Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek
Best ND game (so far!)
It?s the best nancy drew game I have played (apart from the dossier series). You go undercover as a cook and maid at a small ski lodge to uncover the sabotage and strange things that have been happening.
There is a clock in this game but unlike the haunted mansion where I missed out on vital thing, it didn?t happen here. I play on junior level. It was straightforward what to do and when and who to speak to and as everyone was in the lodge it?s easy to speak to everyone and you don?t have to spend ages backtracking to find out if anyone has anything new to say!
You don?t have a cell phone but you use the hotel phone, so no Bess and Hardy boys to call. It?s cold up in Canada so you can only stay out in the cold weather for a certain amount of time but it?s plenty if you only do one thing at a time outside.
Usually in ND games you learn something about a subject, here it was about wolves, especially one and that part was good.
The puzzles were a mixture of arcade, thinking, and TM style.
Arcade ? 1d, style avoid obstacles while on snowmobile*, and a variation of whack a mole (snowball fight)
Re snowmobile, it would have been good if it could have been first person view on the snowmobile, scenery like it was outside.
TM style? food. I waited at the kitchen for the right time and always managed to get all meals done before end of service and I am not good at TM games. So don?t know what happens if you don?t complete or run over time. I missed 2 meals by being outside but nothing happened (don?t know if it affected my end score). I loved this part but some of the food looked yuck like the salad, I guess you are not a good cook!
There was also a tight timed pipe puzzle game but discovered by a tip you can play this untimed (click rapidly on door till Nancy says something, but you don?t go into second chance so have time to do puzzle).
Maid duty, I didn?t make many beds during game, (just required one click) but you take away the towels, that?s about it! But as you are snooping around the rooms anyway it all works out.
I loved the fox and geese game but it is quite hard so if you don?t like it don?t play it till the end.
There is an involved cipher but you can look for a walkthrough to skip that.
There are some smaller puzzles scattered throughout.
I love this game as it?s contained re talking and ND games always has a fair amount of talking in them. And the variety of puzzles was a lot better than trail of the twister, and it was mostly straightforward with what you had to do next. Here is a list of ND games I have played in order of my personal enjoyment/rating. And so you know what I am comparing them to.
1) White wolf of icicle creek
2) Trail of the twister (although shorter and less variety than others)
3) Legend of the crystal skull
4) Ghost dogs of moon lake
5) Danger deception island
6) Message in a haunted mansion (must retry it with walkthrough as missed vital thing early on and just frustrated me so not that far through it)
I am an experienced LF adventure player but as ND games are so different still think I am a beginner maybe moving up next game to intermediate! I always play hard in other games but still with ND am playing on junior level so if you are a beginner I?d advise that. It?s quite a good game to start with as everything is contained.
I hope you enjoy it, I know I did!
*Tip ? snowmobile at end. I thought there was a bug as I was at that for 20 mins a time (real time) and couldn?t get it to finish. I followed a tip here on the game forum which worked -on keeping the cursor on the snowmobile you are chasing so it keeps you up with it, not crashing in to anything and you in the same screen which you need to be for about 5 mins of game time and it ended quite quickly.
January 29, 2012
Impeccable in every respect
The developers of the Nancy Drew Series have a repute of consistency in design, quality and writing, which transpires once again in this investigation in Canada.
Icicle Creek Lodge has been the target of a series of explosions aimed at its destruction. Furthermore a white wolf has been sighted nearby several times. Can there be a connection ? Up to our young sleuth to unravel that mystery. In order to do that she has to operate undercover.
She thus needs to perform two jobs simultaneously; one as a maid [that's her cover], the oher as an investigator.
And that poses a few problems because she has to follow a tight schedule as a maid, cleaning rooms, preparing meals and so on and still find time to gather clues.
This aspect of the game may put off some players who care little about menial tasks, are not keen on time management and prefer to concentrate on the investigation. I must admit that playing as a maid interferes somewhat with the undercover tasks, is distracting and makes it more difficult to keep track of discoveries.
Yet, this is perfectly realistic.
Winters in Canada can be very harsh and being outdoors for a long while can lead to hypothermia and even death. There is a temperature gauge in the Lodge which tells whether it is safe to go out or not. When it is not, Nancy has no option but stay inside and wait for a better opportunity. This can actually be frustrating, since Nancy can never stay out for very long each time.
