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Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion

Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion

Fall 2000 Software
Ages: 10 & Up
Price: $19.99
Review:
Will Nancy uncover what’s behind the series of accidents at the creepy Victorian mansion her friends are restoring into a bed and breakfast? Why is the clock in Nancy’s room set at 8:30 a.m. and the alarm set for 9 a.m.? What does the arcane inscription, “When the 10 daughters are reunited in order . . .,” on the tapestry mean? Will Abby’s séance reveal the secrets of the haunted mansion? And why are the “spirits” in the house interested especially in Nancy? These and other mysteries begin to unfold with the opening scene in the third of these remarkable Nancy Drew interactive role-playing games that put players right in the middle of trying to solve another classic Nancy Drew case. Fans of Nancy Drew books step into their young heroine’s shoes as she investigates the mansion’s various rooms in search of clues. Especially compelling software for pre-teen and early teenage girls, this 3-D cyber-mystery is totally from the first-person detective perspective—doing everything from unlocking creaky doors, jimmying secret bed-post knobs, questioning suspects and witnesses, calling cohorts on the phone, and collecting evidence to build a case. But not without some help: The short interactive tutorial will get newcomers started right, the magnifying-glass cursor turns red when passing across a clue or a direction worth taking, and the ever-present help icon saves the day if players get stuck. Graphics and animation is dramatic and realistic. The voices, spooky background organ music and special effects are crisp and fun. But the evolving storyline is the star of the software--except for Nancy, that is.
Don Oldenburg   ©2000 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

Look for this product at:
Dreamcatcher Interactive
http://www.dreamcatchergames.com
Her Interactive, Inc.
800-561-0908
http://www.herinteractive.com
Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005TNVV/parentschoice-20

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