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Nancy Drew: Resorting to Danger

It’s absolutely no secret that I love hidden object games. I’ve been addicted to them ever since I was a child spending time in pediatrician waiting rooms oogling ancient copies of Highlights magazine. The Nancy Drew series is one I’m not actually familiar with, so I decided to check it out with Her Interactive’s newest title in the series Nancy Drew Dossier: Resorting to Danger.

Nancy Drew continues her detective work at an exclusive resort for the rich and famous. As Nancy, you snoop around a lot moving your mouse around the screen until sparkles appear. Click, and you’ve found an object of use on that map. Pair sparkle objects together to advance in the game. Finish the occasional bonus puzzle for extra points, such as diffusing a bomb… oh, yes… bombs. Your job is to discover who a mad bomber is, and why they are all very mad. It’s all very dangerous.

The problem with this particular game is that it adds nothing new to the table. As a player, I don’t want to spend any time moving my mouse around the screen looking for things that will trigger a sparkle event. I want to be in a location with a purpose, and use that purpose to move forward in the game. NDD: RtD fails to do that.

I should, however, keep in mind that the target audience for this particular game is younger girls ages 10 and older. The design, therefore, is probably spot on for that market, however, I’d have hoped there would be some sort of challenge.

In other hidden object news, I just learned that the next game in brilliant Mystery Case Files series is about to be released. Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is the newest in the series, and is currently available as an exclusive collector’s edition to Big Fish club members. Guess who just reactivated her account 😀

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