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Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower

Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower

Fall 2001 Software
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Her Interactive, Inc.
Price: $24.95
Platform: PC
Nancy Drew is Sherlock Holmes in a dress! Well, something like that. But this latest (and maybe greatest) title in Her Interactive's critically acclaimed, award-winning Nancy Drew mystery-solving series leaves no mystery as to why Nancy is the reigning gumshoe among smart girls who love a good whodunnit.

Taking on the identity of the super-sleuth teen, players enter a world of richly rendered 3-D graphics and animation to crack yet another case filled with (mild) danger, deceit and intrigue. The plot seems simple, but the mystery's hard: Away on a ski vacation in Wisconsin and staying at the elaborate old Wickford Castle, Nancy is snowbound by a blizzard. With nothing better to do, she starts snooping around and finds there's more to the eclectic old hotel than meets the eye -- and some creepy characters as well.

Veteran Nancy Drew detectives can go directly into the senior detective level of difficulty, but newcomers should start slower with the junior detective level. Take a look at the tutorial for tips first -- such as how to move around and view rooms from a 360-degree perspective, and how to use the magnifying glass cursor to know when you're on to something. Then get started scouring the place for clues, questioning suspects, searching rooms and solving riddles that just may lead to the long-lost treasure of Marie Antoinette.

This game is great for exercising inquisitiveness and problem solving skills. Plan on staying for the long haul since this investigation doesn't go quickly and requires plenty of patience and determination. Did I mention it's great entertainment? This is like being inside the chapters of a Nancy Drew book.

Don Oldenburg   ©2001 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.

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