Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes
Not one of the best Nancy Drew games I've ever played. This game was different. It's based in Nancy's hometown and Nancy is given a note to show up at this location. Once there, the place starts burning to the ground. When you exit, instead of people asking if you're all right, etc, you are immediately accused of having caused the fire.
Other areas of incredulity for me were that the chief of police expects you to gather your own proof of innocence on his suspect board and call him when you're done proving someone else did this. HUH?
Also, the puzzles were not difficult and I disliked switching character to character to complete objectives.
The map for driving around was too large and you had to scroll around. Every time you hopped in the car you had to watch the video of you driving around. The first time it's ok. After that, it's redundant.
Normally these games are my brain teaser. Occasionally I even have to refer to a walkthrough to get thru a difficult portion. Not this game.
In addition, Nancy Drew games are normally a learning experience about a people or location or objects, etc. This game had no learning involved. I was surprised by this.
It's a game I had to play as I own almost every game to this point.
October 20, 2012
I love Nancy Drew!!!
I love all Nancy Drew games. It's the only reason I have a Big Fish account. I'm a fan of all large file games but this line in particular. They force you to use your brain from start to finish. This game requires a lot of dedication as you are constantly moving from room to room, building to building. I love that the game switches characters and everyone has their own tasks to perform. It can get a bit tricky in that you have to know who to use to do what. Certain characters can get more out of suspects than others. And Nancy's not just resting on her laurels, either. Even though she's in jail, she still investigates. I loved the storyline and of course the graphics, which are always on point. There weren't too many puzzles in this one. But I've noticed that there are fewer and fewer puzzles in the new games. My only real problem is that Big Fish took FOREVER to get this game! There are two other games out now! I had to buy this straight from Her Interactive.
October 21, 2012
Light-hearted, but great fun!
Hooray, Alibi in Ashes in BigFish!
This anniversary game finds Nancy going back home to River Heights, and this time she is the suspect! The game begins with Nancy going to the old Town Hall to search for clues, and finding herself trapped when the building catches fire - never before have we seen so much adrenaline-inducing action so soon in a Nancy Drew game!
She manages to escape, but everyone believes her to be the arsonist, and she is arrested. You have to play as Bess, George and Ned to help Nancy prove her innocence, while she is in prison!
It's a fun game, and the fact that it isn't creepy or take place during the night, didn't take anything away from the mystery. There are lots of places to snoop in - and if you are unlucky, to get caught in; lots of evidence to collect, puzzles to play, and ice cream to eat! :) (My little daughter loves watch me play Nancy Drew games and this bit was her favourite, she was eating loads of ice cream every time we went to the parlour)
The graphics and music are great as usual, and you find cookies from other games everywhere. The only complaint I have is that it was tedious to switch between characters - every time you had to call Nancy and she was the one to tell everyone to "Your turn to take over!"
I thought the culprit was quite easy to guess, but you have to prove it as well!
Some people think ASH is quite a short game, and to some extent I agree, I wish the end game had been longer, but great characters and storylines made up for it. Definitely a buy!
October 20, 2012
Not the Greatest
This is one of my least favorite out of the new Nancy Drew games.
The biggest negative of the game: The navigation is the worst. To get around town while Nancy is "unavailable," you play as Nancy's three friends: Ned, Bess, and George. That's fine with me. The problem? When switching between characters, you can't just skip right to the next one. Oh, no. You get out the phone, call Nancy, tell her you need *her* to take over, then have Nancy call the next friend, and ask *them* to take over. So unnecessary and it kind of ruins the game for me. If these kids are all friends, why can't they just call each other to switch?
Pros: - Graphics are very nice.
- Sounds are good, and voice acting is quite good.
- If you're a Nancy fan, it's nice to see Nancy's hometown, although you don't get to see a lot of it.
Cons: - Awful, awful navigation. Not only between switching characters, but getting around town is pretty bad. The map is just terrible, and the game doesn't tell you that you need to drag it around to see the whole town.
- You don't get to see much of River Heights. There are maybe five or six locations you get to explore to a decent extent. If you try to travel to any of the others, you just get someone telling you it's closed, or a one-liner joke.
- Snooping is not great in this game. You get to go in Nancy's home, but you can't explore? You can't root around in her sofa cushions, or look in the hall closet, or under Nancy's bed? You're limited to very specific areas to look. Other Nancy games give many extra, fun places to just take a look around in.
