Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel
This game is a classic but sadly not my favorite. I find this game length is wayyy too short, there is very less excitement and scare factor and you basically can't go anywhere but clicking on the map. I got so bored talking to Miles the Memory Machine, he just keeps on talking with no tone. Very boring. The ending ends very quickly with almost no fighting from Nancy. Sadly, again, not my favorite.
June 29, 2012
Fun but short - a little too easy
I'm playing all the ND games in order of release and this one by far is the easiest and shortest of them.
Fun Factor: Despite the brevity of the game and it's ease, it was still fun. I had a blast playing the games ;P LOL Probably wasted too much time on them but I was having fun so that was all that mattered hehehe
Visual/Sound Quality: The art work / sketch designs for the horses and such was just beautiful. Aside from that, I'm afraid this game came up rather short in character animations and personality. Not the best.
Level of Challenge: VERY intuitive. Frankly, it was impossible to not know what to do next. It was a bit more hand-holding and spoon feeding than was necessary. The puzzles were a breeze, but lots of fun. I loved the checklist functionality - they finally obliterated the need for taking any notes whatsoever. For the first time (since starting the ND series of games) the navigation wasn't a nightmare and there was no constant running back and forth - no bloated playtime at all!
Storyline: ok.. so this is where I was disappointed. One of the trademarks of ND games is the enrichment of the story through historical backgrounds. While the game did have some history to it - history on Carousels - it really came up short. It seemed like the story just didn't have the depth that was par for ND games and felt more like it was thrown together in a rush. There was quite a lot more that could have been included and the tidbits of history thrown in just didn't seem part of the storyline. I'm not expressing this well.. sorry, but in other ND games, the history was embedded into the story so to speak and here it was more like a trivial addition. hmm. still not expressing it right. Anyhow, the story really came up short in this game.
Despite the ease of the game play, brevity, and the paper thin storyline, it was still a lot of fun. Can't explain why, but I still had fun. Must have been all the games ;P I still recommend it - but probably best to buy when there is a 2 for 1 sale or something.
August 27, 2013
One of the worst games I have ever played.
Very little to do and they have this weird midway game that it like an old fashion pong game with very little ability to move the paddle. I quit half way through and never finished.
August 20, 2014