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'Nancy Drew - Curse of Blackmoor Manor'
By: Her Interactive
(Windows 98 - Me - XP - 2000 / ASIN: B0002ZALES / Rated: E / $19.99)

Features: Over 25 hours of spellbinding game play. Enhanced challenges with two difficulty settings. Suspects move, sleep and interact according to game time schedules. Forgiving ""Second Chance" option erases blunders and rookie mistakes. Play alone or with friends and family.

Description: All is not well in Blackmoor Manor, a Fourteenth Century English mansion haunted by a tragic past. You, as Nancy Drew, embark on your first international adventure to visit Linda Penvellyn, your neighbor's daughter and newlywed wife of a British diplomat. A mysterious malady keeps Linda hidden behind thick bed curtains. Is she hiding from something or someone, or is a more menacing threat stalking her? Face your fears to find the truth!

Verdict: Blackmoor Manor is a centuries-old mansion located in the moors of England. It is the ancestral home to the Penvellyn family, an old, eclectic family with a long history of fascinating ancestors. Heraldry, astronomy, and alchemy have fascinated generations of Penvellyns. You must look to the past for clues to the future. Beauty and whimsy are everywhere in this huge estate, but be wary; all is not what it seems. Enter these gates at your own risk. Townsfolk whisper tales of beasts, warriors, witches, explorers and astronomers, but no one can explain why newlywed Linda Penvellyn hides from all. Is it a curse or a conspiracy? The hopes and fears of hundreds of years echo through the Great Hall of Blackmoor Manor. For nearly a millennium the Penvellyns have called this place home, but few of these eclectic inhabitants found happy endings. Take heed; someone or something is threatening Blackmoor Manor’s newest resident, and you might be next on the list. Every nook and cranny of this ancient mansion holds reminders of those who have gone before, alongside clues left by modern-day residents! All in all this was a wonderful afternoon spent and not a waste of money in the slightest. The graphics are splendid, the scenery perfect and although the ambiance was set perfectly, sure there could have been more up-to-date graphical designs on display ... but you won't get a grouch out of me, that's for sure! Loved it and can't wait to have another crack at what's going on again at the Manor VERY soon!

Gerry Manners