Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships
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
A real lunch-bag-let-down.
I have come to love Nancy Drew games, but this one has left me angry and wishing I had saved my money. There is a very irritating mini game within it which has made advancing impossible. I play on senior detective because it is more challenging, but in the Monkey Game (no spoilers) the AI throws so quickly that it is impossible to beat. They have tried to make the game more challenging for the adult player by speeding up the competitor's throw, but in truth they just created a reason to stop playing - and I HATE to give up. I usually try until I manage to solve the puzzle or beat the game, but in this case it is pointless. After hours of attempting to beat it, I realized that the competitor monkey throws BEFORE the targets are even up - which is essentially cheating, because the human player can't know which target will spring up - there are just too many of them. I have found it necessary to go back to the beginning and play the game over as a junior just to be able to complete it. It's ludicrous to make the game that difficult - essentially it forces the player to win by pure accident, and it just destroys the fun.
There are truly entertaining aspects to the game, and it is absolutely beautiful, but with the Monkey Game right in the middle of the story, one simply cannot continue on without beating it. After hours of failure due to an impossible task, one doesn't really WANT to go on. I wish I had believed the other reviewers when they mentioned this flaw - I play at the advanced level, and so assumed I could deal with it, but nope, it ruined the whole experience for me. I would suggest giving this a pass - it is not worth the money or frustration.
December 27, 2014
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
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
Time Sink Hole
I'm a big fan of the ND line. So much so that I actually purchased the CDs (when CD's were in). This one was downright BO-RING.
I enjoy the puzzle aspect of the games. I enjoy the problem solving. Having to navigate around an island in a golf cart and in a boat to solve clues... constantly going back and forth... that's not puzzle solving that's time-consuming, mind-numbness. This was not fun. I actually developed a headache playing this one.
I also went on-line to look at "cheats" not because this was really challenging but because I didn't want to take the time to solve things on my own. I just wanted this to end. Of course, I began asking myself why I even bothered.
Long story short, I didn't even finish the game. I purchased the game and just never finished it-- and I'm someone who likes to finish everything I start. This one just wasn't worth it.
July 19, 2014