Like all her other adventures, this White Wolf is full of puzzles and minigames of various kinds. None are easy and none can be skipped. But they are all uncommon, challenging and gripping even if at times one wished they had been made easier.
Naturally, Nancy interacts with the characters at the Lodge. And, as always with Nancy, the storyline is top-notch and compelling.
The game is highly polished [again as always], with amazing graphics and well written dialogs.
This 16th installment, which is by no means an easy one, requires a lot of patience and perseverance to complete and may sometimes get on your nerves: one, because of the menial tasks that have to be done repetitively at certain times, two because you cannot go outside at will, only if the gauge indicates that doing so is okay or mildly dangerous, three because in this case all you can do is set your alarm clock to make the time pass, and four because once you have started a puzzle you have to finish it in order to progress.
This White Wolf is one of the most challenging investigations in the series. Completing it provides a deep feeling of satisfaction, that of having overcome all the difficulties.
January 16, 2012
An Excellent Nancy Drew
Now, I may be biased to this game because not only does it take place in Canada, it takes place in Alberta! It also is about wolves and the (highly inaccurate) mythology surrounding them. Poor things!
This aside, I found the game to be very enjoyable. I'm trying to think of something about it I did not like, but I really can't seem to. Sometimes I was not sure what to do, but I have come to expect that with Nancy games.
You were not required to know a ridiculous amount about any subject, as you have had to in other Nancy Drew games.
Another thing that I cannot help but be happy about is the accuracy about Canada! Actually, it may have been a bit too accurate. I began to want the culprit to be one character because he reminded me of a few too many people I know...
Ahem. Anyways, I would definitely recommend this game, even if there aren't any castles to unlock secret passageways in. The characters are very believable and the 'go out there and you'll freeze your head off' warning is definitely accurate. No exageration, tragically.
February 26, 2012
Cool summer game!
I played it in Junior Mode :)
- Although the detail is not as intricate as Syberia 2, I can still feel the coldness :)
- Quite a lot of interaction with characters, although mostly with the phone's
- Interesting storyline and characters personality
- Variety of puzzles and games
- Great length, I played it for 4 days with around 2-3 hours each time
- Unexpected ending
- Nancy is doing more household work than snooping.. the lodge owner seems to treat her like a worker instead of being thankful to her for helping her finding the culprit, making it a bit depressing and annoying
- No skip button.. the Fox and Geese game drives me crazy at times
I think this game will be perfect for summer, at least I feel a bit chilly while playing this game! ^^
May 10, 2012
WHAT A RIDE!!
This is a really great Nancy Drew game! I believe this game was the most challenging of all that I have played thus far. I thought the dancing and avoidance of the robots were hard in Phantom of Venice, herding the sheep in Castle Malloy, playing against the monkeys in Seven Seas, finding all the ghosts in Blackmoore Manor, but this one was even more challenging. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the snowball game, and the fox & geese game. It really is fun to play detective, and try to figure out who is the culprit. Nancy has to find out who is trying to scare off the guests at the lodge.
I very much recommend this game!
April 21, 2012
I didn't really like the Nancy Drew books when I was young but played one of the Drew mysteries games on a reviewers recommendation, it was good but not fantastic, but the same reviewer said this was the best Drew mystery ever so I tried it! Thanks so much for the good advice, this is a great game. It takes ages to complete because there are so many things to do. You have to keep an eye on the ingame time because you have tasks to complete, as well as your detective work. There is a thermometer to keep an eye on when outside to make sure you don't freeze and lots of challenging puzzles. I liked the fact that I was really stumped a few times but had lots of data to look at and calls I could make to help me on. I had to resort to a strategy guide twice to help me, but the plot was not so abstract or far fetched (as it can be in other games) to lose the logic of what you are doing. I always thought - 'ah why didn't I think of that,' rather than 'no one would every do that!' Give it a go - if you want to try something different!
April 4, 2012
Exciting and fun loving adventure game
This was the first Nancy Drew game I had ever played. I was drawn to pick it because of my personal love for Canada and cute and furry things. The plot was great, scenery was breathtaking and was compelled to play more and more until it was finished. There seemed to be a good variety of different challenges and puzzles and the character interaction was good.
