Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
Not the best Nancy Drew game
I was so looking forward to this game but it was disappointing. The driving and sailing mini games (if they can even be called that) were dull and took up too much time. A lot of the puzzles were ridiculous and I frequently had to consult a walkthrough to complete them, which took out a lot of the enjoyment for me and the satisfaction of having completed a puzzle by myself. It was okay, but far inferior to other Nancy Drew games.
I also missed having other characters to talk to- George is your main source of communication, and thats pretty much it.
Graphics are excellent, voice acting also, but that's all it has going for it.
December 1, 2011
Not the Best Nancy Drew Game...
I've played a lot of Nancy Drew games, and usually really like them, so I was expecting a great story, fun gameplay, and challening puzzles. What I got instead was a game that had a weak story line, not enough characters to interact with, and the puzzles were pointlessly confusing. You spend hours solving puzzles that don't really advance the game.
All around thumbs down!
December 6, 2011
Really challenging but also fun and addicting :)
July 9, 2012
This game is a waste of time and money
Ransom of the Seven Ships has no real story line and the characters are poorly developed and don't add to the story.
Most of the games are ridiculously difficult - especially the one where you have to beat a monkey by throwing coconuts at targets.. the monkey is lightening fast and acts before the target even comes up - this is virtually impossible to win. If you don't win this game, you cannot move forward in the game. Overall this was a dull frustrating waste of time. Save your money.. don't buy this game.
May 9, 2012
Fun mystery to solve, very challenging
Especially compared to other Nancy Drew games, this one was challenging. A funny ending too for long-time ND game players.
April 27, 2012
Amazing mystery game!
If you are bored of all the lame mystery games then try this one! Nancy Drew games are fun,challenging,and full of surprises! In this game you talk to other suspects, call friends for help, discover hidden passages, solve puzzles, and of coarse solve the mystery! If you really enjoy this game you should try all 25 of them. Now granite, sometime I get really frustrated on these puzzles, but of coarse there are always cheat codes! Hope you'll love this game too.
January 7, 2012
Sadly, doesn't quite measure up.
This is probably my very least favorite ND game. Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles, and they're not at all interesting! conversing and playing with monkeys instead of snooping, crawling on rocks like a spider like in 90s video game, bird eye view on driving, finding treasure, sailing.. this game is terrible in almost all aspect. George spends all of her time trying to fix the telephone (and not at all helpful), there is basically no suspect in the game, two if you include the excessively annoying parrot. HER Interactive tries to bring old characters from their past games but they turn out to be boring and very annoying. I play this game only once and I don't think of ever replaying this game.
May 10, 2012
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
Personally, being a fan of Nancy Drew and Her Interactive, I thought this game was great. The puzzles were difficult to a certain level and the story line was excellent. The ending is a little inscrutable, but overall a good game.
March 29, 2012
Rating is compared to other ND games as there isn't a bad one but....
If you are an arcade & time management player and also love hard puzzles gamer then this is your game and I really recommend it to you but for anyone else unless you play every ND there is, I can't as you can't skip any puzzles. I've never been as frustrated with any game before.
The great thing about nancy drew games is the ability to keep the games different. Some are mostly adventure games, others adventure/puzzles with lots of small puzzles in it, here it feels like one long puzzle game with adventure put in occasionally. This is the hardest game I've every played (way more than safecracker) purely because of the type puzzles. If you hate timed puzzles then you will hate this, as there are a lot of arcade or timing puzzles in this and two huge as in hard timed puzzles. A Sudoku one and not giving too much away 'hourglass' one.
The sudoku one if anyone can do that in situ in the game and not 'cheat' (take screenshot of it do it at leisure then go back and do it, you deserve title of gamer of the decade!) but at least you can get through it that way. The other one I just couldn't do, my timing is so off and we are talking 1 sec on one aspect makes all the difference type puzzle. I tried all the walkthoughs (which gave me different numbers) and still couldn't manage it, until I did it by fluke.
I'm spending so much time in this review mentioning timed puzzles to tell you how hard it was and how many timed elements were throughout this game. The rest of the puzzles were cryptograms, riddles and a lot of reading one book for clues for everywhere else in the game.
When I first started playing this I thought this could even be one of my favourite Nancy Drew but the cons quickly detracted from my enjoyment which was a shame as if they were addressed as well as being able to skip puzzles this would have been a very good game.
- Lack of characters you interact with. It's George, Bess and one other, no phone calls or anyone else.
- Driving around the island to get anywhere and it's zoomed in so it's hard to remember where everything is. If they had a transporter map, that would have been great.
- Sailing. I didn't find it as bad as the driving but I ended up ignoring the co-ordinates as didn't find them accurate so it took up a lot of time.
-Plot, the initial why you were there plot was bad as there weren't that many people involved and hated the ending. The secondary plot of treasure hunting was well done and if you like that and deciphering sometimes hard clues (and a cryptogram was hard!) then you will enjoy that part.
- In other ND games you know when it goes to the 1D view from the top very basic graphics? Well here it's with the car and boat and a couple of other times.
This is a game that I think most people would have to look either at a hint website or walkthrough even if it's to double check puzzles that you've got the objective right.
It's one of the later games so no interface taking up half the screen and as usual, there is a choice to play junior or senior. Junior gives you a helpful task list which is useful when you are stuck, and you don't need to look at it but it's there if you want it. Also some puzzles are easier than senior mode.
You have to manually save the game (clicking on the save box enables you to write your game save.) There is achievements in this ND games, as with most of them. You don't know what they are until after the credits but if you do an internet search for them you can find out what they are if you want to.
I'm just glad I finally finished this game as one puzzle had me abandoning this game for months but hopefully the next ND game will be back to their normal hardness and not all those timed elements!
As I can't in good conscience recommend this game to anyone other than a specific gamer (who likes timed puzzle games or a ND fan who will play every game) it pains me to say I can't recommend it and it's the first one I can't.
October 31, 2012
Keeps true to the Nancy Drew line
I love these Nancy Drew games because they are always challenging but never repetitive. I have been playing from the beginning but decided to get a more recent one to change it up. It did not disappoint!
April 8, 2012