Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu Cave
This game has excellent quality, but could use a tiny bit of touch up.I became parnoid sometimes, the mystery is fun especially with the Hardy Boys! I enjoyed it, and it lasted long, in a fun way.
January 9, 2012
This edges out white wolf to be my new favourite ND game
My favourite ND game so far had been white wolf (the next game in the series to this one) but this has the edge (check out my other reviews if you want to know the games I am comparing it to).
It is better re adventure and different locations. Like the The White Wolf of Icicle Creek, the whole game feels cohesive, from the feel of the whole game, to the adventure side and this plot has different threads going through it which was good.
Some ND games have excellent puzzles but the adventure side is lacking, or something else, here it?s a really nice mix (some more smaller puzzles would have been great!)
You are on a working holiday in Hawaii, helping out a scientist who studies insects and plant life (don?t worry you don?t see any insects or spiders etc). You find out that the Hardy boys are there also but are on a different case. The game switches between playing as Nancy and the hardy boys at different times in the game when you phone each other.
There is an excellent variety of places to visit. I like how you have to find the co-ordinates to move around from place to place.
The interactions ? adventure side was excellent, (maybe some would call them minigames but I would put them in the adventure category) ? snorkelling was fun (I so wanted to be there!), in the greenhouse was well done, all the interactions in the cave at the end was excellent.
There always seems to be a theme which you learn about in ND games. Here it is mainly about plants and general information about Hawaii (which I guess is correct) that side was really interesting.
There usually is one puzzle in these games that are long and is a bit hair pulling, here it was the separating and correlating etc of the samples. It wasn?t as hard as some of the main puzzle in other games but it was very involved, it was really well done but I just wanted it to finish.
In big mike?s building ?
Wiki tiki game didn?t like
Other game in arcade which isn?t a game as you just pay and click to learn about different things
Two games that you do to earn money -
I think the fishing was well done, as I guess it?s like that in real life, I just didn?t like tying up bait everytime, and this minigame made me realise I made a good choice in having never gone fishing!
I couldn?t get enough different shells to make any other of the choices of necklace except one. And I did keep going back to find shells and later in game when 2nd area opened up to get more choice of shells, I still couldn?t get enough variety to make a different necklace.
For the variety of different locations, well done integration of switching between characters - giving added depth to a plot, I give it between a A and an A-.
To get an A ? A+ they needed to (IMO)-
Have had slightly more smaller puzzles
Cut back on the back and forth re that one long puzzle (as there was so many mouse clicks to go back and forth when you were in the jungle)
Recorded all the information you need in your journal so you don?t need to write things down (all ND games are like this)
I still got music most of the time, even though I had the option turned off
February 17, 2012
Good, but not excellent.
The game had too many repetitive tasks which might be nice for the one or other player, but for a profi adventurer, it was simply lacking the challenge (going fishing, collecting shells). Furthermore the storyline was kinda - unsatisfying. It definitely lacked the usual atmosphere and the title creature wasn't really part of the game, except for one or two occasions, where it was merely hinted at. Nevertheless the puzzles were interesting and the graphics are quite good. Recommendable for novice players who do not mind to spend time collecting stuff instead of getting it through puzzles.
June 8, 2012
A Very Nice "Nancy Hardy!"
This was an out and out fun game, what with Nancy Drew teaming up with Joe Hardy to solve this most interesting mystery.
While not on the same lofty level as "Phantom of Venice," "Ransom of the Seven Ships," or "Curse of Blackmoor Manor," nevertheless, the gameplay was on a high level with excellent graphics, puzzles that were all game-related (I hope the developers are reading this!) and not just thrown in as they were in that remarkable fiasco, "Shadow at the Water's Edge," and excellent character interplay.
The story was good and very easy to follow, and the so-called "puzzles" were nothing more than "game-related mysteries": "How do I solve this problem so that I can move on deeper into the mystery. And that's the way it should be!
May 16, 2012
Where's the mystery?
I began to start feeling that the developer cares more on Nancy being in tourist destinations that making a great game like their classics. Almost all of ND's games taken place abroad fall flat and this one, although taken in Hawaii is no exception.
The characters are not likeable, even the Hardys, which look so much different than they are in Last Train to Bluemoon Canyon. We only met them once. There's this scientist that always screams and a big guy who does nothing but advertises himself.
Basically conversation is minimal. You switch back and forth from Nancy to the Hardys (mostly Frank), and sadly Frank is the one who gets all the action.
There is no scare factor at this game. All you do are sorting frass, fertilizing plants, fishing lots and lots of fish and collecting shells. All are for getting big island bucks. There is very little snooping, finding clues, there's no mystery.
One good thing is that the background is great, the ocean looks very serene and nice, and the jungle looks real. But that's all I could praise on this game.
Finally, the game is very short. After collecting lots of shells, you finally find the culprit and then you will learn what's going on. Everything is thrown at once without Nancy even finding the truth herself.
Very disappointing. I don't recommend this game.
June 30, 2012
The Worst of the Nancy Drew Games I've Played
This game looked so promising, with a pretty Hawaiian setting, but it was a big disappointment. The characters were mostly annoying, many of the puzzles and tasks were incredibly boring and repetitive, and the story did not make any sense.
June 19, 2012
action and fun
This game was great fun. There were challenges and games as well as a good story line.
December 6, 2012
A let down
Out of all the ND games I've played this is my least favorite so far. It just seemed to be lacking...substance. The puzzles were bland, the storyline was blah, and game was on the shorter side with a lot of back and forth on the map with not a whole lot going on. My taste may not be the same as others so, here is a list of games I've played in the series starting with favorite to least liked.
1. Warnings at Waverly Academy ( Got me hooked on ND#
2. Phantom of Venice
3. Legend of the Crystal Skull
4. White wolf of Icicle creek & Secret of Shadow Ranch #Tie#
5. Shadow at Water's Edge #the Creepiest one, LOVED the story, but hated all the boring number puzzles#
6. Curse of Blackmoor Manor #the Bullseye game frustrated me, never finished it.)
7. Creature of Kapu Cave
April 25, 2012
What a wonderful game!!
This is my first Nancy Drew game. As a lover of large file games, I had thought that I would give it a try. Loved the fact that there was NO HOG at all!!!! This game is wonderful for those that do enjoy games like Return to Mysterious Island and Syberia type games. I am hooked and happy! Great game....very fun:-)
February 24, 2013
Good but not Too good.
I loved Nancy Drew Creature of Capu Cave because the plot was good but you didn't feel like it was so good that it was fake. I loved that you got to play as the Hardy Boys because sometimes I would get stuck as Nancy and decide to switch players and then I would think of something to help Nancy. The game was suspenseful enough that sometimes I actually found myself not wanting to play it at night or somewhere that someone could walk up behind me and freak me out. I have only played a few Nancy Drew games and I liked this one a lot because it was hard but not so hard that I had to find a Walkthrough for it. I would totally give it 5 stars.
January 26, 2013