A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about the sciences of electricity, chemistry, and physics as they explore the research facility. Kids will build a vocabulary of scientific terms such as photolithography (printing 3D objects) and biometrics (fingerprint-activated locks). Some minigame puzzles involve math concepts like measuring fluids, numbers, and manipulating shapes; music notation; and memory. Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device challenges kids to use deductive reasoning to solve a mystery and science to solve puzzles.
The story has a positive message in that Nancy is trying to bring a killer to justice. The game also explores themes of the morality of science, and the dangers of scientific research being used to create weapons.
Positive Role Models
Smart, kind, and honest, Nancy Drew is a positive role model. She is forced to lie and snoop while acting undercover, but it is in the interest of solving the case. Other characters exhibit negative traits including greed, envy, and ego. The game portrays females as scientists and engineers, which could inspire young girls interested in careers in science or technology.
Ease of Play
The game offers two difficulty levels: Amateur Sleuth and Master Sleuth. Master Sleuth offers more challenging puzzles, no hints, and a less detailed checklist to keep track of goals.
Violence & Scariness
A victim is electrocuted. The death takes place off-screen, but is described. Nancy is knocked unconscious.
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The phrase “screwing around” is used.
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Products & Purchases
Clicking on the “More ND” link from the main menu takes players to a page where they can browse other games in the series and visit the publisher’s Website, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest pages.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device is the 27th title in the Nancy Drew series of point-and-click mystery adventure games from Her Interactive. The game offers two levels of difficulty. Younger players might need an adult’s help to solve some of the puzzles (which can be quite challenging, and can’t be skipped). There’s also a lot of reading. There’s some mild violence, including electrocutions and assaults.
Is It Any Good?
NANCY DREW: THE DEADLY DEVICE is a fantastic adventure game with interesting characters and an intriguing mystery to solve. Kids can learn a great deal about electricity, and in particular the life and work of Nikola Tesla. The storyline also raises thought-provoking issues about scientific research, such as the potentially disastrous consequences of certain discoveries falling into the “wrong” hands. With two difficulty levels to choose from, The Deadly Device will appeal to amateur sleuths young and old –- including parents. This is a great game for daughters to play with a mom or grandmother.
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