Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses
Fun game, different gameplay makes this an intriguing game
I loved this game. The dossier games are completely different to the normal Nancy Drew games - lighter more fun.
I was expecting the normal nancy drew (the frustration and back and forth to see what you do in what order, which wastes time. I still like them though!) but this was so different. It's more linear, clear what you have to do. Sparkles which I usually hate, were helpful here* and only showed up once your cursor went over it. It was fun, from the graphics to the puzzles, more laid back than the 'normal' Nancy Drew games.
I was dreading the snakes but those turned out to be very cartoonish and I was OK with them. I liked that you had try for achievment which changed the story at the end -
*Clicking on the right order of things in a scene gave you bonus points. Also you got bonus points for following the plot, if you answered the questions correctly.
There are 3 (I think) different timed areas which was very tight. And I understand the frustration they caused. There was the crows, and then lighting the candles which you had to replay later and the timer got even tighter. There should have been a skip button for them. But I printed out the crows screenshot (search for it in a walkthrough) which really helped.
when you finish all the puzzles open up for replay.
For a completely different type of gameplay, fun not hard (apart from the timed areas) I give this an A-. If you could skip the puzzles and timed areas, I would give it an A.
November 19, 2011
Great as long as you don't need a skip button
Another reviewer here has given an excellent overview of the game.
I was enjoying the gameplay immensely until I met the 'match the crows' mini-game which was impossible for me to complete. As an older gamer my hands are simply too painful to move at speed.
I can never understand why Her Interactive games don't do a skip button .
If you do not have this problem then this will be a great game to play.
January 16, 2012
A Nancy Drew not quite like the others
There is a difference between this "Dossier" and Nancy's other investigations that come in Large Files.
"Lights, Camera, Curses" is much closer to the more simple type of casual games which are released everyday, such as HOGs and mixed games [HO/Adv], except that this is not a HOG like the others as you have to find objects without the help of a list or silhouettes This forces you to figure out what you need and how to use what you've picked up.
This feature is present in the Large File investigations but to a much lesser extent.
The rest is fairly similar and has the same high quality.
The graphics are top-notch, extremely well crafted, detailed, colorful and the soundtrack is perfectly adapted to the story.
Nancy interacts with the different characters by means of dialogs; depending on which phrase you click the reply will be different. But Nancy's replies have to make sense else the other person won't know what she is talking about. Dialogs are important to collect clues and receive information relative to the case. Reading notes and listening to gossip serves the same purpose.
The numerous puzzles and minigames are all good fun to play; they come in a large variety ranging from classics to innovations.
There is an originality which you won't find in her other adventures: you earn points [as a measure of your progess] by giving the right answers in a conversation, doing certain things right, solving the puzzles and playing the minigames. If you obtain enough points, you will unlock a special ending [easier said than done...!].
The relative simplicity, by comparison with the Large Files, as well as the absence of major difficulties makes this game an ideal and accessible introduction to the world of Nancy Drew.
January 17, 2012
Nice HOG with a twist
First one in the (now sadly discontinued) Dossier series, published by Her Interactive. Nice to hear that Lani Minella was still the voice of Nancy.
In the ND Dossier series, people have to find and pair "matching " items, like lock and key, battery and remote control etc. Obviously these are very simple examples, and a lot of it is much more confusing and depends on the actual scene you get. What makes it more tense is the fact that every time you match something right, you get points, and bonus points for chains. You also get points and chains for choosing correct replies when talking to people. There are two endings, depending on the amount of the points you manage to collect throughout the game. (And the "good" ending requires about 90% or even 95% of the points!)
There are also clever little minigames, like lock-picking and hacking into PDAs. I especially enjoyed the cocktail-mixing one.
I found the story a bit too long for what it was, but it was interesting to play through the first time. There was a fair bit of lock-picking and it did become slightly tedious, and also, it wasn't as easy to navigate than the second one. However, for a first go, a good new game (and a new type, I haven't seen or heard of any other HOGs where player has to match the objects). Nice cartoon-like graphics, even though people were still 3D.
Simpler than the Adventure games, but with an interesting story and making a welcome difference from your usual "find 20 items in this junkpile"-type of HOGs. Give it a try.
November 21, 2011
Fun Hidden Object Adventure Game
Not like the usual Nancy Drew fair, & with all the negative reviews in the forum, I thought I wouldn't like this game, but decided to give it a go, & I am glad I did.
This is more like a hidden object game, rather than the usual Nancy Drew adventure game, however, it is not a typical hidden object game either, you need to match items rather than finding a list of things or fragments. The game is light hearted & fun, with nice visuals, & fairly linear game-play. As mentioned, some of the timed mini-puzzles are challenging, but for the most part the puzzles are not hard
November 29, 2011
It's Up to You as Nancy Drew
This time Nancy is pitted against a saboteur on a movie set. Although this is a great game for Nancy Drew lovers, some might find the point scoring system used throughout the game annoying. I wouldn't say that this game is very difficult at all as all the tasks can easily be completed using common sense as well as by paying attention to Nancy's comments about what needs to be done. I found the graphics to be fairly good quality, though a bit more on the cartoonish side than is seen in the usual mysteries.
February 5, 2012
ND for novice :)
This game is great for me because I am always a beginner, ND is usually about adventure game, but this one is more like a HOG, and it's exciting for a change. The theme of pharaoh and Egypt is exciting, and you can also guess who's the culprit at the end of the game. The storyline flows quite well and sometimes you really need to put your thinking cap on as you're trying to pair objects. It is fun game and I recommend you try it ^^
May 10, 2012
so movie like
This game was so easy but fun at the same time thats why i always like the dossiers they are so fun and i also like the anthor one "Resorting to danger"
December 4, 2011
A Real Joyride from Beginning to End!
This Dossier Series is "off the beaten track" Nancy Drew. Totally different from the usual "look around and pick up clues" format, the Dossier Series has the player using two implements in a room that will go together to keep the game going. And....throw away your walkthroughs! You won't need them with the Dossier Series. Although there are some maddening areas where things get a bit difficult, all can be solved without having to resort to outside help.
I only wish that the developers would work further on this series and bring us about 25 more Dossiers! I'm now playing the only other Dossier game available in the Drew Series, "Resorting to Danger," and it, too, is a gem! I can't say enough about this marvelous part of the Nancy Drew persona!
May 30, 2012
the first dossier
it was a great game i loved it but i was suprise on who the culprit was
July 3, 2012