What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes is a mystery game about the famous literary detective, Nancy Drew. Unlike previous Nancy Drew games, in this one you spend much of your time playing as Nancy's friends, since Nancy is in jail charged with arson. Players can explore the game at two levels of difficulty, as Senior or Junior Detective. No matter which mode is selected, though, puzzles are challenging and can't be skipped. If a fatal mistake is made that causes the game to end, players can restore the game from the moment before making a bad decision.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- analyzing evidence
- collecting data
- asking questions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Effectively shakes up the formula of past Nancy Drew mysteries. It’s fun to explore Nancy’s childhood haunts. Full of challenging puzzles, interesting characters, and a compelling mystery to solve.
Kids can learn how to reason like a detective. Kids learn to collect data, analyze evidence, and make deductions based on facts. Mini puzzle games require kids to recognize math patterns.
Players can play as Senior or Junior Detective; the latter provides a task list to keep players on track about what they need to do next, and simplifies mini-games slightly.
What's it about?
In NANCY DREW: ALIBI IN ASHES, Nancy returns to her hometown of River Heights and finds herself under arrest for arson after a mysterious fire destroys the old town hall. With Nancy in jail, it’s up to her friends George, Bess, and Ned to investigate the mystery on her behalf by interviewing suspects and gathering evidence to help clear Nancy’s name. Players switch between controlling each of the four characters, and must decide how to use each person’s unique personality traits effectively.
Is it any good?
Nancy Drew: Alibi in Ashes effectively shakes up the formula of past Nancy Drew mysteries. With Nancy confined to a police station, players spend most of the game switching between her three friends while Nancy coordinates the investigation on her cellphone. The setting – Nancy’s quaint hometown – isn’t as exotic as the settings of some of the other games, but it’s still fun to explore Nancy’s childhood haunts (including her home and the famous desk that players see at the start of every Nancy Drew game). And like previous games, Alibi in Ashes is full of challenging puzzles, interesting characters, and a compelling mystery to solve.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what it might be like to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Do you think that would be a good thing or a bad thing?
Families can also talk about fire safety, since this game’s purpose is to solve a crime of arson. Do you know what to do if you ever find yourself caught in a smoking building?
What do you like about playing mystery games? What are your favorites?