- Puzzles are too easy. Many of them practically give you the solution if you look in another area in the game.
All in all, this is just an OK game. It's not the best Nancy Drew game in it, and the navigation and switching between characters gets to be tedious, which sort of ruins some of the game's fun.
October 20, 2012
Definitely a buy - I had so much fun with this game. For me, the attraction was that we get to see inside Nancy's house, her bedroom and where she grew up. Loved eating the ice cream, meeting all the quirky characters and visiting the various locations. There were a few times that I wished I could have called one of the other characters myself and asked them to take over, rather than calling Nancy first, but that's a minor complaint. There were not as many puzzles in this one but more places to explore. My fav puzzle was beating the clock to click on numbers 1 - 41 in an antique store. I also won an award for being a good customer at the ice cream parlor. The fun interactive between Ned and Deirdre is hilarious. Lots of possibilities there. The color and graphics are excellent. I love Nancy's house and it was fun to snoop around in her bedroom. I definitely recommend this game. I own and have played all the ND games many times over the years. Can't wait for the next one! Thanks BF for offering these Big games!
October 20, 2012
Not as good as other Nancy Drew games. There were not as many brain teasers in this and only two games you could keep going back to play. The difference was that you involved the help of Bess, George and Ned in solving the case whereby they took over the investigation while Nancy was in the jail. Story line was weaker than the most ND games although I did enjoy playing it.
October 21, 2012
A New Favorite
Her Interactive has done it again! They have produced another great Nancy Drew game. Granted, this one doesn't have her traipsing all over the world like the previous games, but you are in her hometown of River Heights and she has been arrested for arson.
There are many things I like about this game:
-- You get to play as her friends. This isn't the first time that George or Bess have helped out, but it is the first game that Ned is included as a player as well.
-- You get to 'explore' River Heights for the first time.
-- You also get to talk to Carson Drew, Nancy's father, for the first time and get some help from him as well.
-- You get to find out what the people of River Heights REALLY think about Nancy.
-- If you eat all the ice cream on the menu, you will get a bill at the end. My daughter's bill was over $300.
One thing I did find odd is that there weren't too many mini games available. ND games are usually loaded with them. I also didn't like the fact that you had to go through Nancy in order to change from one character to another.
As with all ND games, there is a Junior and Senior level of difficulty. The Junior level allows you a task list to check to see what needs to be done. Also, the puzzles are a bit easier. I recommend starting with the Junior level first, and then playing it again at the Senior level.
There are several achievements to acquire and after you finish the game, you will see a checklist with each achievement. However, you won't know what these achievements are until after you finish the game.
Overall, this is a pretty good game. Not as exciting as the others, but fun nonetheless. It is NOT a Hidden Object game so there are no skips to puzzles or dialog. You may pick up clues along the way to be placed in your inventory, but you will never encounter a Hidden Object Scene.
November 24, 2012
NANCY JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER!
First off, I want to congratulate HER INTERACTIVE and Cathy Roiter for bringing us two wonderful games, "Last Train to Blue Moon Canyon," and "Alibi in Ashes."
I didn't expect a game that calls on Nancy's friends to help her solve a crime right in her own hometown! This story features a great deal of interplay among the three friends of Nancy: Ned, Bess, and George, as they put their heads together to solve this mystery while Nancy is locked up in jail, having been named the prime suspect in the arson destruction of the River Heights historic city hall.
Nancy finally gets out of jail, though, and goes quickly to work to solve the crime.
The graphics are fabulous, the puzzles are formidable and fun, and the voices, the music, and the many colorful characters are of the highest caliber.
The timed tunnels maze at the end was very challenging.
This game was a bit of a stretch, story-wise, but, other than that, it was all PURE DREW!
Unfortunately for me, I have just two more Nancy Drew Games to play, and then, I will have run out. This is my 25th DREW out of 27.
BUY THIS GAME! YOU'LL LUV IT!
January 11, 2013
Can't Go Wrong with Nancy Drew
LOVE Nancy Drew. Hours of play, entertaining story line, great puzzles, fun detective work, Have played all of Nancy Drew 's game. Very addicting, can't wait for the next one to come out.
October 24, 2012
"Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes" Review
This was a good game in the ND series. The characters are interesting enough, there are many places to explore, and good graphics. There sadly aren't many puzzles in the game; it's more of trying to gather evidence. Overall, the game was good and I think it well deserves to be the 25th game.
October 20, 2012