Obviously a lot of thought and research goes into the ND games and I'm now a hopeless fan.
I love playing these games with my 8 year old when we're travelling as it keeps us both entertained for hours and definately worth playing.
I noticed that some of the ND games are advertised as hidden object games which get on my nerves and would like to mention that although these games are based on looking for clues its not normally just the case of searching for a load of items hidden on a screen there is far more work involved which keeps you guessing to the end.
March 24, 2012
Started off well, but lost me.
Like with the other ND games I've played, this one looked to be absolutely perfect in every regard. Unlike the others, however, it wasn't.
Good music, dialogue and great locations - that all worked out really well.
Minigames... for the most part okay to good, until getting nearer the end. One game "Fox and Geese" (a game with many incarnations) particularly frustrated me on a couple of early playthroughs, but then I had to spend an hour playing it, not just to win, but to win in a specific way. There's no skip button and I nearly cried with frustration, because I knew I was too close to endgame, and had already spent too much time, to give up. Another late-stage puzzle offers no clue what you're meant to be doing - following or catching up to your persuee - and takes a little while to pan out.
But perhaps I could forgive the one frustrating game if it weren't for the place this really fell down - travel. What I love about ND games is a nice big area to get to know, to travel around. Quickly, once you know what's where. Not so in WWIC. Once outdoors there are travel 'cutscenes' that you must experience EVERY TIME you travel certain ways, sometime two or three in immediate succession, and given the nature of the game, you travel them a LOT. I added at least 40 minutes to my playtime because of these things, easy to forgive in the beginning, between 5 and ten seconds each, some a little longer, but after getting confused a couple times, lost a couple times... by the end of it I was spacing out and just staring at the screen hoping for it all to end.
A good playthrough, a decent if incredibly obvious plot, but I couldn't give this better than 3 stars after how frustrated and bored I got trying to reach the end.
February 9, 2012
Fun, but long
My friend, who loves Nancy Drew, told me this was the hardest so far and i needed to try it. so i entered the game with an optimistic attitude and found it quite fun, but very very long.
i'm going to list the pros and cons.
*it is one of the most challenging ND games i have played, and i was asking "WHO DUNNIT?" every second. it was a huge surprise, too. and i love surprises!
*a lot of people say that nancy spends too much time doing maid duty and kitchen duty. i actually didnt mind much. i actually found myself walking around doing nothing waiting for my next kitchen duty time.
*most of the minigames were fun. most of them...
*the people are nice to talk to. a few ND games i've played, it seems like nobody is friendly.
*when you walk from one place to another, you have about 5 second transition scenes that take up way too much of your time.
*i spent literally 3 hours on the fox and geese game. literally 3 hours. my sister was helping me but gave up and went to watch downton abbey and left me trying to beat the stupid thing. i was so close to buying a cheat that glitched the game to where i didnt have to play it to go on.
*a lot of objects trigger other parts of the game and if you dont click on a certain object, then you cant go on until you find that object and read or use it.
and heres a fun trick:
Nancy will some point say "call 1-555-MYSTICO and prepared to be amazed" when she's in the bathroom. call that number and talk to mystico. ask for something special and do what he tells you to do. (im not saying how to do it!) then call him again and asked to be hypnotized. after this you are able to enter the locked room upstairs! and after you go into the room, you can go to sleep and nancy will have a cool dream!
February 15, 2013
A Drab Start to an Exciting Game
I almost witheld my fifth star for this game because of its rather glum-looking opening, what with kitchen and house-
keeping duties thrown into the mix.
However, once into this interesting and intricate plot, I became enthralled with the question: "WHODUNNIT?"
The puzzles, especially the fox and geese and the chase at the end are among some of the very best Drew devices,. AND, the culprits'd identity is a complete surprise. It's a twist-off from all of the information Nancy has gathered.
This is really an exciting game, as Nancy "uses" the White Wolf to help her solve the mystery which has its hidden tunnels and underground hideouts, replete with rather complicated puzzles to figure out. This was a fun and challenging "Nancy."
July 12, 2012