie or read a novel. Put on the popcorn, sit back and take over the investigation as you wander a castle, exploring the rooms and grounds and meeting people and finding clues. What else?! I decided to play Junior Detective, as I've played other ND games and knew I'd probably get frustrated at some point - don't have to use the clues, but nice to have in case. The game gave you a journal, a task list, and a phone with a hint feature. This was a game I couldn't wait to get back to playing at the end of the day. OMG I had so much fun playing this game! At first.
Then at some point, just as the game was rolling along it just stalled. I got to a part when I wasn't sure what to do next and I tried to get a hint, and there wasn't anything. I had exhausted every conversation, played every game, re-explored every area, phoned every person. I looked everywhere in my tools (inventory, journal entries, phone numbers, tasks, suspects, notes, etc.) for some sort of clue of what my next objective was, and what I needed to move in that direction. But there were no hints and only vague objectives (Look For Something Dealing with The Frieherr's Daughter). ?? I expected that if I clicked on a super vague task like that, perhaps it would open up more and more specific hints, but there was nothing. And unfortunately the phone Hint feature was mostly blank(!) and only has hints available for certain puzzles in the game. The dossier, journal, task list, suspects, observations were all kind of lame and also became static about mid-game. There was a point in the game where every single task in the game was checked off, and no hints available. So after running down every hunch what do you do next?
And Ned! You have some sort of stupid fight with him for some reason, then you make up, really quick in the beginning of the game. He offers you lots of hints (optional dialogs) when you call him. At first. I chose not to use them at the beginning of the game. Then later, when I called Ned desperate for a hint, he had nada, and basically petered out on all conversation after that.
So I was stuck so bad, frustrated and annoyed, I had to step out of the game and find a walkthrough, which ruined the enjoyment of the game for me. The logical detection I was successfully engaged in in the first half of the game, just dissolved. The smallest of hints would have probably sufficed. The things I got stalled on (as I discovered by the walkthrough) were so obscure that I wondered how in the world I was supposed to figure that out? Especially without little hints to propel me at least in the right direction, or a hint that I can deduce the answer from. I don't want to be told the answer, I just want another clue.
Another thing that was strange about the game was it seems to take place all in one dark and dreary evening, so it is perpetually dark out. Later you see a static image of the courtyard in daylight and it's beautiful! I would have loved to explore it in the daytime.
Anyway, because a graduated hint system was not part of this game (as I think other ND games offer?), nor was the Hint Feature of any reliable help, this great game kind of let me down. However I did guess the Whodunit correct in the end. And the voice actors were pretty awesome.
All in all I'd have to recommend, because it was so much fun to play (at first) and if you are smarter than a Junior Detective you won't have the issues I had!
July 9, 2013
Typical Nancy Drew!
I love all things ND, so I'm a little biased! I thought the storyline and puzzles were superb! The tasks were right in line with the plot, so Nancy wasn't sent on some useless errands that had nothing to do with the game. It is captivating and extremely entertaining. It is a bit time consuming, so if you don't like to immerse yourself in gameplay, then this one's not for you. This isn't some quick, third grade spelling test, easy as breathing game. It takes a lot of time and work. But once you get the hang of it, you'll be hooked.
November 27, 2012
This game was great! I loved the overall feeling, and the character's accents were very fun to listen to. However, the HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS ( or what seemed like hours) of dialogue just bored me to death! The talking was unnecessary, and I wish they'd spent more time giving me puzzles or challenges than coming up with so much dialogue!
November 3, 2012
ND - Gotta Love It
This game was nicer than the previous ones. It does take you from room to room and sometimes you feel like, hey I didnt see that early. But if you are a true ND fan you will enjoy it. I know I did greatly. You always experience a new board game of type, this one is no exception. I wasnt really sure how it was to work but it was interesting.
November 27, 2012
A pleasure to play
I usually only find hidden object games listed under "Adventure" on this site, but I was very happy to have found this one, where you can really explore and interact with developing characters. I thought the graphics were great and I loved how you could discover things in a way that was not so obviously linear. The mini-games were also different and entertaining, and the sense of humor of this game was great. If Big Fish Games included more games like this, I would be back much more often. Worth the download!
April 24, 2013
I enjoy the Nancy Drew games. I was happy to see one available from Big Fish Games for my Mac. My major issue with this one was the character/dialogue. I can read it faster than they are speaking. I would prefer to be able to click to the next option instead of waiting it out. I found the game challenging and I am not ashamed to say I needed help multiple times from online walkthrough blogs. Personally, I would like more games to be like this (minus the dialogue.)
March 16, 2013
I really like these Nancy Drew series of games. I just wish BF had more in MAC format.
Same formula as before. Two levels, Junior and Senior. I chose to play the senior level, and knew I was on my own for keeping up with what I am supposed to do next. But they do not leave you completely on your own. If you call Nancy's friends and discuss the case, they will get you back on track with ideas on what to do next.
The puzzles can be challenging and really require you to pay attention to the story line, or use the common sense you were born with to solve them.
The game footprint is usually not that large, but you encounter something new as you work your way around it. I spent several days on the game as I was in no rush to solve it.
I was entertained and challenged. All I ever ask from a game...
January 19, 2013
I really liked this game and I have tried all the Nancy Drew Games so far, ohh except the Twister one, anyways, this was a great game, the puzzles were a little challenging, but not bad, the only thing I hated was the Forest Maze and the Well Maze, grrrrrrrrr those two drove me batty!! If it was not for a walk though with a map I would have quit.
December 30, 2012
great if you like Nancy Drew but......
This is a very typical Nancy Drew game. Lots of walking around and in and out of rooms. Far too much conversation for me though to wade through and you have to click on each person's next line of conversation. I found I was losing interest before the demo hour was up, in fact that first hour was pretty much back fill conversation with the inhabitants of the castle that Nancy's latest case was based on. I am sure it will get better but I am not going to buy it to find out. I don't like games that are slow to play and it is overly descriptive of the characters. Great if you like taking days and days to play a game, which is not my style. No problems play the game though, these are well developed and styled games, although I did find the screen a tad dark for my Mac pro (on brightest setting). Sorry but not enough excitement for me... a bit too Miss Marple for my liking.
August 28, 2012
Not a favorite
I bought this game because I love ND game series but this game is certainly not to my expectation. The preview of this game from the previous game, Shadows at the Water's Edge is so convincing but in reality it doesn't deliver. Like what monster? The game is set in Germany, but the game takes place at nighttime and never goes to another morning although ND has her own room. She can only go to a few rooms in the castle and the woods. The passageways are a bit creepy but nothing scary to make me jump from my seat. The length of the game is fine but maybe because it has so many conversations with the characters which are super long and tedious, and they are not likeable either and too bad the conversations cannot be skipped. I hate having topics of relationship problems in this game. ND should act professional and the conversation about boyfriend problems just weren't necessary. I think the devs just want to make the game look realistic in real life, but to me it just looks amateurish. The difference with real life conversations like the one in Syberia just wasn't delivered nicely here. Fortunately the puzzles are few here and some are the most creative I have ever seen. The last part where usually ND explains in her final letter doesn't fully explain like why there's a monster in long time ago, what happened? And final confrontation with the culprit is so hu-hum.. not interesting and no rush feeling either. I have high hopes with this game but left disappointed.
May 19, 2013