Nancy Drew: Warnings at Waverly Academy
This was the first ND game I've played. This is a good game, but here are some things that seriously disappointed me. I will probably try one more to determine if my disappointments were just related to this particular game or not.
NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A PEN AND TWO SHEETS OF PAPER FOR PUZZLE SOLVING! yes.. get ready for hand cramps.
Characters: Excellently animated with unique personalities and great voice acting. Disappointing was the fact they were all statically placed. *yawn*
Environment: Great! Beautiful but a tiny bit grainy. I was disappointed with how few and small the interactive areas were! Lots of wasted space and potential.
Sound effects were good, but the music didn't always seem to fit the situation at times.
Storyline: decent. Interesting, but occasionally had BIG holes in it. I was disappointed with the lack of substance and frustrated with the gaps.
Puzzles - I really enjoyed the majority of them, but as noted above there was a couple that killed the fun factor due to all the writing down of notes to solve them.
Challenge: The biggest challenge was getting past the holes in the story progression. You track down a clue and then.. NOTHING.. literally nothing. You are forced to run around trying to find something/someone that will trigger things to move forward. >:(
The last disappointment was the lack of the need for nighttime snooping. :( I really wished there had been a greater need for this as it would have made things much more fun.
Glitches / WARNING: When you get a photo assignment - DO NOT UPLOAD ANY OF THEM UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL OF THEM! (Also - take more than one pic with different settings just to avoid pulling your hair out) If you start uploading pics prior to having all of them it can seriously glitch the game and you may be forced to start over.
SAVE OFTEN! I recommend at least two save files for before and after key points.
This game should come with a bit more direction. Like how to use the computer - perhaps a comment or suggestion from her would have helped a lot.
July 19, 2012
Middle of the Road
Nothing really spectacular about this and it could have been good with an Edgar Allen Poe theme.
I rambled around quite a bit not sure of what to do next. I tired of making snacks for people. I got tired of the text messages (thank goodness I am not a teen-aged girl), and the setting was claustrophobic. My goodness, one scene is a big library but they confine you to about 4 interactive areas and ignore all the ladders and second level. I am a book person so just roaming thru the library to find a clue or two would have been great.
Just OK. But not a strong addition to the ND game library.
November 28, 2013
Couldn't be bothered
I'm a great fan of Nancy Drew: the ones I like best are Shadow at the Water's Edge and Secret of Shadow Ranch. So I bought this one as some people think it's the best ever.
Sorry but I thought it was awful. You have to spend ages talking to these vile, spiteful, over-indulged, over-competitive brats in a private college. Do I care? There wasn't enough intrigue in this game to catch my interest and make me persevere. Maybe it's well programmed and has some hard puzzles, but I found the characters unpleasant and boring. I had to win at air-hockey against one of them, and I really couldn't be bothered. I gave up at this point, the only ND game I've ever given up on.
September 18, 2012
Games are supposed to be fun
We played it as a senior detective -- big mistake, but we're avid game players so thought that would be fine. To complete some puzzles, you have to do them again and again before the game accepts them (e.g.,take the same photos over and over). If you do a puzzle correctly, you're not told, so you have to exit to see if you did okay. You have to wander hinder and yon over and over -- needs a map. We didn't care "who done it" after a while and didn't finish the game.
February 27, 2012
almost no puzzles
I played about 10 nancy drew games, this one was the worst for me. I usually dont mind preparing food, but this one almost gave me carpien tunnel (if only the door of the fridge kept open it would have been less painfull for my wrist).
I hated all those girls so full of themselves...
For me, the only fun that I had was the puzzle inside the class. I really liked that geography puzzle.
July 3, 2014