Laflamme
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Comments and Reviews for Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

[Post New]by Laflamme on Jan 5, 12 2:08 PM
This is the 5th game in the Nancy Drew series, which was released in 2001. Unfortunately, it shows:

* Graphics are sometimes a bit blurry on a high definition 23'' screen
* ...and they are dated.
* I only counted 4 riddles / mini games. (Note-Slider, Keylock-Slider, type Numbers in correct order, box puzzle)
* Some phone numbers are absolutely useless since nobody answers.

On the positive side...

* the voice acting was spot-on as usual,
* we got more than our share of suspects and people to talk to,
* and I was really surprised who the culprit was. (I expected somebody else.)

The game was a bit on the short side, and - like Scarlet Hand - you would have had to take down notes. (Which I refused to do and referred to a walkthrough instead after reading through the instructions once.)

The game was not bad, but there are a lot of better games in the series. It would have been great in 2001, but in 2012 I cannot - in good conscience - recommend it anymore.

 
gingergal
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Re:Comments and Reviews for Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

[Post New]by gingergal on Jan 30, 13 8:33 PM
This doesn't have the polish, in depth, multi-layered puzzles or interactions of the other ND games. It's also about the shortest ND game and one of the easiest (but still not easy) of the series. It's one of the very early ones and it does show. But I still enjoyed it and actually more than a couple of others that had better graphics, locations etc.

I loved the story of your friend has been kidnapped in this old theatre that is about to be demolished and the background story which you can read about in the game as well as see one is about magic tricks and Houdini. It's not very involved re Houdini but I loved finding out how you do a couple of tricks and thought that side of it was fun.

There are four characters in this game and they are scattered throughout the theatre. Like all ND games you keep talking to all of them especially after you trigger other conversations or things you uncover.

I like this game as you didn't have to go to bed or put your clock forward but a day automatically ends when you have accomplished certain things. There are three days but days 2 and 3 are quite short. I found day 1 to be the longest as that's just pure exploring around the theatre, finding your bearings, talking to people. The whole game is set in the theatre.

Like all ND games you can't skip the puzzles but actually thought they were very straightforward, like you would get them in a HOPA. There was a slide to exit, press one tile others move, keep an eye on the 'ball' (item that is moved around), and move tile to exit in a path before you are captured which may be the hardest of them, a jigsaw (which you rotate each piece as well as move them) and make a key (which you do have to make notes and it is a bit tricky). I really recommend you to save before trying them as they don't have a reset button on them.

In senior mode the puzzles are apparently slightly harder I played senior so can't comment how easy the junior is. ND games are not 360 (no nausea).

Usually in ND games you can replay a couple of puzzles as many times as you want, this is weak here, as it is just the move in a path one which once you figure it out once I didn't see the point of playing it again and the move 'the ball'.

to be continued

 
gingergal
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Re:Comments and Reviews for Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

[Post New]by gingergal on Jan 30, 13 8:35 PM
continued

With ND games you do need paper and pen to jot down some things but really this is only about 2 different items which is very obvious when you come across them. This is what I like least about ND games as if you could record things it would save me wondering what needs to be recorded and what doesn't. I actually wasted 1-2 hrs of writing down stuff which I didn't need to.

It's a manual save game and like all the early ND games the load and save game is in the same place, you can click on the line to write down the name of a save but it's not that clear and the later games are far better and there is no chance of accidentally loading an old game when you want to write down a new save (I've done that in the past.)

It also has the old interface which takes up half the screen, it's annoying but I have gotten used to it and now don't really see it.
There are some things you don't have to do to progress in the game but it is weird as it assumes you've done them.

If you are methodical in sweeping each scene and examining everything and have a good memory where everything is in relation to each other I don't think this is a hard game. I actually do have problems with direction and that part takes me longer in finding my bearings but it's not actually that hard, and the puzzles aren't stinkers, in fact quite straightforward.

There is a couple of timed elements in the game, but it's second chance which means if you don't get it the game automatically will take you back for you to do it again, so you don't have to worry about saving so often. There was one that was quite tight but once you figure it out what you have to do the timed element wasn't bad.

It is a good ND game for beginners but I'd be scared if I recommend this for someone new to ND games they might think this is it for ND games and most of them are way more better done in involvement, intricacy and all round. So don't judge all ND games on this one.
to be continued

 
gingergal
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Re:Comments and Reviews for Nancy Drew: The Final Scene

[Post New]by gingergal on Jan 30, 13 8:36 PM
continued

It's probably the die-hards who love ND games are going to be the ones who enjoy this and I must admit I am now one of them. But if you love tricks, or theatre and just love a good story and aren't looking for an A grade adventure game then it's worthwhile playing.

This doesn't have any achievements in it, like the later games but it does have one 'easter egg.'

As I said I had more fun with this game than some others that are far better made and thought out but that's due to the setting and the story.
If you are just looking for one of the best ND games to play and you're not going to play them all, then I'd give it a pass.
But I liked it for what it is, and used a free coupon on it and enjoyed it so I do recommend it but as I said only for some people.

 
 
 
 
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