'Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses!'
By: Her Interactive
(Windows XP & Vista / ASIN: B0026EOLM6 / Rated: E / $19.99)
Features: Find hidden clues and use them together correctly to solve the case. Replay fun mini-games in Aracade mode such as Digital Decrypter and Lock Pick. Earn points to unlock an alternate ending. Meet and interrogate suspicious suspects including a diva actress and wealthy financier. Explore 19 beautifully detailed locations for clues.
Description: From the creators of the #1 selling PC Adventure series, comes a new Mystery Hidden Object series - Nancy Drew Dossier. You, as Nancy Drew, are on the set of a controversial remake of the famous 1930's film 'Pharaoh!'
The studio original movie released with an alternate ending due to the untimely death of Lois Manson, the film's star, and became a box office smash. Now, Nancy Drew is undercover on the set to get to the bottom of suspicious press leaks and uncanny accidents that have the production schedule in jeopardy.
Is someone trying to sabotage the movie or is it a curse of the fallen film star?
Verdict: In truth, I really enjoy HerInteractive's adventure PC series, but during semesters when I'm busy with assignments from college, I don't have time to play them. When HerInteractive came out with this new series that advertised "fast fun for busy detectives" I was very pleased ... and extremely interested ... especially as I was then handed a copy free of charge by my editor for review purposes!
For the most part, hidden object games do not appeal to me (I've played demos) but HerInteractive has a neat twist to it which was fun. The player looks for objects that need to be used together to solve various problems or obstacles. In-between levels, you can play other puzzles to get you more points. If you get enough points, you will get a bonus ending. This makes the dossier game great for replaying, trust me ... and no, the first and second time I played this game I never amassed enough points to 'unlock' the alternative ending!
I felt that each level was easy enough for me to figure out on my own, and because I did not have to worry about lengthy conversations, I could finish a level in time to get back to what I needed to do. Also, you can save along the way and then Quit, as the game allows you to restart at the exact point you Quit at ... without having to restart all over again, like a lot of other games.
It is fun to choose what you want to say in the adventure series, but I was not disappointed with the new quiz type of conversations. In fact, it is entertaining to read all the choices since HerInteractive adds humor to them.
The music in this game is a real bonus to me. I sometimes replayed the game just because I wanted to hear the various pieces again! Besides that, I really enjoyed the artwork that made the background for each level. It's not like the adventure series, but I like it for its original style.
Reviewed by: Kyokai